Remember Halloween of yesteryear? Those decades when costumes weren't necessarily slutty and Oreo cookies came in one variety? Probably not, unless you're a Baby Boomer. If you've ever wondered what America's favorite October holiday (sorry, Columbus) was like in the 1940s and 1950s, here are five ... More >>
We'll be hearing a lot of great speeches this election season, but lets take a second to remember the true giants of political rhetoric.
10. Martin Luther King: I've Been to the Mountaintop
King delivered this speech in Memphis, Tennessee the day before he was assassinated. After talking for a whi ... More >>
Being the parent of someone fighting in a war is no picnic, even if you're a president.
In the modern era, several future or incumbent presidents had sons in the military in wartime. Some of those sons did much, some very little, one paid the ultimate price.
Let's look, building up to that ultimat ... More >>
Okay, weird confession time. We have this...thing about Hitler. We fully recognize that he is singlehandedly responsible for some of the gravest atrocities of the last century, and that his very image is enough to strike fear into the hearts of men and women everywhere. We get that, and we are very ... More >>
That sub is OBVIOUSLY an October sun.Today is the 70the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Greatest Generation's 9/11.
Since then the Day of Infamy has shown up in many movies, most notably 1970's Tora! Tora! Tora! and 2001's Pearl Harbor. Any such movie subjects itself to the ea ... More >>
Audie Murphy, starring in the story of his own lifeOur war heroes are presented to us in different varieties. There are those we create for ourselves, in the mold of what we think a hero should be: David Crockett (nobody but Walt Disney called him Davey), astride the ramparts at the Alamo goi ... More >>
We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them.
So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even.
This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>
Kishidan: How not to dress for an MTV appearanceHappy Adolf Hitler's Birthday!! Just try celebrating though. Wear one Nazi costume these days and you'll find yourself apologizing for weeks. Especially if you're, like, the prince of England or something.
The world is full of people who though ... More >>
This week's cover story in the Houston Press details the case of Houston-based American Grocers and its owner Samir Itani, charged with shipping expired food to troops stationed in the Middle East and ripping off the government with bogus shipping costs. As noted in the story, "the case stretched ... More >>
Today is the anniversary of one of the truly momentous occasions in popular music: On March 23, 1958, Elvis Presley reported for induction into the U.S. Army, thus opening up a thousand alternate timelines for musical historians to formulate "What if he hadn't?" scenarios. For the next few years, ... More >>
A Houston burglar was doing what he does in a Spring Branch house -- grabbing electronics and jewelry -- when he noticed two FedEx packages filled with something. He grabbed them and took off."He probably thought they had Christmas presents in them," Amy Smith, Crime Stoppers spokeswoman, tells Hair ... More >>