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Tall Tales - Part 3

Word Count: 2453

Pairing: Dean x Reader

Warnings: Language

A/N: This didn’t really go where I planned but I’m just gonna post it anyway. 

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The three of you dressed up in your electrician outfits again and headed to Crawford Hall to meet with the janitor again. He finally showed up to let you in, locking the gate behind him and you followed him up the staircase. “Sorry I’m dragging ass a little today.” He said. “Had quite the night last night. Lots of sex, if you catch my drift.” He eyed you the entire time he was talking.

“Yeah, hard not to.” Dean answered and took a small step in front of you, shielding you from the trickster. “Listen we don’t be long. We just need to check a couple offices up on three.”

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anonymous asked:

in a history class at the uni we were discussing different cities in the 1920s, but no one could name any prominent events in St. Louis for that decade besides prohibition and maybe the Spirit of St. Louis. I was wondering if you knew of any movements or events, being a native and an aficionado.

Good question!

Not just Prohibition, but women finally got the vote too.  Of course, those weren’t St. Louis-specific events.
Probably the most prominent things to happen in St. Louis in the 20th Century in general were the 1904 World’s Fair and the 1904 summer Olympics.  It was the fourth largest city in the country at the time, the gateway to the great frontier, and everyone believed St. Louis to be in its ascendance.  That was not to be the case, however.  1904 was the city’s golden hour.

Though not a lot of what happened in St. Louis in the 1920s made world headline news, things were happening nevertheless, and might be of interest to you if you’re a history fan or resident to the area.

St. Louis figures quite a bit into early aviation history, and not simply because of the name of Lindbergh’s plane.  Lambert Field, (formerly a hot air balloon base where the Wright Brothers made an early demonstration flight, where the first experiments in parachuting took place, and which ultimately grew into Lambert International Airport) is where Charles Lindbergh first worked as a pilot before traversing the ocean in 1927.  In the 1920s, it was also host to the International Air Races, it was the first airport with air traffic control, and it became the first in the country’s network of city-owned airports.

In 1926, Route 66, the Mother Road, was initially established between Chicago and St. Louis - a big deal for travelers at a time before interstate highways existed.

A tornado destroyed part of the city in the fall of 1927.
The same year, Mississippi River flooded its banks, affecting the river valley between St. Louis and New Orleans.  It’s recorded as the most destructive flood the country has ever seen, and spurred a lot of working class migration out of the South toward cities like Chicago and Detroit.

The Cardinals won the World Series in 1926, displacing the Browns as St. Louis’ most beloved baseball team.  The Cardinals went on to win the National League pennant in 1928 too.

A major industrial hub since the mid-1800’s, St. Louis was suffering a huge pollution problem, largely owing to coal dust and rendering plants.  Major pollution regulation was finally enacted in 1923, but to provide an idea what conditions were like: Forest Park was losing its trees and evergreens could no longer grow here, the Missouri Botanical Garden was nearly forced to relocate, the city library had to replace parts of its smoke-addled collection of books, and at a point in the 1930s, people had to drive around with headlights and streetlights lit during the day to navigate the dark veil of smog.  (Decrease in reliance on coal energy in the later 20th Century probably had more to do with improved conditions than pollution regulation.)

Also in 1923, voters passed a bond issue to begin major city renovations, a sort of extension of the City Beautiful movement (which did a lot to transform our cities from dingy clustered heaps of industry to the more manicured icons we know today).  This including paving a lot of city streets that were previously cobblestone and constructing parks and hospitals.  It also marked the demise of many old buildings near the riverfront.  Under the bond issue, a sizable swath of land extending from the river was demolished and resculpted.  Decades later, the forefront of this location, the Gateway Mall, became home to the Arch.

Maya Angelou, Miles Davis, Shelley Winters, Jack Buck, and Chuck Berry were born in St. Louis in the 1920s as well.  Hehe, of course, no one knew these were events of particular note at the time.

At Washington University in 1922, the “Compton Effect” was discovered and documented, earning Arthur Holly Compton a Nobel Prize in physics

The St. Louis Zoo, frequently cited as one of the world’s best public zoos, unofficially began with the Flight Cage at the 1904 fair, but really grew into what it is now starting in the 1920s.

