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  • May 16, 2024, 2:06 p.m.
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Bird feeder and propane tank in the background.


Thank you for your kind and helpful comments. To quote the great Dave Ramsey, they were ‘better than I deserve.’ ( He says that to callers when they ask him how he is - it’s irritating as hell.)


btw- Have you heard Prince of Wales Will’s dad joke? He says Charlotte tells it.

Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Interrupting cow.
Interrupting cow (moo!) who?


Let me tell you about a rabbit hole and how I got there.

I am reading Norman Mailer’s last novel - The astle in the Forest. I mentioned it before. It’s an interpretation of Adolph Hitler’s background and it’s very good. Lots of words, but the chapters are short - so you can always read to the end of one and if you want to read a little more you can probably get to the end of that one too.

Thus, and so, I went squirreling away to Wikipedia. I looked up their Hitler article. I didn’t exactly read it but I looked at the pictures. I did notice that Mailer detailed the towns in Austria where the Hitler family lived - including his birthplace Wiki says ‘Adolf Hitler was born on 20 April 1889 in Braunau am Inn, a town in Austria-Hungary (present-day Austria), close to the border with the German Empire’. So I followed the link to Branunau am Inn and sure enough it had one of Wiki’s great features - a list of famous natives of the town… including HItler of course and a reference to Franz Gruber who wrote Silent Night. Also listed as a notable is Hans Staininger (1508–1567), burgomaster (mayor) of Braunau, (who) had a very long beard, which caused his death. That last phrase caught my flighty attention and I followed a link to the following entry:


And that for sure was and is a rabbit hole. It is what it says it is = A List of Unusual Deaths.

‘The burgomaster of Braunau (then Bavaria, now Austria), died when he broke his neck by tripping over his own beard.[94] The beard, which was 4.5 feet (1.4 m) long at the time, was usually kept rolled up in a leather pouch.’ That happened in 1567.

It even includes the death of a rabbiter who died after getting his head stuck in a rabbit hole.

And a smallish plane that crashed killing 20 passengers and crew when a crocodile passenger got loose and forced the other passengers to all run away from it, thus destabilizing the plane. The crocodile survived.


Another Hitler note - it seems there is incest in his family. In one instance his father married either his niece or his daughter who became AH’s mother. Incest and children produced from was thought to be a way of concentrating heredity according to the Mailer book. In other words if you have ‘good genes’ you have a greater chance of passing them on if you have children with a family member who shares the same genes.

Don’t get me wrong. I do not support incest in any way. I’m just reporting what the devil says. He is a main character in Mailer’s book.

One more thing - I recently saw / not read stories that incest is being discovered from DNA testing at a higher level than previously thought. Did anyone else see that? Or did I make it up? I didn’t make it up. I promise.

Ok, bye for now.


Oh one more thing - I’m being Columbo-esque today.

The book Mailer wrote before Castle in the Forest was a life of Jesus, concentrating on his early years called The Gospel of the Son. I might need to look for that one - if I ever finish the Hitler opus.

Last updated May 16, 2024

Jinn May 16, 2024

Wow; here is what I found when researching ; “There is historical speculation and debate regarding the possibility of incest within Adolf Hitler's family, particularly concerning his relationship with his niece, Geli Raubal. Geli Raubal was the daughter of Hitler's half-sister, Angela Raubal. Hitler and Geli lived together in Munich in the 1920s, and their relationship has been the subject of scrutiny and speculation.
Adolf Hitler's paternity has been the subject of historical debate and speculation. His father was Alois Hitler, an Austrian customs official, and his mother was Klara Pölzl. There have been rumors and theories suggesting that Alois Hitler may have been Adolf's biological grandfather, rather than his father, based on discrepancies in birth dates and other factors.
However, the overwhelming historical consensus is that Alois Hitler was indeed Adolf Hitler's biological father. While there have been claims and theories to the contrary, including rumors of illegitimacy and questions about Alois Hitler's paternity, there is no definitive evidence to support these assertions. Historians generally accept the conventional understanding of Adolf Hitler's parentage based on available historical records and documentation
While there is no definitive evidence of incest between Hitler and Geli Raubal, some historians have suggested that their relationship may have been unhealthy or inappropriate. Geli's death in 1931, which was ruled a suicide but has been the subject of conspiracy theories, has added to the speculation surrounding their relationship.
Interesting stuff !

It's important to note that historical accounts of Hitler's personal life are often based on limited or biased sources, and much remains uncertain or speculative. As a result, claims about incest within Hitler's family should be approached with caution and skepticism.“

Neogy Titwhistle May 16, 2024

Wikipedia rabbit holes are the worst! I'm often a victim! Be well, my friend!

NorthernSeeker May 16, 2024

I find that the short chapter format is a devilish way to keep me reading more.

A Pedestrian Wandering May 18, 2024

I think short chapter formats and wikipedia have something in common.

woman in the moon A Pedestrian Wandering ⋅ May 18, 2024

They do!! And I like sources I can trust - maybe not completely with my life etc.... but enough.
The librarian gave me a copy of Tony Castro's Mantle, The Best There Ever Was. It's quick too - like the Mick - another Oklahoma boy.

WhatDreamsMayCome May 20, 2024

Beware of rabbit holes!

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