Monthly Archives: October 2017

The Great Balloon Riot of 1864

I first heard of this story by Jeremy Clay on the BBC here. The English aeronaut Henry Tracey Coxwell became a minor celebrity in 1862 from a feat of derring-do. He and the meteorologist Dr James Glashier decided to carry … Continue reading

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Dorothy Levitt, “The Goddess in the Car”

Continuing my “Badass Women” series today with Dorothy Levitt, or “The Goddess in the Car“. I first heard of Levitt from Futility Closet’s blog here. Dorothy Levitt (1882-1922) was born into a prosperous British family in the Victorian era. It … Continue reading

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The Jefferson Bible

I first heard of this on Futility Closet’s blog here. It reads: “Thomas Jefferson once composed a secular version of the Christian Gospels. He said he wanted to study Jesus’ teachings without ‘the artificial vestments in which they have been … Continue reading

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King of the Toilets

I first heard this story on an episode of QI (series L, episode “Landmarks”). In 1902, King Edward VII of England was crowned, about a year and a half after the death of his mother, Queen Victoria. You can watch a … Continue reading

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