Monthly Archives: February 2014

The Farmer’s Anti-Automobile Society of Pennsylvania

I found the following story on QI (series K, episode "Knees and Knockers"). Around the turn of the century when automobiles were becoming more commonplace, certain groups attempted to restrict automobiles' presence from motivations of either discomfort around the new … Continue reading

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Popular Music

I found this story on Futility Closet here. They aptly named their post "Yikes". The following song was billed as "The Most Successful Song Hit of 1901". It was called "Coon! Coon! Coon!" Here are the lyrics. They are about … Continue reading

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Redefining Cannibalism

I'm reading this truly bizarre Edwardian book right now called The Napoleon of Notting Hill (1904). Don't even ask me to tell you what it's about, because I can't. Anyway, there's a section early on in the novel where the … Continue reading

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Bad Pride and Prejudice Covers

Due to the HUGE success of my Bad Jane Eyre Covers post (thanks everybody!!!), I've decided to do another one. This was surprisingly difficult (I went through a whoooole lot of classic literature before I found enough covers that were … Continue reading

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Dog’s Tail Soup

In doing research for my PhD (I'm writing a chapter on Anthony Hope's adventure-romance The Prisoner of Zenda, which was a super fun book that you should all check out) I ended up having to read Anthony Hope's autobiography, Memories … Continue reading

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Earl of Chesterfield: Connoisseur of Dog Farts

I found this story on @HistoryWeird's blog here. The original source was a letter from the Earl of Chesterfield to Philip Stanhope, October 19 1753. "Philip Dormer Stanhope (1694-1773) was an English Whig politician and, from his father’s death in … Continue reading

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Me, Myself and I

I originally found this story on this ViralCircus list here (#20). The story is about Braxton Bragg, a United States Army officer who became a general in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War. He was a rigid and … Continue reading

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