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BREAKING!!! HYDROGEN GAS EXPLOSIONS OCCURRING ON MARS!

Posted on 10/31/2001 2:48:00 AM PST by mikewats

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BREAKING!!! HYDROGEN GAS EXPLOSIONS OCCURRING ON MARS!

Said to be taking place at “regular intervals” and headed toward the Earth at “high velocity.” Just reported on CBS.

1 posted on 10/30/38 5:06 PM Pacific by Old Dealer

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What in the world is Hitler up to now?

2 posted on 10/30/38 5:08 PM Pacific by Anti Bolshevik

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I’m listening to the Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy program, no news bulletins yet.

How the heck could the explosions be happening regularly, unless it was a man-made source? I don’t like the sound of this.

3 posted on 10/30/38 5:09 PM Pacific by Go Boston Bees

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This CBS fella is interviewing a Princeton professor who says that the odds of there being life on Mars are a thousand to one. But he says he can’t account for the gas bursts being “regular.”

4 posted on 10/30/38 5:11 PM Pacific by Old Dealer

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But he says he can’t account for the gas bursts being “regular.”

(Insert bean-eating or Feen-A-Mint joke here)

5 posted on 10/30/38 5:14 PM Pacific by Spike

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BULLETIN ON CBS - BIG METEOR JUST HIT NJ NEAR TOWN OF GROVERS MILL.

6 posted on 10/30/38 5:14 PM Pacific by Sentimental Gentleman

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ITS NOT A METEOR!!!! NOT A METEOR!!!!!! THERE’S A SPACE MONSTER INSIDE COMING OUT NOW!!!!! LIVE REPORT ON CBS!!

7 posted on 10/30/38 5:15 PM Pacific by Dewey in ‘40

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You guys sure this dope is on the level? I’m listening to a local station in Pittsburgh, and they’re broadcasting one of their usual Sunday night shows, “Opera Without Music.” I twirled the dial around a minute ago, and didn’t hear anything out of the ordinary.

8 posted on 10/30/38 5:17 PM Pacific by Amazon Andy

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I don’t know what the H-*-L-L is going on, but apparently a news correspondent was reporting live from the scene of the meteor that hit NJ. Suddenly this “heat ray” was turned loose and people were burned to death. Then the correspondent was cut off. This is the scariest thing I’ve ever heard in my life.

Still don’t understand why there haven’t been any bulletins about this on Mutual, or the Red or Blue networks.

9 posted on 10/30/38 5:18 PM Pacific by Old Dealer

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Still don’t understand why there haven’t been any bulletins about this on Mutual, or the Red or Blue networks.

It could be that Roosevelt's henchmen were able to suppress the news on the other networks, but for some reason, CBS insisted on reporting it. CBS may get in trouble over this.

10 posted on 10/30/38 5:20 PM Pacific by 8X3R

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ITS ON THE RADIO NOW THESE ARE MARTIANS!!! THIS IS A MARTIAN ATTACK!! NEW JERSEY UNDER MARTIAL LAW!! THEY’VE WIPED OUT THOUSANDS OF OUR SOLDIERS!!! OH GOD IS THIS THE END OF THE WORLD!!!!!

11 posted on 10/30/38 5:23 PM Pacific by Miltown Mel

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Relax folks, I just checked the radio listings in the paper. THIS IS ONLY A PLAY...IT’S NOT REALLY HAPPENING.

12 posted on 10/30/38 5:24 PM Pacific by GOP for Me

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THIS IS ONLY A PLAY...IT’S NOT REALLY HAPPENING.

Move along, folks. Nothing to see here, nothing out the ordinary. Go about your business and pretend that everything’s alright...

13 posted on 10/30/38 5:26 PM Pacific by Liberty Bill

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I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’ve heard enough. I’m grabbing my kerosene-powered laptop and lamming out of here as far as my Hupmobile will carry me. God bless everybody.

