Friday, February 02, 2007

Groundhog Day

The state of TIAH

February 2nd, 2007

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Alternate Historian's Note: Now that our NaNoWriMo novel, After, has been concluded, we are beginning work on a new project – a collection of several timelines with more-or-less complete stories inside them – The Fall, the Tolman timeline, the Mormon War, the Lascaux Cave story, and more – that will have After included with it. Once they're edited together, we'll put the lot up for sale on Lulu. If you would be interested in this, or would like to suggest something for inclusion in the collection, please email me and let me know. And, speaking of side projects, Guest Historian Stephen Payne has one, Crimson Kiss, available for free on Lulu. Check it out.

in 1887, angered at the presumption of the men who had taken the land of his people, the Great Groundhog caused winter to lengthen for 6 weeks, lashing them with cold and snow. They didn't take the lesson, however, so he endowed one of his kind with the power to make them relive this experience year after year – when he is pleased, the Chosen Groundhog allows winter to end early. When angered, the Chosen extends winter and punishes the wicked with powerful winds and cold. A cult has grown around the Chosen One in Punxsutawney, where they try to appease him with dancing, food and worship each year.

in 2007, former European Union President and Anti-Christ Morris Appleby arrives in Heaven to await his judgment. Having just jumped through the loophole of accepting Jesus as his personal savior, Appleby presents something of a problem to the Celestial Bureaucracy. He is bumped to the head of the Line of Judgment, and given an audience with the Most High and Holy. “Hullo, God,” he says to the Almighty as he cheerfully begins the review of his life.

in 2007, Boston's mayor apologizes to the citizens of the city for panicking over magnetic boards with LEDs attached to them, and the city's media also expresses chagrin over their role in creating a panic over a simple marketing campaign. As the mayor said, “Although we live in times of heightened terror, if we jump every time we see something a little unusual, then the terrorists have already won. From now on, I promise that we will not live in terror.” The city quietly goes back to normal, resuming life a little wiser and less afraid of the world than it had been before. A real hoaxer, who had placed 2 fake pipe bombs at a hospital and a bridge, is arrested and quietly put in jail without a media circus.

Native American
Native American
In 13,492 sailors and traders from the Turtle Island seek an eastward passage to the subcontinent of Hindustan. Through an incomplete understanding of the continents, they land in Europe and are greatly surprised by the primitive nature of the white Indians they find.

~ entry by Steve Payne from counter history in context - you're the judge!

1933 Fuehrer und Reichskanzler Kurt von Schleicher dissolved the German Parliament. Kurt Von Schleicher
Kurt Von Schlei..

~ entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!

Cardiff Giant
Cardiff Giant
In 1869 it was confirmed by scientists that the Cardiff Giant was after all a 10-foot-tall (3 m) petrified man uncovered by workers digging a well behind the barn of William C. 'Stub' Newell in Cardiff, New York.

~ entry by Steve Payne from counter history in context - you're the judge!

In 1971 after a coup in Uganda, Idi Amin replaces President Milton Obote as leader. He gave himself the title His Excellency President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Sea, and Conqueror of the British Empire .. Idi Amin
Idi Amin
.. in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular. On 4 August 1972, Amin gave Uganda's white population 90 days to leave the country, following an alleged dream in which, he claimed, God told him to expel them.

~ entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!

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