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Winnaretta Singer

To continue my recent series of ‘Badass Women’ posts, today I’d like to talk about Winnaretta Singer: heiress, arts patron, two-time princess, open and unapologetic Victorian lesbian. Oh, and I forgot to add to her bio: fabulous cape-wearer. I’ll just … Continue reading

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Apollonie Sabatier and Baudelaire and Jeanne Duval

I found this fun courtesan story in Susan Griffin’s The book of the Courtesans: A Catalogue of their Virtues (2001). Many of you have probably heard of the French poet Charles Baudelaire, who wrote some scandalous works on sex and death, and … 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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Nose Flutes

I got the following story from an episode of QI (Series N, episode “Nosey Noisy”). This weird lookin’ thang is a nose flute. “The first patent for them was in 1892 for a version called the Nasalette, and the idea … Continue reading

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The Musical Constitution

I found this story on Futility Closet’s blog here. “The Musical World of London, Nov. 28, 1874, reports a surprising project — apparently a Massachusetts composer set the entire American constitution to music: “The authors of the Constitution of the … Continue reading

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La Traviata

As many of you know, I’m recently back after a wedding hiatus. For our honeymoon, my weddin’-buddy and I went to Italy and tried to be as glamorous as goddamned possible. Us, pretty much all day, every day: In our … Continue reading

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Ima Hogg

I found this story on Futility Closet, here. "In 1882, when Texas governor Big Jim Hogg had a daughter, he decided to name her after the heroine in an epic Civil War poem that her uncle had written. Unfortunately, the … Continue reading

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