Monthly Archives: December 2016

BizarreVictoria Update

Hello, all my lovely readers! As you may have noticed, I missed Monday and Wednesday’s regularly scheduled posts. I had intended to write them, but I’m traveling to my parents’ house for Christmas 3,500 miles away, and I’ve hit an … Continue reading

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The Transatlantic Cable and Mermaid Erotica

Going along with my post from Wednesday, I’m going to talk to you about how telegraphs became an unexpected source for porn in the Victorian era. I suppose nothing should surprise me–every time a new technology is developed, it’s only … Continue reading

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Small World

This is another quick reblog from Futility Closet. Their original post can be found here. But don’t worry! There will be some original content on Friday when I explain how the transatlantic cable (and, indeed, the other cable systems discussed … Continue reading

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Irish Bulls

I learned a fun literary term today from Futility Closet’s post here: ‘Two examples of “Irish bulls,” or ludicrous published statements: ‘It is in a Belfast paper that may be read the account of a murder, the result of which … Continue reading

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Bad “Turn of the Screw” Book Covers

IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN THAT’S RIGHT TIME FOR BAD BOOK COVERS And today we’re going to look at Henry James’s 1898 maybe-ghost story novella, The Turn of the Screw. This post was inspired by a single cover, sent to me … Continue reading

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Coronation Troubles

I found this story on an episode of QI (series N, episode “Not Nearly”). When Queen Victoria ascended the throne in 1837 at the age of 18, the public was very suspicious of a teenage girl all of a sudden … Continue reading

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Circus Assassin

I found this story in a collection of ‘on this day in history’ stories. November 16, 1900: “As Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany tours Breslau in an open coach, Selma Schnapke, a circus performer-turned-shopkeeper, throws an axe at him, Apache-style, … Continue reading

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