Monthly Archives: November 2013

The Second Coming

I found this story at @HistoryWeird's blog here. The original sources were Joanna Southcott's Conception Communication, conveyed to George Turner, February 25th, 1814 and Dr. Peter Mathias's The Case of Johanna [sic] Southcott, 1815. This post is about Joanna Southcott … Continue reading

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Vermont Turkey Drives

I found this story on the VPR (Vermont Public Radio) website here. It tells of a little-known Vermont tradition called Turkey Drives. "'Turkey drives' were an autumnal tradition from the 1800s to the early 1900s, and involved the overland strolling of … Continue reading

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Shame to Every Novel-Reading Woman

I found this story on @HistoryWeird's blog here. The original source was Orson Fowler's Fowler on Matrimony, or Phrenology and Physiology applied to the selection of Suitable Companions for Life, &c., 1841. "Orson Squire Fowler was probably America’s most famous … Continue reading

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It Should Just Be Called The “Lost” Department

Just a really quick one today. I just finished reading Thunderstruck by Erik Larson (the author of the AMAZING book Devil in the White City—Thunderstruck wasn't nearly as engaging, in my opinion, but go out and buy DitWC NOOOOOW). Anyway, … Continue reading

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Murder Bottles

I heard of this story on the Nourishing Death blog here. There may be triggers–this post is about children and babies dying. It's not graphic, but please be warned. Much like with my similar post on Memento Moris, I'm not … Continue reading

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Voltaire’s Orgy

I found this story on Jeff Kacirk's "Forgotten English" calendar from November 21, 2013. I don't know how true any of this is–it sounds like the sort of thing that would be just a rumor, especially since I can't find … Continue reading

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The Only Time V.C. Andrews And Thomas Hardy Will Be Linked

I heard of this story reading the excellent Neo-Victorian novel, The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles. It involves famous Victorian author Thomas Hardy and a really unfortunate, vaguely Flowers in the Attic family secret (you'll totally only get this … Continue reading

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