Monthly Archives: November 2016

Respectful Debate

Just a quick reblog today. I found this story on Futility Closet’s blog here. I thought a couple of stories about asshole politicians beating the shit out of each other, and other politicians applauding actual assault and murder, would remind … Continue reading

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William Pole-Tylney-Long-Wellesley

A while back I wrote a couple of posts about dissipated nineteenth-century aristocrats who squandered family fortunes. These posts were inspired by a thread on the Victoria scholastic forum/listserv at Indiana. A few of the participants suggested the previous aristocrats … Continue reading

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Battle of the Bees

Just a quick one today–I’m reblogging this from Futility Closet’s post here. In Africa, World War I dawned with a buzz and a howl. The British Indian Army was trying to sneak up on an eastern seaport held by the … Continue reading

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Nose Flutes

I got the following story from an episode of QI (Series N, episode “Nosey Noisy”). This weird lookin’ thang is a nose flute. “The first patent for them was in 1892 for a version called the Nasalette, and the idea … Continue reading

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Royal Tattoos

I found the following story on an episode of QI (Series N, episode “Noble Rot”). Apparently a lot of nineteenth-century European royal were tattooed. I would love to learn more about the history of tattoos to know why this was … Continue reading

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M. P. Shiel

Alright, y’all, we need to have a long, serious talk about late-Victorian, early-Edwardian scifi/fantasy author M. P. Shiel. I had to read his 1901 post-apocalyptic crack-fic The Purple Cloud for work. I don’t think I will ever have the strength … Continue reading

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Earl Grey

I was watching a recent episode of QI (Series N, Episode “Noble Rot”) and found this interesting story about Earl Grey (both the tea and the man). This is Charles Grey, the 2nd Earl Grey (1764-1845), prime minister of Great … Continue reading

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