Planes, Feigns and Automobiles

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s. . . me in the pilot seat! Well, close enough. A few weeks ago, I checked off a bucket list item and took a flying lesson. I wasn’t flying quite like Superman, but I sure felt like a superhero when I successfully turned the ignition key in the Read More

Clip of the Week: August 11, 2021

Because counting sheep is so 19th century: William West, a north side stableman, was discovered by a policeman standing on his head, fast asleep and snoring enthusiastically. West, when aroused, said he had intended merely to rest his head on hay in the manger, but slipped in head first and kept right on with his Read More

Meandering around Milwaukee

In my [censored] years on this earth, I’ve been fortunate enough to crisscross continents and fly across oceans. Yet somehow, I’ve never visited Milwaukee, a city practically in my own backyard—until now. As you read this, I’m on my way there and intend to eat however much cheese it takes to become a certified cheesehead. Read More

Clip of the Week: July 28, 2021

Straphanging need no longer be a terror to travelers on the underground railways. All they have to do is to follow the example of Mr. George Flake, of Cincinnati, who has solved the problem in an ingenious manner. Mr. Flake’s method, according to the New York correspondent of the “Daily Express,” is to carry in Read More

Americans Abroad

Now that the world is opening up to tourists, I’m spinning a globe, scrolling through TripAdvisor and planning my next jaunt. Rotterdam? Switzerland? Seattle? The possibilities are endless. I’m surely not the only one. However, after more than a year of sitting at home, some of my compatriots might benefit from a refresher on how Read More

Clip of the Week: July 14, 2021

An amusing incident (says the New Zealand Times) occurred in connection with Mr Buchanan’s banquet at Carterton last Saturday, when a conscientious doorkeeper refused admittance to Mr Scobie Mackenzie, M.H.R., who arrived on the scene unarmed with a ticket of admission. Mr Mackenzie is alleged to have said—“Don’t you know who I am? I am Read More

Elephants Gone Wild, Part 2

What makes an elephant turn to a life of crime? Nature? Nurture? Second Glance History’s guide to pickpocketing? We may never be sure, but what we do know is there are enough incidents of mammoth misconduct for a full season of “CSI: Ele-felony.” Last time, elephant bad boys Peanut and Basil impersonated a sea serpent Read More

Clip of the Week: June 30, 2021

At Willingdon, near Eastbourne, an inquest was held on the body of Edwin Mockett, who died suddenly after eating three cooked mussels. The medical evidence showed that irritant poisoning followed the eating, and a verdict of death from misadventure through mussel eating was returned. – The Western Mail, April 14, 1891 Some coroner’s career peaked Read More

Elephants Gone Wild, Part 1

You may have heard of—or even be having—a hot vax summer, but what about a hot trunk summer? In the summer of ’69, er, 1904, one elephant cut loose and shook his booty off the coast of Coney Island. His hijinks aren’t available on pay-per-view, but we have the next best thing: detailed newspaper accounts. Read More

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