Monthly Archives: January 2017

H is for Hemlock

I’m continuing my examination of major Victorian murder cases brought about by poisoning. A new one every Monday! These posts were inspired by Kathryn Harkup’s book A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie (2015), from which I am … Continue reading

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Bad “She” Book Covers

It’s Bad Book Cover O’Clock! I know I promised in my last post to do The Count of Monte Cristo, The Jungle Book, and The Hound of the Baskervilles (and I still will), but I found some hysterical covers for H. … Continue reading

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Glass Harmonica

I found the following story on an episode of QI (series N, episode “Nonsense”). When Benjamin Franklin visited Cambridge, England in 1761, he saw someone playing music on crystal glasses. Being Benjamin Franklin, he realized he could improve upon the design, … Continue reading

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D is for Digitalis

I’m continuing my examination of major Victorian murder cases brought about by poisoning. A new one every Monday! These posts were inspired by Kathryn Harkup’s book A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie (2015), from which I am quoting … Continue reading

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Making an Entrance

Way back in the day, I did a ton of posts about famous nineteenth-century courtesans. Well, I’ve discovered another book with even more stories, called The Book of the Courtesans: A Catalogue of Their Virtues (2001) by Susan Griffin. Griffin discusses … Continue reading

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Gym Class

I got the following story from an episode of QI (series N, episode “Nonsense”). The game of netball is not only a Victorian invention, but also based on a complete misunderstanding. When basketball was invented by James Naismith in 1891, Carla … Continue reading

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C is for Cyanide

As mentioned last Monday, I’m doing a series of posts about Victorian murder trials and/or uses for poison. This is all based on a book I got for Christmas, entitled A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie by Kathryn … Continue reading

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