Halloween Candy

As a child, did you always remember which houses gave out the best candy?

What was your favorite Halloween candy as a child trick or treating? I always hoped for Snickers bar, with those straws full of colored sugar, Pixy Stix’s coming in second. I wouldn’t pass up a Payday bar, Hershey’s Kisses, or M&M’s either.

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Lake Toplitz Treasure?

In 1943 and 1944, the shore of Lake Toplitz served as a Nazi naval testing station.

Lake Toplitz, or Lake Toplitzsee, is a lake located in the Austrian Salzkammergut region. It is known for its murky waters and its mysterious history, which has made it the subject of numerous legends and conspiracy theories.

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Broken Records Bought During WWII?

Get in step. Join the Record Parade. Bring your old records back to your dealer now.

Back during WWII, it was difficult for the record manufacturers to obtain shellac to press new recordings. This started a campaign for people to bring in the old records, even broken, to be re-melted and re-recorded.

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USS Doyle DMS-34

The USS Doyle DMS-34, obliviously named after me, was a Gleaves-class destroyer (one of sixty six destroyers built 1938-42, designed by Gibbs & Cox, their first ship was called Gleaves). Doyle was built by the Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Co., Seattle, Washington; sponsored by Mrs. C. M. Maloney and launched March 17, 1942.

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Thermite Grenades

They are commonly referred to as “Incendiary Grenades”

I was reading a World War II book on D-Day and they are constantly using thermite grenades. I thought I would do a little research. Most varieties are not explosive, but can create short bursts of extremely high temperatures focused on a very small area for a short period of time.

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Alberto Vargas

His mastery, with the airbrush, is acknowledged by the founding of the Vargas Award awarded every year by Airbrush Action Magazine.

Alberto Vargas, a renowned Peruvian painter of pin-up girls, was born February 9, 1896 in Arequipa. His father was photographer Max T. Vargas and Alberto started out trying to follow in his footsteps. With his fathers encouragement he turned more to airbrushing and painting, studying in Europe, Zurich and Geneva prior to World War I. A French magazine cover by Raphael Kirchner, on a La Vie Parisienne issue is said to be his main influence.

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