The Scandal of Kip Rhinelander’s marriage to Alice Jones, 1924.

The love letters between Leonard Kip Rhinelander and Alice Jones were read to giggling spectators in the courtroom on Nov. 21, 1925. – Bettmann/CORBIS The lack of interest in Kanye West’s and Kim’s race stands in sharp contrast to the 1924 marriage and separation of Leonard “Kip” Rhinelander, son of the New York glitterati, and […]

Nixon, Elvis & Gun at The White House.

It all began at a party in Palm Springs, California in early December 1970. Elvis’s reign as the “King of Rock and Roll” had been in decline since the “British Invasion”, (led by the Beatles), had jolted America’s pop music market in 1964. Elvis was still an American idol and had begun a comeback in […]

The Rowing-Bath (1916).

Touted as the “newest contribution to the enjoyment of living”, news of the ingenious “rowing-bath” comes to us from the pages of a 1916 edition of The Popular Science Monthly. Consisting of what amounts to some sort of a metal dustpan tied by a rubber cord to the taps, the device promises to secure “the […]

Well, it’s Goodbye Pensioners…

To Help Save the Australian Economy the Morrison Government is considering deporting Old Age Pensioners who the Dept. of Deportation and Transport, feels don’t serve any useful purpose living in Australia. “They have been a burden on all of us for far too long, they just cost the Government so much” said the Prime Minister. […]

The mysterious Greenland Shark.

They can be as big as great white sharks, but that’s about as far as the comparison goes. Their maximum speed is a lethargic 1.7 miles per hour, many are almost blind, and they are happy to eat rotting carcasses. They may be common throughout the ocean, but you’ve probably never heard of them. Meet […]

The Small Turnspit Dogs of the 16th Century.

In an old hunting lodge on the grounds of an ancient Norman castle in Abergavenny, Wales, a small, extinct dog peers out of a handmade wooden display case. “Whiskey is the last surviving specimen of a turnspit dog, albeit stuffed,” says Sally Davis, longtime custodian at the lodge. The Canis vertigus, or turnspit, was an […]

The Deadly Dance Marathons of the 1920s -1930s.

On 31 March, 1923, the first U.S. dance marathon ended in New York City but began a strange fad with sometimes fatal consequences! Less than a decade later, in 1932, a young woman dropped dead after dancing non-stop for 48 hours in a dance marathon! And when the people raided a ballroom during a Marathon […]

‘Pole Sitting’ in Adelaide, circa 1950s.

When I was 12 years old my Dad would regularly take me down to the Henley Beach Square at Henley Beach (a seaside suburb of Adelaide). There I would stand open mouthed, staring upwards at the grown up adults sitting on top of poles. They were crazy, but why did they do it? Evidently, pole […]

Truly Terrible Book Covers.

We might want to revise that age-old saying about judging books by their covers. The TerribleBookCovers subreddit has a few recommendations for you. Highlighting the best of the worst in book design, title choice and overall presentation, the subreddit features a stunning collection of bad photoshop, creepy models and — err — niche hobbies. From […]