Curation for Week of March 12, 2018

Instead of wasting time with a long intro, let’s just jump right into this week’s list of what I’ve curated for your enjoyment…..

This Week’s Featured Content

Bowery Boys
Meet the Bowery Boys Gang That Once Ruled New York’s Five Points

If you’ve ever watched Martin Scorcese’s epic Gangs of New York, you already know that a lot of the characters featured are extremely interesting.  Now, read about the real, and sometimes even more interesting, story behind those characters.

 

Message in a Bottle
World’s Oldest Known Message In a Bottle Found

I don’t know about you, but every time I visit the beach, in the back of my mind I’m hoping I find a message in a bottle that has washed up on shore.  It’s never happened to me, but this couple found one that turned out to be quite the find.

 

Giant Catfish

Do Giant Catfish Really Exist?

Like me, you’ve probably heard the legends of catfish as big as Volkswagons living at the bottom of dams and reservoirs, but just how true are they?  You might just be surprised.

 

Custer's Last Stand

What Really Happened at Custer’s Last Stand

The story we got in history class may not have been the whole truth.

 

Great Train Robbery

10 Audacious Train Robberies and Heists

I’m a sucker for classic old western movies that feature a train robbery scheme or sticking up a stage coach.  These real tales from the west are far more interesting though.

And while we’re on the subject of train robberies, be sure to check out The Great Train Robbery on YouTube.  It’s considered to be the first American action film, and the first Western film.  It’s only 12 minutes long, so you’ve got time to watch it on a short break.

 

Wolf Man

How the Wolf Man Created the First Cinematic Universe

The various characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe are not the first to star in a whole franchise of movies.  Check out the story behind Hollywood’s first cinematic universe.

 

The Rest of this Week’s Links

The Rediscovery of 5 ‘Extinct’ Types of Heritage Apples – Atlas Obscura

Why Do The Village People Dress Like That? – Today I Found Out

25 Shocking Facts About Disney – List 25

The Time Virginia and West Virginia Literally Got Married – Appalachian Magazine

Bigfoot vs. USA-1:  The Birth of Monster Truck Madness – History

The World’s Oldest Woman Had an Awful Diet, and Lived to Be 122! – All That’s Interesting

10 Outlaws of the Public Enemy Era Almost Forgotten By History – Listverse

Someone Dropped a Life Size Jason Vorhees Statue to the Bottom of Crystal Lake to Freak Out Scuba Divers – Oddity Central

Corn Flakes Were Part of an Anti-Masturbation Campaign – Mental Floss

The Magic of Walking at Night – Art of Manliness

 

Five Things You Probably Didn’t Know

Here are a few things you may not have already known, and will surely impress your friends!

Did You Know…that unless food mixes with saliva, you can’t taste it.

Did You Know…that President Ronald Reagan turned down an offer of $1 Million to make a guest appearance on Dynasty.

Did You Know…that each time you see a full moon, you’re always seeing the same side.

Did You Know…that lightning strikes the earth 6000 times a minute.

Did You Know…popcorn was invented by the Aztec Indians.

 

Video of the Week

See how kids of today react to being told that a Walkman was kind of the original iPod.