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  1. Newenglandah commented on Momma 9 days ago

    I would think twice about hiring someone who applied with his mother in tow, especially if the mother did most of the talking.

  2. Newenglandah commented on Dick Tracy 9 days ago

    I noticed that Sam doesn’t seem to be smoking as much as he used to, but other comic strip characters have given tobacco up. Andy Capp is not shown with a cigarette in his mouth as much as he used to, while Broom Hilda has given up cigars completely.

  3. Newenglandah commented on Gasoline Alley 11 days ago

    So are you going to argue that lions commonly jump through flaming hoops in nature?

  4. Newenglandah commented on Gasoline Alley 12 days ago

    They didn’t mention the tortured animals performing unnatural acts for the amusement of uncaring humans.

  5. Newenglandah commented on Dick Tracy 13 days ago

    I remember reading back in the 70s that a small town in Maine was the last town in the country to be using crank phones. The article was about the town folk being upset because the phone company wanted to update the system. The article also mentioned that the town’s general store had what was believed to be the last pay crank phone in the country.

  6. Newenglandah commented on Jane's World 14 days ago

    I always thought it odd that if several hundred Native Americans were chasing John Wayne, not one Native could hit him, while every time John Wayne randomly shot his pistol a Native would fall off his horse.

  7. Newenglandah commented on Dan Wasserman 15 days ago

    I’m not sure that it is fair to label this a “Catholic” court. Polls consistently show that rank-and-file U.S. Catholics (not the hierarchy) are no different in their views on reproductive rights from Americans at large. Those five out-of-touch justices are merely ultra-conservatives who happen to be nominal Catholics.

  8. Newenglandah commented on Gasoline Alley 16 days ago

    How about the Connecticut River Valley steam train, based in Essex, Connecticut?

    http://essexsteamtrain.com/

  9. Newenglandah commented on Gasoline Alley 20 days ago

    Well, it takes years to learn to fly a large airliner (such as a Boing 747) but airlines are still going strong.

  10. Newenglandah commented on Gasoline Alley 20 days ago

    You are correct that one of the reasons the sect died out was because sex was forbidden. Before the Civil War the Shaker communities were quite prosperous from the sales of Shaker innovations; the Shakers invented a number of labor-saving devices including the washing machine. That prosperity attracted large numbers of converts.

    After the Civil War the rise of the industrial age produced conditions with which the Shakers could no longer be as competitive. Converts fell off steeply until today when there are only a few Shakers left at their Sabbath Day Lake community in Maine.

    An argument could certainly be made for New Hampshire as the Shaker state, since their largest and most prosperous community was there. An argument could also be made for New York in that the sect’s first American settlement was there. Of course, since the remaining true Shaker community is today in Maine, it could be argued that Maine is the only remaining Shaker state.