Today’s News Chum Stew is historical — that is, all the items have to do with history. Yes, that can make it a bit bland, but I think you’ll find a lot to chew on:
- History of a Dog. The news has been filled with articles about how dogs align with the magnetic field when they crap in your yard. But let’s consider another dog. The mighty Greyhound. Specifically, the Greyhound with lots of seats and lots of tires. Here’s a history of Greyhound Bus Lines.
- History of a Club. Specifically, the Mile-High club, which turns 100 this year. I’m going to be a gentleman, and not ask readers to show their membership cards.
- History of a Map. Actually, it’s more of an alternate history. The American History Guys over at Backstory Radio (one of the best history podcasts around) alerted me to this article about a man who constructed a map of how the US would look if all the state splits and secessions occurred. 248 members in the Senate, anyone? I don’t believe this would increase the number of members in the House, as that is capped.
- History of a Theatre. You’ve probably heard of the famous Laemmle: Carl Laemmle, who founded Universal Studios. His brother also got into the movies, but in a different way: He started the Laemmle Theater chain. After 75 years, the collection of theaters is still owned by the Laemmle family, is profitable, and slowly growing.
Any stew needs a little spice, so here’s a little flavor to perk things up:
- Potty Emergency! Speaking about the movies, they are getting longer and longer, the drinks are getting bigger and bigger, and we’re getting older and our bladders weaker and weaker. What to do? Don’t worry! There’s an app for that! Specifically, there’s an app that will vibrate your phone during those moments in a movie when it is safe to run out and go… and will even give you a plot summary for what you miss.
- Everyone Under 30 – Read This! Closing out on a slight history theme – here’s a list of 12 outdated items your parents owned that you should own too, even if they seem old-fashioned. Item No. 1: Stationary, so you can write actual letters. My daughter received a handwritten note from a roommate today, and just loved it.