The World Almanac E-Newsletter

Volume 1, Number 4 - April 2001



April Events

April 1 - Daylight Saving Time begins in the U.S.
April 1 - Major League Baseball opening day; NCAA women's basketball
April 2 - NCAA men's basketball championship
April 2-8 - The Masters golf tournament
April 11 - NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs begin
April 16 - Boston Marathon; Pulitzer Prizes announced; White House Easter
Egg Roll
April 21 - NBA Playoffs begin
April 21-22 - NFL Draft
April 26 - Take Our Daughters to Work Day


April 1 - April Fools' Day
April 4 - Ashura (Muharram 10)
April 8 - 1st day of Passover; Palm Sunday
April 13 - Good Friday
April 15 - Easter; Orthodox Easter
April 16 - Patriot's Day
April 22 - Earth Day
April 25 - Professional Secretaries Day
April 27 - Arbor Day

April Birthdays


01    1932    Debbie Reynolds, actress (El Paso, TX)

02    1947    Camille Paglia, literary and cultural critic (Endicott, NY)

03    1934    Jane Goodall, anthropologist (London, England)

04    1928    Maya Angelou, author/poet (St. Louis, MO)

05    1916    Gregory Peck, actor (La Jolla, CA)

06    1929    André Previn, composer/conductor (Berlin, Germany)

07    1964    Russell Crowe, actor (Auckland, New Zealand)

08    1955    Barbara Kingsolver, author (Annapolis, MD)

09    1964    Juliette Binoche, actress (Paris, France)

10    1938    Don Meredith, football player and sportscaster (Mount Vernon, TX)

11    1928    Ethel Kennedy, widow of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy (Greenwich, CT)

12    1940    Herbie Hancock, musician (Chicago, IL)

13    1909    Eudora Welty, novelist/short-story writer (Jackson, MS)

14    1966    Greg Maddux, baseball pitcher (San Angelo, TX)

15    1951    Heloise (Cruse Evans), household hints columnist (Waco, TX)

16    1947    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, basketball player (New York, NY)

17    1961    Norman "Boomer" Esiason, football player (West Islip, NY)

18    1924    Henry J. Hyde, U.S. representative (Chicago, IL)

19    1935    Dudley Moore, actor (London, England)

20    1908    Lionel Hampton, bandleader/musician (Louisville, KY)

21    1926    Queen Elizabeth II, queen of the United Kingdom (London, England)

22    1946    John Waters, filmmaker (Baltimore, MD)

23    1928    Shirley Temple Black, child actress and diplomat (Santa Monica, CA)

24    1972    Chipper Jones, baseball player (DeLand, FL)

25    1930    Paul Mazursky, director/writer (Brooklyn, NY)

26    1917    I. M. Pei, architect (Canton, China)

27    1927    Coretta Scott King, civil rights leader and widow of Martin Luther King Jr. (Marion, AL)

28    1950    Jay Leno, TV personality/comedian (New Rochelle, NY)

29    1970    Andre Agassi, tennis champion (Las Vegas, NV)

30    1910    Al Lewis, actor (New York, NY)



This Day in History


01    1945    In World War II, U.S. forces invade Okinawa on the Japanese mainland.

02    1513    Juan Ponce de León discovers Florida and claims it for Spain.

03    1865    The Confederate capital of Richmond, VA, surrenders to Union troops.

04    1968    Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. is shot and killed by James Earl Ray in Memphis, TN.

05    1999    Russell Henderson pleads guilty in the 1998 beating death of gay student Matthew Shepard.

06    1896    After a lapse of 1,500 years, the first modern Olympic Games open in Athens, Greece.

07    1985    Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev declares a moratorium on the deployment of middle-range missiles in Europe.

08    1974    Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves breaks Babe Ruth's career home run record when he hits #715 in Atlanta.

09    1939    After not being allowed to sing in the Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall, opera singer Marian Anderson delivers an open-air concert from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

10    1942    Japanese soldiers herd American and Filipino prisoners together to begin the Bataan "death march."

