1922 newspaper article: “Prohibition Officials Search Puget Sound for Rum-Running U-Boat”

From The Milwaukee Journal, Feb 10, 1922 [click here to see in Google’s newspaper archive]





1 week ago
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All of us are crazy in very particular ways. We’re distinctively neurotic, unbalanced and immature, but don’t know quite the details because no one ever encourages us too hard to find them out. An urgent, primary task of any lover is therefore to get a handle on the specific ways in which they are mad. They have to get up to speed on their individual neuroses. They have to grasp where these have come from, what they make them do – and most importantly, what sort of people either provoke or assuage them. A good partnership is not so much one between two healthy people (there aren’t many of these on the planet), it’s one between two demented people who have had the skill or luck to find a non-threatening conscious accommodation between their relative insanities.

—from “How We End Up Marrying the Wrong People” by Alain de Botton [link]

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Inheriting Memories

From Scientific American, no less:

A recent study at Emory University showed it might be possible to inherit memories from our parents and perhaps even our grandparents. Researchers trained mice to shudder in fear in response to a specific smell. The children and grandchildren of these mice displayed the same reaction to the odor, despite having never come across it before.

Source: “5 Ways to Meddle with Memory" by Victoria Stern, Scientific American, 1 May 2014.

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I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain. 

—James Baldwin

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"I often write poems in my head to distract myself during hard times…. Years ago, after a car crash, while I lay waiting for the ambulance, I actually finished a poem I had been working on, determined not to die before I had it right."

—Linda Pastan, poet

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Bourbon with tobacco & gunpowder & chili peppers


Recipe for the regrettably named “Injun whiskey.” From an Associated Press article on Eating Up the Santa Fe Trail by Sam Arnold, a book about authentic US pioneer cuisine. (Source: Bangor Daily News, May 6, 1991. Link.)

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Whiskey and Convo

"My brain reels," said Philip.

"Have some whiskey," returned Cronshaw, passing over the bottle. "There’s nothing like it for clearing the head. You must expect to be thick-witted if you insist upon drinking beer."

Philip shook his head, and Cronshaw proceeded:

"You’re not a bad fellow, but you won’t drink. Sobriety disturbs conversation."

—from Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham

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Best Wedding Rings Ever


From Offbeat Bride: “The rings were a team effort: a neuroscientist friend measured our brainwaves with a portable EEG machine while we listened to each others heartbeats. The brainwaves were then etched onto a palladium band by our friends at Silver Bonsai Gallery.”

To top it off, they had the best ringbearer ever:


"The ceremony was officiated by our dear friend Fennel Skellyman who charged the air with pure magic and made sure there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. The flower girl dresses were custom-made by the amazing Machine Dazzle, who Skyped with each of our nieces to help them create their “dream dresses.” He also dressed Fennel and himself before escorting Princess Bucket (our pet turtle and ring bearer) down the aisle.”

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Watership Down locations on Google Earth


The following was posted by Managore in the comments section of Reddit during an online Q&A with Richard Adams. This is too good to be buried in the comments, so I’m reposting it here:


Oh my Frith! Watership Down is one of my favourite books ever, and I have always recommended it as strongly as it is possible to do so. I even went as far as mapping out the journey on Google Earth, including every place of note. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

For anyone interested in the landmarks, first of all here is the location on Google Maps. Please note that the map provided in the book has North facing left. Here are some of the points of interest:

  • The Enborne, although hard to see via satellite, is the river the rabbits crossed early on in their journey.
  • Nuthanger Farm, where Hazel is captured and where from the dog is later released.
  • Efrafa. If this isn’t the exact location it should be pretty close.
  • The bridge the rabbits travel under to avoid the train line.
  • The plank bridge near where the boat is found.
  • The bridge the rabbits travel under in the boat to escape the Efrafans.
  • Watership Down itself. There are walking tracks in the area that can be used to visit the down.

May I ask how you chose these locations? Did you know the area particularly well? Hopefully the locations I’ve given are all correct!

Edit: After some searching it seems as though this website does a more comprehensive job than I have, and includes a lot of photos from the ground as well.


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Liquor made from figs, honey, maple sap, quinoa, and other unusual sources

Many spirits (such as whiskey, vodka, and gin) are made by fermenting and distilling the same four grains - corn, barley, wheat, and/or rye. (A number of vodkas are fermented/distilled from potatoes.) Then there are the spirits based on specific plants: rum always comes from molasses or sugarcane; tequila always comes from blue agave (and mezcal and bacanora from other agaves); cachaça from sugarcane; grappa from grapes; sotol from the sotol plant; brandy typically comes from grapes. But any grain, fruit, or starchy vegetable can be fermented. In fact, any source of sugar or starch can be. I’m intrigued by alcohol made by fermenting and distilling unusual things. Below, I’m presenting a list of spirits made from uncommon sources. The alcohol is not flavored or infused with these things - it is literally made from them.

All of the liquors I list here are commercially available. Unfortunately, they’re almost always put out by small distilleries with limited distribution. Getting them can be tricky. (Drink Up NY carries lots of obscure liquors, and their prices are steeply discounted.)

Baby Blue - whiskey made from blue corn. Website

Bee - vodka made from honey. Website

Cîroc - vodka made from grapes. Website

Comb - vodka, gin, and brandy made from honey. Website

Corsair - whiskey made from red and white quinoa and barley. They also make a limited-release 9-grain bourbon and a 12-grain bourbon (including oats, sorghum, triticale, buckwheat, and blue corn). Website

Fair - vodka made from quinoa (fair trade-certified). Website

Harvest - vodka made from apples. Website

Industry Standard - vodka made from beet sugar. Website

Koval - whiskies made from unorthodox organic grains: 100% millet, 100% oats, a corn/millet mix, and a four-grain mix. They also produce limited editions with mashbills of 100% spelt and 100% wheat. (Of course, wheat is not an unusual grain for a whiskey, but it’s always a small percentage of the mashbill. I’m unaware of any other whiskey made with nothing but wheat.) Website

Mahia - spirit made from figs. Website. Article

Pau Maui - vodka made from pineapples. Website

Primitiv - vodka made from organic spelt. Website

Solbeso - spirit made from cacao fruit/pods. Website

Spike - vodka made from prickly pear cactus pads. Website. Article

Vermont Gold - vodka made from maple sap. Website

Vermont White - vodka made from milk sugar. Website

4 Orange - vodka made from oranges. Website

If you know of other liquors that belong here, please let me know. (My email is my first and last name as one word, at Gmail.)

11 months ago
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