Chapter 27: The Clean Man and the Dirty Angels

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In this week’s chugging adventure: Rob and Alan discuss their brackets for Mundane Madness (always bet on binder clip!) and we read a story of a godly railroad man and the fallen women he believes are beyond saving. If you’re looking for puritanical thinking and old-timey deep voices saying “t’ain’t right” a lot, well, you’re looking for some strangely specific things, but we have got you covered!

This Tale is from Stories of the Railroad published in 1899 by John A. Hill (1899’s Slogan: “19-hundred-zero-zero, party over, wait, plenty of time”). John A. Hill was not only a railroad engineer, he became the “Hill” in McGraw-Hill publishing and a titan of our time! Just think of all the SAT prep books we owe to his writings in Locomotive Engineer magazine.

Get ready to ride the rails in this story of adventure and learn a lot about the economics of late 19th century dance halls! So grab your favorite bottle of hooch and curl up in your parlor car while we read you this week’s tale.

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Chapter 26: The Chameleon Man

This thrilling episode: Rob reveals the true heights of his manliness (spoiler alert: ankle deep at best) and we read a science fiction story about a man who can turn invisible and his attempt to help the war effort by starring on the Great White Way!

From the January 1943 issue of Amazing Stories, “The Chameleon Man” by William P. Mcgivern (writer of the film The Big Heat and at least 3 episodes of Kojak) features a man so forgettable that he actually becomes invisible and just wants to join the Army to help the war effort. So our protagonist, a shady talent agent (shocking!), decides the best way to aid him is by taking him straight to Broadway to make a few bucks. Forget sneaking into a bunker to get Hitler, this guy could be stage crew without even wearing black! That’s the perfect use of his abilities, genius! 

This story also includes a long paranthetical about the reality of invisible people from the editors so if you don’t listen to this for the humor, tune in because you might just learn something. It’s like how we watch Spinal Tap as a cautionary tale about the dangers of spontaneous combustion. So grab your favorite clear beverage and curl up in your favorite flesh-toned chair while we read you this week’s tale.

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Chapter 25 : The Shock

This episode Alan drops some science about thermocouplers and how important they are in today’s modern homes (hint: you cannot reverse the polarity of a thermocoupler and swing your house around the sun to travel back in time). The we read a seemingly lighthearted story about a baseball player that suddenly takes a swerve into Thrilltown! BTW, if you’ve passed the 7-11 on Chiller Road, you’ve gone too far.

From Wide-Awake Magazine in 1916, “The Shock” by Grant Trask Reeves (about whom little is known except he wrote baseball stories and either had an awesome name or great taste in pseudonyms) is about a drunk major leaguer (who is also a major league drunk) who gets in a bit of a bind with his manager and may have to pay the ultimate price. Is it jail? Being traded to Miami? Only time and this week’s tale will tell! So curl up in your favorite dugout and grab some Big League Chew while we read you this week’s tale.

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