Unable to turn a profit under Prohibition, the Lemp brewery (originators of the Falstaff brand, and once the largest brewer in St. Louis before Anheuser-Busch earned the title) saw its downfall.  It was partitioned and sold off to other companies.  The Lemp family has an interesting and tragic history all its own, really - worth looking into if you want to know more about St. Louis.

A lot of cities like to claim to be the birthplace of jazz. Whatever you believe - with all the blues wafting in the air from the riverboat entertainment, the city’s prominent ragtime background, the large German population’s traditional music heavy with bass and drums, enterprisers like Charlie Creath, and the arrival of Jelly Roll Morton and his stride piano sound - St. Louis certainly played a part in the coagulation of musical styles into jazz.
In 1925, Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong recorded one of the more renowned renditions of “St. Louis Blues” , an already popular song said to have inspired the foxtrot.

Also, though this falls just outside the 1920s and just outside St. Louis, the deadly and infamous 1917 East St. Louis riots might be of interest to you as well.  The turmoil was born of increasing antagonism toward black laborers in the belief that WWI servicemen would have no jobs to return to.  Sadly, as we’ve seen nearly a full century later, this area hasn’t much outgrown the demons of its past.

Well, there’s a bit.  I’m forgetting plenty, I’m sure…but I hope that answers your question to some extent. =)

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12 January, 2019

Asteroid to Hit Earth, Say Scientists – Impact expected in 13 days

13 January, 2019

Widespread Rioting in Asteroid Chaos – Paris, LA in flames, military law in Bejing

14 January, 2019

State of Emergency Declared in 12 StatesFederal emergency powers invoked; President Clinton calls for calm

15 January, 2019

Overnight Rise of the Asteroid Cult – Apocalyptic group gains 450m members in 24 hours

16 January 2019

Mass Criminality in LondonMetropolitan police fail to stem tide of property crime

17 January, 2019

Marriages, Divorces SkyrocketRecord numbers of people tie the knot, fall out; courts overwhelmed

18 January, 2019

Asteroid is Slowing Down - Scientists say asteroid must be a spacecraft

19 January, 2019

Are We Doomed Anyway? - Asteroid cultists prophecy asteroid contains alien invasion army

20 January, 2019

We Are Not AloneCourse change proves asteroid is artificial; will orbit Earth

21 January, 2019

Welcome to Earth‘Welcome Party’ group on TwitterBook reaches 2 billion members

22 January, 2019

World Leaders in Message to AliensHeads of state welcome aliens in general assembly message at UN

23 January, 2019

Astronauts Prepare for Alien ContactSpacecraft ready to launch; still no reply from alien ship

24 January, 2019

Was it Something We Said?Second course change shows asteroid ship will pass Earth

25 January 2019

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26 January, 2019

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IMPORTANT TO MY COUNTRY, MEXICO

To my dearest followers, PLEASE spare a minute or two to save my country’s free internet, please, I know tumblr is powerful enough to shut the mouth of our government.

You may not know, but in my country they want to approve some law called Ley Telecom, which attempts against our rights in many ways.

But which ways are those?

  1. We will be obliged to give our mobile’s location if the authorities think is necessary, which means in my country that if some authority linked to some drug dealer who wants to locate me, they will be able to do so and kill me.
  2. If it “risks our government’s security” they have the right to black out all telecommunication signals, meaning bye bye all information about corruption.
  3. If it was valid right now, they’d block my blog for publishing the information I’m saying right now.
  4. Internet companies are obliged to have a list of every user’s habits and likes. WTF? Stalker much?
  5. Even if you have the fastest internet in the country, they will be able to slow it down as much as they want in certain webpages.

So, please, I’m begging you, spread the word so Mexico can be Internet free, please.

ripped from the headlines

30 October 2015

cassini gets squirted on by enceladus,
NASA gets a boner

antiques roadshow presents more ugly garbage
that only stupid people would pay actual money for

ellen degeneres dons orange-face, no one is outraged…
because fuck the kardashians.

people overdosing in brothels isn’t news

russia, china, north korea, and U.S.
bring world to the brink of WWIII,
crickets chirp

sugar is poison, but fuck it
it’s halloween

e-cig blows up in man’s face
and puts him in a coma,
welcome to flavor country

guy collects pennies for 45 years,
about $5,000 worth,
has God for a financial advisor.

china ends one-child policy,
Apple stock soars %50.

bacon is delicious

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Today's Main Headlines: July 17, 2014 Edition

This is a new, simple feature I’m going to try to do here and there. I think it’s important in helping one gain an understand of media bias, the importance of language, and simply put, priorities of news outlets. 

