A self-styled medium, Ms Smith was not content to talk to distant or dead Earth people only, but also had a hotline to Mars. Here is her portrait of a typical Martian, and their language.
Wikipedia entry here.
Long article here.
What exactly were the ingredients of Nervine
that made it sell effectively for many decades?
Read all about it here.
Original article here.
Who knew that Halloween used to be a time of divination for romance?
LOVE TESTS OF HALLOWEEN
tells of other forgotten customs.
Whether you are roasting your lover's nuts, or going door-to-door for candy, have a swell night!
For a brief time in the USA, eight-sided houses were a thing. Based on the crackpot theories of one fellow.
The example above can be found in my native Rhode Island. I used to marvel at it all the time when I was younger.
Read the history here.
Order a book here.
Read the whole four pages here.
A tip of the hat to pal Brad V. for finding this one.
Christopher Miller's new book is a must-have for any WU-vie, detailing with comprehensive wit all the old humor tropes that once delighted millions, but are now just plain weird, but with a residual underlying universality.
Read a sample here.
I love these reasons for being committed to the lunatic asylum, as given in this report for the year 1836
"Repelled eruption" confused me, until I found this sentence from a text of the same era:
"If the insanity succeeds the suppression of a cutaneous disease, of a fetter, an erysipelas, or any other repelled eruption, vesicatories are the means, par excellence : they are preferably applied upon the place where the disease at first existed."
And almost thirty years later, many of the "causes" were still present, as seen below in this report for the year 1891
Browse through more reports here.