Deep Reservations: Visiting a Haunted Indian School in Concho, OK

January 13, 2012

Deep Reservations: Visiting a Haunted Indian School in Concho, OK

The ghosts of children are said to haunt the abandoned hallways of the Concho Indian Boarding School in Concho, Oklahoma.  Paranormalists take their EVP recording devices to the school and pick up the sounds of disembodied voices.  The air grows chilly.  Doors slam.  Objects come flying out of nowhere. The school is actually a complex […]

Astronomical: Evaluating the Cost of the Space Program in Huntsville, AL

December 30, 2011

Astronomical: Evaluating the Cost of the Space Program in Huntsville, AL

In all of human history there may be nothing as anti-climactic as a moon rock.  After spending 10 years and $150 billion, the US space program reached its summit by landing a man on the moon and bringing back 50 pounds of rocks. Today, NASA values those rocks at $100,000 per ounce, which makes the […]

Jesus Christ vs Harry Potter: Two Orlando Theme Parks Build Their Brands

December 14, 2011

Jesus Christ vs Harry Potter: Two Orlando Theme Parks Build Their Brands

People disagree about Jesus.  That’s no surprise.  Jesus Christ, the man of sorrows, the Son of God, the lamb, Jehovah, the almighty, is a slippery character.  By comparison, Harry Potter is easy. The Harry Potter saga consists of seven books and a single, consistent narrative.  The Jesus saga, by comparison, is a tad confusing. Pick […]

Negative Space: Occupy Wall Street and the 9/11 Memorial

November 25, 2011

Negative Space: Occupy Wall Street and the 9/11 Memorial

There’s a conspiracy theory making the rounds at Occupy Wall Street that alleges building 7 of the old World Trade Center was blown up deliberately on 9/11 because it housed documents revealing government collusion with widespread insider trading on Wall Street. Ah-hem.  Excuse me, guys.  First of all, widespread insider trading is a fact of […]

End Around: A Wild Football Weekend in Canton and Columbus

November 11, 2011

End Around: A Wild Football Weekend in Canton and Columbus

In a peculiar reflection of our nation’s current economic woes, the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League gave their star quarterback, Peyton Manning, a five-year, $90 million contract extension.  The move clearly hampered the Colts’ ability to sign other players, weakening their roster. Then disaster struck.  Manning was forced to undergo neck surgery and […]

Houses of Horror: The Serial Murder Sites of Chicago and Milwaukee

October 27, 2011

Houses of Horror: The Serial Murder Sites of Chicago and Milwaukee

A popular trope in horror is the isolated farmhouse, the remote village, where gruesome serial murders take place.  Innocent victims stumble onto the site and are brutally tortured and slain. Shockingly the only thing flawed with this rendition is the setting.  The most notorious serial murders have not taken place in remote, out-of-the-way places, but […]

Hide-and-Seek on the Knife’s Edge: Geocaching in the Ozarks

October 21, 2011

Hide-and-Seek on the Knife’s Edge: Geocaching in the Ozarks

The Ozarks is one of “the most backward and deliberately unprogressive regions of the United States,” declared Vance Randolph, a noted folklorist and Ozark native.  Journalist Dorinda Fox remarked that “Arkansas has been a backwater for 400 years.  Parts of it, like the Ozark Mountains, were probably backwaters for a lot longer than that.” The […]

Of Shrimp and Petroleum: Acadiana One Year After the Oil Spill

October 7, 2011

Of Shrimp and Petroleum: Acadiana One Year After the Oil Spill

In the bayous south and west of New Orleans the fallout from the BP oil spill continues to be felt more than a year after the well was capped. Shrimp boats sit idle, not because the fisheries are producing seafood that is unsafe to eat – Gulf Coast seafood was deemed safe for consumption months […]

“Where is Tara?” Atlanta’s Gone with the Wind Legacy

September 23, 2011

“Where is Tara?”  Atlanta’s Gone with the Wind Legacy

Even 70 years later, one of the most common questions asked by tourists visiting Atlanta is “Where is Tara?” Not where is Coca Cola, where is CNN or where is Olympic Park.  They want to see the iconic antebellum home where Scarlett flirted with her beaus and later, having been brought low by the war, […]

Better than Snake Oil: Rock Climbing in Boone, NC

September 8, 2011

Better than Snake Oil: Rock Climbing in Boone, NC

Right around the corner from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC the outdoor outfitters at Foot Sloggers offer 2 hour climbing classes through their affiliate Rock Dimensions. For $75 you can face off against 50 foot rock faces in the Pisgah National Forest. It’s a great way to challenge yourself with ropes and carabineers and, […]