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

This Little Piggy

This little piggy went to market,This little piggy stayed home,This little piggy had roast beef,This little piggy had none,This little piggy cried “Wee! Wee! Wee!” all the way home. I surely was not the only child whose toes transformed into little pigs going mundane places and doing mundane things. Fortunately, the pigs that featured in Read More

How to Make a Citizen’s Arrest

We’ve all been there: the guy sitting next to you on the bus isn’t wearing deodorant; you’re rushing to check out at the store, but there’s a Karen in front of you; or my personal hell, someone is walking too slowly on the sidewalk ahead of you. Who you gonna call? Not the Ghostbusters—you’ll have 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

Just Like Us, Part 2

Do you ever stare at your boring bread box, your insipid ice cream or your uninteresting underwear and wistfully wonder how the other half lives? Wonder no more: the truth is, the experiences of the rich and famous are just as commonplace as yours and mine. If you couldn’t get enough of celebrities being ordinary Read More

Just Like Us, Part 1

“Stars—They’re Just Like Us!” Long before tabloid magazines started catching the rich and famous eating sandwiches and getting haircuts, the newspapers of yesteryear were already following them around. In an era when celebrity culture was just taking off, the subjects of these hard-hitting exposés were more often than not European royalty. It turns out they 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

Mind Your Manners

“Manners easily and rapidly mature into morals,” the politician Horace Mann is said to have declared. While the stories below suggest otherwise, there’s no denying that good manners can make all the difference in just about any situation. If you follow the etiquette you (hopefully) learned in preschool, you’ll go far—into the judicial system, that Read More

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