Monthly Archives: September 2013

Victorian Sex Dolls

I found the following story aaaaages ago, long before I had this blog, and it was one of the things that edged me along my way to starting this website up. This "invention" was discovered by Fern Riddell, another Victorian … Continue reading

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Belle Boyd

It's been FOREVER since I've done one of my "Badass Women" posts. Mostly because they were all so long that I exhausted myself. But today I'm feeling feisty, so I'm afraid the only thing that will do is Belle Boyd, … Continue reading

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The Duke of Wellington Just Doesn’t Care

According to the QI elves on Twitter, "After beating him at Waterloo, Wellington slept with two of Napoleon's mistresses and hung a picture of Boney's sister in his bedroom". The thing that I love about Wellington is that, yes, he … Continue reading

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Nathaniel Hawthorne: The Newest Mean Girl

I found this story on my nerdy calendar called "Jeff Kacirk's Forgotten English" for the date of September 26th, 2013. It tells the story of Nathaniel Hawthorne, American author of The Scarlet Letter, who served the American consulate in England … Continue reading

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Taking Child Labor to a New Level

@HistoryWeird originally posted this story here. The original source was the Highland Weekly News on January 10th, 1867. The Eagle Works Manufacturing Company in Chicago employed a girl of 12, Miss Fannie Paine (my British readers are going to crack … Continue reading

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Expertise

If found this story on Futility Closet's blog here. Actually there are two stories, but they are linked by my love of smart-ass-ery. Story 1: In 1877, James McNeill Whistler (the guy who painted Whistler's Mother) painted this picture, Nocturne … Continue reading

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Weird Russian Postcards

Boyfriend is doing his PhD in Russian politics and occasionally finds something delightfully odd for me to post here. Because 19th-century Russians were exceptionally crazy. For example, boyfriend discovered this collection of pre-1917 Russian postcards (sorry the date couldn't be … Continue reading

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