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Hot Cockles

I first heard this story on an episode of QI (series O, episode “O Christmas”). The holiday season is a time for family to gather together, be merry, and play parlor games. One game that has sadly fallen out of fashion … Continue reading

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Party Like It’s 1873

I’m reading a fun book right now called The Husband Hunters: Social Climbing in London and New York by Anne de Courcy (2017) and found this truly ridiculous story of conspicuous consumption (it can be found on page 15). In 1873, … Continue reading

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Denby Dale Pies

Like most people who live in the UK, I am currently obsessed with The Great British Bake Off. While waiting for new episodes to come out I started watching some of the older seasons, which is where I first heard this … Continue reading

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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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