Monthly Archives: March 2014


12 November 1966: Buzz Aldrin “selfie”

Photograph of Major Edwin E. Aldrins’ helmet taken during the Gemini XII mission during orbit no. 14 on November 12,1966. Original magazine number was GEM12-17-62922.


Flash Fiction: Centering the Label


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Flash Fiction Hour 49 in flash fiction land. Photo: jontintinjordan, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr

Hello and welcome to fiction world today. This is my latest flash fiction piece. Thanks to all who stop by to read about the hour 49.

Centering the Label

Mark blinked and then blinked again, harder, trying to get his eyelids to create moisture for the dry sockets around them.

49 hours.

It had been 49 hours since he last slept. And his eyes were open again.

Mark opened the kitchen cupboard. It was another type of again. He checked that the labels of the soup cans were facing forwards. Chicken noodle, turkey and wild rice, vegetable beef. Next, he checked that the same varieties were stacked on top of one another. Chicken noodle on the left side of the middle shelf; vegetable beef to its right; turkey and wild rice on the furthest right side…

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1942: The Mickey Mouse Gas-Mask

The Mikey Mouse gas mask was created in January 1942 by T.W. Smith, Jr., the owner of the Sun Rubber Company, and his designer, Dietrich Rempel, with Walt Disney’s approval. This design of the Mickey Mouse Gas Mask for children was presented to Major General William N. Porter, Chief of the Chemical Warfare Service. The mask was designed so children would carry it and wear it as part of a game. After approval of the CWS, Sun Rubber Products Company produced approximately 1,000 masks. They were never used and after the war they were distributed to senior officers as keepsakes.”

– Major Robert Walk