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A Tombstone Reference

In New Orleans’ Metairie Cemetery, there’s a tombstone with a strange inscription. It wasn’t a witty verse or even an inspirational quote. Instead, it only contained this odd line, “See Louisiana Reports, 1905, Page 39.” The tomb belongs to a … Continue reading

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Parting Words

Above is the tombstone of John Laird McCaffery (1940-1995) which is found in Montreal’s Cimetière Notre-Dame-des-Neiges. There’s also an epitaph written there composed together by McCaffery’s wife and mistress: Free your body Unfold your powerful wings Climb up the highest mountains Kick … Continue reading

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Gleanings From The Past #23

Ingenuity of A Spider The following instance of ingenuity in a spider, which was witnessed by the writer of this article, will not be uninteresting: A web was observed to be tightly stretched across a garden path, about five feet … Continue reading

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A Palindromic Epitaph

In C. A. Dowson Scott’s Nooks and Corners of Cornwall (1912), Scott told of a curious epitaph located at St. Winwalloe’s churchyard, Gunwalloe, Cornwall: Shall we all die? We shall die all; All die shall we — Die all we shall. While the … Continue reading

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Triskaidekaphobia And Friday The 13th And A Death Prediction, Oh My!

Today is Friday the 13th. Some people believe that unlucky things happen during this day while others find this belief absurd. But whether you believe in the unluckiness Friday the 13th or not, I hope that you are having a … Continue reading

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Gleanings From The Past #21

Strange Bird Mr. Zachariah Pearce, aged 21, died at Cranbrook, Kent, October 17, 1786. The following remarkable occurrences are related as matters of fact, which can be attested by many persons in Cranbrook. Mr. W. Pearce, the father of the … Continue reading

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Outliving His Obituary Writer

James Van Allen Not many people can say that they outlived their obituary writer. However, in the case of physicist James Van Allen (1914-2006), he outlived his obituary writer by ten years. In 1996, science reporter Walter Sullivan (1918-1996) was … Continue reading

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