Monthly Archives: May 2013

Weird History

I'm following this really interesting Twitter feed called @HistoryWeird. Instead of posting any long summary like I did yesterday, I'm just going to troll through their account and repost interesting things here. I might be marginally phoning it in, but … Continue reading

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1868 British Expedition to Abyssinia

So, I just read Flashman on the March, which was about the 1868 British expedition into Abyssinia, and let me tell you, people, this is an amazing story. I’m not normally one for military history, but it’s kind of unbelievable. … Continue reading

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The Fat Man’s Club

I found the below in a discussion on obesity and its relation to wealth here. It's really interesting and I suggest you give it a read. As that blog states, though obesity in Western countries today largely correlates with poverty, … Continue reading

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Student Teacher =/= Dentist

I found the below quotation from reading a great blog called Ludicrous Scenes. The original text came from The Sheffield Daily Telegraph on April 22, 1896, and is certainly something I will remember if I student teach next year. "At … Continue reading

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Maria Theresa’s Bosom

Maria Theresa was Holy Roman Empress, Queen consort of Germany, Queen of Hungary and Croatia and Bohemia, and Archduchess of Austria in the mid-eighteenth century, and was also the last of the house of Hapsburg. I'm not going to talk … Continue reading

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James Augustus St. John and Abyssinian Boobies

Oh, lord, Abyssinia. I haven't done much work on imperialism and military efforts, so correct me if I get anything wrong. However, I think it's pretty clear that when the British Empire was conquering Africa, racing around with France and … Continue reading

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Dr. John Hunter

I was told by a professor at my University that we have the world's largest collection of early documentation on syphilis. It was very, "You want to come see our syphilis collection?" And I was all, "If you're not hitting … Continue reading

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