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“See you later, alligator…”*


The original Alligator Farm dates back to 1906 and was located in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The Farm was started by Joseph ‘Alligator Joe’ Campbell and Francis Victor, Sr. The two men amassed a small fortune by capturing and putting on display hundreds of reptiles.

In 1907, Alligator Joe met Francis Earnest, a one-time mining camp cook, and they decided to move the exhibit to Southern California by railcar. They hung a banner over the side of the train advertising the Los Angeles Alligator Farm and unloaded the animals at the corner of Mission Road and Lincoln Park Avenue in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. Earnest already owned the Ostrich Farm next door…

Micechat blogger Samland tells a tale of tails… of Hollywood and reptiles…

The full story– and lots more photos– at “A Story With Bite – Remembering the California Alligator Farm“…

* Bill Haley


As we rethink that handbag choice, we might spare a thought for Earle Dickson; he died on this date in 1961.  Dickson, concerned that his wife, Josephine Knight, often cut herself while doing housework and cooking, devised a way she could easily apply her own dressings.  He prepared ready-made bandages by placing squares of cotton gauze at intervals along an adhesive strip and covering them with crinoline.  In the event, all his wife had to do was cut off a length of the strip and wrap it over her cut.  Dickson, who worked as a cotton buyer at Johnson & Johnson, took his idea to his employer… and the Band-Aid was born.


Written by (Roughly) Daily

September 21, 2013 at 1:01 am

Amo, amas, amat (or, “Classicists conjugate in all moods”)…

From the ever-amusing Dinosaur Comics

Now one can push the envelope of metasyntax in dozens of languages, thanks to the free Verbix Online Verb Conjugator.

As we parse away, we might recall that it was during a rain storm on this date in 1843 that, according to a U.S. Weather Bureau report, an alligator fell from the sky onto Anson Street in Charleston, S.C.


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