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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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Adrift

Just a quick reblog today. I found this story on Futility Closet’s blog here. “En route to Senegal in 1816, the French frigate Méduse ran aground on a reef. The six boats were quickly filled, so those who remained lashed … Continue reading

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Herbrand Arthur Russell, 11th Duke of Bedford

I found the following story in Marcus Scriven’s Splendour & Squalor: The Disgrace and Disintegration of Three Aristocratic Dynasties (2009), p.4. Scriven’s book quite obviously discusses nineteenth- and twentieth-century aristocrats who lived life BIG, spent loads of money, had millions of mistresses, … 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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M. P. Shiel

Alright, y’all, we need to have a long, serious talk about late-Victorian, early-Edwardian scifi/fantasy author M. P. Shiel. I had to read his 1901 post-apocalyptic crack-fic The Purple Cloud for work. I don’t think I will ever have the strength … 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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Spare the Rod

I found the following stories in Judith Flanders’s The Victorian House (2003). We’ve talked a little bit on this blog about the Victorian cult of childhood and the medical idea that by keeping children as free and youthful as long … Continue reading

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