Reference: Something New Under the Sun: satellites and the beginning of the Space Age, Helen Gavaghan. Bonus fun fact according to Gavaghan: for a while in the mid-50s rocket designers talked about something that could launch to earth orbit as an “LP rocket”.
Jiminiy [ as in Jumpin’, and pronounced with the Scandinavian accent of a minor Rankin/Bass stop-motion animation character; following it with “by gum” or “golly gee” is allowed but deprecated since 2006 ]
Lawn India Golf
Reference: The Unknown Dominion: Canada and her People, Bruce Hutchison.
Note: comic strip locations even when tied to the real world are often fictionalized to some extent, allowing for, for example, wintertime snows even if this would be unlikely to happen every year, or as severely as is shown. Or they are synthesized from pieces of more than one location. Don’t @ me. Fun activity: spot the error!
Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia
The Family Circus
Lansing metropolitan area, Michigan
Wallace the Brave
Hartlepool, England, UK
Middlesex County, New Jersey
The Fusco Brothers
Newark, New Jersey
Near the Palau Archipelago, Federated States of Micronesia
Breaking Cat News
Reference: Yerkes Observatory, 1892-1950: The Birth, Near Death, and Resurrection of a Scientific Research Institution, Donald E Osterbrock.
Yeah, that’s it. Weird, right? I mean, there weren’t that many Apollo missions really, but they sprawled like twelve days each, and they were all concentrated in this four-year span. There’s some near misses, like, Pink Sphinx came out the day after Apollo 7 landed, and Pinkcome Tax came out the day before Apollo 8 launched, but there’s no other cartoons that overlapped Apollo missions. Not even the unmanned missions. It just doesn’t add up.
Reference: The History Today Companion to British History, Editors Juliet Gardiner, Neil Wenborn.
What was, historically, the capital of the Ohio Territory?
What is the largest city to border a Great Lake?
Where’s the Cedar Point amusement park?
How are you today?
Did you know psoriasis can get into your ear? How does that make sense?
Are the Kinks getting back together?
What makes our new Terms of Service so all-fired different from the old Terms of Service that it was worth sending you a new Terms of Service to pretend to read?
Is there going to be weather tomorrow?
What’s the seat of Hamilton County, Ohio?
Back in the early 20th century when there were “traction companies” running trolley cars all along city and even suburban streets it’s … like … they were transmitting electric power for cars along overhead lines, right? It’s not like they were running gigantic ropes and pulleys dragging things through town? Because that couldn’t possibly work, but “traction” seems like a weird name for “streetcar electric power”, right?
Where was Case Western Reserve University originally located?
Which United States Vice-President swore his oath of office in Cuba?
What’s the name of your Chicago cover band?
Yes, but did you like the movie?
Reference: Science From Your Airplane Window, Elizabeth A Wood. “Cleveland” was the name of your friend from college that you never really lost touch with but never talk to either’s Chicago cover band.