Monthly Archives: April 2014

Future Dictates of Fashion

A friend linked me to this hilarious article written by W. Cade Gall in The Strand Magazine (Vol. 5, Jan. 1893) called "Future Dictates of Fashion". It's basically the author's prediction of what clothing will look like over the next … Continue reading

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Pamela, Or A Story Guaranteed to Piss You Off

  Hey, guys. Last week I alluded to a novel recap I was working on that was a rather hellish experience for me. That novel was Samuel Richardson’s 1740 novel Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded. It’s about a hundred years away … Continue reading

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The Greatest Smoker in Europe

I found this story on Futility Closet's blog here. The original source was Charles Bombaugh's Facts and Fancies for the Curious From the Harvest-Fields of Literature, 1905. “The greatest smoker in Europe died at Rotterdam, and left behind him the … Continue reading

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Piano Playing

I found this story on @HistoryWeird's blog here. The original source was Dr F. Waetzold's “Le piano et névroses” in Journal d'Hygiene, January 5th 1899. "In 1899 German physician Dr F. Waetzold published a short essay claiming that playing the … Continue reading

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Old Before His Time

Normal 0 MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Today I was going to start recapping a book I just read for you guys, but it is one of those rare books that is so stupid that it angered me and I needed some time away … Continue reading

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The Sleepy Necrophiliac

I found this story on @HistoryWeird's blog here. The original source was Albert Bataille's Les Causes Criminelles et Mondaines, 1886. "By day, Henri Blot was a young waiter in a Paris cafe; by night he was a sleepy necrophiliac with … Continue reading

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The Wilsons Versus The World

I found this story in To Marry an English Lord by Gail MacColl and Carol McD. Wallace. Everyone loves a good rags to riches story, but that's a hard feat to accomplish in snooty society. And no place was snootier … Continue reading

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