Monthly Archives: March 2017

April Fools

Just a quick reblog from Futility Closet’s blog here. As one of a series of April Fool’s jokes in the 1840s, the Boston Post once announced that a cave full of treasure had been discovered beneath Boston Common. Workmen removing … Continue reading

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Euphonia of Philadelphia

I found this story on an episode of QI (series N, episode “Next”). In 1845, a German inventor named Joseph Faber built a machine called Euphonia of Philadelphia that attempted to simulate human speech. It also had the face and torso … Continue reading

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Green Sponge Balls

I heard this story on an episode of QI (series N, episode “Next”). Many of you know that there was a huge Victorian craze for collecting things and scrap-booking. The biggest of these crazes was autograph collection, which we hear about … Continue reading

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False Ears

Just a really quick one today. This story was originally in the Cambridge Chronicle and Journal, 6 April 1867. “False ears of flesh colour india-rubber have been invented for the use of ladies with large ears. They are used in front … Continue reading

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BizarreVictoria: Celebrating 4 Years

Yesterday was my four-year anniversary for this blog! Wow, I have spent a considerable amount of time cussing and talking about dicks. As I said on this anniversary a couple of years ago, this blog “started out a place for me to … Continue reading

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Nora Hildebrandt

I hear this story on an episode of QI (series N, episode “Naval Navigation”). Nora Hildebrandt was America’s very first professional tattooed lady (that we know about, anyway). She had 365 separate tattoos, and she claimed that she received them after … Continue reading

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Geneviève Lantelme

I am continuing my posts about nineteenth-century courtesans from Susan Griffin’s The Book of the Courtesans: A Catalogue of their Virtues (2001). The following story is about Genevieve Lantelme (or Lanthelme), who was a French actress, socialite, and courtesan.   In … Continue reading

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