14 posted on 10/30/38 5:26 PM Pacific by Old Dealer

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NATIONAL EMERGENCY announced -- the Secretary of the Interior says on the radio we’re at war with Mars. Where's FDR and why isn't he making the speech?????? This is terrible!!!!!!!

15 posted on 10/30/38 5:28 PM Pacific by Cap Spaulding

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Where's FDR and why isn't he making the speech??????

Weird! They introduced the “Secretary of the Interior”, but it sounded just like Roosevelt. I bet it really was him. Sounds like more government monkey-shines to me. We’re not going to win a war with Mars by being cute.

16 posted on 10/30/38 5:30 PM Pacific by Edward G. Rob’emSome

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People, let’s get ahold of ourselves. I think we’re being taken in by a prankster. I live in Princeton, NJ and there’s absolutely nothing out of the ordinary here. Except for some pretty anxious people milling around.

17 posted on 10/30/38 5:31 PM Pacific by Prof Forrester

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RADIO REPORT - “POISONOUS SMOKE” BLANKETING NEWARK, NEW JERSEY. EVACUATE IF YOU CAN

18 posted on 10/30/38 5:31 PM Pacific by Lucky Strike

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NEW YORK BEING WIPED OUT BY MARTIAN INVADERS!!!!!!!!! “THIS MAY BE THE LAST BROADCAST” MARTIAN CYLINDERS LANDING IN BUFFALO, CHICAGO, ST LOUIS. “THIS IS THE END NOW” WE NEED TO PRAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

19 posted on 10/30/38 5:33 PM Pacific by Annie Warbucks

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“THIS MAY BE THE LAST BROADCAST” MARTIAN CYLINDERS LANDING IN BUFFALO, CHICAGO, ST LOUIS. “THIS IS THE END NOW”

Demoralizing, defeatist, pro-Martian slanted reporting. Just another typical day at CBS.

20 posted on 10/30/38 5:34 PM Pacific by Kaltenborn Again

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When we conquer Mars, do we have to share it with the British and French? Or can we keep their portion as payment for the World War debts they’ve welched on?

21 posted on 10/30/38 5:34 PM Pacific by Mr. Long

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Okay, everybody can calm down. They just had an announcement on CBS. I’m typing it as best as I can remember –

“You are listening to a CBS Mercury theater in a dramatization of the War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells starring Orson Wells (sp?)”

I.e., IT’S ONLY A RADIO PLAY. Some joke! Somebody should get his b*tt kicked over this!

22 posted on 10/30/38 5:36 PM Pacific by One Widdle Fishie

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Maybe there aren't any Martians, but does that mean it’s “only a radio play”? Surely CBS knew this would scare people to death. I bet it’s an experiment by Stalin’s commissars in controlling the masses through radio terror. All done with Roosevelt’s knowledge and consent, of course.

23 posted on 10/30/38 5:39 PM Pacific by Coughlinite Warrior

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The New Deal crowd has plenty of good reason to frighten people. It’s no accident this “radio scare” happened just before the congressional elections. Folks have had enough of FDR’s court-packing plan and socialist shenanigans, and the Republicans stand to win big. Unless, of course, the Roosevelt gang starts a panic so they have an excuse to cancel the voting.

24 posted on 10/30/38 5:40 PM Pacific by Martin Barton

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BIG sigh of relief!

25 posted on 10/30/38 5:40 PM Pacific by Rudy VallGal

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I don’t buy the notion that somebody did this on purpose. If people seriously believe a fairy tale about Martians attacking Earth, it’s their own fault, I say.

What REALLY scares me is the chance that Roosevelt might run for a third term in 1940. He’s broken so many precedents and grabbed so much power, I wouldn’t put it past him to defy the two-term tradition. Anybody else think he might do this?

26 posted on 10/30/38 5:43 PM Pacific by Jitterbugged

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FDR wouldn’t dare run for a third term, because he knows that Thomas Dewey or Bob Taft will clean his clock if he does. On the other hand, if a big war breaks out by ‘40, all bets are off.

