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Stoddart and Conolly

After my recent trip to Samarkand, I’m continuing my posts on nineteenth-century Uzbekistan exploits. I found the following in my Bradt Guide to Uzbekistan. “In 1838, as Britain was embarking on its first ill-fated invasion of Afghanistan, Lieutenant Colonel Charles Stoddart was … Continue reading

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Victorian Snark Theatre 3000: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

It’s time for another installment of Victorian Snark Theatre 3000! And this time we’ll be discussing Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954). As you guys know, I watch a lot of shitty long nineteenth century-inspired films with my good friends … Continue reading

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Hot Cockles

I first heard this story on an episode of QI (series O, episode “O Christmas”). The holiday season is a time for family to gather together, be merry, and play parlor games. One game that has sadly fallen out of fashion … Continue reading

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The Sampford Ghost

I am reblogging this from Geri Walton’s blog here. “John Chave, his wife, and her brother, a Mr. Taylor, moved into a house owned by Mr. Talley. Before they moved in an agreement was reached between Chave and Talley that … Continue reading

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The Kearton Brothers

I first heard of this story on QI (series “O”, episode “Organisms”). The story is about two brothers, Richard and Cherry Kearton, who were the world’s first wildlife photographers. They began photographing things in nature in 1892, when Cherry took the … Continue reading

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Teddy Roosevelt’s Sasquatch

Since it was Halloween and Day of the Dead this past week, I thought I’d give you all a bit of a spooky story. For the record, I first heard this from the podcast “Superduperstitious” (Episode 4, starting around minute … Continue reading

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The Great Balloon Riot of 1864

I first heard of this story by Jeremy Clay on the BBC here. The English aeronaut Henry Tracey Coxwell became a minor celebrity in 1862 from a feat of derring-do. He and the meteorologist Dr James Glashier decided to carry … Continue reading

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