Archive for December 19th, 2008

Catblogging, 1940s Style

Look, I know the whole “Friday catblogging” thing has been done to death, but I hope you’ll forgive me for, just this once, combining two of my favorite addictions: the Life magazine photo archive and adorable cat pictures. Not only does this post contain your recommended daily allowance of 1940s cat pictures – ten of them! – but it’s even fortified with a useless bit of wartime trivia! So, yes, you might learn something while you’re pondering what captions to add to these monochrome lolcats-to-be…
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History is Fickle

So, let’s put this in simple terms: How many notable FBI cases can you think of? I can probably come up with two dozen, on short notice; maybe twice that with some effort; less than a hundred, even if you could vague ideas like “that one guy who…” or “the thing where…”. I’m sure that, over the years, there have been a lot more than most people realize – many of them basically ephemeral, here-today, gone-tomorrow bits of excitement. (‘fess up, how many of you counted the manhunt for Andrew Cunanan in your total, or even remember who he was?)

Well, I was a bit surprised to recently learn that, by one yardstick, the Bureau itself might reckon the total number of notable cases north of 12,000.
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Published in: General, History | on December 19th, 2008 | Comments Off on History is Fickle