Churchy and Friday the 13th

Long ago and far away, back in the days of printed newspapers, there were comic strips. Some were adventure strips. Some were soap operas. Some were gag-a-day panels. Some were mediocre. Pogo was among the greatest. Churchy (Churchill) LaFemme was a particularly inspired character, often overcome with Friday the Triskaidekaphobia.





Calvin, Hobbes, and Pooh

The usual crossover fare at Super Team Family – the Lost Issues is covers showing super-heroes from different companies. Marvel’s Captain America has teamed up several times with DC’s Wonder Woman, for example. But Ross can draw from any comic source, with sometimes delightful results.


OKC Christmas Hippo Dies


OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Francesca, the female pygmy hippo whose arrival at Oklahoma City’s zoo late last year heralded a revival of the 1953 novelty hit “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas,” died Wednesday. Francesca was 26, which is about the median life expectancy of adult hippos, the zoo said.

Beth Dalbey, Oklahoma City Patch

(As featured previously on this blog.)

Chart of the Moscow Assault

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If I’m reading this aright, it’s Napoleon’s attempt to conquer Russia. The breadth of the line at any point represents the number of Napoleon’s forces. Left-to right in gold is the path to Moscow, showing the already-severe losses on the way there. Right-to-left in black is the horrificly dwindling remainder in retreat. Temperature chart on the bottom is right-to-left during retreat.

h/t: CBD at Ace of Spades

Leon Russell’s Church Studio


Originally a church, this 1915 building was bought and converted into a recording studio in 1972 by Leon Russell, a musician and hit songwriter. Russell wasn’t the only one to grace the studio with his musical gifts. It became a hotspot for “Tulsa Sound” musicians, those who crooned tunes that were a mix of blues, country, and rock ’n’ roll.

Iconic singers and songwriters from other genres popped in, too. The likes of Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Kansas, and Eric Clapton all recorded within the converted church. This musically hallowed ground was even the spot where Tom Petty signed his first record deal with Shelter Records, the label that Russell co-founded.

More info at Atlas Obscura.

I’ve been neglecting my Other People’s Stuff readers. Been busy. Will try to do better… BoB. 🙂

Crazy Crayon Color

I remember when Crayola® had only one color called “Flesh,” the color vaguely like pink people (sometimes called White or Caucasian or Cracker). I also remember when they came out with a box full of skin tones, which, really, was pretty neat. (I also remember years before that when the late, great, Original Magic Markers® had a great array of “skin tones.” I miss Magic Markers.)

Anywho, it’s nice to know that Crayola continues to offer innovative new skin tones! 😀


Don’t know who did the image originally (tried looking on Google Image Search, but it’s been repeated so many times, there’s just no telling).

Swiped shamelessly from Pistol Pete at PoliNation.