Monthly Archives: December 2013

Man Overboard

I found this story on the Ludicrous Scenes blog here. The original source was The Western Daily Press, Bristol, June 9, 1892. "The Hampshire Telegraph, in its “Naval Section,' relates the following curious story from Bermuda:- 'A party of blue-jackets … Continue reading

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The Bible is “Obscene”

I found the following story on @HistoryWeird's blog here. The original source was The Advocate (Topecka, Kansas), June 19, 1895. "The Comstock Act (passed 1873) was a United States federal law that made sending obscene materials through the mail a … Continue reading

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Ladies’ Self-Defense

I found these pictures on @HistoryNeedsYou's Twitter feed on December 27th, 2013. They depict ways in which Victorian and Edwardian women could ward off attackers. Enjoy. I'm not entirely sure what's happening here. I think she's leaning away from a … Continue reading

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

I found this story on @HistoryWeird's blog here. The original source was The San Francisco Herald, July 24, 1851. "In the summer of 1851 a military depot at Benicia, California reported being hit by a bizarre thunderstorm. According to eyewitnesses, … Continue reading

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The Douhault Case

Here's a bit of my own research again! No reblogs today! I'm not sure how many of you have read Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White, but he is a stellar writer and this is probably his best (or at … Continue reading

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Vertical Limit

I found the following story on Futility Closet's blog here. It was originally reported in The Times, July 12, 1882: "Our Geneva Correspondent writes: — ‘A few days since two schoolmasters from Morzine, a Savoyard village near the Swiss frontier, … Continue reading

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Hibernating Toads

I found this story on @HistoryWeird's blog here. The original source was a letter from M. Adlington, cited in Journal of the Royal Society of the Arts, v.57, October 1909. "Natural historians have recorded several anecdotes about frogs and toads … Continue reading

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