There just aren't that many funny wills around that are devised with the intention of rendering the last word in a bad marriage or to dispense petty revenge on those who remained above-ground - that is why we found these two columns so amusing.
During the closing days of 1937, Clarence Beck, Attorney General for the State of Kansas made a radio address on the Mutual Broadcasting System concerning the growing popularity of Marijuana:
"It Is estimated the Narcotic Bureau of the New York Police Department in 1936 alone destroyed almost 40,000 pounds of marijuana plants, found growing within the city limits. Because of its rapidly increasing use, Marijuana demands a price as high as $60 a pound." (continued)
Click here to read a 1930s magazine article about Mexican Dope smuggling.
Multiple and myriad are the clever epigrams that have been attributed to the famed Anglo-Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950) - and attached you'll find additional chestnuts to add to the list. These particular ones recall the bon mots he tossed out while prattling-on with various assorted glitterati of his day; yapers like Clare Boothe Luce, Orson Welles, Judith Anderson and tennis champ Helen Wills.
Everyone who has ever seriously pursued the study of German Army uniforms of the Nineteenth and early Twentieth centuries has had to refer to this book at one time or another. Written in German and illustrated with over 34 color drawings, this book has become a classic with its text and illustrations reproduced in many books during the course of the last 100 years.
The book provides detailed information and schematic illustrations as to the uniform colors and fabric for each regiment, pickelaub insignias and the unique headgear and coloring of each service branch that is represented in the trim. There are illustrations of each of the the E.M. regimental shoulder insignias from the numerous German principalities (Prussian, Saxon, Brunswick, etc, etc). The book is not in good shape but it is clearly serviceable as a handy reference guide; the pages are still sturdy although water stained, as the attached images clearly indicate.
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Statistically, "Anderson" is the the 12th most common surname in the United States and there are 894,704 Americans who bare this last name. The name stems from two sources: Scottish and Scandinavian. Both are derived from the Greek word Andreas, which means strong, manly or courageous.
In America today there are many Andersons high in achievement, some of them still spelling their name Andersen, who were born in Sweden, Norway or Denmark. This article broadly outlines the great and famous Andersons, the ones who have walked the halls of Congress, thrived in business, written the books, preached from the pulpits and fought the wars.
Oddly, very little column space is devoted to the infamous Andersons (ie. Confederate thug "Bloody Bill" Anderson).
The most common last name in the English speaking world (except Canada) is "Smith" - read about it...