It's a new year (thankfully), time to clear out some of the virtual inventory cluttering up my portion of cyberspace. So: My 1st Annual New Year's Half Off Sale & Humorous History Blog. First, thanks for reading my Biking France blog, which, due to the pandemic, wasn't so much about cycling in France the past … Continue reading My 1st Annual Holiday Half-Price Sale & Strange, Holiday-Related Historical Stories
This is the third and final part of my history of the invention of the bicycle. Here's the link to Part 1 and the link to Part 2. From the New York Times, August 22, 1867 … So the improved velocipede, the one we see so frequently in the streets [of Paris] mounted by fashionably dressed … Continue reading Inventing the Bicycle, Part 3: The Pedal-Power Revolution (1840 to 1867)
This is Part 2 of my dive into the history of the bicycle. Here’s the link to Part 1. Baron Von Drais and his machine ... and fancy riding outfit! We’re up to the early 1800s. It took a while for news to travel back then, but travel it did around the world. For example, … Continue reading Inventing the Bicycle, Part 2: Velocipede Fever (1817 to 1820)
Who invented the bicycle? The French say it was Michaux and seem to have forgotten about their countrymen Blanchard and Sivrac. “Nein” say the Germans, it was the Baron Von Drais, everyone knows this. And then there are the Scots, who say these claims are rubbish and the honor rightly belongs to our Macmillan and … Continue reading Inventing the Bicycle, Part 1: The Horseless Carriage and Celerifere (1779 to 1791)
Surely you’ve watched It’s A Wonderful Life a few times. And perhaps shed a tear or two. Which means you’re ready for the official, world championship It’s A Wonderul Life Trivia Contest created by Susan and me. Here are the questions, the answers are down below, just past the photo of Nick. And yes, I know this has nothing … Continue reading It’s A Wonderful Life Trivia Contest!