Today’s episode of Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac begins thusly:

“It was on this day in 1938 that a cylindrical Martian spaceship landed in Grover’s Mill, New Jersey, and began incinerating onlookers with an alien heat ray, an event that was covered by the Columbia Broadcasting System and its affiliated stations, and that caused widespread alarm and mass hysteria. News of the attack interrupted a program of live dance music, the reports growing more frequent and ominous as the hour wore on, until the New Jersey state militia had been obliterated and three Martian tripod battle machines began ravaging the landscape.”

Let us never forget the devastation of New Jersey and Manhattan at the hands… err, tentacles of the perfidious and genocidal Martians.


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