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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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The London Monster

Have y’all heard about this thoroughly odd criminal case from 1788-1790? The London Monster was a criminal assaulter who got his jolliest from piquerism, or the pricking, poking, or stabbing of other people with sharp objects (knives, needles, pins, etc.) In … Continue reading

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New Found Land

I heard this story on an episode of QI (series N, episode “New”). Apparently the official pronunciation of Newfoundland is not what we think. Instead of pronouncing it NOO-f’nd-l’nd, as we are accustomed to do, it’s pronounced noo-f’nd-LAND. This was such a … Continue reading

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S is for Strychnine

Today is my last post examining major Victorian murder cases brought about by poisoning. These posts were inspired by Kathryn Harkup’s book A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie (2015), from which I am quoting below. Today let’s talk … Continue reading

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O is for Opium

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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N is for Nicotine

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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M is for Monkshood

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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