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An empire under water

An empire under water

In its glory days, the Roman coastal city of Baiae was the Mar-a-Lago of its time. Roman leaders and the elite had vacation villas there, including Julius Caesar and Caligula. Seneca described Baiae as a “vortex of luxury” and “harbour of vice.” It didn’t last. After 600 years, the resort town was sacked by Muslim […]

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Grandpa Lazlo played for the Copywriters

Grandpa Lazlo played for the Copywriters

Found this old photo of my grandfather, Lazlo Overhead, who played college football for the Nebraska Copywriters, before they became the Cornhuskers. Copywriting and football run in the family. Okay, I’m lying. Lazlo played for the Carlile Copywriters, not Nebraska. And before being called the Cornhuskers, Nebraska’s team was known as the Bugeaters (no lie). […]

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Happy Evolution, America

Happy Evolution, America

“Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence, and deem them like the arc of the covenant, too sacred to be touched. They ascribe to the men of the preceding age a wisdom more than human, and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment. I knew that age well; I belonged to it, and […]

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Greatest 273 words ever?

Greatest 273 words ever?

And such fine penmanship In my mind, these are the greatest 273 words ever written. If you have better ones, let’s see them. Gettysburg Address 273 words 10 sentences 2 minutes 51,112 American deaths over 3 days (almost as many as the entire Vietnam war) “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth […]

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