Monthly Archives: August 2014

Benjamin Franklin’s Investment

Fun story I found on Futility Closet here. "Benjamin Franklin once wrote, 'I have sometimes almost wished it had been my destiny to have been born two or three centuries hence.' In one ingenious way he managed to touch the … Continue reading

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Tea Harlots

I found this hilarious story on Emily Brand's "History of Love" blog here. You should really read her article instead of my poxy little reblog. Sister be funny. Anyway, in the article she discusses something about which I had absolutely … Continue reading

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A Town By Any Other Name

Sorry, guys, just a really quick one today. I found the following story on Futility Closet's page here. "Ixonia, Wisconsin, was named at random. "Unable to agree on a name for the town, the residents printed the alphabet on slips … Continue reading

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Self-Harm

A friend told me about this (possibly apocryphal) Battle of Karánsebes, a 1788 battle during the Austro-Turk War in which the Austrians attacked their own troops not only once, but twice within about an hour; these two fights cost them … Continue reading

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Edison Still Sucks

As many of you are aware, I did a post on Nikola Tesla the other day (behold his glory!) and it contained a large and vitriolic section about his nemesis, Thomas Edison. It amused me how many of my readers … Continue reading

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Cleveland’s “Fishing Trip”

Just a quick re-blog for you guys today. I found this on Futility Closet's site here. "Grover Cleveland underwent a secret surgery for cancer during his second term as president. The United States was in the grip of a financial … Continue reading

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Hat Trick

I found this story on Futility Closet's blog here. It tells the story of the 1878 Treaty of Berlin and the journalist, Henri de Blowitz, who first leaked the top secret information to the press. Turns out he and his … Continue reading

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