11    1951    Gen. Douglas MacArthur is relieved of command in Korea by Pres. Harry Truman.

12    1955    The development of the polio vaccine by Dr. Jonas Salk is announced.

13    1997    Tiger Woods, at 21, becomes the first black and youngest man ever to win the Masters, setting a record for fewest strokes.

14    1894    Thomas Edison's kinetoscope, or motion picture machine, is given its first public showing.

15    1912    The luxury liner Titanic, which hit an iceberg the night before, sinks in the early morning hours; more than 1,500 die.

16    1947    Nearly 600 are killed after an explosion on the nitrate-laden freighter Grandcamp at Texas City, TX.

17    1961    Cuban exiles--trained, armed, and directed by the United States--unsuccessfully try to invade Cuba's Bay of Pigs to overthrow Fidel Castro.

18    1775    Paul Revere and William Dawes make their historic rides to alert American patriots that the British are coming to Concord, MA.

19    1995    A truck bomb explodes outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, OK, killing 168.

20    1999    Two teenagers--Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold--kill 12 fellow students and a teacher at Columbine High School in Littleton, CO, then kill themselves.

21    1918    The Red Baron--German flying ace Baron Manfred von Richtofen--is shot down and killed during World War I's Battle of the Somme.

22    1954    Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R, WI) begins holding televised hearings into alleged Communist influence in the Army.

23    1910    Sicily's Mount Etna erupts.

24    1981    IBM introduces its first personal computer.

25    1953    A journal article by scientists James D. Watson and Francis Crick describes the structure of DNA for the first time.

26    1986    A major explosion occurs at the Soviet Union's Chernobyl nuclear power plant, sending radioactive material into the air that exposes many to dangerous levels.

27    1981    A Maryland judge finds former Vice Pres. Spiro Agnew guilty of having taken bribes from contractors when he was the state's governor and vice president.

28    1789    Fletcher Christian leads a mutiny against Capt. William Bligh aboard the HMS Bounty.

29    1957    Congress approves the first civil rights bill for blacks since Reconstruction, to protect voting rights.

30    1789    George Washington is inaugurated as the first president of the United States at Federal Hall in New York City.



Featured Location of the Month:  Boston, Massachusetts

Site of:    105th Boston Marathon, April 16, 2001

Location:    capital of Massachusetts and seat of Suffolk Co., on Boston Bay (an inlet of Massachusetts Bay), at the mouth of the Charles R., in the E part of the state

Population:    555,249

Mayor:    Thomas M. Menino

April Temperatures:    Normal high of 56 degrees; Normal low of 40 degrees

Colleges & Universities:    Boston University, Northeastern University, University of Massachusetts Boston, Simmons College, Emmanuel College, Emerson College, Suffolk University, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Wheelock College, New England Conservatory of Music, Berklee College of Music, Massachusetts College of Art (Boston); Boston College (Chestnut Hill); Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lesley College, Cambridge College (Cambridge); Brandeis University, Bentley
College (Waltham); Tufts University (Medford); Wellesley College (Wellesley)

Museums/Aquariums:    Museum of Fine Arts, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Museum of Science, Children's Museum, New England Aquarium, Museum of the National Center of African-American Artists, USS Constitution Museum, Sports Museum of New England, Computer Museum

Events:    Boston Marathon (April 16), Regattabar April Jazz Festival (April 2-28), Boston Wine Festival 2001 (ends April 6)

Sports teams:    Boston Red Sox (baseball), Boston Celtics (basketball), New England Patriots (football), Boston Bruins (hockey), New England Revolution (soccer)

Places to visit:    Paul Revere House, Old North Church, Faneuil Hall, and Old State House (connected by the Freedom Trail, a 3-mile walking tour of downtown Boston and Charlestown), Quincy Market, Boston National Historic Park, USS Constitution, Boston Common, Public Garden, North End, State House, Old Granary Burying Ground, Old South Meeting House, Beacon Hill,
John Hancock Tower (New England's tallest skyscraper)