27 posted on 10/30/38 5:46 PM Pacific by Rhett Butler's Butler

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Only thing I know for sure is that we’ll never hear from this “Orson Welles” guy ever again. I can’t believe anybody will ever let him near a microphone after this.

28 posted on 10/30/38 5:51 PM Pacific by Mr. Cleo


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To: Jim Robinson; Sidebar Moderator
Can we move this to Extended News.....so others can see this classic in the making....Please?
101 posted on 10/31/2001 1:20:24 PM PST by Dog
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To: Dog
Ditto that move to Extended News. C'mon. Just for Halloween!
102 posted on 10/31/2001 1:25:04 PM PST by Jay W
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To: Dog; kayak
FR in 1938? Hey, they didn't even have computers in 1938 and...oh...umm...never mind.
103 posted on 10/31/2001 1:42:11 PM PST by Bitwhacker
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To: Bitwhacker
Did you miss this post by Old Dealer (#14 in the original post)?

"I’m grabbing my kerosene-powered laptop ..."

;-)

104 posted on 10/31/2001 1:47:23 PM PST by kayak
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To: mikewats
LOL- brilliant! (but you have WAYYYY too much time on your hands..)
105 posted on 10/31/2001 1:50:01 PM PST by Mr. K
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; COB1; ofMagog; Invictus; Carolinamom; Vinnie; wattsmag2; Billie; Snow Bunny...
Laughing wildly over all the names!

My favorite is Kaltenborn Again !!!
Used to listen to his news reports on the radio about the war as a child...
"...and to all the ships at sea" was the ending of the broadcasts.

106 posted on 10/31/2001 1:51:10 PM PST by LadyX
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To: mikewats
Damned Martians. We send billions in aid, let their snot-nosed (or whatever they have that passes for a nose...............or for snot, for that matter) "kids" go to our best schools, and THIS is how those ugly little pric*s repay us! DAMN THEM!!!
107 posted on 10/31/2001 1:53:15 PM PST by RightOnline
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To: Asmodeus
Looks more like the JERSEY DEVIL!
108 posted on 10/31/2001 1:54:41 PM PST by jaz.357
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To: mikewats
Just reported on CBS.

I see that CBS is as dependable as always for getting to the truth and not causing unnecessary panic...

Where's FDR and why isn't he making the speech?????? This is terrible!!!!!!!

Some presidents handle moments like these well, while others do not...

109 posted on 10/31/2001 1:56:20 PM PST by weegee
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To: mikewats
>BREAKING!!! HYDROGEN GAS EXPLOSIONS OCCURRING ON MARS!

DON'T BE FOOLED!

This is just how JOHN WHORFIN is disguising his invasion by way of the EIGHTH DIMENSION!

(However, if you get a shot at the IPO of YOYODYNE PROPULSION SYSTEMS, remember: they are a growing excited company...)

Mark W.

110 posted on 10/31/2001 2:02:38 PM PST by MarkWar
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To: mikewats
My life will be Forver Autumn, 'cause you posted this thread. LOL funny! Thanks.
111 posted on 10/31/2001 2:03:20 PM PST by B-Chan
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To: MarkWar
>DON'T BE FOOLED!

FYI, here's the link to: The Banzai Institute for Biomedical Engineering and Strategic Information

Mark W.

112 posted on 10/31/2001 2:07:03 PM PST by MarkWar
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To: MarkWar
Laugha while you can monkey boy!


113 posted on 10/31/2001 2:11:46 PM PST by Brett66
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To: StoneColdGOP
Thank you, sweetie!!!!!!!
114 posted on 10/31/2001 2:13:53 PM PST by Bella_Bru
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To: mikewats
Yeah, you may make light of this, but I'm keeping my Slim Whitman records close...just in case...
115 posted on 10/31/2001 2:15:33 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Asmodeus
Thanks for posting that Flash Gordon animation, Asmodeus, you darling! I have the complete set of original Flash Gordon movies and love 'em, especially the music. Am I in my second childhood? You betcha!

