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Jun. 19th, 2017

Won't fib, I'm excited by my mathematics blog this week since I got into perturbation theory and talked about it, I think, coherently and even logically. RSS feed mention and all that but here's the week's items:

Also, What's Going On In Mary Worth? March - June 2017 if you missed any good cruise ship action. Now let's check back in on Kennywood, back in August, when everybody was happy and Pokemon Go was a thing and all that.

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Mascot! I spotted the Kennywood Arrow being waked into place while we were on the Grand Carousel, but this is the best photograph I could get of the mascot. We didn't see Kenny Kangaroo walking around this time either.


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Statue of George Washington in his French And Indian War livery, along with a marker pointing out that while some of the key action in the war happened kind of near the park nobody's actually sure that anything happened quite here. But it could have and anyway a bit of history makes an amusement park more wholesome.


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Stuff no longer in operation at Kennywood's main arcade. Among the nickelodeon movies: Johnny Comes Marching Home, Little Old New York, Movie Queen, and Whipping The Huns.


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More stuff no longer in operation at the main arcade: miniature carousel horses, a vibrating chair, another nickelodeon, and an 1877 ``Indian Head'' penny mysteriously gigantified and recovered from the Batcave.


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Kennywood's train ride includes a visit past billboards showing off the park's history. Sad to say this isn't a vintage photo of the exact spot you're riding past on the train at this point. I think the building on the left of the billboard photo is currently a Johnny Rocket's, if I'm making out the geography right. I might not be.


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Another fascinating old billboard: they had an Alice In Wonderland On Parade week in 1950? And that's a year early for the Disney animated movie, although I suppose Alice In Wonderland is a perennial for whimsical places like amusement parks.


Trivia: An English East India Company clerk, in the 1680s, could expect a basic annual salary of £5, not much more than a domestic servant in England received. Source: Empire: The Rise And Demise Of The British World Order And The Lessons For Global Power, Niall Ferguson. (One lesson: a salary of £5 pa encourages your clerks to take on side projects of imaginary legality.)

Currently Reading: Storm In A Teacup: The Physics Of Everyday Life, Helen Czerski.

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