Dog Dinner Parties and Shoe Calendars: the Life of Francis Egerton

Francis Egerton, 3rd Duke of Bridgewater (May 21, 1736 – March 8, 1803), is remembered as the "father of British inland navigation." He is credited for the Bridgewater Canal, commonly identified as the said to be the first true canal the modern world. History also remembers him as one of its biggest eccentrics. Egerton loved... Continue Reading →

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The Pharoah, Flies, and Honey

Egyptian Pharaoh Pepi II (2284 BC - c. 2216 BC) had an extreme dislike of flies and an ingenious way of dealing with the problem. He would cover servants with honey and use them to lure the flies away from his presence.

20 Quirks and Strange Habits — The Weird Side of Famous Writers

Readers of this site will not be surprised that famous writers have their own niche in the realm of eccentricity. Whether it be their unusual jobs, their acerbic wit, or creepy predictions, the more famous the author, the more exaggerated the quirkiness. Now, thanks to Writer and Blogger Jack Milgram,  we now have documented the... Continue Reading →

Nothing Says, “I Love You” Like Your Husband’s Severed Head in a Bag

Sir Walter Raleigh’s life came to an end on October 29, 1618. On orders from James I, the executioner took Raleigh’s head from his shoulders (although needing two strikes of the axe to finish the job). It then fell to his wife to bury his body -- well, most of it, anyway. Having removed Raleigh’s... Continue Reading →

Winston Churchill’s Prescription for Prohibition

Winston Churchill was well known for his fondness of alcohol, and he was concerned that his access to his favorite drink would be curtailed during his visits to the United States in its Prohibition days. To make sure he was never without accessible libation, he persuaded his physician to write him a prescription, describing his... Continue Reading →

This Is Why Teens Generally Don’t Get to Choose Their Names

In 2008 19-year-old George Garratt legally changed his name to "Captain Fantastic Faster Than Superman Spiderman Batman Wolverine Hulk And The Flash Combined." He said he wanted to "be unique." Not to be outdone, these guys went a step further a couple of years later.  They still didn't match the complexity of this fellow, whose given... Continue Reading →

Was Tycho a Psycho? Weird Facts About One of History’s Greatest Astronomers

Tycho Brahe (1546-1601) was one of the greatest astronomers to ever live. He was also probably at least a little bit off his gourd, if history is to judge. The Danish astronomer who brought a new level of exactitude to astronomical observations and applied that specificity to the theories and observations of Copernicus and Ptolemy,... Continue Reading →

Just Because You’re Paranoid Doesn’t Mean Everyone Isn’t Out to Get You

Label someone as a "conspiracy theorist" and you might as well be calling that person a "wacko," "nut job," or any other phrase that questions his or her rationality. Of course, depending on who you talk to, you might find out that this is all part of the biggest conspiracy yet. In his book Conspiracy Theory... Continue Reading →

Maintaining Propriety With Gentleman’s Gloves

One of President Theodore Roosevelt's favorite pastimes was called "scrambles." This activity involved point-to-point walks, where the participants were allowed to move forward only in a straight line. Upon meeting an obstacle, they could go over or through it, but never around. “While in the White House I always tried to get a couple hours'... Continue Reading →

The Terror of London Cabbies — the Strange Case of Mrs. Giacometti Prodgers

Readers of the May 23, 1890 edition of the Chicago Tribune may have expressed amused curiosity at the following item in the Personals section: “Mrs. Giacometti Prodgers, the terror of London cabmen, is dead.” Who was this fearsome Mrs. Prodgers, and what did she do to cause even the heartiest of London's cabbies to flee at the... Continue Reading →

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