Category Archives: History

Crotch Rocket Mountain Bikes (1985)

On the street I lived on as a kid, a friend of mine lived up the way, and across from him lived this older dude who assembled Crotch Rocket mountain bikes in his garage and sold us parts. I always … Continue reading

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Dick Smith Calling a Condor, Piru 1970

Dick Smith Calling a Condor, Piru 1970, a photo by brad.schram on Flickr. Via Flickr: With Lake Piru visible below, a California Condor barely visible above, Dick waves and shouts to draw the bird’s attention. The condor ultimately came directly … Continue reading

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The Castor Bean Plant: Common, Valuable and Deadly

Cold War Biological Warfare Georgi Ivanov Markov climbed the stairs on the south side of the Waterloo Bridge in London for the last time on September 7, 1978. He worked across the River Thames at the BBC and routinely parked … Continue reading

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Largest West Coast Tsunamis Generated in Santa Barbara Channel

“The two largest tsunamis known to have been generated on the western coast of the United States formed in the Santa Barbara Channel region. The earthquake of 1812 near Santa Barbara caused waves that reportedly flooded the lower part of … Continue reading

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Sulfur Mountain Oil Seeps, Ventura County

“California will be found to have more oil in its soil than all the whales in the Pacific Ocean. The oil is struggling to the surface at every available point and is running down the rivers for miles.” -Professor Benjamin … Continue reading

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