Tallest Building:    John Hancock Tower (60 stories)

History:    Settled 1630 by John Winthrop; capital of Massachusetts Bay Colony; figured strongly in American Revolution, earning distinction as the "Cradle of Liberty"; incorporated 1822; by 1950, Boston's population had peaked at 801,444 and steadily decreased until the 1980s

Birthplace of:    Samuel Adams (1722); Jane Alexander (1939); William Billings (1746); Bobby Brown (1969); Charles Bulfinch (1763); John Singleton Copley (1738); Richard James Cushing (1895); Charlotte Saunders Cushman (1816); Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803); Fannie Merritt Farmer (1857); Arthur Fiedler (1894); Benjamin Franklin (1706); Horatio Greenough (1805);
Jasmine Guy (1964); Edward Everett Hale (1822); Oliver Wendell Holmes (1841); Winslow Homer (1836); Joseph P. Kennedy (1888); Henry Knox (1750); Denis Leary (1957); Jack Lemmon (1925); Henry Cabot Lodge (1850); Percival Lowell (1855); Cotton Mather (1663); Julianne Moore (1960); Leonard Nimoy (1931); Robert Paine (1731); Frances Perkins (1882); Sylvia Plath (1932);
Edgar Allan Poe (1809); Maurice Prendergast (1859); Paul Revere (1735); Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg (1957); James Spader (1960); John L. Sullivan (1858); Louis Sullivan (1856); Donna Summer (1948); Charles Sumner (1811); James Taylor (1948); Uma Thurman (1970); Steven Tyler (1948); Barbara Walters (1931); Scott Wolf (1968); Elihu Yale (1649)


Obituaries in March 2001

Downey Jr., Morton, 67, confrontational host of an eponymous 80s TV talk show; Los Angeles, CA, March 12, 2001.

Hanna, William, 90, animator and co-founder of Hanna-Barbera studios, which created The Flintstones, The Jetsons, and Tom and Jerry; North Hollywood, CA, March 22, 2001.

Ludlum, Robert, 73, author of  best-selling suspense novels, starting with "The Scarlatti Inheritance" (1971); Naples, FL, March 12, 2001.

Phillips, John, 65, singer-songwriter and founding member of the popular folk-pop group the Mamas and the Papas; Los Angeles, CA, March 18, 2001.

Rhodes, James, 91, four-term Republican governor of Ohio best known for sending the National Guard to Kent State University in 1970, resulting in the deaths of four students; Columbus, OH, March 4, 2001.

Sothern, Ann, 92, film and TV actress known for her role as a secretary in "Private Secretary" and an assistant hotel manager in "The Ann Sothern Show"; Ketchum, ID, March 15, 2001. 

Wade, Henry, 86, former Dallas district attorney known as the "Wade" in Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision which legalized abortion; Dallas, TX, March 1, 2001.

Wing, Toby, 85, prolific Hollywood sex symbol of the 30s who starred in Palmy Days (1932) and True Confession (1937); Mathews, VA, March 23, 2001.


Special Feature: Baseball 2001

by David Faris 

On April 2, Major League Baseball opens its 126th season. The annual Opening Day ritual signals the end of winter and the true beginning of spring for millions of devoted fans in the United States. The beginning of the regular season means that fans can forget about $252 million, stadium-financing disputes, and revenue disparities, and instead concentrate on the game itself.

Of all the major U.S. spectator sports, baseball still holds the firmest grip on the collective imagination, perhaps because it has been around for so long. While it may not be growing in popularity as fast as the NBA and NHL, baseball still sells more tickets than any other sport, and its unique treasure trove of statistics has yielded a cottage industry of "fantasy" baseball enjoyed by hundreds of thousands. Its status as the "national pastime" remains undiminished.

