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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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The Civil Crocodile

I found this story in The Illustrated Police News, Saturday, July 24, 1880 (Issue 858). It reads: “Some six weeks ago a lively young crocodile contrived, one night, to effect its escape from Josepha Choikowa’s travelling menagerie . . . and all … Continue reading

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Regency Slang – Section A

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. A Crush–A very successful party where there is no room to circulate. … Continue reading

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Moustache Guards

The following story originally appeared in the Shields Daily Gazette, 7 June 1867. “I was much struck the other day by a novel and important invention which I saw in a shop window. This was nothing more nor less than a … Continue reading

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Earl Grey

I was watching a recent episode of QI (Series N, Episode “Noble Rot”) and found this interesting story about Earl Grey (both the tea and the man). This is Charles Grey, the 2nd Earl Grey (1764-1845), prime minister of Great … Continue reading

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“His New Wife Is Too Quick For Him”

I found this hilarious illustration in Fern Riddell’s A Victorian Guide to Sex. This illustration first appeared in the Illustrated Police News, 18 September, 1897. I cannot. Stop. Laughing. The worst part, though, is that I’ve read the whole digitized … Continue reading

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Death By Coffin

I found this story in the Leicester Chronicle, 30 August, 1856. “On Sunday night last a man, who resided in Twenty-ninth-street, was killed in a most singular manner. The following are the peculiar circumstances, so far as our reporter has … Continue reading

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