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Debriefing: Straight Talk About Hoaxes

October 13th, 2009 · 2 Comments

A holiday weekend marred by beautiful autumn weather and massive transit disruptions didn’t keep the curious from turning out for the Ullage Group’s presentation, “Straight Talk About Hoaxes.” Anthony Matt’s multimedia exegesis of the 1969 “Paul is Dead” hoax was a rousing success. Original tapes of radio shows and phone calls, furnished by the DJ […]

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Tags: Belief Systems · Bulletins · Clubs and Associations · Forteana · Misconceptions · Music · Mysteries

The Biggest Game in the World

October 31st, 2008 · No Comments

If you’re still undecided as to how to celebrate your God-given American Freedoms – in this case, when voting next Tuesday – you’ve always got Politics Party Pun to choose for you. Yes folks, this is indeed “the biggest GAME in the world.” Like a cross between, Old Maid, craps, dreidel, and gambling, this game […]

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Tags: Belief Systems · Clubs and Associations · Diversions · Ephemera · Politics · Suggestions

Moose Milk … and Cookies?

October 14th, 2008 · No Comments

An article in this Sunday’s New York Times celebrates an organization  dedicated to the historical documentation of local ullage (in this case, “local” meaning the 1/3 of the nation comprising the West). ByJESSE McKINLEY TWAIN HARTE, Calif. — Strange where a road trip can begin: a dorm room, a bar stool or Page 283 of […]

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Tags: Ancient History · Belief Systems · Clubs and Associations · Eccentrics · Memories · Misconceptions

No Black Pants

June 4th, 2008 · 2 Comments

           I recently indulged in an old childhood pleasure — looking through my mother’s own childhood scrapbook.  Its contents are both long-familiar and long-forgotten. But each time I reacquaint myself with the birthday cards, Brownie badges, telegrams, and programs from many Glee Club recitals, something “new” stands out. Just like memory, we see what we need to see, and are blind […]

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Tags: Clubs and Associations · Ephemera · Memories

The Microlithomania Report

May 23rd, 2008 · 1 Comment

“Microlithomania” unfurled on a drizzly Sunday; we had a nice crowd. The ullage was uncorked, and shots of Alsation pear brandy were handed to our hosts at Jalopy, Geoff and Lynette Wiley. Doug began with a few remarks, explaining the Ullage Group a bit, or trying to, and then giving credit to John Michell for […]

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Tags: Bulletins · Clubs and Associations · Forteana · Microlithomania


May 13th, 2008 · No Comments

The Ullage Group presents its second afternoon of oddities at the Jalopy Theatre: “Microlithomania,” devoted to unusual stones smaller than megaliths.  We will have mini-talks on ringing rocks, stone stars, archeological hoaxes, toads-in-holes, pseudo-roads, and other anomalies; from Doug Skinner, Anthony Matt, and Lisa Hirschfield.  There will be slides, specimens, a video of the unusual […]

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Tags: Clubs and Associations · Microlithomania

Bulletin (1)

April 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

We’re happy to report that the Ullage Group now owns a functional 1932 Violet Ray Generator.  One of your founders (Doug) and charter member Dr. Mamie Caton bought the device at an antique store in upstate New York.  We tested it before purchase; the spectacle of four clueless adults trying to work a potentially broken […]

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Tags: Bulletins · Clubs and Associations · Dead Media · Diversions · Microlithomania

The Ullage Group and Forteana

April 14th, 2008 · 2 Comments

We started this as a sort of Fortean Society, as you may have gathered from the occasional remark.  Since there’s some confusion over the term, we might as well clarify matters. First off, both founders (Doug Skinner and Anthony Matt) have been active in various Fortean groups — loosely defined as groups that bandy about […]

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Tags: Clubs and Associations · Forteana

Ullage Group Flickr Page

March 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

Here is a link to our new flickr page with 3D photos from our first event, “Five Sides of a Machine.” The photos can be viewed with standard red and cyan 3D glasses. Stereoscopic photography by Mick Andreano. (Posted by Anthony Matt)

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Tags: Clubs and Associations · Dead Media · Stereoscopy

Doug’s Keynote Speechlet

February 26th, 2008 · 2 Comments

With this event, the Ullage Group begins its long and shameful career.  We’ve been meeting in private; now we stand before you, unrepentant and unprepared. First, what is ullage? Ullage has two primary meanings: the space at the top of a bottle, and the sediment left after the bottle is emptied.  But dictionaries differ, since they […]

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