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      CommentAuthorJess
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2009
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    This is from a 1908 issue of St. Nicholas Magazine. Cromwell Dixon, 14 years old, takes to the air in a "sky-bicycle."

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    Full article (large file warning!): Page 1 | Page 2
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    Ooooh.
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      CommentAuthorJess
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2009
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    Ooooh indeed. St. Nicholas Magazine is full of good stuff like this:

    • CommentAuthorJigsy Q
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2009
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    That's hilarious. Looks like a giant flying potato
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      CommentAuthorjohnjones
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2009
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    That looks like something KK would've built around age 6 or so.
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      CommentAuthormister86
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2009
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    Not only does he build that thing, but he has a name like Cromwell Dixon? They really did name people well at the turn between the 19th and 20th centuries.
    • CommentAuthorErisah
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2009
     (5778.7)
    Sweet ballooncyle. Man, the trouble I could have got into if I'd had one of those age 14...

    The pic with the lizard kid on the other hand is equally awesome. One gets the impression that he's been sprayed with some sort of serum that draws the pine lizards to him.... so he can use them to TAKE OVER THE WORLD!
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    With pulp name comes pulp destiny.

    This is why my children will be called Buck Armstrong, Edison V. Bolt, and Shadow McTrenchcoat.
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      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2009
     (5778.9)
    Or Hercules Q. Wonderful.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2009 edited
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    It's at least theoretically possible that he's still alive.

    @ Breadan, what no Crazy Horse Invincible or spaceman Africa?

    Me, I'm too chicken shit to change my name to Einstein Spartacus Shotoku.
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      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2009
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    He might show up in the background in Ignition City.
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    My girlfriend, no joke, insists that her firstborn's middle name be "Danger." I support this and plan on giving him/her a potato-balloon airbike for his/her 14th birthday.
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      CommentAuthorrickiep00h
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2009
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    You know, every time you talk about your girlfriend, McGinley, she becomes a little more awesome. You must be really lucky.

    I tried getting "Gwendolyn Stacy" for my daughter's name and got shot down in mere seconds.
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      CommentAuthorhowyadoin
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2009
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    Sadly, his aeronautic career didn't last much longer:

    http://earlyaviators.com/edixon.htm
    • CommentAuthorOxbrow
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2009
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    That does end the story on a rather sour note, yes.
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      CommentAuthorJess
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2009
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    Wow, that's really sad. Although his mother seems sufficiently encouraging in her letter.
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      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2009
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    My buddy's last name is Recker. He named his child Jack. (After Jack Kirby. DUH!)

    My OTHER buddy asked what the kid's middle name was. "Ass?"

    (My other buddy is obsessed with anal sex.)