While L. Frank Baum never specifically mentioned where Dorothy lived in Kansas, he did leave some vague and/or misleading hints
. They don't quite point anywhere, but two home inspectors did some digging and claim Dorothy's house was near Troy, Kansas
, but they're not the first to claim a home for Dorothy. That credit goes to Max Zimmerman, an insurance agent from Liberal, Kansas, who thought of capitalizing on this lack of location
. Oliver Brown, another resident of Liberal, knew of a house that resembled Dorothy's
, and this was the start of Dorothy's House Museum & Land of Oz
. But over 300 miles away
, Wamego, Kansas has its own little land of Oz
, where you can attend the annual OZtoberfest
, or check out the Oz Museum
, with its collection of Oz memorabilia
on permanent loan from Friar Johnpaul Cafiero
. And then there's the abandoned Land of Oz theme park
in the resort town of Beech Mountain, North Carolina
, about a thousand miles from Wamega.
posted by filthy light thief
on Jun 28, 2013 -
Troy Tate and The Smiths: The Not Poor Recordings
. The Smiths were first produced by Troy Tate and the bootlegs have been rather bootleggy as it were. These are one step removed from the master recordings and don't sound quite so hollow... Includes an apparently unheard version of Accept Yourself as a bonus.
posted by juiceCake
on May 4, 2011 -
The Supreme Court today issued a one line statement refusing to hear Troy Davis' appeal
. Troy Davis
was convicted of the 1989 murder of a police officer in Savannah, GA, and sentenced to death solely on eyewitness testimony. No murder weapon or any physical evidence linked him to the crime. Since the conviction, seven of the nine witnesses have recanted or changed their stories, and one of the two who haven't changed their stories is the other suspect in the case. Things were looking good for Davis when the Supreme Court issued a stay two hours before his execution
last month. Justice may really be dead in this country.
posted by x_3mta3
on Oct 14, 2008 -
This turns into one of those cases where researching a story gets weirder. The documentary Super Size Me
centers on a documentary filmmaker's 30 day experience eating nothing but McDonalds. The film is doing amazingly well
as a limited release documentary grossing more per screen than high-budget Troy. Here is the weird part, Reuters has picked up
on a distributor press release claiming that MTV is refusing to air advertising for Super Size Me
because the film is "disparaging to fast-food restaurants". The Reuters short seems to have quite a bit of legs. However a Hollywood Reporter article
details MTVs side of the story placing the blame on the film's distributor. Is this really a case of a network getting cold feet? Or is it a case of distributor trying to pull the "too edgy for MTV" moneymaking ploy? And what is with the continually morphing Reuters clip that is just now being tossed onto doorsteps and stuffed into newsboxes across North America? (The film was previously discussed on metafilter back in January.
posted by KirkJobSluder
on May 27, 2004 -
Troy (the movie) in 15 minutes.
Just in case you didn't feel like sitting through the whole
two hours 43 minutes. via BoingBoing
Bedroom of Helen of
PARIS: Hey, baby, I brought you a pearl necklace.
HELEN [weepy]: I can’t wear it because I’m sort of already married to that other guy but we’ve been doing the royal nasty for a week already anyway and you’re going to leave tomorrow and WAHHHHH.
PARIS: You could stow away and come with me and start a war that will end up killing 90% of the cast and totally be the downfall of my people and my kingdom!
HELEN: *sniff* I think… that’s the sweetest thing anyone’s ever said to me.
posted by gottabefunky
on May 20, 2004 -
Prior to Heinrich Schliemann's
excavations in 1871, the academic world held that the city of Troy had never existed; it was just a tale in a book; as silly to search for as Utopia or Robinson Crusoe’s Island. But Schliemann believed Homer’s Troy must have existed. He wanted it to exist, the story had caught his imagination. Acting upon descriptions of Troy’s location from Homer’s ‘Iliad’, (written more than 500 years after the fall of Troy) Schliemann started digging…and proved everyone wrong.
posted by rrtek
on Jul 22, 2003 -