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The Tentacles of Time

Day of the Tentacle – In my younger days, the NES version of Maniac Mansion was a favorite of mine. It was bowdlerized somewhat from the original computer version, particularly in terms of Nurse Edna’s sexually suggestive comments. Nintendo initially … Continue reading

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American Birdbrain

You’ve probably heard the story about how Benjamin Franklin wanted the American national bird to be the turkey instead of the bald eagle. I first learned it on a first-grade field trip to the Philadelphia Zoo, and I remember one … Continue reading

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Nobody’s Business But the Turk’s

It’s been a while since I did a post on a game (of the non-video variety, anyway), but I recently thought of something fascinating I read as a kid, namely the story of a chess-playing automaton. Built in 1770 by … Continue reading

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