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WW1 Christmas match detailed in letter

A letter has been discovered that describes the famous truce that took place in the trenches in 1914. The letter was written by Staff sergeant Clement…

8 Celebrity Tactics For Responding to Fan Mail

In the days before the Internet, writing a letter to a celebrity and sending it out via snail mail was almost a rite of passage. Nearly everyone did it. As a kid, I wrote letters to my favorite athletes requesting autographs, and was always thrilled—and a little shocked—when I received a response back. But now, celebrities [...]

6 Memorable Letters From Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong is remembered as both a “reluctant American hero” and “the spiritual repository of spacefaring dreams.” He was man of few words, but those he chose to share were significant and occasionally, tongue-in-cheek. Here are some notable letters and notes written by the first man on the moon. 1. Its true beauty, however, was [...]

Ray Bradbury’s Letter: All My Friends Were On The Shelves Above

  Ray Bradbury, who just passed away, wrote this letter in 2006 about how he wrote his novella The Fireman, which later got expanded into Fahrenheit 451, by renting a typewriter in the basement of the UCLA library. Letters of Note has the post: Link

The Ovengers

Let’s turn up the heat on crime. Geoffrey Sagers changed a single letter in the team name to create a very different movie. Shouldn’t Tony Stark be made of cast iron? Link -via That’s Nerdalicious!

One-letter Place Names

If you are looking for the shortest place name in the world, there is a tie among many, because you can’t get a name shorter than one letter or character. In fact, there are seven villages in Norway named Å (one is pictured here) and 13 in Sweden! The World Geography has a look at six [...]

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

The first appearance of the character Peter Rabbit was not in a book, but in a letter! A wonderfully illustrated hand-written letter that survives to this day. In September of 1893, at 26 years of age, Beatrix Potter sent the following illustrated letter to Noel, the five-year-old son of her friend and former governess, Annie Moore. [...]

Zombie Mount Rushmore Letter and Key Holder

Zombie Mount Rushmore Letter and Key Holder – $34.95 Spring is finally here. Are you dying to find a way to spruce up and organize your living space? You need the Zombie Mount Rushmore Letter and Key Holder from the NeatoShop. Nothing screams homey like decorating with zombies. Let zombified  George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, [...]

Butt-Head Astronomer

A funny story from Letters of Note: Late-1993, renowned astronomer Carl Sagan learnt that Apple’s forthcoming computer, the Power Macintosh 7100, had been given a codename of “Carl Sagan” — the joke being that they would sell “billions and billions.” This was mentioned in a MacWEEK article some time later, to which Sagan sent the following [...]

Whatever Happened to the Ex-Slave Who Wrote a Letter to His Former Master?

Do you remember the awesome letter attributed to Jourdon Anderson, the freedman who was asked by his ex-master to return to work? Jason Kottke and David Galbraith dug through census and newspaper records to learn more about his life. Anderson may have stayed in Ohio and died in 1905 at the age of 79. Check [...]