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11/17/2019
Amazon Studios

Amazon Studios

THE AERONAUTS is a “soaring triumph” – Yahoo Movies. For Your Consideration in all categories.

08/30/2019
The Aeronauts

The Aeronauts

Soar beyond your limits. #TheAeronauts, starring Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne, arrives December 6 in theaters, December 20 on Amazon Prime Video.

04/16/2019
Buttermilk Junction
04/09/2019

Buttermilk Junction

☞Today in History -- On today’s date 122 years ago, Friday, April 9, 1897, during the 1896-1897 wave of “Mystery Airship” sightings across the United States, a mysterious UFO was observed flying above the city of Chicago, Illinois.

☞Note: The Mystery Airship sightings of 1896-1897 predate the invention of any known power-driven aircraft.

☞On Friday, April 9, 1897, a large crowd of people gathered along Oakley Street on the North Side of Chicago & watched what was described by various witnesses as a “red light,” a “manifestation,” & or “airship.” Eventually thousands of people saw the mystery airship in Chicago. Later that evening, sightings also were reported at Evanston, Illinois; Lake Mills, Wisconsin; & Wausau, Wisconsin -- creating the impression that a single mystery object was traveling in a northwesterly direction.

☞From the April 10, 1897 edition of the Chicago Record:

Airship Sighted Over Chicago & Evanston! People are tripping over themselves these days trying to get the best look at this green & white-lighted giant air-ship that has had the people all over the mid-west in a dither. Some people think the end of the world is near... Scientific minds have explained the whole thing away by now. The mystery will surely be cleared up in a few days. Mr. Carr, an æronaut, has built an experimental balloon & is financed by a New York theatrical wig manufacturing company... Mr. Carr states his machine works marvelously, but cannot go against the wind... power is storage battery with propeller! Professor Hough of Northwestern University & head astronomer of the observatory stated when asked to train his telescope on the object: ‘I am busy with sights on Jupiter & it would be too troublesome to change to look at this new thing.’ The next day, Hough said: ‘The thousands of people that are reporting this so-called strange airship are in reality looking at Alpha Orionis in the Constellation Orion!’

This great scientist was too ‘busy with sights on Jupiter... it would be too troublesome...’ Too troublesome to view for the first time a ship from another world! Although he refused to look at the object, he seemed to know exactly what thousands of other people were seeing! How would he know since he only had the advantage of total ignorance?

☞From the April 12 edition of the Chicago Record:

Giant Airship Continues Over Chicago & Environs! People all over the city are in an uproar, & while everyone is viewing this grand sight on the south side, two amateur photographers who are news dealers in Rogers Park, looked out & saw the airship. Their photo shows the North Western Railway station & above it the purported airship! The photographers are Walter McCann & G. A. Overocker. This airship was seen to come in over the lake & traverse the whole city for several days.

☞The same report with an Omaha date-line of April 11th states:

“A gentleman brags he has mystery airship problem solved. He is an inventor & desires that he be allowed thirty-five acres to demonstrate his airship for the Trans-Mississippi Exposition. The gentleman didn’t sign his name, but the reporter hopes the dilemma will be settled by his promises."

☞The same report again, with a Fort Dodge, Iowa date line of April 11th states:

“Old German residents say that this very same type airship came over Germany thirty years before & the people were scared to death... said the Devil’s army was approaching & these were his vehicles!”

☞The same report again, with a Milwaukee, Wisconsin date line of April 11th states:

The residents of Milwaukee cannot be talked out of what they are seeing... thousands report the authenticity of a giant, beautiful airship with colored lights... the police records are full of the story for they have been called to answer what it is!

☞From the April 12 edition of the Chicago Tribune:

One chap knows all about the airship. He says: ‘These thousands of people didn’t see a steel hull because this is the airship my friend has built in California & is on its way here to Chicago. Although, I must say, he sure has made good time for he isn’t due until next week & the hull is paper, not steel. My friend, O. Chanute is on board too & I will introduce all of you to him when he arrives!’ This chap is the Secretary of the Chicago Æronautical Society, Max L. Harmar.

☞The photograph depicts a newspaper artist’s rendition of photographers Walter McCann & G. A. Overocker photographing the above-mentioned mystery airship over the North Western Railway Station at Rogers Park near Chicago. This image is taken from the April 12, 1897 edition of the Chicago Record.

The History of Steampunk in Photos
02/05/2019
The History of Steampunk in Photos

The History of Steampunk in Photos

Before steampunk developed its own subculture over the last decade or so, it started as a subgenre of literature, specifically of science fiction/fantasy.

Another Vintage Point
11/16/2018

Another Vintage Point

Medical officer of health measuring the width of passage ways, Liverpool, 1907.

10/03/2018
Netflix

Netflix

Welcome to the wild, wonderful world of Christine McConnell and her curious creations.

Cardboard Revolution
09/20/2018
Cardboard Revolution

Cardboard Revolution

The clock is ticking…

The reimagined classic board game is back on Kickstarter for a limited time only!

New on our reading list.
09/10/2018

New on our reading list.

09/09/2018
The House With a Clock In Its Walls

The House With a Clock In Its Walls

In this house, weird is normal. Discover The House With a Clock In Its Walls, in theaters and IMAX September 21. #HouseWithAClock

Rock & Roll Retroville
09/01/2018

Rock & Roll Retroville

Weird History
08/31/2018

Weird History

At The Turn Of The Century, Maryland Residents Reported Sightings Of A Lovecraftian Abomination With A Taste For Blood.- rnkr.co/TeddyRooseveltMonsterSlayerWH

HISTORY
08/29/2018
HISTORY

HISTORY

"I began to feel as if I were walking in my sleep; the heavy dreaminess was oppressive."

(via Mental Floss)

The Monster Club
08/13/2018

The Monster Club

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Cult of Weird
08/04/2018

Cult of Weird

Occultus was a "cog-wheel man" created by Berlin inventor Adolph Whitman in 1909. Whitman envisioned a time when the "bonesless, bloodless, fleshless man" would do "all work for living people, and even do their fighting," the Fort Wayne Sentinel reported in 1914.

"I hold the world in the palm of my hand," Whitman said. "I could be emperor of the universe; I could make the terrestrial globe my personal property! For I've invented an artificial man who could compel all other men to become my slaves!"

www.cultofweird.com

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