The Myth Of The Great Chicago Fire! Additional More Deadly Fires Broke Out The Same Day!


(PCM) Over the years all of us have surely heard some version of the story about how the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 broke out. The devastating blaze killed more than 250 people, left over 100,000 homeless, destroyed 17,400 buildings and burned more than 2,000 acres of land, but did you know that the Great Chicago Fire was not the deadliest blaze to break out on that fateful day of October 8.

While the Great Chicago Fire is the most well-known blaze to start on this day there was actually a bigger and more deadly fire that broke out in Northeast Wisconsin. The Peshtigo Fire also broke out on October 8, 1871 and has been referred to as the most devastating forest fire in American history. The Peshtigo fire killed 1,152 people, burned through 16 towns and over 1.2 million acres of land before it was finally extinguished.

There are many legends about how both of these fires actually began, as the popular story of Mrs. O’Leary’s jumpy milking cow kicking over a bucket started the Great Chicago Fire or that railroad workers clearing land for new tracks unintentionally started a brush fire that led to the Peshtigo blaze. Others lean towards the myth that a very large and fiery meteorite fell from the sky on this day, hence explaining why deadly blazes popped up not only in Chicago and Wisconsin, but in parts of Michigan as well.

The Holland Fire, the Port Huron Fire, and the Manistee Fire all broke out in Michigan on the night of October 8th. Drought like conditions in the area are to blame for these three fires spreading much the same way as both the Great Chicago Fire and Peshtigo as well. The Holland, Port Huron, and Manistee fires were also rumored to be sparked from debris left around by railroad workers that were ignited.

While the Michigan fires did not reach the same devastation level as both Chicago and Peshtigo, they are each responsible for the deaths of between 50 to 100 people. However, due to the fact that the blaze too place in the Michigan wilderness, the true death toll was unable to be completely determined and some say that closer to 1,000 people lost their lives.

The survivors of the Great Chicago Fire, the Michigan fires and the Peshtigo fire never forgot what they’d been through; both blazes produced countless tales of bravery and heroism. But the fires also changed the way that firefighters and public officials thought about fire safety. On the 40th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, the Fire Marshals Association of North America (today known as the International Fire Marshals Association), decided that the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire should be observed not with festivities, but in a way that would keep the public informed about the importance of fire prevention. The commemoration grew to be official over the years and this spurned the birth of National Fire Prevention week as we know it today!

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Santa Claus Runs For Office In Alaska’s North Pole


(PCM) What are the odds that a man with the legal name of Santa Claus decides to run for office in the small town of North Pole, Alaska? Well, such is the case, as an Alaskan newspaper is reporting that a man named Santa Claus has just announced that he will be in the running for a seat on the City Council in the tiny city of North Pole, Alaska. The small city is located just south of Fairbanks and boasts a population of 2,000 individuals.

Santa Claus is the man’s legal name as it appears on his Alaska issued drivers license and he also happens to be the former president of the North Pole Chamber of Commerce. There are currently two seats available for election to the City Council, however no one has filed for the seats during the normal filing period. Wonder if he is saving one for Mrs.Claus?  Or how about Rudolph?

Either way, it would make perfect sense! You can read all about North Pole, Alaska’s very own Santa Claus and his political aspirations here!

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Sorority Sisters Called Out For Snapping Selfies During Arizona Diamondbacks Game


(PCM) We are sure that many of us do not realize quite how ridiculous we look when we are attempting to strike a pose in order to capture the perfect selfie. A group of sorority sister who were attending a recent Arizona Diamondbacks baseball game learned the hard way that you never know just who could be watching.

The girls were called out and ridiculed by the baseball game announcers once they took notice to the sheer amount of selfies the girls were snapping. A video was then posted on the Arizona Diamondbacks Facebook page and it quickly went viral.

Many found the clip to be harmless and funny, while others felt that the girls suffered unnecessary ridicule. We found it to be a true testament as to just how addicted the younger generation is to their phones and further cements the fact that sometimes we all need to just unplug and go out and enjoy life and actual human interaction every once in awhile (and the commentary for the announcers is pretty spot-on)

Due to the media frenzy over the baseball selfies the Arizona Diamondbacks and FOX Sports offered the sorority free tickets to an upcoming game, however they politely declined the offer and instead requested that the tickets be donated to a charity organization named A New Leaf which focuses on assisting families who are the victims of domestic violence.

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Gotta Love Karma! Woman Yells At A Black Bear Snacking On Her Kayak


(PCM) We probably laughed at this video a little more than we should have, in fact, we even had to watch it twice!  It just proves why you cannot mess with mother nature or interfere with the animal kingdom, as karma certainly has a way of turning itself around.

Just listening to this poor woman continuously yelling “Stop Bear”, as if the bear will somehow turn around and respond is hilarious to those of us with a twisted sense of humor. The woman even attempts to reason with the bear while it is making a snack out of her kayak saying “It’s not even food. It doesn’t even taste good”! The woman’s identity has not yet been officially revealed and all that we know is that she is from somewhere in Southeast Alaska, but she is quickly becoming a viral superstar.  The video has been viewed nearly 800,000 times!

Something tells us “Bear don’t eat my kayak” is going to be a new catchphrase throughout the rest of this year. And taking a page right out of the Honey Badger handbook, bear doesn’t give a sh*t! Sorry about your luck lady … maybe next time you will think twice before busting out the pepper spray.