Leni

116 posted on 10/31/2001 2:19:21 PM PST by MinuteGal
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To: mikewats
Bravo, Mike! But I still think you're a Roosevelt/Hoover plant.
117 posted on 10/31/2001 2:26:06 PM PST by IM4TRUTH
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To: mikewats
mikewats member since August 18th, 1892
 

118 posted on 10/31/2001 2:27:06 PM PST by GOPmember
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To: GOPmember
Thanks very much to everybody for the kind comments.

A confession -- the reference to the Pittsburgh station broadcasting "Opera Without Music" is directly lifted from Rupert Holmes' classic, and dearly departed, TV show on American Movie Classics, "Remember WENN." It was one of the best tributes ever to the glory of old-time radio.

And if you'd like to hear a twist on "War of the Worlds," check out a GREAT re-adaptation online at www.reelradio.com. It was produced by Buffalo station WKBW in 1971, showing how the Martian invasion would have been covered by a top 40 music/news station of that time. To hear the Real Audio stream, search for WKBW and click on the link.

But be warned: if you're familiar with the sound of 1960s-70s AM radio, this will scare you half to death. It's even more f-f-frightening than the Welles version.

119 posted on 10/31/2001 2:53:18 PM PST by mikewats
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To: mikewats
SO do I take the cat out of the steam-driven microwave or leave it in????

;>)

Eaker

120 posted on 10/31/2001 3:02:42 PM PST by Eaker
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To: Bella_Bru
You're welcome, love!!!
121 posted on 10/31/2001 3:07:56 PM PST by StoneColdGOP
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
Thanks for the ping, and you have mail.
122 posted on 10/31/2001 3:14:36 PM PST by WIMom
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To: LadyX

Good evening, LadyX!
How nice of you to be out to enjoy this nice, bright FULL MOON.
How 'bout a BLOODY MARY?
. . . or any other beverage warm and RED.
Stay safe, LadyX!

123 posted on 10/31/2001 4:29:34 PM PST by Phil V.
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To: mikewats
Quite novel! Was there an earlier report of this activity on Mars ... about six or seven decades ago?
124 posted on 10/31/2001 4:35:27 PM PST by MHGinTN
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To: mikewats; AnnaZ; lowbridge; HangFire; Askel5
Tinfoil hatter antecedents BUMP!!!

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Thank you, Mike...that was FONNNNEEEEEE!!!

P.S.... BOO!

125 posted on 10/31/2001 4:38:30 PM PST by Mercuria
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To: mikewats; Schnucki
P.P.S..."Miltown Mel"???

AHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

(Hey, Schnuck, getta loada THIS!)

126 posted on 10/31/2001 4:40:07 PM PST by Mercuria
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To: nunya bidness; sirgawain; brat
heeheehee!!!
127 posted on 10/31/2001 4:40:49 PM PST by Mercuria
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To: mikewats
Ab-so-lutely marvelous.

Choice. Truly clever. I laughed. I cried!

I give it two Thumbs up.

128 posted on 10/31/2001 4:43:30 PM PST by Dominic Harr
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To: MHGinTN

129 posted on 10/31/2001 4:44:50 PM PST by Howlin
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To: LadyX
ROTFL.....I love your humor . You are such fun.
130 posted on 10/31/2001 5:14:23 PM PST by Snow Bunny
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To: Dog
I am so glad to know this. I was planning a trip to Mars soon .LOL.....what to wear, what to wear. heh heh
131 posted on 10/31/2001 5:22:00 PM PST by Snow Bunny
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To: Lazamataz
I miss Michael Rivero.

BTW, where is Michael these days?

