The Flying Pasta Monster

Welcome back to my blog about balloons, rocket ships, airplanes, space travel, Star Wars, sci-fi, and everything about flying!Today I will tell you about the mysterious and wonderful Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster! The Flying Spaghetti Monster has been around for hundreds of years, but it did not hit the mainstream till this letter was published in May 2005.

With millions, if not thousands, of devout worshipers, the Church of the FSM is widely considered a legitimate religion, even by its opponents – mostly fundamentalist Christians, who have accepted that our God has larger balls than theirs.

I do not know if I want to become a follower, but he is one cool flying god! Plus their followers are all pirates and Vikings!

How do Pastafarians, the name of followers of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, believe our world was created? They believe the Flying Spaghetti Monster created the world much as it exists today, but for reasons unknown made it appear that the universe is billions of years old (instead of thousands) and that life evolved into its current state (rather than created in its current form). Every time a researcher carries out an experiment that appears to confirm one of these “scientific theories” supporting an old earth and evolution they can be sure that the FSM is there, modifying the data with his Noodly Appendage. They don’t know why He does this but they believe He does, that is their Faith.

Their prophet is Bobby. His occupation when not engaged as prophet of FSM is that of a Hobo. Hobo is one who travels for work. A tramp is one who travels and never works. Also sometimes he is a nerd working on or around computers. Sometimes he can be found writing things for money. You can probably hire him to write something or do computer nerd work for you, probably cheap.

I live in Salem and for me it is easy to believe in tentacle like gods. You know the Flying Spaghetti Monster’s cousin was born here, Cthulhu.

~Max

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8 of My Favorite Flying Cars

Welcome back to my blog about balloons, rocket ships, airplanes, space travel, Star Wars, sci-fi, and everything about flying! Today I will show you my favorite collection of flying cars. Some are real and some are not, but I enjoy them either way.

Max Tellers Favorite Flying Cars
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Max Tellers Favorite Flying Cars. www.salemhousepress.com
Max Tellers Favorite Flying Cars. www.salemhousepress.com
James Bond Flying Car. Max Tellers Favorite Flying Cars. www.salemhousepress.com
Max Tellers Favorite Flying Cars. www.salemhousepress.com
Max Tellers Favorite Flying Cars. www.salemhousepress.com
Then we have the most famous flying car of all time….
 ~Max

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Salem Secret Underground Part Two~ Do You Have Any Stories to Share?

So it is time to write the sequel to Salem Secret Underground. It will be published by Salem House Press this Winter. This new edition is looking for your stories to tell! Like the last story, this new one can not happen without people letting me crawl through their basement, telling me the stories they have heard, and lending me their jackhammers. So contact me.

 

This sequel will tell the tales of the criminals of Salem. Well beyond the politicians… Tales about Thomas Perkins and how he started America’s War on drugs and his ties to the Skull & Bones. Thomas Pickering and how his Alien & Sedition Acts were turned into the Patriot Act. Possible cheap labor gained from the Underground Railroad. King Mumford and the black Kings and Governors of New England. Plus more on possible stolen artwork smuggled through the tunnels to the local museums in town. Shanghai Tunnels…

The location of these tails will focus on the McIntyre District, North Salem, and a dash of Lafayette Street. Maybe just a touch of the early tunnels of the Old Planter families on Bridge Street.

So if you have any tales, you live in those areas, you have fireplace arches in your basement, doors to places below your basement, or maybe a trapdoor-Give me a call or email me at mr.zac@comcast.net.

For more about the tunnels in Salem read Salem Secret Underground: The History of the Tunnels in the City. Also you can venture on the route of the tunnels and learn their history first hand by going on one of Salem’s best walking tours there is!  The Salem Tunnel Tour offers tours at various times throughout the week. Check them out today!

Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot

Here is a cool show my father turned me onto, Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot. I thought it was cool to have a remote control flying fish, but a remote control giant robot is way cooler!

Johnny and the other agents from Unicorn have to fight off Emperor Guillotine and the Gargoyle Gang. The Emperor sends out his hipster agents out from their underwater base in the Ocean to destroy the world. I always thought hipsters were from another planet. In each episode Johnny and his gang fight the agents as his Robot fight these menacing monsters. My father thinks it is a bit dated, but I love it. Check it out!

http://youtu.be/fM9HsLMbc-k

~Max

To find out more about me visit Salem House Press and buy my book on Amazon.com! Now available in paperback at your favorite book sellers. Ask for it by name!If they do not have it in stock, ask them to order it for you.

Flying Fish

Check out this new toy. I remember watching this show about the Amazon River. On the show I had seen fish fly through the trees. Well sort of…the river changed course and flooded a forest which allowed the fish to swim through the top branches. Still impressive. Now I can fly my own fish over the trees.

For only 40 bucks you can buy one of these flying fish and control them with this really cool remote control. They are 57″ (with tail) x 36″ (with fins) x 24″.  You control the tail to steer them through the air. Now how cool is that!

Here is the link!
http://www.vat19.com/item/air-swimmers-remote-control-flying-fish
~Max

To find out more about me visit Salem House Press and buy my book on Amazon.com! Now available in paperback at your favorite book sellers. Ask for it by name!If they do not have it in stock, ask them to order it for you.

