Tag Archives: unusual pets

Moby Dick

I found the following story on Futility Closet’s blog here. “On Nov. 20, 1820, the Nantucket whaler Essex was attacking a pod of sperm whales in the South Pacific when an immense 85-foot whale surfaced about 100 yards off the … Continue reading

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Peculiar Bets

I found this story in The Star, Thursday, Iss: 104 (August 30, 1900); pg. 1. It reads: “Peculiar bets on the outcome of the Presidential election are causing considerable amusement in the Western States. If Mr. McKinley is elected, Henry … Continue reading

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The Civil Crocodile

I found this story in The Illustrated Police News, Saturday, July 24, 1880 (Issue 858). It reads: “Some six weeks ago a lively young crocodile contrived, one night, to effect its escape from Josepha Choikowa’s travelling menagerie . . . and all … 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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Battle of the Bees

Just a quick one today–I’m reblogging this from Futility Closet’s post here. In Africa, World War I dawned with a buzz and a howl. The British Indian Army was trying to sneak up on an eastern seaport held by the … Continue reading

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Victorian Earrings

Just a really quick post today, but something I ABSOLUTELY have to share with you. I discovered this in Clare Phillips’s Jewels and Jewellery (London: V&A Publications, 2000, pp.90-91) while doing some research for an article. According to my research, … Continue reading

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Topsy and Chunee

I found these stories on Futility Closet’s blog here and here. We’ve talked once before on this blog about nineteenth-century cruelty to elephants in my post about Jumbo, the Civil Disobedience Elephant, but that story don’t got NOTHIN’ on the … Continue reading

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