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(Boston.com)   Boston townie left a heartwarming message in 1941 under the threshold of his row house in Charleston and just found this week. It's pure Boston   (boston.com) divider line 75
    More: Amusing, Albert Stella, Alex Robinson, Charlestown  
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2014-09-03 08:33:56 AM  
Maybe he literally had tourette's
 
2014-09-03 08:48:07 AM  
You know who else in 1941 told Americans to go fark themselves?
 
2014-09-03 10:46:15 AM  
Before I put down a new carpet once I painted a large pentangle in red paint on the floor. Hope the next owners have a sense of humour...
 
2014-09-03 11:06:50 AM  
www.classicmoviehub.com STELL-L-L-A-A-A!!!

/I coulda had class...
 
2014-09-03 11:27:38 AM  
Headline is missing some words subby.
 
2014-09-03 11:28:00 AM  
It's great when an article is EXACTLY what you think it will be.
 
2014-09-03 11:29:47 AM  
I suspect the war started so that grammar nazis could teach that guy a lesson on sentence structure.
 
2014-09-03 11:30:06 AM  

vudukungfu: Maybe he literally had tourette's


He wouldn't have bothered to write "go f*ck yourself" he'd just have said it...
 
2014-09-03 11:32:07 AM  

Mose: vudukungfu: Maybe he literally had tourette's

He wouldn't have bothered to write "go f*ck yourself" he'd just have said it...


perhaps he was dictating
 
2014-09-03 11:34:06 AM  
Helped a friend and his wife move into a new house.  We were trying to get the 4-poster bed frame up these nasty twisty stairs, but couldnt quite make it fit.  One of the guys there said "You know, if we took out these three stair treads, we could fit around the corner.   So we did. A recipe card was stapled to the bottom of one.  It read "We couldnt get the bed upstairs either"

/csb
 
2014-09-03 11:34:08 AM  

rufus-t-firefly: It's great when an article is EXACTLY what you think it will be.


I was thinking there would be more racism involved.
 
2014-09-03 11:34:23 AM  
"Built in the 1860s, the row house has that classic Charlestown look, and the work inside was clearly done by hand."

No shait. Guess what. It's still done by hand.
 
2014-09-03 11:34:49 AM  

Mose: vudukungfu: Maybe he literally had tourette's

He wouldn't have bothered to write "go f*ck yourself" he'd just have said it...


Maybe he had tourwrite's
 
2014-09-03 11:41:18 AM  
Gee, I expected it to read "If ye lived under this stoop, you'd be home by now, me bucko."
 
2014-09-03 11:43:56 AM  

Flint Ironstag: Before I put down a new carpet once I painted a large pentangle in red paint on the floor. Hope the next owners have a sense of humour...


www.tdpri.com
 
2014-09-03 11:47:08 AM  
"And America at war to fight Germany. Threshold 5/10/41 by Albert Stella this floor was laid."

Yeah, I'm pretty sure that that isn't what it says. Considering that Germany didn't declare war on the US until Dec 11, 1941.
 
2014-09-03 11:48:51 AM  
he misspelled "fack"
 
2014-09-03 11:51:34 AM  
I'm not watching that video, and I can't make it out in the pic.  Can anybody tell me what that says?  They don't quote it in the article.
 
2014-09-03 11:52:27 AM  

SirDigbyChickenCaesar: Mose: vudukungfu: Maybe he literally had tourette's

He wouldn't have bothered to write "go f*ck yourself" he'd just have said it...

perhaps he was dictating


I loled
 
2014-09-03 11:54:01 AM  

memtastic: Flint Ironstag: Before I put down a new carpet once I painted a large pentangle in red paint on the floor. Hope the next owners have a sense of humour...

[www.tdpri.com image 425x319]


I was going to put a tin with false teeth in one of the vents I closed up when renovating upstairs and laying flooring. My wife has vetoed it. Then later, when I was re-finishing flooring original to the house (100+ yrs old), I was hell bent on grabbing clear fluorescent paint to put up a nice body outline that would show up only under black light. Again, wife vetoed. Next time renovation time rolls around I am not asking anymore.
 
2014-09-03 11:54:39 AM  

Hack Patooey: Helped a friend and his wife move into a new house.  We were trying to get the 4-poster bed frame up these nasty twisty stairs, but couldnt quite make it fit.  One of the guys there said "You know, if we took out these three stair treads, we could fit around the corner.   So we did. A recipe card was stapled to the bottom of one.  It read "We couldnt get the bed upstairs either"

/csb


Did they add another that said "Neither could we"?  That's great.

