Taraxacum officinale, or dandelions, are wildflowers that grow as weeds in your yard, native to temperate areas of the Northern Hemisphere. They have decorative yellow flowers that are open during the day, closed at night, and within a few days will go to the seed head that every kid recognizes. The seeds are blown off the head and scatter in the wind.

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Cult of the Cobra (1955)

I watched the 1955 Universal International movie, Cult of the Cobra on Svengoolie. Six American Air Force officers are exploring an Asian Bazaar before shipping home, post World War II. They meet a snake charmer and convince him to sneak them into a secret ritual of Lamians (worshipers of women who can change into serpents). During the ceremony, they are exposed and the high priest pronounces a death curse on them. The movie is directed by Francis D. Lyon (The Great Locomotive Chase, Destination Inner Space, Castle of Evil, The Girl Who Knew Too Much)

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Feltman’s Hot Dogs

I was at a birthday party, for my friend Katie, and the host, Mike, announced (during the DejaBlue Grass Band set) that he was grilling up some Feltman’s hot dogs because he wanted people to experience the best hot dog ever. I was skeptical, being a Varsity man, and full of delicious barbecue and slaw that was provided at the party. I was sitting by the grill, and just couldn’t resist, so I tried one. I was already stuffed but I have to admit, best hot dog ever!

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Dawn Soap

Dawn dish soap was introduced in 1973 by Proctor & Gamble Company. My Mom started using it then and never looked back. I have never found anything that removes grease better and most don’t come near. The owners at the compounding pharmacy bought one of those “Compare to Dawn” cheapo brands and it was awful. You would have to wash twice as much and it would never really be as clean as Dawn.

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Eugene Burton Ely

Eugene Burton Ely was born in Iowa, 1886, and was the first aviator to take off from a ship and land on a ship. He flew a Curtiss Model D bi-plane from a platform constructed on the bow of the cruiser USS Birmingham at Hampton Roads, Virginia, on November 14, 1910. It was a rainy, foggy day but he was able to take off, dip so low that the plane actually touched the water but recovered and flew one and a half miles to land safely on shore.

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The Frozen Ghost (1945)

I watched the 1945 Universal Pictures horror/mystery “The Frozen Ghost” on Svengoolie. It was the fourth of the six “Inner Sanctum” mystery films (526 radio programs were made starting in 1941 with an eerie creaking door opening and closing the programs). Lon Chaney, Jr. stars as a mentalist/hypnotist, Gregor the Great, who believes he has killed a member of his audience during a show. He quits the shows and takes a job in a Wax museum where the deaths and mysteries continue.

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