Monthly Archives: May 2014

Booze Cures ALL

I found this story on @HistoryWeird's blog here. The original sources were The Sun, May 22nd, 1888, and Fort Worth Daily gazette, May 26, 1888. "In May 1888 a young New Jersey stonecutter, William Gore, was bitten by a rattlesnake … Continue reading

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The Comma Strike

Just got back from a conference in Toronto, so I'm extremely jetlagged. I will have proper stories for you next week. In the meantime, I found this story on Futility Closet's blog here. "In September 1905, printers in Ivan Sytin’s … Continue reading

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Knobstick Weddings

I heard this story on QI XL (Series K, episodes "Knits and Knots"). A knobstick wedding was the 19th-century equivalent of a shotgun wedding where, if an unmarried woman had a child and the father was known to the villagers, … Continue reading

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Ready, Aim, Fire

I found this story on Futility Closet's blog here. It's pretty hardcore. "Marshal Ney directed his own execution. The military commander, whom Napoleon had called 'the bravest of the brave,' was convicted of treason and executed by firing squad in … Continue reading

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Spousal Abuse

Just a quick one today, guys. I'm insanely busy for the next week or so, but I'm trying to put together some decent posts on Teddy Roosevelt and Nikola Tesla to make up for all the brief reblogs. I found … Continue reading

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The Evils of Sledding

Going back a bit before the Victorians today. I found this story in "Jeff Kacirk's Forgotten English" calendar from December 21/22, 2013. "Responding to citizens' outcries over the reckless sledding habits of Dutch-Americans in New York, the colonial legislature banned … Continue reading

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Bizarre Deaths

I found these stories on the BBC News site here. I'm not going to reblog all of these, so please read that page for all the extra crazy. Some of these are very unpleasant, so warning: triggers for death-related nastiness. … Continue reading

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