Monthly Archives: June 2014

The Caves of Health

I found the following story on Futility Closet's blog here. "In 1839, Louisville physician John Croghan opened a tuberculosis hospital inside Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave. Thinking that the steady temperature and humidity would help restore his patients, he built a few … Continue reading

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The Jaundice Carrot

I found this story on @HistoryWeird's blog here. The original source was Dr. Walter J. Hoffman's Folk Medicine of the Pennsylvania Germans, 1889. "Walter James Hoffman (1846-99) was a Pennsylvanian physician, ethnologist and author. . . . In 1889 Dr … Continue reading

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Right Under Your Nose

Amazing story I found on Futility Closet's blog here. "Oppressed by the sexual advances of her master, 22-year-old North Carolina slave Harriet Jacobs fled in 1835 and hid for seven years in a tiny loft under the roof of her … Continue reading

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“Buried in One of Your Own Trophies”

I found this story on Futility Closet's blog here. It tells the story of a total creep, and a famous man who apparently liked being creeped on. "In 1798 Horatio Nelson’s navy defeated a French fleet off the coast of … Continue reading

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The Earl of Chesterfield

I found this story in Jeff Kacirk's "Forgotten English" calendar from September 21/22, 2013. It's been a long time since I did a post on a ridiculous aristocrat, though he's clearly not a Victorian one. "Philip Stanhope (1694-1773), the Earl … Continue reading

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Geese Pull Actor on the Thames

I found this story on Ludicrous Scene's blog here. The original source was The Illustrated Police News, June 23, 1877. "On Saturday afternoon last week, Mr Felix Rogers, of Sanger’s Amphitheatre, sailed in a tub accompanied by four geese from … Continue reading

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Bad Inheritance

I found this story on Futility Closet's blog here. It is an excerpt from the will of Joseph Dalby of London, executed upon his death in 1784. "I give to my daughter Ann Spencer, a guinea for a ring, or … Continue reading

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