Monthly Archives: January 2014

Speak Now Or Forever Hold Your Peace

I found this story on Ludicrous Scene's blog here. The original source was The Dunfermline Saturday Press, June 14, 1884. "A London correspondent writes:- A strange story has reached me which, I am assured notwithstanding its strangeness, is well authenticated. … Continue reading

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Bicycle Dueling

I found this story on Ludicrous Scene's blog here. The original source was The Sheffield Evening Telegraph, August 17, 1896. "A Paris correspondent says a duel on bicycles was fought in the Boulevard Ney late on Saturday night. "A large … Continue reading

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Gentleman Bandit

I found this story on Futility Closet's blog here. "For an Old West outlaw, Black Bart had a rather poetic sensibility. Born Charles Bolles, Bart robbed stagecoaches of thousands of dollars throughout the 1870s and 1880s, but even his first … Continue reading

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No Suicide for Wives. EVER.

I found this story on @HistoryWeird's blog here. The original source was The Washington Herald, August 9, 1915. "In 1915 a Philadelphia woman appeared in court charged with attempting suicide. The judge discharged Margaret Reeves without penalty – but not … Continue reading

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Bad Jane Eyre Covers

This isn't strictly a post about the 19th-century, but indulge me. A friend just showed me this rather horrific cover of a 1960s Italian edition of Jane Eyre: and I realized upon seeing it that there have got to be … Continue reading

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Son-In-Law Testicle Inspection

I found the following story on @HistoryWeird's blog here. The original source was Jacques Bertillon's "Marriage" in Dictionnaire Encyclopedique des Sciences Medicales, v.5 n.67, 1872. Normal 0 MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 "After qualifying as a doctor Jacques Bertillon (1851-1922) chose not to practice … Continue reading

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How a Fishmonger Bankrupted the Aristocracy

I found this story courtesy of the lovely @_AJCousins on Twitter. I love that I have eyes everywhere, scouring the internet for strangeness for this blog. The original source was The Smithsonian Magazine here. They write about William Crockford, "who … Continue reading

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