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

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

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

Clip of the Week: February 7, 2024

They say love is blind, but try telling that to the millions of single (and not-so-single) people on dating apps. In an era when getting a date for Valentine’s Day or any other day is purportedly easier than ever with thousands of potential partners at our fingertips, it can all feel a little superficial. Back Read More

Clip of the Week: December 27, 2023

Greetings from the future! This week, I’m blogging from The Land Down Under and preparing to ring in 2024 a few hours earlier than normal. Along with the usual champagne, dancing and hat ticklers, I’m celebrating with killer spiders, fish and snakes, copious amounts of vegemite and inexplicably, haunted church bells: A practical joker at Read More

Clip of the Week: December 13, 2023

This year, Santa Claus is all about saving the environment. Instead of giving naughty children polluting coal—and delivering it with exploitative reindeer labor—he’s now sending sustainable, all-organic gifts through the postal system: Here is a regulation that forbids live animals being sent through the post, but in spite of that many curious Christmas gifts in Read More

Clip of the Week: November 1, 2023

It never hurts to ask: William Walsh, a pensioner, and the oldest living veteran of the [American] Civil War, wrote to Congress saying that his consumption of tobacco was increasing with his years. He said that he was utterly unable to gratify his desire for smoking unless he received an additional twelve dollars monthly. The Read More

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