Once upon a time, some crooks thought it would be a good idea to rob the grave of Abe Lincoln and hold the corpse for ransom.
One account here.
More detailed account here.
Why do we never hear about such jolly madmen these days? Probably because we don't let people die from syphilis
Original article here.
People acted weird in familiar NOTW fashion even over a century ago, as this Montreal newspaper
Back in the Victorian era, this was apparently a popular hobby. From Collectors Weekly
Affluent Victorians often spent hours painstakingly collecting, drying, and mounting these underwater plants into decorative scrapbooks... Part of the appeal was what a seaweed collection said about the collector. Anyone could appreciate and collect flowers, but painstakingly obtaining, preserving, and mounting seaweed specimens demonstrated patience, artistic talent, and the refined sensibilities necessary to appreciate the more subtle beauties of nature. Queen Victoria herself made a seaweed album as a young lady.
And yes, the seaweed did smell bad. But Collectors Weekly reminds us that the Victorian era was "a more pungent time."
This sounds like it could have been the start of a horror movie. The feline version of The Birds
Source: San Francisco Call - May 26, 1890
. via WSIHN
...The more they stay the same. A sinkhole developed on a city street in Dublin. The reason being there was a 19th
century tunnel running between what was then the building housing Parliament and a brothel. Politicians and sex scandals are timeless.
One of the less-alluringly named nostrums. Full story here.
I cannot figure out if this is a legitimate species, or a freak. This article
seems to imply it was a common tortoise with vegetation affixed to its back.
So popular and prestigious was a ride on the first Ferris Wheel
, that riders were given a certificate testifying to their experience.
Naturally enough, this soon lead to a market for counterfeits!
Original article here.
The purpose of this graphic was to show how high the price of meat was during the 1870 Siege of Paris
. But what I find odd about it is the inclusion of elephant and bear meat, which apparently were on sale during the siege and had a set price. So if you wanted an elephant steak, it would have cost you 15 shillings (or $3.60) a pound. Assume that the modern currency equivalent would be a lot higher.
Source: Illustrated World, April 1918