Study of Negative Shows Nixon Ghost

October 31st, 2010 by De oppresso liber

October 31, 2010 (Biddeford, ME):  While developing negatives of the UNE History Department faculty, photographer Saul Fotoländer was shocked to discover a ghostly image of what appears to be the late President Richard M. Nixon hovering in larger-than-life form behind the group.

“I was really surprised to see the image,” said Fotoländer.  “It sure wasn’t there when I was taking the photos and it doesn’t show up unless you’re looking at the negative.”

Photo experts are at pains to explain the visage.

“Usually there are obvious signs that a ‘ghost’ is faked,” said Dr. Ivan Tafindcheaters, a photo expert with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  “In this case, it really seems that the 36th President of the United States is there.  Hovering.  Terrifying.  Waiting to place somebody on an other-worldly enemies list.  I’ve never seen anything like it all my days and I hope that I never do again.”

When asked for comment, the department spokesperson could only say: “It is an honor to know that a former president is taking an interest in our department.  We only wish that he looked happier.”

No curricular revisions are planned as a result of the ghostly visit.

Happy Halloween!

Attack Ads, Circa 1800

October 30th, 2010 by De oppresso liber recently posted a very amusing video suggesting that political discourse has not changed very much in the past 210 years.  It is good for a laugh, or a cry.  Check it out!

Photographing the Other World

October 29th, 2010 by De oppresso liber

As we prepare for our annual freaky walk from candy dispensary to candy dispensary we should all step back for a moment and remember the true spirit of Halloween.

If you’re not chicken, have a look at this collection of ghostly photographs from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.


UNE History Department Makes News

October 28th, 2010 by De oppresso liber

Yup, that’s right, we’ve hit the big time.  The UNE Berlin Wall exhibit just made it to the San Francisco Chronicle website!

Selling the Rules

October 26th, 2010 by De oppresso liber

With March Madness just over four months away, the first written rules of basketball are up for sale. They’re legible, intact, and only 119 years old. Sounds like a bargain at twice the price.