A travel website created a list of the 15 BEST things to do while visiting Hannibal, Missouri. The list includes a bunch of great recommendations but, we disagree with their #1 choice for the BEST thing to do in Hannibal, check out the list for yourself here...
The machines are taking over. What was just a fictional premise in The Terminator movies is now reality. Don't believe me? Watch creepy artificial intelligence seem to bring Hannibal's favorite son Mark Twain back to life.
I did not know this, but then again I am not a genius and that's not breaking news. Did you know that Highway 36 in Missouri is really known as the "Genius Highway"? I do now and I'll share what I've learned.
It's common knowledge that Mark Twain's childhood later became a legend of literature. However, not many people know the real childhood friends of Samuel Clemens before he became Mark Twain. Thanks to the Library of Congress, you can.
For good reasons, Hannibal, Missouri loves to claim Mark Twain as their own. The truth is we share his legacy with many other parts of the country, too. One little known example is a tiny town in the California Sierra Mountains that's named after Samuel Clemens.
Before I started hanging around with a group of folks who call themselves, "Twainiacs," (Cindy Lovell, Henry Sweets, Megan Rapp, Melissa Cummins, et al), my perception of Mark Twain was one of this acerbic, curmudgeonly, "pen dipped in hell" observer of the events of the day.
As we all know, Mark Twain wrote a lot of books in his lifetime. There is one, however, that he allegedly wrote after he was dead. It's called Jap Herron and it dates back to 1917 with a sordid story about how it was published.