One can start to see patterns, some laughable (the all caps), some sad. Most obvious if you pay attention.

Here are tonight’s current main headlines:

  • CNN: MISSILE DOWNED JET, U.S. SAYS
  • Al-Jazeera America: Israeli military launches ground invasion of the Gaza Strip
  • BBC: Malaysian jet crashes in Ukraine
  • Fox News: Hamas warns Israel ‘will pay’ as military launches Gaza ground operation
  • MSNBC: Plane shot down by surface to air missile
  • CBS News: Malaysia Airlines plane with 298 on board shot down over Ukraine
  • ABC News: Israel launches 'ground phase’ in Gaza battle
  • Yahoo! News: FedEx charges will illegal drug shipments
  • NPR: U.S. Officials: Airliner That Crashed in Ukraine Likely Shot Down
  • The Blaze: A New Phase of Operation Protective Edge
  • Huffington Post: IT WAS SHOT DOWN!
  • Drudge Report: ISRAEL LAUNCHES GAZA GROUND INVASION
  • BuzzFeed: Official say missile hit Malaysian plane: 'Blown Out of the Sky’
  • The Guardian: Missile destroys Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine, killing 298
  • Washington Post: Missile attack takes down Malaysian plane over Ukraine
  • Jerusalem’s Post: As IAF continues to strike Gaza, Palestinians report more deaths
  • Palestine News Network: Israeli military base attacked by a group of Palestinians north of Jerusalem
  • U.S. News & World Report: State Department calls deaths of Gaza boys 'horrifying;’ says Israel must not target civilians
  • The Onion: Everyone In Middle East Given Own Country In 317,000,000-State Solution
  • US Weekly: Whoa! Kim Kardashian Shares Bikini Picture of Her “Lady Lumps”
  • Perez Hilton: Liv Tyler Has A Confession About Her Gorgeous Leftovers Co-star Justin Theroux: And Yes, It Has To Do With What’s In His Pants!

An Interview with the Former Weekly World News Editor Who Created Bat Boy 

Every supermarket checkout stand in America is boring and prosaic these days. Sure, there’s plenty of news about Lindsay Lohan and Brangelina, but in the 80s and 90s there was an outlet for ridiculous, made-up stories called Weekly World News. Early on, its headlines were just fake enough to not be considered fraud, but just true enough to grab your attention.

They often relied on existing myths and conspiracies, like the lumberjack who kept Bigfoot as a love slave. Sometimes they would co-opt religious imagery, as when a giant Jesus went all Godzilla on the UN. But nothing had the staying power of Bat Boy.

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Bat Boy was easily the paper’s greatest contribution to pop culture. According to a Washington Post article titled "All the News That Seemed Unfit to Print,“ the writer Bob Lind was inspired to write the headline "Bat Child Found in Cave” when he saw an image that artist Dick Kulpa had created almost by accident. But the Post didn’t talk to Kulpa about what was in his head when he accidentally birthed part of America’s cultural imagination. So I did.

I wanted to know why he inserted this ghoul into the nightmares of every American who shopped for groceries in the late 20th century. Instead of a feisty old retired yellow journalist, he turned out to be a friendly cartoonist who still occasionally puts Bat Boy into his work. He did have some choice words for The Onion, though.

VICE: Hi, Dick. How did you get a job at Weekly World News?
Dick Kulpa: I started out as a freelance illustrator working long distance from Akron, Illinois, and I produced drawings for these guys. Nine artists were in contention for this, and they all fell by the wayside. I did something like 85 drawings over the course of a year, many of them with under 24 hours notice. When they discovered I could write headlines, I was invited to try out for the staff, and I did, and within two days I was hired full-time. 

What were your contributions, other than Bat Boy?
My natural capabilities are in story editing and editorial. I used that throughout my life as my tool to express myself. But there’s a difference between artists and editorial artists. I used to rewrite scripts sent to me by comics magazines years ago, and it was something because I had to pop up the punch lines, etc, and make it so a reader, when they read it, gets a payoff. That was my calling, basically. I could come up with all sorts of story ideas of this nature, and did. That was my value. Those people on that staff were top-notch people.

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