Happy new year, dear bunny_hugger, and it is, because it's with you.
And the rest of you, here's my humor blog posts from the past week:
- My Poor Wrist, this week's major piece. All about the aftermath of this week's pinball tournament. This week's first pinball tournament.
- Jack Benny Sees Out The Year 1943 and I see it out with a bit of old-time radio and a strange bit in which Benny reviews the year for America.
- Franklin P Adams: Rubber-Stamp Humor, a little poem about stock jokes.
- Good News From The Christmas-Time featuring a picture of our pet rabbit.
- In Which Jay Leno Haunts Me (is he outside the window? Blink twice if he is.)
- Statistics Saturday: Things Learned From Reading The Snorks’ Wikipedia Page and yes, the Spanish Armada is involved.
- Body-Sculpting The Betty Boop Way, featuring a classic comic strip character nobody remembers and the first Betty Boop cartoon I remember seeing.
- An Open Letter To The Department Of Winter, last week's major piece. It's been a strangely warm winter.
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And now let's return to Conneaut Lake Park and Pumpkin Fest 2015.
The fountain and main gate for Conneaut Lake Park, as seen at PumpkinFest 2015. The huge figure in the center gate is the entrance for the Ghost Lake evening haunted house attraction. The gates are not where you actually buy admission, although apparently for a while in the 90s they tried doing that. All the flagpoles have flags on them, and none of them are Conneaut Lake Park flags.
Conneaut Lake Park's former Toboggan coaster. It'd been fallen over derelict on the grounds of the Hotel Conneaut for years, where it apparently set off arguments between the Park, the Hotel, and the independent operator that owned it. It finally got relocated this year to the far corner of the park's parking area where it's a little longer walk to get into and climb over.
Someone dropped a fair on top of Conneaut Lake Park! In the background you can make out a water slide for the (defunct) water park. This is a stretch perpendicular to the main midway and leading to the front entrance.
The Tilt-A-Whirl, apparently one of the oldest still extant. If you saw the Mission Amusement program on the Travel Channel, this is the ride that the park manager was obsessed with fixing. It was while photographing this (actually, the mildewed sign on the left post of the entry gate) that my camera's battery door snapped. (I fixed it.)
Blue Streak! The launch station for the 1938 wooden roller coaster and great obvious joey of Conneaut Lake Park is in the center here. To the left is the carousel building. To the ride is a food stand and the spot where you pay for miniature golf.
Trivia: Scotland and Sweden (among other countries) adopted the Gregorian calendar practice of beginning the year on 1 January before adopting the Gregorian calendar. Source: Mapping Time: The Calendar and its History, EG Richards.
Currently Reading: Just Six Numbers: The Deep Forces That Shape The Universe, Marin Rees.
PS: Reading the Comics, December 30, 2015: Seeing Out The Year Edition, last mathematically-themed comics post for 2015, I expect.