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Madam Lou Bunch

I was originally made aware of this nineteenth-century badass woman by @WhoresofYore‘s tweet here. Today we’re going to discuss frontier brothel owner and all-around cool person Madam Lou Bunch. There is, in fact, a holiday dedicated to her (the third … Continue reading

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Benjamin Bathurst

I found this story on Futility Closet’s blog here. “On Nov. 25, 1809, British diplomat Benjamin Bathurst was preparing to leave the small German town of Perleberg. He stood outside the inn, watching his portmanteau being loaded onto the carriage, … Continue reading

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The Earth is Flat

I’ve been reading Umberto Eco’s really fun text, The Book of Legendary Lands (2013) and discovered a fun Victorian fact. Everyone knows that in the medieval era, everyone thought the world was flat, and Columbus discovered the Americas in part because … Continue reading

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It’s Raining Men

I found this story on Mrs. Daffodil Digresses here. The original source was the Auckland [NZ] Star, 16 April 1926: p. 3. “A fantastic ‘Imperial secret’ that had its inception on a New York farm, and its conclusion in the courts of the Romanoffs, … 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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Dream of Egypt

Just a really quick story today. I read about this in Piya Pal-Lapinski’s The Exotic Woman in Nineteenth-Century British Fiction and Culture (2005). “In 1907, the brilliant Colette caused a sensation at the Moulin Rouge when she appeared with her … Continue reading

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The Mystery of Muller Hill

Just a quick reblog today, as I’m gearing up for a “Bad Book Covers Post” on Monday. I found this story on Futility Closet’s blog here. “In 1808, a French gentleman bought 2,700 acres in Georgetown, N.Y., and erected a … Continue reading

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