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April’s history based or bygone era TV and/or movie suggestions: Shenandoah (1965) (American Civil War) Timeline (2003) (Time Travel Medieval Era) (14 +) Triple Cross (1966) (WW II)

“Look up, look wa-a-ay up …” From 1958 to 1985 (and beyond, in re-runs), children in Canada did just that, happy to curl up in a chair at the fireside of a medieval giant named ‘Friendly’(Bob Homme) and watch the giant’s interaction with a giraffe named Jerome and a rooster named Rusty (voiced by puppeteer, […]

Question: Around mid-April, wagon trains made up of people filled with pioneering spirit started to head for the American west. Who first said, “Go west, young man, go west.”? Answer: A newspaper man named John Soule, in an 1851 article for the Terre Haute, Indiana Express. The person it’s usually attributed to, New York Tribune […]

Question: Among the survivors of the sinking of the Titanic were two small boys travelling under assumed names. What were their real ones? Answer: Michel and Edmund Navratil, who’d been kidnapped in France by their father. Their mother recognized them in the pictures posted after the disaster and travelled to the U.S.A. to reclaim them. […]

Further to the subject of toilets, anyone living in England up until the ’70s (’80s in some places) should remember the joys of Izal, the cheap, shiny, toilet paper in schools and other public loos. As well as homes where it was considered more hygienic than that soft, cissy stuff. Granted, it was medicated (the […]

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