Monthly Archives: October 2014

Inuit Cutlery

I heard this story on an episode of QI (Series G, episode "Geography") that tells of Sir John Ross, a British naval officer and Arctic explorer. In 1818, Ross led one of the many attempts to find the Northwest Passage. … Continue reading

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Spite Houses

Let’s talk about spite houses today! If you dont’ know what a spite house is . . . well, it’s pretty much exactly what the name says. It’s a house you build out of spite: oddly-shaped, sometimes very ugly or … Continue reading

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The Scholomance

In Transylvania (which is an excellent start to any story), there is a legend about a school of black magic run by Satan, called The Scholomance. That sentence alone raises SO MANY QUESTIONS: 1.) Is it a state-run or private … Continue reading

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Correspondence

I found this story on Futility Closet here. "In 1842, Kentucky slave Henry Bibb made his way to Canada and became an abolitionist. While attending a convention in Detroit, he sent pamphlets to a number of Southern slaveholders, including his … Continue reading

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Special Delivery

I found this messed up story on Futility Closet here. "On June 23, 1908, a messenger delivered a bottle of ale to the door of Philadelphia doctor William Wilson. “We are taking the liberty of sending a few physician’s samples … Continue reading

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Pick Up Lines

I found this hilarious series of quotations from The History of Love blog here, who was actually quoting from a Washington Post article here (both of which were written by scholar Emily Brand, who delights me). I think I've entered … Continue reading

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The Future

I found this collection of quotations on Futility Closet's blog here. Sorry to phone it in so much, but I'm teaching and my life has turned really hectic, so expect lots of reblogs until the semester ends. On a side … Continue reading

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