From The Washington Post
- Oct 29, 1905: The Parisian thief Everard thought he had figured out the perfect crime. He only robbed beggars, and only those who were secretly wealthy — knowing they would be reluctant to report the crime since to do so they'd have to reveal their own fraud.
His strategy went wrong when during one of his robberies he ended up killing two men, thereby making himself wanted for murder.
Sounds like it could be the plot for a movie. Though it makes me wonder how many beggars are there really who are secretly wealthy. Beggars who are working scams by faking injuries, disabilities, etc? Definitely. But ones who are squirreling away millions? I always assumed that was a bit of an urban legend. Not that I'm an expert on beggars, however.
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Surely one of the most enjoyably odd of the classic newspaper comic strips was Winsor McCay's famous LITTLE NEMO IN SLUMBERLAND.
Many of the strips are finally available online at this site.
Of course, if you desire glorious hardcopy, there are plenty of books too.
They get your loved ones in the ground in a third of the time!
From the Washington Post
- Apr 21, 1907.
"The action of certain foods in influencing the formation of the features has been watched, with highly interesting results. The growth of the chin has been discovered to bear a very striking relation to the amount of starch consumed, and particularly when the starch takes certain forms or is combined with other properties....
It has been shown, and seemingly conclusively, that a flesh or greatly mixed diet promotes angularity in the face generally, while the nourishment obtained from a single article, commonly of a starchy nature, coarsens the features. Thus we have the potato lip, the oatmeal lip, the maize lip."
From Fauconberg, W. (1905). "The effect of diet and climate on the face." The Strand Magazine: 418-423.
Who would ever suspect that boring old Iowa was host to so many odd creatures?
Consider this winged monster from 1903
Or this account, below, found along with more Iowa monsters in UNNATURAL PHENOMENA
. (See book sidebar.)
A bracing humorous antidote to all the do-gooder cant so rampant nowadays.
Read the whole small book here.
The author at Wikipedia.
"Trust in God, and keep your Bowels open" is my new motto for every situation.
Original ad here.
History of Cascarets.
Back in 1905, celebrities of the day were asked to try to draw a pig while blindfolded. The results were printed in The Strand magazine
Most of the names I don't recognize. But I do know Caton Woodville
(middle of the second row from the top). He was an artist who specialized in war scenes, such as his rendition of the Charge of the Light Brigade
. I'm guessing his paintings aren't cheap. But I wonder how much his blindfold pig would go for?