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AV Club Wiki Wormhole today is a magician I heard of from Orson Welles. Magic posters, ads, etc. from Library of Congress.

The Mystery of the Lost Amber Room The Mystery of the Lost Amber Room

Looted by the Nazis in Russia during WWII and vanished.

I'm Flying I'm Flying

1895. My Wiki Wormhole last night was early flight experiments. Once you got a certain height off the ground (50-60 ft.?) crashes were almost always fatal. In the very early days people would jump off towers with homemade contraptions with no basis in science and would invariably kill themselves. Otto Lilienthal…

Diamond Jim Brady Diamond Jim Brady

Legendary trencherman. Slimer in Ghostbusters made me think of Diamond Jim. Both ugly little spuds.

The Comedians, the Mob, and the American Supperclub by Kliph Nesteroff The Comedians, the Mob, and the American Supperclub by Kliph Nesteroff

Nice article. The mob comes up a lot in Nestoroff’s interviews with the old timers and it is interesting how many of them will say no comment. Still won’t talk about it. They made an impression.

To Space and Beyond To Space and Beyond

Space episode.

Vintage Hurricane Vintage Hurricane

I’ve been hit twice pretty much head on but I’m also pretty far inland. Both were bad.

Niagara Falls Niagara Falls

Slowly I turn. Step by step. Inch by inch.

Red Stick Red Stick

Library of Congress. Expanded header is the levee in 1880 or 1910. True header the capitol in 1880.

Happy Birthday, America Happy Birthday, America

Bicentennial. 1976. WMAQ Channel 5. Paul Anka. Museum of Classic Chicago Television.

The Glorious History of the Typewriter The Glorious History of the Typewriter

Alert Tom Hanks. From Wiki: “June 23 - 1868 – Typewriter: Christopher Latham Sholes received a patent for an invention he called the “Type-Writer.””

The Legend of Buzzer the Cat The Legend of Buzzer the Cat

The most photographed cat in America. Photographer Arnold Genthe.

The Baking Powder Wars The Baking Powder Wars

How the invention of baking powder revolutionized baking and set off an advertising clash between brands. Vincent Price’s grandfather, Dr. Price, was involved.

The Trial of Thomas Hogg The Trial of Thomas Hogg

1647, New Haven Colony. “Hogg was accused of bestiality when a neighbourhood sow gave birth to piglets that allegedly resembled him. Unlike several men and boys convicted of the crime and consequently hanged in the 1640s and ensuing decades, Hogg refused to confess, thus avoiding the death penalty. Called “the most…

Bicycles Bicycles

From the Library of Congress digital collections.

Bala Hissar Bala Hissar

1879 Kabul, Afghanistan.

The Monsters of Peter the Great The Monsters of Peter the Great

Warning: Not for the squeamish. Anatomical oddities. Peter was an anatomical oddity himself. February 13, 1718, a decree was issued that anything odd or unusual, animal or human, was to be sent to Peter for his collection. The Monster Decree.

The Curious Case of the Calaveras Skull The Curious Case of the Calaveras Skull

“On February 25, 1866, miners claimed to have found a human skull in a mine, beneath a layer of lava, 130 feet (40 m) below the surface of the earth, which made it into the hands of Josiah Whitney, then the State Geologist of California as well as a Professor of Geology at Harvard University. A year before the skull…

It Came from the Sky It Came from the Sky

Meteorites. I found a book at the library about the history of meteor hunting for science and profit, among other things. The huge Greenland meteorites that they somehow got onto ships and brought to New York, depriving the natives of their one source of precious metal.

Locusta the Poisoner Locusta the Poisoner

Expert on poisons for Emperor Nero in Rome.

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