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Bare-Bones Effort For Big Gator

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

A story in the Florida Times-Union details the ongoing efforts to preserve Oscar, the largest-known alligator in Georgia. When Oscar died in Okefenokee Swamp last year, Park officials found to their dismay that they did not have the budget to stuff him. Instead, Oscar’s body was left outside to be eaten by insects. His inedible […]

DIY Death Car Possible for Bonnie and Clyde

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

The Bonnie and Clyde Ambush Museum in Gibsland, Louisiana, has lost its Bonnie and Clyde “death car” that was shot up in the 1967 Warren Beatty/Faye Dunaway movie.

“Stone Face” Could Become Glass Face

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

May 2 is the fifth anniversary of the collapse of “Old Man of the Mountain,” New Hampshire’s official state symbol, also known as the “Great Stone Face.” The Franconia Notch rock formation self-destructed during a foggy night in 2003, and no one noticed that it was gone until the next day. As if that memory […]

Bones Bandar Subject of “Shelf Life”

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

Filmmaker Don Bernier (who we first met when he created 2004’s In a Nutshell, about the Nut Lady) has a new short video documentary — Shelf Life — featuring Raymond “Bones” Bandar, who has collected 7,000 skulls, mostly marine mammals. Retired high school teacher Bandar has packed his San Francisco home with specimens. According to […]

Elvis Haircut Site To Be Preserved

Friday, April 25th, 2008

The Fort Smith Times Record reports that the reception center at Arkansas’s now-closed Fort Chaffee has been spared. More than just another anonymous base building, #803 was the site where Elvis Presley had his hair cut when he joined the Army in March 1958. The 50th anniversary of this event emboldened local historians to have […]

This Is What Happens When You Close Your Company Museum

Friday, April 25th, 2008

It was announced today that billionaire Nelson Peltz’s company Triarc Companies, also the owner of Arby’s, was buying Wendy’s for $2.3 billion. The family of Wendy’s founder, Dave Thomas, was devastated by the news, according to the AP. Daughter Pam (the chain was named after Thomas’ other daughter) said that if Thomas were alive to […]

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