A People's History of the Peculiar: A Freak Show of Facts, Random Obsessions and Astounding Truths

A People's History of the Peculiar: A Freak Show of Facts, Random Obsessions and Astounding Truths

Nick Belardes

Language: English

Pages: 288

ISBN: 1936740834

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

A People's History of the Peculiar: A Freak Show of Facts, Random Obsessions and Astounding Truths

Nick Belardes

Language: English

Pages: 288

ISBN: 1936740834

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Did you know that Thomas Jefferson’s grandson was an ax murderer? Do you delight knowing that some dinosaurs were as teeny tiny as hens? Wonder what it’s like to live in Hell Town at the End of the World? How about an ailment so surreal it’s named after Alice in Wonderland? In A People's History of the Peculiar, historian Nick Belardes has dug into the raw source material found in historical archives, scientific studies, and libraries the world over to find facts, lists, definitions, and astonishing information guaranteed to provide readers with the best cocktail conversation topics for many years to come! Also found here are first-person interviews with people who can explain the unexplained, from the permanently puzzling Mothman conspiracy to secret Star Wars Jedi religious cults and the charmingly eccentric reason why British aerospace engineers sent teddy bears floating out into space. These real-world facts are outlandish enough to sharpen the brain and occupy readers’ minds for hours of entertainment.

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Friday, November 22, 1963. One doesn’t have to be a history buff to know there are mysteries surrounding Kennedy’s murder, which was ruled to have been committed by Lee Harvey Oswald. A later ruling, in 1979, found serious flaws in the investigation and proposed that a conspiracy likely existed. While the mysteries and conspiracy talk regarding Kennedy’s death seem limitless, I share here just one short, curious note among the many volumes that make up the U.S. government’s official investigation

it’s going to be Nick. Caroline Leavitt USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of Is This Tomorrow and Pictures of You RANDOM THOUGHTS Imagine: You’re walking through an open green field in springtime. Beautiful day. Perfect weather: slight breeze. But all is not right. Something dreadful is weighing on you. It is a time of flux and crisis. You move through the tall grasses oblivious to the surrounding beauty. And for a while, you forget that you’re even walking. For a

ovens have been around for as long as there has been radar. Magnetrons, if you didn’t know, help send out radio waves. In 1946, Percy Spencer was testing a magnetron when he discovered that the chocolate bar in his pocket had melted. Of course, magnetrons were huge and expensive. It wasn’t until 1967 that they became compact and affordable. It took another 10 years for people not to be terribly frightened to use them. GYROSCOPE COMPASS Elmer Sperry was really into gyroscopes. He loved them

our bosses or grandmothers, and our friends trust us not to scrawl curse words all over our walls. I hope Koobface doesn’t damage that mutual trust, but I also hope that people are a little more aware of the kind of malware that circulates through many social networks.” And that’s tough, because social networking, as Shaer points out, is like candy to hackers. “The week before I started the article, a friend sent me a message on Facebook. There was an embedded video link, and some lame

shoes, dresses, blouses, belts, and jackets. The article claimed such “walking snakes” were the result of feminist spirituality movements reaching mainstream fashion. SNAKE GOBBLES BOY: In 2002, in South Africa, an 18-foot-long African rock python reportedly was the first of its species to not just kill a human, but devour one. Several boys hid in nearby mango trees as their 10-year-old friend was eaten. No trace of the child was ever found. TITANOBOA: Considered the all-time titan of

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