Tag Archives: mental illness

Victoria’s Granddaughters – Princess Sophie

I’ve been reading Julia Gelardi’s Born to Rule: Granddaughters of Victoria, Queens of Europe (2004) and am going to do a series of posts on Queen Victoria’s five granddaughters, all of whom went on to be European queens themselves. Today we will … Continue reading

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The Mystery of Jerome

I found this story on Futility Closet’s blog here. “On Sept. 8, 1863, two boys discovered a legless man struggling on the beach at Sandy Cove, Nova Scotia. Coughing violently and suffering from exposure, he appeared to be in his … Continue reading

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Workman’s Compensation

I first saw this story on Futility Closet’s blog here. The original source was the General Evening Post, 30th January 1790. “A fellow at Windsor, who lately ate a cat, has given another proof of the brutality of his disposition — … Continue reading

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Death by Nostalgia

I found this story on an episode of QI (series N, episode “Noodles”). In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, nostalgia was considered a disease, and was only declassified as a disease (I assume they mean universally? Or perhaps just in the UK … Continue reading

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Glass Harmonica

I found the following story on an episode of QI (series N, episode “Nonsense”). When Benjamin Franklin visited Cambridge, England in 1761, he saw someone playing music on crystal glasses. Being Benjamin Franklin, he realized he could improve upon the design, … Continue reading

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Lady Gooch

I’m back from hiatus! Are you all starved for some nineteenth-century nonsense? Are you ready for aristocratic hijinx? Do you desperately need someone named ‘Lady Gooch’ in your life? DON’T WE ALL I found the following information from The Chicago Tribune, … Continue reading

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The 5th Duke of Portland, Redux

I found this story in E.S. Turner’s What the Butler Saw. One of the very first posts I wrote on this blog was about the 5th Duke of Portland (1800-1879), who epitomised aristocratic eccentricity. He loved privacy to such an … Continue reading

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