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On This Date, Jehovah’s Witnesses Made Yankee Stadium History

On This Date, Jehovah’s Witnesses Made Yankee Stadium History

Ephemera, History
Here's some baseball-related trivia for you -- on August 3, 1958, the largest one-day crowd in history filled Yankee Stadium. But they weren't Yankees fans hoping to catch a glimpse of Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, or Whitey Ford. They were Jehovah's Witnesses attending their religion's yearly Divine Will International Assembly. Here's a vintage postcard commemorating the event. The 1958 convention was split between Yankee Stadium and the nearby Polo Grounds in Manhattan. The August 3 crowd at the House That Ruth Built numbered 123,707, a record that stood throughout the rest of the stadium's history.
Music from the Worst Album Covers — Ken, By Request Only

Music from the Worst Album Covers — Ken, By Request Only

Album Cover of the Week, Music
While opinions vary as to what the worst album covers of all-time are, By Request Only invariably shows up on just about every top 10 list. To be honest I don't really see why. Sure, it's kind of cheesy and good for a cheap laugh -- but is it really bad? I don't think so, but I'm just one man. Regardless, I made it my mission to track down this album -- issued only under the mysterious name "Ken" -- and check it out. So here's what you need to know. Ken is actually Ken Snyder, and By Request Only is a fairly typical contemporary Christian music album from the mid '70s. That is to say it's basically traditional gospel infused with contemporary country and even a little bit of rhythm and blues. The first track, "He Loves Me So," gives you a good idea of what you're in for on the rest ...
All-American Fear

All-American Fear

TV & Radio
The first clue that the Florida Family Association has their collective heads up their asses should be in the name. Instead of being intellectually honest and branding his organization with a name like Scared White Fundamentalist Christians, FFA founder David Caton chose a deliberately vague moniker. After all, if you don't agree with the positions of the Florida Family Association then you must be against families, right? And what kind of monster is against families? Apparently, the monsters on TLC's now-controversial reality show All-American Muslim are. Despite TLC's transparent attempts to hide the truth, the FFA wants us to remember that all Muslims are by nature evil and anti-American. So really, Caton and his group are doing the Lord's work by exposing this cancer on society.
Gray Flannel Fotos: The Ten Commandments in Lake George

Gray Flannel Fotos: The Ten Commandments in Lake George

Photography
Here's a classic from the archives that I just got around to processing. It was taken in the Valley View Chapel, located on Route 9N in Ticonderoga, New York. I and Mrs. Suit happened upon this while driving around on vacation in Lake George several years ago, on a crisp autumn afternoon. The chapel, which was founded in 1901, sits adjacent to a cemetery. It's not evident from this photograph, but the chapel appears to be little more than a tourist attraction at this point. The doors were all left wide open (this was October, mind you) and dead leaves fluttered all around the small chapel. Still, most of the structure and furniture appear to be in decent shape. I shot this because I always love the look of stained glass in churches, and the design on this one is simple yet striki...
Yadda yadda yadda…the end. (or, classics of human thought get the AutoSummarize treatment)

Yadda yadda yadda…the end. (or, classics of human thought get the AutoSummarize treatment)

Funny Stuff
Words.  Who has time for them, right?  I know I don't, and you probably don't either.  So, inspired by Jason Huff's AutoSummarize project of the 100 most-downloaded copyright-free books, I decided to gather a broader sampling of humanity's greatest achievements in the form of books, speeches, songs and other works, and run them through Microsoft Word's ever-handy AutoSummarize feature.  Prepare to expand your mind in 10-sentence fragments. Moby Dick by Herman Melville white whale, shirr! The White Whale, the White Whale!" "WHAT whale?" White Whale—no." Ship, old ship! The Dying Whale. The Whale Watch. Man, man! "The whale! "The whale, the whale! The Book of Genesis 19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it
OK God, lemme have it!  (‘it’ being a natural gas pipeline)

OK God, lemme have it! (‘it’ being a natural gas pipeline)

Mental Debris
I try to keep things light around here, and therefore relatively free of politics.  But this is simply too rich to pass up.  It's a video of vice presidential candidate and current Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, delivering a speech to the Wasilla Assembly of God (her one-time church). According to the video uploader, the speech was delivered about three months ago, so it's not a long-lost nugget from Palin's past like the video of her as a young sportscaster or the pictures of her as an aspiring beauty queen.  And that means it's fair game. I'm not going to get into the strictly spiritual aspects of this clip, as I try to maintain a healthy level of respect for the religious beliefs of others.  But a few things stood out as rather disturbing - see if you can guess what they are!