Fagen, Fire, Tunnels, and the Salem Boys Fraternity: A History from 1869 to 1900

The Salem Fraternity was organized in February 1869 for the purpose of providing evening instruction and amusement for those who being confined to their work during the day need recreation at the close of their labors. It was incorporated in 1875. In April 1869 the Fraternity opened rooms in the Downing Block on Essex Street. The building was built in 1858 for Thomas Downing’s Dry Goods business.  The Fraternity catered to persons of all ages and both sexes who desired to use them as an amusement room a reading room and a school or work room. Incidentally a library was begun in connection with the reading room which developed into a collection of 5.000 volumes. In time women would only use the library to check out books and read them elsewhere.  For over fifteen years it was the only free library in the city. Their main goal was to provide entertainments, amusements, instruction, and education opportunities for self-improvement and means of intellectual culture, sympathy, and aid in time of trouble. In addition to physical training and education classes were devoted to many of the arts and crafts. Plus there is a  well-filled library and reading room.  It was evident from the outset that the most important duty was to reach the boys of the street at their most impressionable age.

In 1898 the Fraternity moved to the Lyceum Building on Church Street. In 1831, the Salem Lyceum Society bought land and erected the building on Church Street at a cost of approximately $4,000. The hall could accommodate 700 patrons in amphitheater-style seating and was decorated with images of Cicero, Demosthenes and other great orators of bygone days.  In 1898 the Lyceum transferred $3,000 to the Essex Institute to continue providing lectures. Bell’s debut of the telephone was sponsored by the Essex Institute within the old wooden Lyceum building. The current brick building was built in circa. 1900 after the wooden building burned down.  By Oct. 1899 the Fraternity opened up in their new location in the old Essex Bank Building. The First National Bank had occupied the building for the previous 80 years after the Essex Bank folded after a father and son embezzled funds. Did one of the boys have an accident in the old Lyceum building?

In the summer of 1900 three parties of Fraternity, boys camped out at the old Prescott homestead at Hampton Falls NH thirty miles from Salem. The same season other parties camped at Potato Island Rowley and at Hog Island/Choate Island. The success of the experiments of this and the following year when camps were made at Hog Island and again at Hampton Falls led to the establishment of the permanent camp at Sawyer’s Island Rowley in 1903 and to the purchase of the property in 1905. Sawyer’s Island is an elevation or island in the surrounding salt marsh in the northeastern part of Rowley 18 miles from Salem. The purchase included 16 acres of upland and marsh. Tidal creeks leading to Plum Island and thence to the sea suitable for bathing and boating run along the northern and southern boundaries of the island Part of the upland is covered with trees and portions are kept under cultivation. A house for the boys was built in 1905 this was enlarged in 1914 and an eight-room cottage for the Superintendent and workers was erected in 1906. In 1906 the Fraternity had merged with the Boston Boy’s Club. A 28 foot cutter and equipment is available for camp use.

 

 

Now the interesting things is, the Fraternity had sought out children from poor families and the working class. All of the buildings in which they were housed were attached to the tunnels. All of the buildings had formidable vaults.  Was the Salem equivalent of Fagen running the place. Dodge is a popular name in this area…. For Charles Bulfinnch, Architect of D.C. had built their third residence for the Essex Bank. The Essex Bank was originally in a building which stood where the old Naumkeag Trust/Eastern Bank  stood on the corner of Derby square. The original bank building on Derby square would burn down the same year as the wooden Lyceum Building.  It was also attached to several tunnels in town.  Bulfinch would connect the Essex Bank, Loobey Asylum (Essex Institute on Essex Street),  and Old Town Hall to the tunnels in town. Plus the other connection is that in the year they moved into the Lyceum Building, the Essex Institute took over the lecture series.  The Essex Institute first was in the Downing Block and then in a building built over the foundation and tunnel entrances of the Loobey Asylum. It is a stretch, but could the Fraternity been a cover for a den of iniquity? What is the connection between the wooden Lyceum Building and the Essex Bank’s original building burning down the same year?  What is the connection between the Essex Institute, the Lyceum, and the Fraternity sharing the same buildings at different times? Did they all use the tunnels? Whatever the answers are it would make great fiction though…

For more about the tunnels in Salem read Salem Secret Underground:The History of the Tunnels in the City. Also you can venture on the route of the tunnels and learn their history first hand by going on one of Salem’s best walking tours there is!  The Salem Tunnel Tour offers tours at various times throughout the week. Check them out today!

Father And Son Send A Spacecraft Into Space

 

Check this one out…

A father-son team, prompted by the boy’s persistent request to build a homemade spacecraft sent a small helium-filled balloon and tiny vehicle into space and captured it on video.

Luke Geissbühler and his 8 year old son Max spent eight months designing and testing their tiny spacecraft.  They attached a HD video camera and an iPhone to it to track its GPS location when it come back down. Their little space ship had to survive 100 mph winds, temperatures of 60 degrees below zero, speeds of over 150 mph, and a possible splashdown in water.

A small weather balloon was used to lift the craft into space that was made out of a take out container. They covered it with spray-on insulation. Then they used chemical hand warmers to protect the camera and iPhone  from sub-zero temperatures inside the container.
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Their spacecraft was launched in Newburgh, New York, in August 2010. During a 102-minute flight it managed to reach an altitude of 19 miles above the ground in the upper stratosphere (I ha to look up what this meant.) before the balloon burst and parachuted the craft back down to earth. The team tracked the module, which was caught in a tree 30 miles from the launch site, by using the GPS on the iPhone and spotted it’s flashing LED light.

I am glad my balloons did not take me that high! I was dressed for summer and I don’t think I would of survived the -60 degrees up there! Anyway I think Max and Luke are way cool.

Now here is the Video. Enjoy it!

~Max

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