132 posted on 10/31/2001 5:27:08 PM PST by Teacup
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To: mikewats
LOL HAPPY HALLOWEEN !!!

when Mars is at its closest to the Sun (a position on its elliptical orbit called perihelion) the distance between the two planets will be a minimum - 34 million miles. When Mars is at its furthest from the Sun (aphelion) the distance at opposition will be 62 million miles.

IT WILL BE AWHILE BEFORE IT GETS HERE tee hee hee

133 posted on 10/31/2001 5:37:23 PM PST by ATOMIC_PUNK
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To: Phil V.
LOLOL dear phriend...
Think he will give smooches under the blue moon?!!
134 posted on 10/31/2001 5:50:20 PM PST by LadyX
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To: Mercuria
Outstanding! Thanks for the flag.

Of course the big government types would want FDR to do something. The irony is that we are the militia and we were caught with our pants down. Yet another failure by encroaching adventurism. We should have never gone to Mars...

Radio show?

I knew it.

135 posted on 10/31/2001 6:21:27 PM PST by nunya bidness
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To: mikewats
Great work. Thanks for the laugh. This one needs to be bumped every Halloween.
136 posted on 10/31/2001 6:33:45 PM PST by RogueIsland
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To: nunya bidness
LOL!!!!
137 posted on 10/31/2001 7:15:43 PM PST by Mercuria
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To: FreedomPoster
all those evil 20, 30, and 40 round magazines

I'm sorry, I have since locked up all of mine away. They are safely locked up with all the sharp objects in my home. < /sarcasm >

138 posted on 10/31/2001 7:21:05 PM PST by JeepInMazar
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To: mikewats; nutmeg
Most clever thread that I have ever read!
139 posted on 10/31/2001 7:25:45 PM PST by Qathleen
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To: zelig; Slip18; hocndoc; Cyber Liberty; CounterCounterCulture
halloween ping
140 posted on 10/31/2001 7:33:26 PM PST by Qathleen
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To: Qathleen
Thanks for the ping, even if I'm dumb enough not to check my Self Search until tonite.

I, too, was surprised to see this thread. I didn't think there could be FR in 1938, because I didn't think Al Gore was born until much later.

141 posted on 11/01/2001 8:44:40 PM PST by hocndoc
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To: mikewats
Cute, Cute, Cute.

This is too good to save for only one nite. Since I didn't see it till now, here's a Nov. 1 bump!

142 posted on 11/01/2001 8:48:11 PM PST by hocndoc
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To: Qathleen
LOL! This is a funny thread... I love the date of the postings: ...posted on 10/30/38

Thanks for the ping!

143 posted on 11/01/2001 9:46:28 PM PST by nutmeg
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To: hocndoc
I didn't think there could be FR in 1938, because I didn't think Al Gore was born until much later.

I guess he was testing his time machine invention so that he can go back and change the 2000 election.

144 posted on 11/02/2001 12:45:38 PM PST by Qathleen
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To: mikewats
Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. Thank you so much.
145 posted on 11/02/2001 12:51:13 PM PST by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: mikewats
I can't believe I missed this thread. That was GREAT! LOL!
146 posted on 11/10/2003 6:30:29 AM PST by RadioAstronomer
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To: RadioAstronomer
exactly as it was posted on Free Republic on the evening of October 30, 1938

Wonder how they kept all those tubes cool? LOL!

147 posted on 11/10/2003 1:46:06 PM PST by Aracelis
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To: mikewats
You forgot. "This is series!" And "A martian bit my sister" or would that be "A martian moose bit my sister?"
148 posted on 11/10/2003 1:50:59 PM PST by techcor
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To: techcor
Do they have cheese and lutefisk on Mars?
149 posted on 11/11/2003 1:03:37 AM PST by Aracelis
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To: Aracelis

Bump to the Top, the best Halloween Thread Ever!


150 posted on 10/29/2004 1:23:27 PM PDT by GreenLanternCorps (I'm Pink, therefore I'm Spam.)
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