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Yaa Asantewaa

Way back in they day I did a series of “Badass Women” posts about understudied nineteenth-century hellions, including Isabella Bird, Mary Fields, Mother Jones, Mary Kingsley, Belle Starr, Belle Boyd, Si Mahoud, Mrs. Cheng, and others. I’ve decided that since … 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┬áThe 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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Battle of the Bees

Just a quick one today–I’m reblogging this from Futility Closet’s post here. In Africa, World War I dawned with a buzz and a howl. The British Indian Army was trying to sneak up on an eastern seaport held by the … Continue reading

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Shooting Range

Just a quick one today. I heard this story on an episode of QI (series M, episode “Military Matters”). During the Boer War (1899-1902), it was noted that British soldiers generally had poor aim with their rifles. In an attempt … Continue reading

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Mutiny of the Monkeys

I heard of this story on an episode of QI (series M, episode “Military Matters”). It is supplemented by Jeremy Clay’s article for the BBC. In 1890, a British ship called the Margaret was delivering animals from Durban, South Africa, … Continue reading

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The Siege of Mafeking

I was first alerted to this story by watching an episode of Drunk History (UK series, season 1, episode 8, retold by drunken comedian Joel Dommett). I'm fully aware that Drunk History is not exactly a reliable source, so I … Continue reading

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Adrian Carton de Wiart

Today let’s talk about Adrian Carton de Wiart, who, let’s be honest, scares me a little bit. I don’t know if this guy is the most extreme adrenaline junkie I’ve ever heard of, or had a death wish, or a … Continue reading

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