Tag Archives: weirdness

Patriot Games

I found this buncha nonsense on Futility Closet’s blog here. The original story was found in Barbara Tuchman’s The Proud Tower. “Until 1890, the minority party in the U.S. House of Representatives could block a vote by ‘disappearing’; they’d demand a roll … 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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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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The Mystery of Jerome

I found this story on Futility Closet’s blog here. “On Sept. 8, 1863, two boys discovered a legless man struggling on the beach at Sandy Cove, Nova Scotia. Coughing violently and suffering from exposure, he appeared to be in his … Continue reading

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Workman’s Compensation

I first saw this story on Futility Closet’s blog here. The original source was the General Evening Post, 30th January 1790. “A fellow at Windsor, who lately ate a cat, has given another proof of the brutality of his disposition — … Continue reading

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The London Monster

Have y’all heard about this thoroughly odd criminal case from 1788-1790? The London Monster was a criminal assaulter who got his jolliest from piquerism, or the pricking, poking, or stabbing of other people with sharp objects (knives, needles, pins, etc.) In … Continue reading

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Edward Fitzgerald, 7th Duke of Leinster

Do you guys want another story about a debauched aristocrat? Of course you do! I’ve been reading Marcus Scriven’s Splendour & Squalor: The Disgrace and Disintegration of Three Aristocratic Dynasties (2009), and have discovered the rather remarkable, decadent life of Edward … Continue reading

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