No one is precisely certain how baseball got its start, although it is believed to have been a fusion of the English games of cricket and rounders. While a version of baseball may have been played as early as the turn of the 18th century, the ground rules for today's game are commonly credited to Abner Doubleday, who devised the game in 1839 in the town of Cooperstown, NY. Although Doubleday's status as baseball's founder is disputed by some, the National Baseball Hall of Fame was built in Cooperstown to honor his contribution to the modern game. (And visitors to Cooperstown can still watch games on the field that is said to be on the same site where the first ever was played.)

Baseball became increasingly popular during the second half of the 19th century, and by 1876, one of the two modern professional leagues, the National League, had been formed. The other, the American League, was established in 1900, and the two played the first World Series in 1903. The game continued to grow in popularity, especially in the 1920s, when legendary slugger Babe Ruth wowed fans with his titanic home runs and propelled the New York Yankees to dynastic excellence. Baseball is also firmly established in a number of other countries, especially Japan and Latin America. The Dominican Republic has exported some leading players to the U.S. major leagues in recent years.

After 1884, African Americans were not allowed to play in the major leagues. As a result, the organizations they formed, known as the Negro Leagues, soon thrived and became popular among black audiences. Negro Leagues teams often played exhibition games against Major League teams in barnstorming tours, drawing large white crowds. With a number of well-established teams, the Negro Leagues were quite popular , featuring players like legendary and ageless pitcher Satchel Paige and slugger Josh Gibson. The Negro Leagues and many of their outstanding players are honored in the Hall of Fame.

As change came to all aspects of American society in the aftermath of World War II, integration ultimately reached baseball. A courageous infielder by the name of Jackie Robinson and an iconoclastic owner named Branch Rickey fought ridicule, abuse, and racism to put Robinson in a Brooklyn Dodgers uniform, and African Americans in the major leagues for good, in 1947. Robinson went on to become one of the most popular and honored players ever, and today the professional sport is fully integrated. This year's inductees into the Hall of Fame will include two African Americans, Kirby Puckett and Dave Winfield.

One of baseball's great strengths is its popularity among America's youth, many of whom participate in Little League Baseball. Though not all youth teams are officially affiliated with Little League, millions of Americans have participated in the action. The fields are smaller and the distance between the bases is shorter, but the game is essentially the same, and many kids fall in love with baseball for life. Every year the Little League World Series is held in Williamsport, PA, pitting the best American team against the winner of an international tournament; the Americans don't always come out on top. Keep an eye on the players-you might just see them in the majors in the future.

Another part of what continues to make baseball so unique is the importance that statistics play in serving as a benchmark for player and team over the many years of baseball's history. The all-time major league leaders in some categories go all the way back to the turn of the century and beyond. When players approach and break baseball's most hallowed records, it is a significant event in the baseball world, and often catches the attention of casual fans as well. Perhaps the most important mark to be shattered recently was Roger Maris's single-season record of 61 home runs, which was obliterated by Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1998. This statistical link to the past also helps keep alive the memory of deceased or retired baseball legends like Mickey Mantle, Stan Musial, and Hank Aaron.

Recent seasons have seen a flurry of high-scoring games, harking back to baseball's great offensive era of the late 1920s and early 1930s. Explanations for the increased tallies, especially of home runs, include "juiced" balls, smaller parks, weaker pitching, performance-enhancing substances, and even the weather. Offenses have been so powerful over the past five years that some critics have suggested that comparing old-time and modern statistics will become meaningless.

To combat the imbalance between hitting and pitching, baseball will open its current season with a revamped strike zone. Umpires have been instructed to call balls and strikes as officially dictated by baseball's rulebook. This definitely means a higher strike zone and could lead to fewer walks, shorter innings -- and fewer pitchers on the verge of insanity.

The 2001 season promises to be memorable. The aging New York Yankees, the first team to win three straight championships since the 1970s will try to hold off their hungry competition after beating the cross-town Mets in the Subway Series last year. Up-and-coming stars like Oakland first baseman Jason Giambi and established pitchers like Boston's Pedro Martinez will attempt to lead their teams into October. Two new parks are opening this year in Pittsburgh and Milwaukee, two cities whose teams have not had much luck in recent years, and fans hope that the new digs can lead to a renaissance. To make sure fierce rivals within the same division play against each other more often, the leagues will return to an "unbalanced" schedule.

