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Historical Figure

Naughty Dallas



Jada the Stripper famous for something other than this film.



Posted By: Paul - Mon May 14, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Death, Movies, Sex Symbols, Historical Figure, 1960s

The Gandhi Diet




I'm surprised no one has yet cashed in on this and written a bestseller called THE GANDHI DIET.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Aug 26, 2017 - Comments (0)
Category: Celebrities, Reformers, Do-gooders, Agitators and SJWs, Nutrition, Historical Figure, 1930s, India

Old Quaker Booze

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Once upon a time, thanks to Schenley liquors, you could get as wasted as old Ben Franklin (note: not a Quaker, just partied with them), in the manner of this Curly-Howard-lookalike above. Then you'd be "feeling your Quaker Oats."

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jul 25, 2015 - Comments (1)
Category: History, Historical Figure, Corporate Mascots, Icons and Spokesbeings, 1930s, Alcohol

The Angel of Hadley

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I had long been aware of the WWI legend of The Angel of Mons, in which a piece of deliberate fiction was accepted as literal truth.

But I was unaware until recently that right in my own backyard, in nearby Hadley, Massachusetts, a similar bit of fiction-as-history existed, the Angel of Hadley, the account of how a mysterious elderly warrior saved settlers from the Indians.

Another good piece on the subject here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Dec 29, 2014 - Comments (1)
Category: Hoaxes and Imposters and Imitators, Myths and Fairytales, Historical Figure, Europe, North America, Nineteenth Century, Seventeenth Century, Native Americans

The Coldest Case

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It appears that the 126 year old cold case of Jack the Ripper has been solved by DNA testing. A shawl that was alleged to have been found next to Catherine Eddowes, one of the Ripper's victims, carries mitochondrial DNA profiles from both Eddowes' line and the familial line of one of the Ripper suspects. Polish immigrant Aaron Kosminski, who subsequently spent his later years in mental asylums, lived in the area of the killings, and was a suspect, left his DNA behind on a bloody shawl. That shawl turned out to be a time capsule for justice.

Posted By: patty - Fri Sep 19, 2014 - Comments (9)
Category: Crime, Death, Evil, Science, Historical Figure, Seventeenth Century, Blood

Dwight Eisenhower, Artist

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I did not know, until I saw a mention in The New York Times for September 15, 2012, that President Dwight Eisenhower had been an amateur painter.

What a token of a distant, more civilized era. Imagine a current President having the time to devote to such fripperies.

An article, with pictures, about his career exists. PDF here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Feb 25, 2013 - Comments (6)
Category: Art, Politics, Historical Figure, 1950s

Pothead Jesus

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Funny, Jesus never said anything about this in his autobiography that I cited a here a little while ago!

Long, scholarly article from HIGH TIMES.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Sep 17, 2012 - Comments (10)
Category: Drugs, Magazines, Religion, Historical Figure

Lenin’s Cats

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"Don't trust anyone who doesn't like cats."

Okay.

But does that imply "Trust everyone who likes cats"...?

Posted By: Paul - Tue Apr 24, 2012 - Comments (12)
Category: Historical Figure, Cats, 1910s, 1920s, Russia

Art4God

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Jesus laments that a container ship from Taiwan lost a bunch of toys overboard.

More great religious inspiration here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Aug 31, 2011 - Comments (18)
Category: Art, Surrealism, Religion, Toys, Historical Figure

Historic Dwarfs:  Bertholde

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Imagine a day when a children's magazine would run a series entitled "Historic Dwarfs." Yet such was the case a century ago, in the pages of ST. NICHOLAS MAGAZINE.




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Read about this charmer here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Aug 04, 2010 - Comments (7)
Category: Freaks, Oddities, Quirks of Nature, Magazines, Children, Historical Figure, Natural Wonders

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