Watercooler 8/9 Open Thread: Weird Homes and Dumb Crooks

watercoolerWelcome back to another installment of the Watercooler, RedState’s daily Open Thread! Today, we’ve got…


Weird News

Once upon a time I used to be an architecture student, and while I never went pro (nor, to be honest, wanted to) the bug stuck, so these first stories about property management and building construction struck me as particularly interesting…



This Week In History

  • Sunday, 8/6: Battle of  Oriskany, 1777; ironclad CSS Arkansas scuttled, 1862; Hiroshima bombed, 1945
  • Monday, 8/7: Whiskey Rebellion suppressed, 1794; Marines land on Guadalcanal, 1942; Lincoln Memorial penny enters circulation, 1959
  • Tuesday, 8/8: Lee resigns (refused on receipt), 1863; B-36 Peacemaker first flies, 1946; CSS Hunley raised, 2000
  • Wednesday, 8/9: Thoreau’s Walden published, 1854; Smokey Bear debuts in US Forest Service ads, 1944; Fat Man dropped on Nagasaki, 1945
  • Thursday, 8/10: Smithsonian chartered, 1846; U.S. Steel strike begins, 1901; Candid Camera debuts on TV, 1948
  • Friday, 8/11: Babe Ruth’s 500th homer, 1929; Alcatraz prison opens, 1934; actress Hedy Lamarr patents frequency-hopping radio, 1942
  • Saturday, 8/12: North Korean mass-murder of POW’s, 1950; Space Shuttle Enterprise’s first free flight, 1977; IBM PC released, 1981

Today’s Birthdays: Actors Robert Shaw, 1927, and Sam Elliott, 1944; author Jonathan Kellerman, 1949; actresses Melanie Griffith, 1957, and Gillian Anderson, 1968

Holidays Around the World: It’s National Day in Singapore, National Women’s Day in South Africa and Battle of Gangut Day in Russia. (Cue #NeverTrumpDerangementSyndrome flying-monkeys screaming “COLLUSION!” in 5… 4… 3… 2… 1… )


This Week In History is compiled with assistance from History.com and Wikipedia. Something interesting not listed here? Please share in the Comments section–this is an Audience Participation Encouraged featurette.

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Quote of the Day

The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they’re going to have some pretty annoying virtues.


–Elizabeth Taylor

As always, the Watercooler is an Open Thread. The floor’s all yours for the discussions of the day…

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