The story of this Xmas scammer--as summarized in this article
--strikes me as eminently weird, and is detailed at length in the book linked to below. I trust an author whose other publication is the "Weird-o-Pedia."
Marc Hartzman, author of the weird classic God Made Me Do It
(featured here on WU back in 2010
) is back with a new journey into the bizarre — The Embalmed Head of Oliver Cromwell - A Memoir
. Marc writes:
This historical fiction book follows the real history of Cromwell's head through 300 years of posthumous journeys across England (1661-1960), all told from the head's perspective. Imagined anecdotes complement the true historical notes, which include many real historical characters and events, such as the rise of Spiritualism, phrenology, the Elephant Man, surgeon John Hunter, and a lot more.
Not only is it the first memoir of an embalmed head, but it is also, I believe, the first book to come with a theme song. It was written and performed by singer/songwriter/pianist Stephie Coplan, whose song, “Hey Oliver Cromwell!” is now available on iTunes and Spotify, and here on Soundcloud [below].
The cover was fully illustrated by Brooklyn artist Vi Luong
More details at the publisher's site: CuriousPublications.com
The spiritual nourishment was too rich for this boy's system.
Source: Florence Morning News
- Jan 9, 1926.
After a lifetime of crime, Harry Schindler was thoughtful enough to divulge all his tricks for the edification of bankers and other monied types.
Read the whole thing here.
Dr. Peter Steincrohn's 1969 book (available used on Amazon
) promised to reveal how one could be "lazy, healthy, & fit." For years before he published the book, Steincrohn had also been writing newspaper columns in which he promoted his formula for health. The secret was girdles.
He felt that all men over 40, in particular, should be wearing girdles just like their wives (this was the 1960s), because he believed that girdles promoted good circulation and thus meant the heart didn't have to work as hard pumping blood. Wearing a girdle, he promised, would "add years to a man's life."
The Abilene Reporter-News
- Nov 23, 1964
My wife noticed this posted on distractify.com
and brought it to my attention. So I thought I'd share it here.
Occasionally people ask me to sign and write a note in copies of my book, and I never know what to write. But thanks to this receipt, I've now got a go-to phrase!
So long as Alex has brought up this theme, I thought I would reference this great book, which I reviewed at the B&N REVIEW
upon its release five years ago.
This 1964 novel by Stella Gray seems appropriate for WU.
I've posted before about unusual coloring books, such as the E.F. Hutton Coloring Book
and the Anti-Terrorism Coloring Book
, so when a coloring book titled The Satanic Children's Big Book of Activities
showed up in the news, it caught my eye.
A group called the Satanic Temple wants to hand out copies of this coloring book to children in Florida schools, arguing that Christian evangelical groups are allowed to distribute bibles and booklets in public schools, so why shouldn't they be allowed to distribute their satanic literature. Equal time for all religions, etc. Of course, there's no way in hell the school board is going to let this happen. [foxkc.com
Handy in or out of the operating room.
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