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

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

Clip of the Week: June 16, 2021

Read to the end for a plot twist I guarantee you won’t see coming: A man who had committed bigamy was to-day acquitted at the Paris Assizes. He had married a woman twenty years older than himself, but she turned out to have a very bad temper, and refused to live with him. Then he Read More

Tattoos to Undo

Stay tuned until the end for some shameless self-promotion! I’m way too old for teenage rebellion, but that didn’t stop me from walking into a tattoo studio recently. As I nervously contemplated which design I would spend the rest of my life staring at, I had no shortage of options. Did I want an inspirational Read More

Clip of the Week: June 2, 2021

A letter addressed in a peculiar manner has been correctly delivered by the Chesham postal officials. It was sent, without name, to a draper, and in addition to the words “Chesham, Bucks,” there was a sketched plan, with the words, “Narrow alley, with old houses, leading up steps, over railway, and to hill where view Read More

Snarky in Seattle

Some people say, “Take a trip and forget your unhappy love affair.” What! Forget it now, only to remember it all the more later on? Never! . . . Better let your heart bleed for several days in succession and then heal itself than to staunch it by a few weeks’ trip somewhere only to Read More

Clip of the Week: May 19, 2021

Berlin—Girl postal clerk jumped on bicycle and caught convict who had escaped while being taken to prison. – The Day Book, January 18, 1913 I have so many questions, but apparently, I’m the only one. I’m guessing the journalist who filed this bare-bones story did NOT win the Pulitzer Prize that year—and not just because Read More

The Underwear Thief

In 1921, somebody took Second Glance History’s guide to pickpocketing a little too far: For several months past, the city of Baltimore, Md., has been the “vantage point”, from which a dangerous and desperate hotel crook and accomplished thief has operated in several of the leading hotels. . . At these various hotels, the man Read More

Clip of the Week: May 5, 2021

Today, I’m delighted to introduce Second Glance History’s newest feature: Clip of the Week! Because some stories are already so ridiculous that no amount of snide commentary or bad puns can improve them. Expect these short clips on the Wednesdays I don’t publish new posts. Longtime followers on Facebook and Twitter may recognize some of Read More

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