Despite the annual hikes in ticket prices, fans are sure to come out by the millions to watch their teams play. Watch for President George W. Bush, a former owner of the Texas Rangers, to continue a tradition started by William Howard Taft by throwing out the first pitch at one of the opening-day games.


Chronology - Events of March 2001


Cheney Hospitalized—Vice Pres. Dick Cheney was admitted to George Washington University Hospital Mar. 5 with chest pains. Doctors had to reopen the same artery they had opened in Nov. after Cheney's last heart attack. Cheney, who has had four heart attacks, did not reportedly suffer another; he resumed his normal work schedule after leaving the hospital Mar. 7.

High School Shooter Kills Two—Charles Andrew Williams, a 15-year-old freshman at Santana High School in Santee, CA, allegedly opened fire in his school, Mar. 5, killing two fellow students and wounding 13 others with a .22-caliber pistol.  Williams, whose scheduled Mar. 7 arraignment was postponed, was charged with multiple counts of murder and weapons charges.

Stocks Continue Free Fall—The Dow Jones and Nasdaq both took a nosedive, Mar. 12, the result of a broad wave of selling.  The Dow and the S&P 500 index both dropped more than 4 percent. Nasdaq, on the other hand, which is heavily weighted with technology stocks, fell 6.3 percent, to close below the 2,000 mark for the first time in more than two years. It is now down more than 60 percent from its all-time closing high a year ago.

Commander Accepts Blame—During a hearing on Mar. 20, Cmdr. Scott Waddle, captain of the nuclear submarine U.S.S. Greenville,  accepted responsibility for a collision Feb. 10 that sunk a Japanese fishing trawler off the coast of Hawaii, killing 9 people, including 4 students. Waddle said he believed  that subordinates had contributed to the disaster by not following protocol. 16 U.S. civilians were aboard the Greenville the day of the accident, leading to speculation that their presence had been a major factor in the crash.


Ethnic Violence Plagues Macedonia—Ethnic Albanian rebels clashed with government forces  in the Macedonian city of Tetovo Mar. 14, sparking fears of renewed Balkan violence. NATO forces in Kosovo were not involved in the fighting. The Macedonian military launched its first ground offensive Mar. 25, and immediately pushed the rebels back from positions outside Tetovo.

Taleban Destroys Ancient Statues—Afghanistan's ruling Taleban announced Mar. 11 that soldiers had destroyed two ancient stone statues of Buddha in the town of Bamiya, despite pleas from UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and world cultural leaders. The sandstone Buddhas were 170 and 120 feet tall. Taleban leaders had denounced the statues as un-Islamic and argued that the international community should have focused instead on thousands of Afghani children who were starving. Since taking over control of most of the country in 1996, the Taleban had imposed a strict, repressive form of Islam on the population.

6 Killed in Bombing Accident—Five Americans and a New Zealand Army Major were killed Mar. 12 when a Navy F-18 fighter jet accidentally dropped a bomb on their bombing range observation post in Northwest Kuwait. The victims were acting as military observers. The Pentagon launched an investigation Mar. 13.

Foot-and-Mouth Alarm Spreads—The U.S. banned meat imports from the European Union Mar. 13 as concern spread about the epidemic of Foot-and-Mouth Disease, which was ravaging Great Britain. A viral disease that causes blisters, fever, and lameness in hoofed animals, foot-and-mouth disease is highly contagious among cattle, but not threatening to humans, and is rarely fatal. By Mar. 22 the outbreak had spread to France, the Netherlands, and Ireland. Great Britain Mar. 26 began burying the first of over 400,000 livestock scheduled for extermination as a result of the epidemic.

XFL Ratings Take Dive—An all-time network prime-time ratings low was set Mar. 17 by NBC's telecast of XFL football. The upstart football league was advertised as no-holds-barred competition meant to upstage the supposedly-tepid NFL. However, since a promising debut, the league's ratings had steadily declined. 

