Clip of the Week: January 25, 2023

If any Second Glance History readers have been putting off a haircut or a shave, consider this your call to action: Appendicitis caused by moustaches is the latest curious case just reported to the French Society of Medicine by two Paris surgeons. They declare they recently operated on a patient in whose case the inflammation Read More

The Marathon Musician

Do you remember last year’s epic story about our friend James Waterbury, the champion piano torturer? It turns out there’s a spinoff starring one of his chief adversaries, Charles Wright: After practicing on a piano for twenty-seven consecutive hours, a Michigan near-Paderewski was removed to a sanatorium, and will probably die. What happened to the Read More

Clip of the Week: December 28, 2022

First, they banned dancing (multiple times). Then, they banned alcohol and hat ticklers. Now, not even kissing is allowed?!? It is an annual custom to hold a “social” on Boxing Night. This year the new minister, the Rev. Moffatt Gautrey, decided that the kissing game which had formerly been allowed at the social should not Read More

Clip of the Week: December 14, 2022

A peculiarity about holiday shopping is that a good part of it is always put off until the day or two before Christmas or even till Christmas eve, when there is a grand rush on the stores, and everything is sold and bought in confusion. – The Morning News, December 15, 1895 If you, like Read More

Clip of the Week: November 30, 2022

What do you drink when it’s too cold for sangria but too early in the year to break out the eggnog? Vegetables not only contain stimulants but are capable of producing an intoxicating influence on those who depend on them exclusively for food, according to an investigator. He cites a case in which some young Read More

Clip of the Week: November 16, 2022

If you live in a country that celebrated Veterans/Armistice/Remembrance Day last week, it’s time for a pop quiz: What is the most appropriate way to commemorate the end of one of the deadliest conflicts in human history? I can see you looking at your neighbor’s paper—no cheating! When you’ve circled your answer, read on to Read More

Clip of the Week: November 2, 2022

And you thought your family was weird: A Colorado man married his deceased wife’s mother and a New Jersey man has married his grandfather’s widow. England can’t beat that. – The Bryan Morning Eagle, October 15, 1907 They aren’t the only ones in need of a matrimonial agency: . . . As well as a Read More

Clip of the Week: October 19, 2022

A duel for the ages: Armed with only a bicycle and an umbrella, two arrogant politicians face off. Who will win? It seems that cycling has become very popular with some of our younger legislators, and certain of them have got into the habit of coming down to the House [of Commons] on their machines Read More

Clip of the Week: October 5, 2022

This is the news we need right now: A kitty, a little puppy and a baby fox are all being mothered by this big, kind, short-haired dog! Usually a kitten just hates a dog; shows her claws and puts up her back when her natural enemy comes near her. And a fox is the natural Read More

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