On Wednesday, June 3, at 6:30 p.m., the National Archives at Kansas City will host Dr. John Curatola for a talk on “Props and Pin-Ups: Nose Art in World War II.”

The use of nose art was common on military aircraft during the Second World War. Painted on the fuselages of many of the belligerent air forces aircraft, these stand-alone pieces of art reflected aircrews’ values and attitudes. Messages and pictures painted on these aircraft are not only a rich military legacy, but provide insight into the time, temperament, and men who flew and maintained them.

Curatola will address the various influences, national trends, and general themes of this unique element of military history. The presentation will show nose art in its original form and in historical context, which includes partial nudity.

To make a reservation for this free program, email kansascity.educate@nara.gov or call 816-268-8010.


Here’s my partial cosplay line up for A-Kon next weekend. Yes, I am using my cosplay to promote Danganwrestling. :P (I’m also bringing Auron High School Host Club.)

Haven’t really figured out a schedule yet. Probably gonna wear Monokuma Seth Rollins the first day so I can shave for the others.

I plan on taking Seth to one of the Danganronpa shoots, and then Shadow John Cena to the SMT/Persona shoot. Maybe I’ll find an Izanagi there! And, of course, I’m gonna help Ambrose find his waifu.

The Gippsland Big Cat is a cryptid from Australia. Although feral cats are present in Victoria as in the rest of Australia and there have been hundreds of reported sightings, no proof of the existence of big cats has even been established.

Dr John Henry, a researcher from Deakin University, studied the reported sightings from the 1970s and concluded that it was “beyond reasonable doubt” that large cats were roaming the Grampians region. In June 2005 Kurt Engel, a deer hunter from Noble Park, shot what he claimed was a large cat in rugged terrain near the town of Sale. Engel photographed the dead cat, before cutting off its tail and dumping the body in a river. DNA testing results determined that the beast was a feral cat.

The tale of the Gippsland big cat is closely related to similar tales of exotic carnivorous felines that have been reported for many decades in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, and commonly known as the Blue Mountains cat.

Some believe that the origin of the Gippsland Phantom Cat, if it did indeed exist, may be traced back to animals let loose by United States soldiers based in Victoria, Australia during World War II. A pair of pumas (or other large cats) were used as mascots. Upon the end of the war, it is speculated that the pumas were released into the wild, somewhere in the Gippsland region (although some claim the cats were released in the Grampians National Park) where they subsequently bred.


Etta James on vocals, Dr. John on guitar & vocals, and Allen Toussaint on piano performing “Groove Me” live in Chicago in 1982.


ICYMI: The new solo record Dan’s been hinting at has been confirmed by his engineer Collin Dupius. The photos Swifty posted earlier this month have a little more context now – at least we’re speculating this session was part of Dan’s solo project. [No details yet but we’re digging the Mexican vibe that seems to be an undercurrent: David Hidalgo, Mariachi Flor De Toloache, Dan jamming with a street musician in Mexico City…]