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Happy Anniversary To The CD Player


(PCM) Despite the fact that the CD player may soon very well be a relic, it’s invention changed the course of musical history and the way that music fans around the world were able to experience their favorite tunes. It was on October 1, 1982 that Sony released the very first commercial CD player called the CDP-101 available only in Japan for approximately $1,600 dollars. In the years that followed, the CD players popularity would explode and soon millions of these compact music playing devices would be sold worldwide.

The Philips company also developed their own version of the common CD player, as they shared in the discovery of the technology with Sony. Their CD100 player was released in November of 1981, still only in Japan. It was not until March 1, 1983 that Sony was finally able to begin selling their CD players to a mass audience across the globe. Early CD players were massive or shelve top units and it wasn’t until 1984 that Sony unveiled the small and highly portable Discman.

Once the Discman arrived on the scene and CD players were becoming standard in the majority of automobiles the demand for cassette tapes which had overtaken vinyl diminished significantly.  Within five years of being on the market, the CD player completely overthrew cassette tapes and players altogether. It was the addition of the “skip” button on standard CD players that truly sealed the fate for both cassette tapes and vinyl, as with the later you had to either endlessly fast-forward or rewind or keep adjusting the record players needle to find one particular track on an album you were looking to play.

In recent years the CD player has been slowly replaced by Mp3 and other digital music players. CDs and CD players are viewed as being too bulky and a standard CD player can only spin one disc at at time, where as a digital music player can hold thousands upon thousands of songs all in one place.  It seems that within the next few years the beloved CD player will suffer the same fate as both cassette tapes and vinyl, although vinyl has definitely made quite a bit of resurgence in the past year or so. Only time will tell we suppose, but something tells us that the CD player will most likely not be making the same sort of resurgence as vinyl in the years to come.

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The Mysterious Disappearance Of James Dean’s Porsche


(PCM) As we look back on the tragic passing of 24-year old actor James Dean, who died as a result of injuries suffered during a car accident on September 30, 1955, there has been some new light shed on the mysterious disappearance of his Porsche Spyder that was involved in the horrific crash. There has been a long-standing rumor that the car, which Dean nicknamed “Little Bastard” is cursed as several strange incidents have occurred surrounding the car and its’ internal and external parts.

Right after the accident, the car is said to have rolled off the back of a tow truck crushing the legs of a mechanic who was standing nearby and when the car was broken down into parts and sold to buyers all over the country, even more strange incidents began to occur. The car’s engine, transmission and tires were all placed into other cars that were each involved in deadly crashes, and a truck carrying the Spyder’s chassis to a highway-safety exhibition skidded off the road, killing its driver. Since that time period, the additional remains of the car have mysteriously vanished from the accident scene and they have yet to be seen again.  That is perhaps until now, as a new mystery man has come forward and revealed that he may just know the whereabouts of Dean’s cursed “Little Bastard”.

During the 50th anniversary remembrance of Dean’s death back in 2005, Chicago’s Volo Auto Museum offered up a reward of $1 million to anyone who was willing to come forward with information about the cars whereabouts and allow them to purchase. The museum has received many tips over the years, but have thus far still been unable to locate the actual car, however just this year a man from Whatcom County, Washington contacted the museum and revealed that when he was a young boy in the 1960’s he witnessed a car being hidden behind the false wall of a building. The man’s story was incredibly detailed and he even recalled cutting his hand on a part of the vehicle at the time.

The man was asked to submit to a polygraph test and passed, however he does not own the building and has zero claim on the car that could be resting inside. Currently, the location is still being kept secret and both the man and the museum are trying work out some sort of agreement in regards to the $1 million in reward cash. There is no official paperwork on the table in regards to who actually owns the car and the museum is trying desperately to hash out the ownership issues so, that they can finally possibly unearth the car. We certainly hope this mystery can finally come to an end!

Details Surrounding The Death Of James Dean ( via

At 5:45 PM on this day in 1955, 24-year-old actor James Dean is killed in Cholame, California, when the Porsche he is driving hits a Ford Tudor sedan at an intersection. The driver of the other car, 23-year-old California Polytechnic State University student Donald Turnupseed, was dazed but mostly uninjured; Dean’s passenger, German Porsche mechanic Rolf Wütherich was badly injured but survived. Only one of Dean’s movies, “East of Eden,” had been released at the time of his death (“Rebel Without a Cause” and “Giant” opened shortly afterward), but he was already on his way to superstardom–and the crash made him a legend.

James Dean loved racing cars, and in fact he and his brand-new, $7000 Porsche Spyder convertible were on their way to a race in Salinas, 90 miles south of San Francisco. Witnesses maintained that Dean hadn’t been speeding at the time of the accident–in fact, Turnupseed had made a left turn right into the Spyder’s path–but some people point out that he must have been driving awfully fast: He’d gotten a speeding ticket in Bakersfield, 150 miles from the crash site, at 3:30 p.m. and then had stopped at a diner for a Coke, which meant that he’d covered quite a distance in a relatively short period of time. Still, the gathering twilight and the glare from the setting sun would have made it impossible for Turnupseed to see the Porsche coming no matter how fast it was going.


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