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February / March Update

Wow!  I think this might be the largest gap in recent history.  It doesn’t help that February and March were extremely busy for me and my family.  We’ve mainly been gearing up for Wizard World St. Louis, which took place last weekend.  My wife sold some geeky, handmade items there, but the build-up to the event has been hectic.  But now that that’s over, I’m hoping to have more time to get some more things written and posted for the world to see.

As I mentioned last time, I’ve been working on a super secret project behind the scenes.  I was hoping that project would be done by now, but due to unforeseen circumstances, I was not able to get it completed just yet.  I’m hoping to finish things up soon, though, and reveal it to the world in May sometime.  I’ll let you know as soon as I have something.

Anyway, as for my writing, here’s what got published in the last few months:

My Strange States series continues with Kansas (Please note that I’m well aware the silo is a grain silo, rather than a missile silo. I have nothing to do with the images they choose for these Strange State entries.), Kentucky, and Louisiana.

20 Rare (And Really Expensive) LEGO Minifigs was a fun article to research and write.

I was able to check off one of my long-gestating article ideas with A Brief History of Mold-A-Rama, those waxy, plastic figurines you used to find at zoos, museums, and amusement parks.  They’re still around, but becoming increasingly rare.

And, finally, a classic story of mine from 2009, and one of my most successful stories ever, was reprinted.  Get Rich Quick: 6 People Who Accidentally Found a Fortune seems like a perennial favorite.

Top Hat Sasquatch
Thanks to our relationship with Titan Books, I posted a few more book reviews over at THS these last couple of months.

I reviewed the first two volumes of the French graphic novel series, Snowpiercer.  Personally, I liked Volume 1 more than Volume 2.  We’ll see how I feel about the final volume someday.

I also reviewed some fun British World War II comics collected in Battle Classics.

And just before the release of the new film, I gave a look-see at 300: Rise of an Empire – The Art of the Film.


I have a new episode of When You Hear This Sound in the works, and I’ve been sitting on a review of a new book for THS for about three weeks now.  I need to get it finalized and posted; it’s just been a matter of finding the time.

Keep checking back for those and other projects!


January Update

Wow.  I didn’t realize how long it had been since I’d updated around here.  So with that in mind, I’m going to dump a bunch of links on you.  Ready?  Here we go…

Mental Floss

Strange States: Idaho

A classic story about the time Ohio and Michigan almost went to war

Strange States: Illinois

A classic story about six technologies that debuted at CES, but didn’t quite catch on until years later

Strange States: Indiana

Strange States: Iowa


When You Hear This Sound

The Great Mouse Detective (AKA Basil of Baker Street)


Whew.  That feels better.

I’ll have more links to come in February, with one hopefully being a super secret project I’ve been working on for the last month or so.  I also have a few other surprises up my sleeve that I’ll be revealing soon enough.

So check back throughout February for more fun stuff to read, see, and hear.

Strange States: Hawaii



For the latest entry in the Strange States series, we head to Hawaii to learn more about a really big staircase, the Haiku Stairs.

Strange States: Georgia


This week we head to Georgia to hear about an odd New Year’s tradition – The Possum Drop of Tallapoosa, GA.

Mass Update


I’m a little behind on links, so I’m just going to spit a bunch of them out there for you, ok?  None of them have been blowing up the blogosphere, so…

Strange States: Connecticut

Strange States: Delaware

This week we’re running a special multi-part Strange States series all about the strangest state of them all, Florida.

Strange States: Florida Part I

Strange States: Florida Part II

Strange States: Florida Part III

Strange States: Florida Part IV

Strange States: Florida Part V

And finally, my review of Sharky!, a bad ’90s comic book that’s the epitome of everything that was bad in ’90s comic books.  That’s him in the image above.  Talk about cheesy.