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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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Victorian Snark Theatre 3000: Fievel Goes West

It’s time for another installment of Victorian Snark Theatre 3000! And this time we’ll be discussing Fievel Goes West (1991). As you guys know, I watch a lot of shitty long nineteenth century-inspired films with my good friend @VictorianMasc (whose … 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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Dorothy Levitt, “The Goddess in the Car”

Continuing my “Badass Women” series today with Dorothy Levitt, or “The Goddess in the Car“. I first heard of Levitt from Futility Closet’s blog here. Dorothy Levitt (1882-1922) was born into a prosperous British family in the Victorian era. It … Continue reading

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The Jefferson Bible

I first heard of this on Futility Closet’s blog here. It reads: “Thomas Jefferson once composed a secular version of the Christian Gospels. He said he wanted to study Jesus’ teachings without ‘the artificial vestments in which they have been … Continue reading

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King of the Toilets

I first heard this story on an episode of QI (series L, episode “Landmarks”). In 1902, King Edward VII of England was crowned, about a year and a half after the death of his mother, Queen Victoria. You can watch a … Continue reading

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