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Eben Byers, Pittsburgh’s Radioactive Man

Eben Byers 01Back at the start of the 20th century, we went through a period known as “Radioactive Quackery”. This was a time when people stopped selling the oil of snakes to the unassuming masses, and instead began selling them radiation.

Radiation was everywhere back then. Watches with glow in the dark faces, glowed thanks to radium (and the girl who made it probably died from cancer). Radioactive toothpaste was said to make your teeth whiter. There were spas set up with the specific purpose of exposing its visitors to the healing powers of radiation. This brings us to Eben Byers, a Pittsburgh native, professional golfer, heir to a steel empire, and (currently) radioactive corpse.

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Fingers burned into stone

Fingers burned into stone

I don’t know whose fingers those were, or how they got burnt into the stone like that, I’m just glad I keep the shotgun close to the bed…

Of course, I should probably get some silver shot or something…

The Wildlife of Pittsburgh

Wildlife 08 It’s finally starting to warm up here in Pittsburgh, so I decided to go for a walk to see what animals were out and about. I figured that if there was one place that I would find some wildlife, it would be the Allegheny Cemetery.

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Allegheny Cemetery part deux

Here’s some more pictures from our second trip to the Allegheny Cemetery. If you’ve never been there, let me tell you, that place is huge. Seriously, take a look, it’s huge.

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So I got a new camera

Girlfriend got me a camera as an early birthday present, and has decided to teach me photography.  She’s been doing photography for a while, and knows what she’s talking about, so she’s a good teacher.  For our first trip out, we went to the two big cemeteries in Pittsburgh since they are right down the street.  She is also insisting that I state how I have been bugging her to visit them for months.  When I was growing up, my family would get together and go to the local cemetery to ride bikes, so I have a lot of fond memories of them from my childhood.  

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