Monthly Archives: October 2012

  • America's Most Haunted

    Posted on October 31, 2012


    When I was just a ragamuffin, my pappy used to love scaring the wits out of me with ghost stories around the fireplace. He told me tales of cemeteries he'd been to that made strange sounds, an overnight stay in a tavern that he swore was haunted, and a ship that disappeared during the revolutionary war. Sometimes he'd even make swooping shadows on the walls with his hands--it was enough to keep me too frightened to fall asleep until the sun showed itself!

    Ghost tales are as old as America itself, and America is a pretty haunted place. Why, you can see for yourself over at the Huffington Post, who recently compiled this list of America's Most Haunted Places. From Alcatraz in San Francisco, CA to the Lizzie Borden House in Fall River, MA, there's no shortage of ghoulish legends in the history of this country.

    And to keep you company while you spin spooky tales over the fire, why not take along my Original Popcorn Popper to keep your spellbound audience company?

    Have a happy and safe Halloween, folks!

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  • Day 61 of Jacob's Journey: Arrival in Cincinnati

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    Cincinnati in 1841. Image via


    October 1, 1819


    Land ho! Today as the boat drifted down the Ohio, away from the grassy fields and leaf blanketed forests, we suddenly got a fizzing glimpse up ahead of a bustling weave of people, dirt streets, buildings and carriages. Could it be after four weeks on the waterway we've finally reached The Queen City of the West?


    First order of business is finding a boardinghouse with a stable for Pioneer until I can secure some land of my own. The second will be scouting the city streets for a suitable site for my factory. I've already named it. It will be called the The Bromwell Brush & Wire Goods Company. Catchy, no? And when there's enough supplies to be sold, I plan on peddling the wares up and down along the river to the folks who live along there.


    I wished my traveling companions fair thee well and I've told Benjamin and Stogie to look for the goods company so we can trade bourbon and riddles soon. Right now, I'm looking as thin as Job's turkey, so it's time for some grub!

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  • Day 54 of Jacob's Journey: A Wild and Woolly Winter

    Posted on October 17, 2012

    Image via Fox Haven Journal


    September 25, 1819


    It's now officially autumn and that means 'tis the season for Woolly Bear caterpillars, which turn into Tiger moths. With our flatboat stopped, we disembarked and I took Pioneer for a walk and some grass and found one of the little critters amongst the leaves. Brown, black and fuzzy, he instinctively curled up in the palm of my hand when I picked him up for a closer look. Legend has it that the brown band in their center can indicate what kind of winter we can expect. Less brown means a harsher winter, more brown a mild one, and then there's the combination that says we're smack in the middle.


    Snow in moderation seems to be the message the little fellow I picked up was telling me, but I'm taking no chances: when my factory is up and running, I'm producing plenty of items to keep those home fires burning bright, such as this Vintage Coal Hod. With this handy dandy hod by your hearth's side, you'll be able to keep your fireplace clean or a steady supply of firewood or wood chips nearby to keep those home fires burning bright. No matter what the woolly bear says.

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