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Félix Carvajal and the 1904 Olympics

I first heard of this story on Knowable here, and it seemed so crazy that I had to check it out for myself. Turns out it was true. Félix de la Caridad Carvajal y Soto, known as Félix Carvajal or Andarín … Continue reading

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Chevalier d’Eon

I first heard about this historical figure on Futility Closet’s blog here. The Chevalier d’Eon (1728-1810), is a great trans historical figure and sounds like an all-around badass. The Chevalier identified as a woman for the last 33 years of … 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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Edward Fitzgerald, 7th Duke of Leinster

Do you guys want another story about a debauched aristocrat? Of course you do! I’ve been reading Marcus Scriven’s Splendour & Squalor: The Disgrace and Disintegration of Three Aristocratic Dynasties (2009), and have discovered the rather remarkable, decadent life of Edward … Continue reading

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Smock Marriages

I found this story on an episode of QI (series N, episode “New”). In the eighteenth century in New England, there was a particular type of marriage called a “smock marriage”, in which the bride would attend her wedding completely naked. … Continue reading

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False Ears

Just a really quick one today. This story was originally in the Cambridge Chronicle and Journal, 6 April 1867. “False ears of flesh colour india-rubber have been invented for the use of ladies with large ears. They are used in front … Continue reading

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Nora Hildebrandt

I hear this story on an episode of QI (series N, episode “Naval Navigation”). Nora Hildebrandt was America’s very first professional tattooed lady (that we know about, anyway). She had 365 separate tattoos, and she claimed that she received them after … Continue reading

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