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Patriot Games

I found this buncha nonsense on Futility Closet’s blog here. The original story was found in Barbara Tuchman’s The Proud Tower. “Until 1890, the minority party in the U.S. House of Representatives could block a vote by ‘disappearing’; they’d demand a roll … Continue reading

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More Duels

I’ve found a few fun stories about dueling. Enjoy. 1.) English poet Mark Akenside avoided a duel with Counsellor Ballow because one refused to fight in the morning and the other refused to fight in the afternoon. 2.) In 1806, an … Continue reading

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Victoria’s Granddaughters – Princess Sophie

I’ve been reading Julia Gelardi’s Born to Rule: Granddaughters of Victoria, Queens of Europe (2004) and am going to do a series of posts on Queen Victoria’s five granddaughters, all of whom went on to be European queens themselves. Today we will … Continue reading

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Bad “Tess of the d’Urbervilles” Book Covers

It’s time for another edition of Bad Book Covers! Today we’ll be looking at Thomas Hardy’s 1891 shocking realist novel, Tess of the d’Urbervilles. Previous posts in this series include: Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, The Moonstone, Dracula, East Lynne, Lady Audley’s … Continue reading

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Regency Slang – Section B

I found this list of vocabulary and slang from The Regency Assembly Press, here. I’m only picking a few excerpts, so visit their site for the full list. Bacon Fed–Fat, greasy. Back Gammon Player–A sodomite. Back Door (Usher, or Gentleman … Continue reading

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Moby Dick

I found the following story on Futility Closet’s blog here. “On Nov. 20, 1820, the Nantucket whaler Essex was attacking a pod of sperm whales in the South Pacific when an immense 85-foot whale surfaced about 100 yards off the … Continue reading

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Peculiar Bets

I found this story in The Star, Thursday, Iss: 104 (August 30, 1900); pg. 1. It reads: “Peculiar bets on the outcome of the Presidential election are causing considerable amusement in the Western States. If Mr. McKinley is elected, Henry … Continue reading

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