Jason Cochran

Stuff you never knew you never knew

Category: Blog

Aug

21

2014

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Think times are bad? Here’s some perspective

Time is littered with epochs that were far more alarming and far less hopeful than our own.

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Aug

11

2014

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Awesome photos of Walt Disney World from the early ’70s

A treasure trove of family snapshots from our visits to the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World in 1973 and the mid-1970s. The place has changed so much it'll blow your mind.

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Aug

7

2014

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Why I’m Leaving Facebook—And the Reason May Surprise You

Tweet If you clicked on this because of that dumb teaser headline, that’s why I’m leaving Facebook. It’s not totally because the privacy concerns. Yes, they are annoying, particularly when the company keeps nibbling away at both its promises and your ability to choose what to make public. When we signed up for social media, we all agreed […]

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Aug

3

2014

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I’m the guest on this week’s Amateur Traveler podcast about Orlando

Tweet The award-winning travel podcast Amateur Traveler invited me to talk about Orlando’s past, present, and future and to share some of my best tips for visiting the theme parks. As usual, I have a lot to say about the place, some of which may ruffle some feathers. It made for an interesting episode. My […]

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Jun

24

2014

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Erasing Lefcourt: Historic Art Deco ceiling ripped out of 1928 building

The loss of the glorious Art Deco ceiling of Manhattan's Lefcourt Clothing Center is just another loss in the rags-to-riches-to-oblivion tale of Lefcourt himself.

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May

10

2014

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Highclere Castle, aka Downton, lets me look inside

So I went to Downton Abbey. The people who run it seem to want to call it Highclere Castle. I didn't see any cannon or dragons or battlements, but if they want to call it a castle, I won't argue, because they're rich.

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Apr

29

2014

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Henry James’ muses, the bust in his dining room, and a sort of secret dynasty

"I was very strongly drawn to him and, in spite of the difference in our ages, a great attachment sprang up between us."

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Apr

18

2014

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The cupboard under Charles Darwin’s stairs

This is the cupboard under the stairs in Down House where Charles Darwin stored the evidence of his explosive theory for nearly two decades.

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Jan

7

2014

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Both of my current books are now out!

As of now, my two current Frommer's guides are officially released! One came out in November, and one is just released. For your health's sake, I do not recommend writing two entire 256-page books at once.

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Jan

4

2014

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The polite omissions of James Buchanan’s Wheatland tour

James Buchanan was a lousy president and probably loved another man. What does the museum at his home in Lancaster, PA, have to say?

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