Monthly Archives: March 2015

The Siege of Mafeking

I was first alerted to this story by watching an episode of Drunk History (UK series, season 1, episode 8, retold by drunken comedian Joel Dommett). I'm fully aware that Drunk History is not exactly a reliable source, so I … Continue reading

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More Terrible Film Titles

I've done a couple of these posts before, in which I trawl through imdb.com and try to find some ridiculous early silent film titles. It never disappoints. For me, it's better never seeing these films; the delight comes from wondering … Continue reading

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NOT IN THE FACE

I saw this story on Madame Guillotine's blog here (@MmeGuillotine on Twitter). I'm not going to recap all of her research here (you should really just read her blog entry–it's really entertaining and much more academic than this post is … Continue reading

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First Man in Antarctica

Just a quick one today, since I spent HOURS doing my year in review. (That's right–the start of Year 3 at BizarreVictoria, bitches!) I found this story on Futility Closet's blog here. It reads: "In February 1820, Connecticut sealer John … Continue reading

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BizarreVictoria: Celebrating Two Years

Today is the second anniversary of this blog's birth. It started out a place for me to vent, since I have to be so painfully professional and analytical in my day-to-day work as a PhD student. Sometimes you just need … Continue reading

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A Rebours

I just read a delightfully cracktastic book that you all need to know about. It's Joris-Karl Huysmans's 1884 decadent French piece of decadent decadence called A Rebours, or Against the Grain (or Against Nature, depending on how your translate it). … Continue reading

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One Shilling

I found this story on Futility Closet's blog here. The original source was Bizarre Notes & Queries, February 1886. "Among curious bequests to wives, that of John Lambeth, who died in 1791, is conspicuous for its bitterness. After declaring that … Continue reading

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