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Boys' Life - Dec 1916 Little Folks Children's Magazine - Dec 1918 via RETROspect
News of the Weird Weirdnuz.M389, September 21, 2014 Copyright 2014 by Chuck Shepherd. All rights reserved.
To investigate the conditions in the New York State prison system for women circa 1916, socialist reformer Madeleine Zabriskie Doty arranges to have herself incarcerated, masquerading as a real criminal, under the name "Maggie Martin." Read her experiences here, in SOCIETY'S MISFITS.
This entry is weird only in the fact that it's happened to one of our own through the magic of the internet.
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.
Maybe Chuck has deemed "animals inherit estate" stories NO LONGER WEIRD. But such was not the case in 1966.
Canadian tax dollars at work! Back in 1984 (source: Montreal Gazette - Oct 17, 1984), the Canada Council gave the following grants to fund Canadian artists who had "innovative" projects: • Jim Freedman got $4,885 to write a book on "professional wrestling as it relates to small towns, offering reasons for its decline in popularity." • Richard Lyle Hills received $3,125 to write "a collection of short stories examining the lives and values of those who work at construction jobs." • Joanne Claire was granted $8,200 to write "a book which questions the beliefs and assumptions upon which our lives are based." • Daniel Boudereau and Helene Cosette got $14,700 to develop "a performance integrating movement and color by acrobats inside a multi-chambered cubic structure." Thirty years later, what became of these projects?
Would you pay 'a few hundred dollars' for high risk brain surgery on a gold fish? Well, this pet's owner felt it was worth the expense.
Go ahead and pee there all you want. Scientists give it an official thumbs up!
Caution: some brief flashes of bare bosoms--a tactic which seems to constitute the entirety of the performer's artistic armory--in video and at the link..
In Vienna, Austria someone set a bucket full of feces to explode when a line was tripped at a spot where police regularly park to watch for speeders.
One of those vintage ads that promised easy money by starting a home animal-breeding program, such as raising giant frogs.
Wikipedia entry here.
A UK health inspector recently reported finding the body of a dead lion in a restaurant's freezer during an inspection.
I love these reasons for being committed to the lunatic asylum, as given in this report for the year 1836.
Last Week in Weird datelines 9/5/2014--9/12/2014 [Links, chronological, on Extended page] Copyright 2014 by Chuck Shepherd.
The NoPhone is a black piece of plastic shaped like an iPhone.
Although part of a group that had a a chart-topping record, Bloem de Ligny has a solo career that produces music which is--how shall I say it?