Tag Archives: unusual pets

Communiqué

Just another quick reblog today. I found this on Futility Closet’s blog here. The original source was G.W.E. Russell’s Collections and Recollections (1963). “One day the elderly soldier [Arthur Wellesley, first Duke of Wellington] chanced on a small boy weeping bitterly … Continue reading

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Victoria’s Granddaughters – Princess Ena

I’ve been reading Julia Gelardi’s Born to Rule: Granddaughters of Victoria, Queens of Europe (2004) and am doing a series of posts on Queen Victoria’s five granddaughters, all of whom went on to be European queens themselves. All quotations are from that … Continue reading

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Lonelyhearts

I first got the idea for this post when I saw Bob Nicholson’s post on Twitter here. It amused me so much that I thought I’d do my own collection of ridiculous matrimonial advertisements over the years. For those who … Continue reading

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Charlotte’s Web

I found this story on Futility Closet’s blog here. The original source was the Foreign Quarterly Review (Jan 1844). Though perhaps not a true story, the Review “reports the case of Quatremer Disjonval, a Dutch adjutant-general whom the Prussians had incarcerated in a … Continue reading

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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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