Jason Cochran

Stuff you never knew you never knew

Category: Blog

Jan

24

2017

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List of National Park units on Twitter (Updated)

Many of the National Park Service streams are often tended by people—experts in their fields—who get excited about nature and history and have a passion for protecting the places held in the public trust. For example, the African Burial Ground (a delightfully active one for such a small site) might share a resource for researching your slave ancestors in Virginia or link to a database that details the machinations of

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Aug

23

2016

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Rudolph Valentino Died 90 Years Ago Today (So the Woman in Black Returned)

As they have done for 89 years since, Rudolph Valentino's fans gathered at 12:10 pm in the mausoleum at Hollywood Forever Cemetery to pay tribute—songs, praise, sermons about the eternal life of fame.

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Aug

23

2016

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What Will Become of the Home Where Walt Disney Lived When He Was a Loser?

Dreams do come true, and sometimes wilder than anyone could have imagined them, but sometimes they have to lay dormant—or get left behind, or rot, or even be given to someone else—for a long time before they can.

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Jul

8

2016

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The Crowd in the Streets of Dallas

Tweet In the winter of 1910, Dallas was suffering a crime wave of purse snatchings and assaults. The police didn’t know how to stop it, and people were hungry for blame. One night amid this crisis, a 68-year-old servant named Allen Brooks was discovered in a barn outside of town in the company of 3-year-old Ethel Huvens. The […]

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Jun

28

2015

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Why are there Confederate Flags in Times Square station?

There are Confederate flags throughout New York City's Times Square subway station. Why?

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Jun

27

2015

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The Brilliant Women Who Popularized the Confederate Flag and Rewrote American History (Literally)

The United Daughters of the Confederacy — allegedly powerless, allegedly on the losing side of a bitter war, allegedly merely female — directed the most powerful public relations movement that America has known.

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May

4

2015

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Goodbye, Langtang: “And we were lucky to see it.”

Langtang, Nepal: "The Earth is an angry place, really. So much of it is indescribable through words or lenses; its power lies in the ability to dash your life against mighty forces, or to move your soul by means of its nearly celestial gravity."

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Apr

18

2015

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Saved By Decapitation at the British Museum

This is the bronze head of the Roman emperor Augustus with eyes of glass and stone. An act of vandalism and desecration saved it.

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Apr

17

2015

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Me, Myself, and Eye: Researching London 2016

I have been in London for the past few weeks updating my Frommer's guide for the 2016 edition.

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Mar

28

2015

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The Stain Runs Deep: Remembering Indiana and the Klan

There is no route to the present except through the past. Indiana's recent history is, in a word, sordid. Its past record of "religious freedom" movements should burn in memory.

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