Clip of the Week: June 12, 2024

This is what happens when Americans go abroad: Mr. W. W. Umberhauer, a Philadelphia banker, had to change a suit of clothes yesterday on account of the peculiar effect the pattern had on horses in the Strand [in London] and other thoroughfares. Mr. Umberhauer is a guest at the Hotel Cecil, and the suit is Read More

Jail Bail Fail

Warrior Run, Pennsylvania was piloting an open prison concept before it was cool: Breaking out of jail at Warrior Run to engage a lawyer to defend them at their trial, Joseph Widemsky and John Prolesky made a new record in escapes. After getting out by prying open the bars on their cell door and squeezing Read More

Clip of the Week: May 15, 2024

Proof that politicians have been saying “Do as I say, not as I do” for at least 100 years: A rather amusing and somewhat unusual incident occurred during Mr [future New Zealand Prime Minister William] Massey’s recent visit to the West Coast. . . The leading citizens of Greymouth decided to banquet him, and the Read More

Clip of the Week: May 1, 2024

What do we want? Life, liberty and the pursuit of hairstyles! When do we want them? Now! The telephone girls of Stockholm (Sweden) are fighting for the liberty of hairdress. They recently all adopted the fashion set by the French dancer “Cleo de Merode,” of combing the hair over the ears. The telephone subscribers, however, Read More

Clip of the Week: April 17, 2024

You’ve heard of the movie “Death at a Funeral,” but what about “Arrest at a Funeral?” While conducting a funeral in Woodgrane Park Cemetery, Joseph Barker, an undertaker, of Shoreditch, was arrested. Yesterday he was charged at Lambeth with feloniously receiving three pairs of feather plumes and three pairs of horse velvets, well knowing them Read More

A Neigh in the Life

Ever since humans domesticated horses thousands of years ago, they’ve been our faithful companions, pulling our carriages, plowing our fields and kindly not throwing off small children placed on their backs for photo ops (thanks, Oreo!). However, it’s not all work and no horseplay. If the early 20th-century newspapers are to be believed, horses were Read More

Clip of the Week: March 20, 2024

And you thought losing the ring was the worst way the best man could ruin the wedding: An Essex clergyman has adopted a novel form of punishment for kissing. While a wedding was in progress the two principals rose from the chancel steps, where they had been kneeling, to advance to the rails of the Read More

Say Ahhh

An estimated 3% of the population suffers from dentophobia, a crippling fear of going to the dentist. Given some of the instruments pictured below, it’s not hard to see why. However, if you want a sparking smile, regular visits to the dentist are a necessary evil. Since the always accurate internet declares that today is Read More

Clips of the Week: February 21, 2024

I’m pleased to present the latest edition of Second Glance History’s wildly popular self-help series, with advice on everything from traveling, pickpocketing, writing, getting vaccinated and eating healthfully to breaking a lease, pulling off a practical joke, being a Good Samaritan, becoming a juvenile delinquent and breaking a world record. Today, we’re exploring personal finances Read More

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