My house was built in 1952 and the ones in this neighborhood were all built from options in a catalog.  Mine has a plate in the basement from Gunnison Homes with the serial and date.  On the stairs, there are two messages from previous owners "Ike 1963" and then "Art 2002.  Thanks, Ike".  I'll have to add my own to the list.  Of course it's probably pointless because if I sell, I'm sure they'll knock it down and put up a mcmansion like they're doing in the rest of the neighborhood.  Maybe I'll keep the plate.
 
2014-09-03 11:55:09 AM  

SumJackass07: "And America at war to fight Germany. Threshold 5/10/41 by Albert Stella this floor was laid."

Yeah, I'm pretty sure that that isn't what it says. Considering that Germany didn't declare war on the US until Dec 11, 1941.


You've obviously never heard of noted psychic and angry carpenter, Albert Stella.

He was the Nostradamus of the '40s.

The complete message read, "Go fark yourself, Alex!"
 
2014-09-03 11:55:40 AM  
Yeah, we're like that even today.

web.mit.edu
 
2014-09-03 11:57:00 AM  
The first part sounds like the end of a longer phrase.  Maybe the owner will find other messages as he continues taking up more pieces...
 
2014-09-03 11:57:47 AM  
He had no problems being a newcomer in Charlestown? It's because Charlestown is mostly gentrified like the article says. Same with other segregated areas like Southie and the North End. Townies were always concerned bussing was going to ruin their town. Instead it was the yuppies pricing everyone in Charlestown out of their houses.
 
2014-09-03 11:57:48 AM  

memtastic: Flint Ironstag: Before I put down a new carpet once I painted a large pentangle in red paint on the floor. Hope the next owners have a sense of humour...

[www.tdpri.com image 425x319]


I'm in the process of renovating our garage right now, with the kitchen next up on the list.  I'm going to have to come up with some suitably creepy messages to leave before I start hanging drywall/putting down flooring.

/Thread is not a bookmark
//oh yes it is
 
2014-09-03 11:58:28 AM  

suburbanguy: I'm not watching that video, and I can't make it out in the pic.  Can anybody tell me what that says?  They don't quote it in the article.


What article did you click on?

The message, written in pencil, seems to read: "And America at war to fight Germany. Threshold 5/10/41 by Albert Stella this floor was laid. Go fark FARK(edited) yourself."
 
2014-09-03 12:00:35 PM  

Dull Cow Eyes: he misspelled "fack"


beat me to it, dammit.
LOL
 
2014-09-03 12:04:06 PM  

memtastic: Flint Ironstag: Before I put down a new carpet once I painted a large pentangle in red paint on the floor. Hope the next owners have a sense of humour...

[www.tdpri.com image 425x319]


*scribbling down ideas*

this one is my favorite so far!!!!
 
2014-09-03 12:04:40 PM  

SumJackass07: "And America at war to fight Germany. Threshold 5/10/41 by Albert Stella this floor was laid."

Yeah, I'm pretty sure that that isn't what it says. Considering that Germany didn't declare war on the US until Dec 11, 1941.


Maybe he was an anti-war activist.  Although not at war in May 1941 The U.S. was doing things like having U.S. merchant ships radioing the British the positions of any U-Boats they spotted as well as  providing all kinds of war materials to the British essentially for free
 
2014-09-03 12:06:40 PM  
Freak'n classic!
Now, I gotta go listen to Bill Burr.
 
2014-09-03 12:10:42 PM  
I thought America wasn't at war until that faithful day when The Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?
 
2014-09-03 12:12:29 PM  
Beautiful.
 
2014-09-03 12:13:33 PM  

SumJackass07: Yeah, I'm pretty sure that that isn't what it says. Considering that Germany didn't declare war on the US until Dec 11, 1941.


I'm thinking he was making a prediction in his little message to the future.
 
2014-09-03 12:16:17 PM  

voodoohotdog: I thought America wasn't at war until that faithful day when The Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?


faithful?

I didn't know prayer caused the Germans to bomb Pearl Harbor? I thought it was Dean Wormer...
 
2014-09-03 12:27:36 PM  
There's a good chance that Mr Stella was German, you know.
 
2014-09-03 12:27:59 PM  
He mighta worked at the shipyahd.

I always leave a little message when I do repairs. Usually  just initials and date when fixing burst pipes at work. "My idiot boss didn't drain the pipes last fall" has been done too.
 
2014-09-03 12:29:05 PM  
Sounds like he knew which way the wind was blowing...
 
2014-09-03 12:30:43 PM  
Would you expect anything less from a Beantowner?
Wicked Pissa...
 
2014-09-03 12:30:55 PM  

bigworld2000: There's a good chance that Mr Stella was German, you know.


Belgian

i61.tinypic.com
 
2014-09-03 12:31:10 PM  
Cant wait to renovate my bathroom now.
 
