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Everyone says he is crazy. The scarier thing is that he is stupid. You do not know anyone as stupid. You just don’t. [Fran Lebowitz]

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  1. 5 days ago on Breaking Cat News

    A friend of mine, who is a big Lovecraft fan, bought the alphabet book you mention for his little grand daughter. She’s not even in preschool yet but is teaching herself to write the letters of the alphabet. She asked her mother, my friend’s daughter, how to spell their last name… and proceeded to write it down letter by letter. When her mother told her “The next letter is H…” she carefully drew the letter, saying to her mother “H is for Hastur.” Grand Dad got a phone call that day saying, “No doubt about it. She’s definitely your grand daughter!”

    There are even cute (!) little plush Lovecraft monster dolls for sale on Etsy. He’s mainstream now. I halfway expect an animated film from Disney.

  2. 9 days ago on Ripley's Believe It or Not

    I took two friends who had never seen it to a local showing during the 50th anniversary release in 2018. The studio had meticulously restored the print and it was shown with the intermission in place and featuring the intermission music.

    I only wish that some time they’d release the original that was withdrawn from theaters because of negative reviews and audience complaints. (Over 200 walked out of the premiere showing!) It was cut by 18 minutes and afterward most earlier critics gave it much more positive re-reviews. The general public was won over by the “tightened up” version too. At least the studio left the cutting to Kubrick.

  3. 9 days ago on Ripley's Believe It or Not

    In the first 25 minutes of the movie “2001 : A Space Odyssey” there is not a single word spoken. This is also the case for the last 23 minutes (or longer, if you count the closing credits). In all there are 88 minutes with no speaking at all. Counting other dialog free sections, there are less than an hour of speaking in the film.

    But in the half century (plus) since its release, countless words have been written and spoken about it.

    We are discussing it still.

  4. 10 days ago on Ripley's Believe It or Not

    The term is not found on the site. It’s my “short hand” expression for determining family lines by cross-referencing dates and relationships based on the text at each main entry. If I look up my mother, among other things her parents are listed. Then I can look up her parents (my grand parents) and their parents are listed. And looking up those… well, to the extent that I can find similar information on other entries, I can go “back” as far as I like. If a break in a line of descent happens, I can follow other unbroken ones. If my mother’s list of family has a gap, I can follow other relatives and collate/cross reference whatever I learn.

  5. 10 days ago on Ripley's Believe It or Not

    Oops. See my above reply to Gweedo. It was only three greats.

  6. 10 days ago on Ripley's Believe It or Not

    Ya know… I miscounted the number of Greats. She was my three Greats Granny. There’s contradictory listings for the date of her death, both 1876 and 1886 being listed in different records. If either of those dates is the correct one, she lived to be 90 or 100 years old. Adding to the uncertainty, some family records indicate that she was 110 years old at the time of her death. The lady in the surviving photograph looks like she could have been anywhere in the proposed age ranges.

  7. 11 days ago on Ripley's Believe It or Not

    If at first….

  8. 11 days ago on Ripley's Believe It or Not

    What I enjoy about that site is that stuff keeps being added. (At least among my family entries.) There are old photos of my predecessors that are there now that weren’t there as recently as three years ago. A new and fairly detailed obituary has appeared of an uncle I never got to meet. The actor portraying my remotest known American ancestor is new within the last year.

  9. 11 days ago on Ripley's Believe It or Not

    The photo in question is the lady at some point after she was one hundred years old.

  10. 11 days ago on Ripley's Believe It or Not

    So the joke would work. Thrown out twice. Twice removed.