Tag Archives: Oddities

When Soldiers Mistook Bugs For Bullets

Image: Wired In 1775, during the time of the arrival of Thomas Gage in Boston, something bizarre and absurd occurred. A group of British soldiers, while walking at Beacon Hill (Boston) after dusk, were terrified by a strange sound that … Continue reading

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Gleanings From The Past #33

A Will for the Cats A Mr. Jonathan Jackson, of Columbus, Ohio, died some thirty years ago, leaving orders to his executors to erect a cats’ home, the plans and elevation of which he had drawn out with great care … Continue reading

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Gleanings From The Past #32

An Excellent Dog One of the carriers of a New York paper, called the Advocate, having become indisposed, his son took his place; but not knowing the subscribers he was to supply, he took for his guide a dog which … Continue reading

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An Enigmatic Letter

Can you decipher the meaning of this letter?

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Riding On A Horse While Being Swarmed By Bees

Daniel Wildman, a showman, who became famous for his remarkable stunts involving bees which were unmatched at the time. For example, there was a time when he performed before King George III, he was standing on a horseback, with a grist … Continue reading

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Gleanings From The Past #31

I Fell We have heard of the fall of Lucifer, and the fall of Cromwell, and the fall of Wolsey, but one of the pleasantest tumbles upon record was that of a Mr. John Fell, who, when he removed from … Continue reading

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Reversed Footprints: The Odd Inverted Shoes

On November 20, 1973, Cecil Slemp filed a patent for his invention — a footwear with heels and toe positions reversed — and he got the patent on July 16, 1976. The reversed soles of the shoes enable the wearer … Continue reading

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