2014-09-03 12:42:51 PM  
As I completely gut and remodel my house I've been writing messages and leaving little odds and ends in the walls for any future owner to discover. Notes on when each room was redone along with newspapers, coins, an old cellphone and some other stuff.
 
2014-09-03 12:44:00 PM  
I looked up May 9 & 10, 1941 to see what was in the headlines regarding Germany.

These are from the Chicago Tribune

"1,000 WOMEN ASK F.D.R. TO KEEP HIS NO WAR PROMISES: 1,000 WOMEN ASK F. D. R. TO KEEP HIS ANTI-WAR PLEDGE Request Interview at White House."

"The [US] government today tied up funds of I. G. Farbenindustrie Aetiengesellschaft, a German corporation, commonly known as the German dye trust, which controls numerous patents used in American industry. "

"REVEAL SAILING OF U. S. SHIPS ON RED SEA ROUTE: Delivery of Aid to Britain Strongly Indicated."
 
2014-09-03 12:50:22 PM  
I like how he is going to kep it but seems like kind of a wuss move to not display it unless he makes a man cave.
 
2014-09-03 12:51:26 PM  
I liked this find - assets.nydailynews.com
 
2014-09-03 12:55:37 PM  

outtatowner: memtastic: Flint Ironstag: Before I put down a new carpet once I painted a large pentangle in red paint on the floor. Hope the next owners have a sense of humour...

[www.tdpri.com image 425x319]

I was going to put a tin with false teeth in one of the vents I closed up when renovating upstairs and laying flooring. My wife has vetoed it. Then later, when I was re-finishing flooring original to the house (100+ yrs old), I was hell bent on grabbing clear fluorescent paint to put up a nice body outline that would show up only under black light. Again, wife vetoed. Next time renovation time rolls around I am not asking anymore.


Telling my wife about that second idea of yours in an email. Once she stops laughing, she will likely insist that we do the body outline.
 
2014-09-03 12:55:38 PM  

jaytkay: I looked up May 9 & 10, 1941 to see what was in the headlines regarding Germany.

These are from the Chicago Tribune

"1,000 WOMEN ASK F.D.R. TO KEEP HIS NO WAR PROMISES: 1,000 WOMEN ASK F. D. R. TO KEEP HIS ANTI-WAR PLEDGE Request Interview at White House."

"The [US] government today tied up funds of I. G. Farbenindustrie Aetiengesellschaft, a German corporation, commonly known as the German dye trust, which controls numerous patents used in American industry. "

"REVEAL SAILING OF U. S. SHIPS ON RED SEA ROUTE: Delivery of Aid to Britain Strongly Indicated."


Yeah, in May of 1941 we were minutes re or less at war with Germany. Roosevelt was breaking all kinds of laws. I remember watching a documentary on on the American entrance into the war, and they had an interview with Bill Clinton, and he admitted that FDR was breaking all kinds of laws. If he hadn't had an incredibly tame Congress, or if Hitler hadn't been stupid enough to declare war on us, he probably could have been impeached for the shiat he was pulling to get us involved in that war
 
2014-09-03 01:00:58 PM  
For Satan's Bunny Slippers:
(Not mine, from this thread on Straight Dope:  http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=403719)

"[...]When it came time to lay the new tile, we had decided to get a little fancy a lay in a nice seven foot compass rose made of different colored tile. It actually points to North. So I'm thinking, what great place to leave something for people to find decades later. So, under the compass rose, I placed a treasure map.

It's not really a map, per se; it's actually a maneuvering board. Basically, it's a large piece of paper that kind of looks like a RADAR scope. I drew the compass rose in the center of the paper, and an arrow pointing north-west. I drew three circles, representing trees, and in the center of those trees I drew a big "X". North-west points directly at the park outside the station, and the three tree are visible through a window when you stand directly on the compass rose and face NW.

Now I just need to figure out what I'm going to bury in the park."
 
2014-09-03 01:10:11 PM  
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2014-09-03 01:12:33 PM  

Notenoughmiddlefingers: For Satan's Bunny Slippers:
(Not mine, from this thread on Straight Dope:  http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=403719)

"[...]When it came time to lay the new tile, we had decided to get a little fancy a lay in a nice seven foot compass rose made of different colored tile. It actually points to North. So I'm thinking, what great place to leave something for people to find decades later. So, under the compass rose, I placed a treasure map.

It's not really a map, per se; it's actually a maneuvering board. Basically, it's a large piece of paper that kind of looks like a RADAR scope. I drew the compass rose in the center of the paper, and an arrow pointing north-west. I drew three circles, representing trees, and in the center of those trees I drew a big "X". North-west points directly at the park outside the station, and the three tree are visible through a window when you stand directly on the compass rose and face NW.

Now I just need to figure out what I'm going to bury in the park."


Oh that is clever!
 
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