Roberts, Crowe Take Home Oscars—The Roman-era action film Gladiator took home five Oscars Mar. 25 during the 73rd Academy Awards, including Best Picture. But the night probably belonged to Julia Roberts, who took home the Best Actress award for her work as a gutsy legal aide in Erin Brockovich. Roberts, who gave an ebullient, 4-minute acceptance speech, told the stars gathered at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, and the millions of viewers on TV, "I love the world!" Crowe, the subject of some dicey ribbing from host Steve Martin, took home the Best Actor statue for his role as the avenging Roman slave in Gladiator. Steven Soderbergh won Best Director for Traffic, while Ang Lee's art-house sensation Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon took home four awards, including Best Foreign Language Film.


Doug Swingley won his 3d consecutive (4th overall) Iditarod sled dog race, Mar. 14, finishing the 1,100-mile course from Anchorage to Nome, AK, in 9 days, 19 hours, 55 minutes.

Five-time U.S. champion Michelle Kwan won her 4th World Figure Skating Championship, Mar. 24.  Russia's Irina Slutskaya finished 2d and American Sarah Hughes won the bronze.  In the men's competition, March 22, Russian Yevgeny Plushchenko took the gold over countryman Alexei Yagudin, the 3-time defending champion. Todd Eldredge, a 5-time U.S. champion, finished 3d.

On March 25, Annika Sorenstam won her 3d career major tournament at the Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage, CA. Sorenstam, who has won 3 tournaments in as many weeks, shot an LPGA-record 59 in the first round of the Standard Register Ping in Phoenix on Mar. 16.

Tiger Woods held off reigning Masters champion Vijay Singh by 1 stroke in the rain-delayed final 9 holes of The Players Championship at Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, on Monday, Mar. 26.  It was the 2d consecutive victory for
Woods, who won the Bay Hill Invitational in Orlando, FL, on Mar. 18.


On Mar. 19, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, performers Aerosmith, Solomon Burke, The Flamingos, Michael Jackson, Queen, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, and Ritchie Valens were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Also inducted were side-men James Burton and Johnnie Johnson, and non-performer Chris Blackwell, the founder of Island Records.

Offbeat News Stories


There were no limos, no expensive gowns, and no long acceptance speeches at this award ceremony.  In fact, the "winners" never even showed up at the 21st annual Golden Raspberry Awards, traditionally held the day before the Academy Awards.  The "Razzies" (Super-8 film reels spray-painted gold) are "awarded" to the worst that Hollywood has to offer.  In 2001, the 535
members of the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation voted "Battlefield Earth," an adaptation of an L. Ron Hubbard science fiction novel, as the worst film in a record-tying 7 categories, including picture; actor (John Travolta), supporting actress (Kelly Preston), supporting actor (Barry Pepper).  For the record, the leader in career Razzie awards is Sylvester Stallone, with 8.

What started out as an effort to eliminate some of the clutter in his life eventually led University of Iowa fine-arts graduate student John Freyer to found his own Web site:  It's a concept as simple as it sounds.  Freyer held an "inventory party" in which he and about 50 other people labeled every item in his apartment for sale.  Things do actually sell: a "Star Wars" bedspread went for $17.50 on eBay; part of the appeal seems to be that unlike a thrift store, where "you can only imagine where a
thing came from," Freyer provides background information.  A click on the photo of his kitchen table, for example, reveals that he found it on a street corner.  Nothing is too small or too worthless-ice cube trays, Girl Scout cookies, frying pan, T-shirts, records, personal photos, even toilet paper rolls.  The only drawback: everything could snapped up by the time you read this.

