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Man Eats Light Bulbs (And Other Delicacies) – 1939

Harold B. Funston Demonstrates An Unusual Talent For Tolerating Pain New York City– Harold B. Funston, accounting machine mechanic of Columbus, Ohio brought to New York for an appearance on a radio program, eats glass from a light bulb in … Continue reading

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Free Beer For Life – 1950

Drink Up, While It Lasts Free Beer For Life New York – Chief Petty Officer Kenneth Slamon, 33, of Portland, OR, samples first installment of a lifetime’s supply of beer, which a brewery President awarded him. The beer biggie was … Continue reading

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1923 News Report – Girls Are Becoming Bad, Boys Becoming Good

Cheap Literature & Gay Cabaret Life Making Girls 12-20 Unfit To Be Wives & Mothers This small item worthy of national news is from the November 9, 1923 edition of the New York Times: Best line- “Too many women want … Continue reading

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Wife Hit Him Over The Head With A Gas Lighter

Why You Might File For Divorce In 1914 One hundred years ago if you got married, it was a commitment for  life. Very few people got divorced. If you did file for divorce, there had to be a good reason. … Continue reading

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Young Man Swims In Lake Michigan On January 4, 1924

90 Years Ago Today: Victor Barothy Goes Swimming In Lake Michigan January 4, 1924 I’ve seen the polar bear clubs with swimmers who plunge into the Atlantic Ocean on New Year’s Day every year. But this looks insane. Those large … Continue reading

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1935 – Heavy Women Smoking Cigarettes – Vaudeville Act Takes A Break

The “Tiny Rosebuds” Take A Break From Rehearsing We’ll let the slug from this unusual news photograph describe the scene: A Half-Ton of Terpsichore An act which is liable to bring down the house, (with a crash), is the Tiny … Continue reading

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The Strange Origin Of Modern Building Fire Laws In Britain

Why Every Employee Must Be Able To Reach A Fire Exit In Under Two And A Half Minutes The Telegraph just featured an interesting interview with Professor of Fire and Structures at Edinburgh University, Luke Bisby. Professor Bisby does something … Continue reading

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A New York City 1859 Mass Murder Prank

15 Dead Bodies Discovered in The East River A shocking discovery was made on Thursday June 9, 1859 near Hell Gate in the East River, when some fishermen picked up a box which contained 15 dead bodies in various states … Continue reading

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25 Incredible Real Names

Crook Klutz (1913-1979) and 24 Other “Unique” American Names A useful tool for genealogists, the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) contains over 92 million death records for individuals with United States Social Security numbers. There are many portals to give … Continue reading

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Posture Queen And The Creation Of The World War II Pin-Up Girl

Stand Up Straight Please, This Is A Publicity Stunt Lillian McKevitt, of Jackson Heights, New York is chosen as “Posture Queen.” 40 Walter Thornton models demonstrated exercises to provide good posture.  April 27, 1942: Acme News Photograph By whom Lillian … Continue reading

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