Monthly Archives: October 2013

Wagner The Wehr-Wolf, Part 2: Being a Wehr-Wolf is Great Cardio

In case you guys missed it, I've started recapping another book for Halloween. It's an 1850s serial called Wagner the Wehr-Wolf by G.W.M. Reynolds, it's hilariously bad, and Part 1 can be found here. The full text, if you want … Continue reading

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International Concatenated Order of Hoo-Hoo

I found this story on Futility Closet here. The rest of the information has been supplemented by the Hoo-Hoo website (yes, it is still in existence) and, I'm sorry to say, Wikipedia. Here is a modern context: "Hoo-Hoo was founded … Continue reading

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Wagner The Wehr-Wolf, Part 1: No One Understands How ‘Deaf’ Works

It’s time for another adventure into horrifying Victorian literature. This time, I have read “Wagner the Wehr-Wolf“, an 1850s serial written by G.W.M. Reynolds. The full text can be found here. I chose this book 1.) because of the name. … Continue reading

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Woman Takes First Bath in 28 Years

I found this story from @HistoryWeird's blog here. The original source was the diary of Elizabeth Drinker. Elizabeth Drinker, wife of Philadelphia merchant Henry Drinker, was an accomplished diarist who chronicled her life regularly for 50 years. She was also … Continue reading

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Mother Throws Child out of a Window

I found this story by following @Amateur_Casual on Twitter. Their post is here. The original source was the Illustrated London News, December 19, 1885. "Throwing a Child out of a Window": "On Wednesday, last week, Dr. Diplock concluded an adjourned … Continue reading

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Tory MP Fondles Himself At Window, Blows Kisses to Ladies Watching

I found this story on @HistoryWeird's blog here. The original source was Reynolds's Newpaper, June 30, 1861. Believe you me, if there was one newspaper that was sure to report a disgraced, sexually transgressive upper class man, it would be … Continue reading

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Composers are Bastards

A friend linked me to this ClassicFM post about all the bitchy things 18th- and 19th-century composers said of each others' music. I included a few that composed during the 20th century, but if you were born in the Victorian … Continue reading

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