100 Years Ago in the WORLD ALMANAC


Traveling Time Around the World


The imaginary Mr. Fogg, of Jules Verne's story, made the circuit of the world in 80 days.  But George Francis Train made a record in 1890 of 67 days, 13 hours, 3 minutes, and 3 seconds, stopping over one day in New York (time not included).  "Nellie Bly's" time for THE WORLD was 72 days, 6 hours, 11 minutes, and 14 seconds.  The great Siberian Railroad, however, when completed, will vastly reduce the time necessary to circumnavigate the globe.  The Russian Minister of Railroads has made the follow public prediction of the time that will be required for world transit by the way of Siberia, provided maximum speed is attained throughout and connections are immediate:


From St. Petersburg to Vladivostock..........10 days

From Vladivostock to San Francisco..........10 days

From San Francisco to New York..............4-1/2 days

From New York to Bremen........................7 days

From Bremen to St. Petersburg.................1-1/2 days


Total.......................................................33 days



Links of the Month


As you were driving home from work you noticed a strange triangular object flying in the sky.  What could it be?  If you, or anyone you know has ever suspected you've seen an unidentified flying object, they should visit where they can report the sighting, and read up on others.  The National UFO Reporting Center has been in operation since 1974, and is dedicated to the collection and dissemination of objective UFO data.


Whenever I travel on business, or pleasure, I always seek out different and unusual places to visit in the area.  If you find yourself in the southern part of New Jersey, why not visit Lucy, the largest elephant in the world, and the only one in America designated as a National Historic Landmark. Built in 1881 as a tourist attraction, Lucy continues to draw people to Margate, NJ, and offers a view of the Atlantic Ocean.  And if you find yourself in Las Vegas, and you are down on your luck after spending all that money in the casinos, how about seeing the world's largest rhinestone at the Liberace Museum?  You can locate these sights, and many more extraordinary ones; at Roadside America


In 1953, some very special little yellow chicks were hatched. Just Born, Inc. created the Marshmallow Peeps that many of us look forward to every spring.  This Easter alone, it is estimated that 600 million Peeps and Bunnies will be consumed by men, women, and children around the United States.  Some people eat them slightly stale, while others microwave them.  Visit the official site at to learn more about the history of peeps, about new creations, and recipes and crafts.


Have you ever gotten an e-mail that was just too hard to believe?  I've received one supposedly written by Bill Gates, the head of Microsoft, that thanked me for signing up for my Beta Email Tracking Application or (BETA).  It promised that if I forwarded the e-mail to all of my friends, and it reached 1000 people, I would receive $1000 and a copy of Windows98 at Gates's expense.  These hoax e-mails seem to be all over the internet.  To find out what's a hoax and what's not, visit:


Would you like to see the SOS messages sent by the crew of the ocean liner Titanic when it struck an iceberg 89 years ago?  Would you like see the police report when actor Matthew McConaughey was busted in Austin, Texas, for disturbing the police while nude bongo playing? Or perhaps, you would be interested in reading the 1983 criminal indictment filed against financier Marc Rich by then-U.S. Attorney Rudolph Giuliani? The Smoking Gun brings exclusive documents that would be difficult to find anyplace else on the Web.  The site offers material obtained from government and law enforcement sources, by way of Freedom of Information requests, and from court files, and it guarantees everything is 100% authentic.  Visit:


Lizzie Borden took an ax, and gave her father 40 whacks, and when she saw what she had done, she gave her mother 41!  If you have any interest in staying at the house where Andrew and Abby Borden met their untimely deaths, you may be able to stay at the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast in Fall River, MA.  Visit the Lizzie Borden house online at 


A few years ago a piece of metal was found on a Pacific island; it was allegedly a piece of Amelia Earhart's Lockheed aircraft, and with it the nearly 64 year old mystery as to what happened to her and navigator Fred Noonan was rekindled. To learn more about the famed aviatrix visit her official website at   The Earhart Project is one group that continues the effort to find out the truth of Earhart's disappearance.  Visit the site at 


I've found a site that offers me the opportunity to sell off books, music, movies, and games that I no longer want, and also purchase used ones at half price or lower.  Visit today and perhaps you'll find a copy of that biography of Theda Bara you were looking for.  If not, you can provide a wish list, and when an item comes up as a match, will e-mail you the information about purchasing it.

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