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Richard Burton and Mrs Prodgers

I first heard this story on an episode of QI (series J, episode “Journeys”). Victorian explorer Sir Richard Burton (who, as an impressive side note, spoke 29 languages) was famous for being crotchety and not liking very many people. His family was always … 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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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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