A Brief History On December 12, 1939, an all too familiar scenario developed when 2 British warships collided, resulting in the sinking of the smaller vessel including considerable loss of life.  While escorting the battleship HMS Barnham from the Mediterranean Sea back to Britain, the destroyer HMS Duchess was accidentally rammed by the huge warship in a dense fog off the Southwest coast of Scotland, knocking the destroyer upside down (capsized) which triggered the depth charges the destroyer carried to explode, destroying the smaller ship and sinking her in short order, taking many of her crew with her.  Ship collisions…

A Brief History On December 11, 2017, New York City once again became the target of an Islamic radical terrorist, this time an immigrant from Bangladesh.  Luckily, the pipe bomb used in the attack did not explode properly, leaving the suspect with minor injuries (burns) and 3 innocent people with “headaches and ringing in the ears.”  It could have been so much worse!  President Trump acknowledged the incident as justification for his anti-immigration platform, saying, “There have now been two terrorist attacks in New York City in recent weeks carried out by foreign nationals here on green cards. The first…

A Brief History On December 10, 1541, Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham were executed by King Henry VIII of England for having sexual affairs with the Queen, Catherine Howard, wife of Henry VIII, a really, really stupid decision on the part of the 2 guys that somehow thought having an affair with the young queen was a good idea.  We wrote about this incident and 9 others in a previous article, “December 10, 1541: 10 Dumb Decisions (Romance, Marriage, and Sexual Idiocy Edition)” and today we expand on the subject to include 10 more poor choices when it came to…

A Brief History On December 9,2018, we take a minute to tell you about the latest blockbuster film based off of a Marvel Comics property, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, this time an animated feature film, although probably the best animation you have ever seen!  Sadly, the film contains possibly the last cameo by the late Stan Lee, creator of Spider-Man and other characters, and in this case an animated cameo.  (Reportedly, Lee will also appear in cameos in 2019’s Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame, but as these films have not yet been released, we cannot confirm that his scenes will indeed be in…

A Brief History On December 8, 2018, we take a look at some of the really nifty air powered weapons available for adults and kids, usually called “BB Guns” in a generic sort of way, but in these modern times so much more than that name implies.  For one thing, air (or other gas) powered rifles and pistols do not always shoot little round metal BB’s (.177 of an inch in caliber) at moderate velocities like the BB guns of the past.  Some of these air guns are high powered weapons capable of launching large caliber (.22 to .50 caliber…

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