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Life in America:  1948







Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Mar 22, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Customs, 1940's, North America

Life in America:  1971





Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Mar 08, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Customs, 1970's

Rat Burning Festival

Nowadays we have the Burning Man festival. But back in the 19th century, they had the Burning Rat festival.


Some years since a gentleman, who had just returned from Rome, informed me that he had witnessed the extraordinary spectacle of a large number of rats, after having been dipped into spirits of turpentine and set on fire, being turned loose at the top of the flight of steps which leads from the Vatican to the Plaza below. A great crowd of persons was assembled to witness the spectacle, which took place at night; and I think my informant stated, was customary on the evening of a particular day of the year: the miserable rats, which left the top step of the flight like living balls of fire — amidst the shouts of the populace — arrived at the bottom mere masses of scorched flesh.

Is this custom still kept up at Rome? If so, on what day in the year?

From: Notes and Queries. Nov 28, 1857.

Unfortunately, I don't believe that the correspondent ever received a reply to his question.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Mar 05, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Animals, Customs, Foreign Customs

Life in America:  1915









Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Feb 17, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Customs, 1910's, North America

Life in America:  1959









Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jan 20, 2014 | Comments (2)
Category: Customs, 1950's, North America

Life in America:  1947






Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Nov 10, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Culture and Civilization, Customs, 1940's, North America

Life in America:  1953









Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Aug 24, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Customs, 1950's, North America

Life in America:  1977





Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jul 14, 2013 | Comments (0)
Category: Customs, 1970's, North America

Life in America:  1933







Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jun 20, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Customs, 1930's, North America

Life in America:  1961







A semi-random slice across the weirdness of history. The first of an occasional series.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jun 03, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Customs, Food, Sports, Advertising, 1960's
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