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

Clip of the Week: October 4, 2023

Reason #37,852 not to wander into the wilderness alone: Mr. Farrier, the Colonial Secretary of Honduras [present-day Belize], while exploring the interior of the colony, was overtaken by a drove of peccaries, and was compelled to scramble up a tree, dropping his rifle in the performance. The whole pack gathered around his perch, grunting and Read More

Clip of the Week: September 6, 2023

Who needs to get around with planes, trains, automobiles, boats or even legs? The Barcelona correspondent of the Daily Mail reports that Louis de Rougemont has been completely eclipsed by Captain Wall, the sea crocodile tamer. The latter wagered that he would cross the sea from the Island of Majorca to Valencia, a distance of Read More

Clip of the Week: August 23, 2023

Talk about a claim to flame. Folks, we have another world record: The other day, for the tenth time in his life, Joseph Maski, 103 years old, believed to be the oldest person in Chicago, was rescued from a fire which threatened to destroy the building in which he lived, at No. 8961, Superior Avenue, Read More

Clip of the Week: July 12, 2023

Forget hats, sunglasses and knee watches—the summer accessory you didn’t know you need is a poison-detecting guinea pig carrying case: Travellers through America are advised to carry guinea pigs with them to test the quality of any liquor offered them. The animal should be allowed to lap up a few drops of the fluid and Read More

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