Jason Cochran

Stuff you never knew you never knew

Category: Blog

Feb

25

2015

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A soldier who loved his sweetie to the bone

Tweet Here’s a delightful anecdote: A Civil War soldier had his leg amputated, and while he recovered in the hospital, he carved this pin for his sweetheart out of his own leg bone. Who’s this lucky gal Lizzie, you ask? Well, we will never know, because he died of infection before he could tell the […]

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Feb

24

2015

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The world’s most expensive selfie surfaces after four centuries

It's Van Dyck's self-portrait, from the late 1630s. Now the world's most expensive selfie is one of its oldest.

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Feb

10

2015

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“But how do you pay for your travels?”

There are steadily tweeting travelers who are quick to count the countries they have seen and flout their upgrades, but who confesses the dollars that made it happen? Sure, we all want to visit Yap and Bhutan, and it's very nice to see that Instagram shot from that Grenada all-inclusive, but be honest: Do I really stand a chance of seeing it, too?

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Jan

16

2015

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Letter from freed slave Jordan Anderson to his former master

Tweet I didn’t write this. It’s a by a man named Jordan Anderson, who with one letter achieved more for blistering satire than an entire bookshelf of Hitchens or Vidal. It’s a blast of sarcasm so well-contained it could give you goose bumps. I love it. It’s a simple setup. Former slave owner Colonel Patrick Henry Anderson returned […]

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Jan

14

2015

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‘Cabaret’: The Menace is Fading Because Berlin’s So Cool Now

Tweet The current revival of Cabaret on Broadway is a perfect copy of the revival that opened in 1998. Back then, a mostly unknown actor named Alan Cumming instantly made his career by emerging from darkness to play the Emcee, and Natasha Richardson was his Sally Bowles. The show played in a ruined theatre, the Henry […]

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Dec

30

2014

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How much do the Sharks make per episode? The Sony hack revealed it

Leaked emails between Mark Cuban and his negotiators reveal how much ABC offered to pay him per episode.

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Dec

29

2014

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Introducing the JasonCochran.com Redesign—Now It’s Your Turn

After 200 posts and 4 1/2 years, my site has received a refresh. Take a look—what do you think?

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Dec

7

2014

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How Abe Lincoln Became Our Hero Because a Cow Ate a Weed

Pioneer people lived in terror of "milk sickness." They could not figure out why you'd die if you drank some milk but not other milk. It changed American history.

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Sep

17

2014

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Guidebook of the Year

Tweet I have received the Gold award for Guidebook of the Year in the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition, which is presented by the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation. The competition is judged by faculty members of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. It is considered by many, including […]

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Sep

3

2014

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Hollywood studios should be National Historic Landmarks

Americans know where the Star-Spangled Banner was written (Baltimore harbor) and where Lincoln was shot (Ford’s Theatre). But where on this planet did the Wicked Witch of the West melt or Bogie say, “Here’s looking at you, kid.” The Alamo happened at the Alamo, but where did Darth Vader say, “Luke, I am your father.”? It happened somewhere.

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