Jason Cochran

Stuff you never knew you never knew

Category: Blog

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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Dec

31

2013

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Omnisciencia

I have self-diagnosed myself with omnisciencia. It's the debilitating state that develops when you try to keep up with everything that's going on.

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Dec

17

2013

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A Walt Disney World guidebook for the rest of us

Most of the other Disney guides seemed to be crypto-valentines. The market was missing a guide to Walt Disney World written for the way most of us react to the resort.

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Dec

4

2013

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New Zealand, Savior of American Cinematic History

Ironically, the heedless way the world viewed silent movies was the very thing that allowed these copies to survive unnoticed at the end of the consumption chain.

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