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Yaa Asantewaa

Way back in they day I did a series of “Badass Women” posts about understudied nineteenth-century hellions, including Isabella Bird, Mary Fields, Mother Jones, Mary Kingsley, Belle Starr, Belle Boyd, Si Mahoud, Mrs. Cheng, and others. I’ve decided that since … Continue reading

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The Fisk Mummy

I originally found this story on Atlas Obscura’s blog here. Anything in quotations is from that blog. I’ve also done some additional research of my own. Let’s talk today about the Fisk Burial Case, or the “Fisk Mummy”, a coffin … Continue reading

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Bad “Jungle Book” Covers

It’s another Bad Book Covers! And today I fulfill my (long-standing) promise to look at some bad The Jungle Book covers. This post ended up being really difficult, because the vast majority of covers I found were beautifully and thoughtfully done. … Continue reading

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Small World

This is another quick reblog from Futility Closet. Their original post can be found here. But don’t worry! There will be some original content on Friday when I explain how the transatlantic cable (and, indeed, the other cable systems discussed … Continue reading

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Tropical Ovaries

I found this story in Piya Pal-Lapinski’s The Exotic Woman in Nineteenth-Century British Fiction and Culture (2005). Pal-Lapinski opens this chapter, which is actually called “Tropical Ovaries“, with the following: “As the British empire reached its zenith in the 1870s, … Continue reading

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An Imperial Stride

The person we’re going to talk about today is not Victorian, but she did have a huge impact on many Victorian lives. Plus, the story’s just really cool. I learned about it on the recent BBC documentary series on the … Continue reading

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Shooting Range

Just a quick one today. I heard this story on an episode of QI (series M, episode “Military Matters”). During the Boer War (1899-1902), it was noted that British soldiers generally had poor aim with their rifles. In an attempt … Continue reading

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