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“At North Carolina Medical College [educational researcher Abraham] Flexner quoted a faculty member: ‘It is idle to talk of real laboratory work for students so ignorant and clumsy. Many of them, gotten through advertising, would make better farmers.” – From “The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History” by John M. Barry (2004) […]

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– Other than the first appearance of the Miscellany link dump, what are the 10 “most significant events in North Carolina history”? – What, you thought Wilbur and Orville flew to Kitty Hawk? – John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Nina Simone, Max Roach and Billy Taylor born here, Dizzy Gillespie educated here,  Billy Strayhorn inspired here […]

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“It was common for Scots-Irish extended families and even large segments of clans to settle in the same region. In Catawba County, North Carolina, over 300 Alexander families were identified in the first census of the United States in 1790.” — From “Southern Culture: An Introduction” by John Beck, Wendy Jean Frandsen and Aaron Randall […]

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That’s cane, as in sugar cane. But one purveyor of Cheerwine does liken the fizzy beverage to “adult crack.” Salisbury’s gift to the world has experienced a mysterious uptick in sales, so says Wednesday’s New York Times.

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“Civil War soldiers often signed their names at mustering sites before heading off to fight. Countless signatures have been painted over. But on a plaster wall at the courthouse in Gates County, N.C., you can still see signatures dated June 12, 1861. One signer was 18-year-old John Gatling, who survived the war and returned to […]

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In one of his songs, Eminem raps: Now this looks like a job for me So everybody, just follow me Cause we need a little, controversy I’ll take these words to heart and point out a recent news article that covers a controversy that we don’t seem to have blogged about since 2007. Well! We […]

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Unsettling news indeed: The “well-being” of North Carolinians reportedly ranks 36th in the nation. Gallup’s composite index weighs 20 factors, such as stress, obesity, job satisfaction, nighttime safety, happiness…. Happiness? Tar Heels come up short in happiness? Why, it hasn’t been that long ago — the ’70s, actually — that John Shelton Reed was explaining […]

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I noticed the following article in a clipping (from an issue of USA Today) posted at my local coffee shop: NASA launches search for ‘moon trees’ Of course, this led me to wonder where North Carolina’s “moon trees” are located. According to NASA’s Moon Tree web page, we have two known trees (both sycamores), one […]

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– By golly, that is a harp seal! – R.I.P., Appalachian Cultural Museum. – “You simply take a piece of wood and cut out everything that doesn’t look like a duck.” – David Brinkley ate here. – If you run into Bigfoot, ask him if he’s seen an Eastern cougar.

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The Mickey Mouse watch made a memorable, Macy’s-jamming debut in 1933, but it wasn’t the only Depression-era consumer product calling on the mouse’s clout. Pinback buttons such as this one promoted dozens of  bread and milk brands (as well as “undies,” “hose,” radios,  peanut butter and dental hygiene). This postcard suggests how kids played the […]

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