Tracy S. Morris

Quirky Mysteries, Screwball Fantasy and Sassy History

Archive for May, 2017

I Am Not Making This Up: P.T. Barnum and . . . The Other Guy

When you think of the circus, you think of Barnum and Bailey’s circus. You probably also know about P. T. Barnum. But who was Bailey?

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I Am Not Making This Up: A Jumbo-Sized Story

When you buy something that’s “Jumbo-sized,” like bread, or large jars of peanut butter, you may not think about where that term comes from. But the original Jumbo was a circus elephant.

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I Am Not Making This Up: Ep. 17 Warrior, Princess, Badass

If I asked you to name a badass warrior princess, you might mention Xena or Wonder Woman. But one real life woman left them all behind. Her name was Khutulun, and she was the great-great-granddaughter of Genghis Khan.

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I Am Not Making This Up: What Explorers Lewis and Clark Have to Do With the Kentucky Derby

Last weekend was the Kentucky derby, which is like the Super Bowl of Horse Racing, combined with a little bit of the Oscar’s red carpet mixed in.

And the whole thing was started by the grandson of William Clark (one of those two guys who explored the west), Colonel Meriweather Lewis Clark Jr.

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I Am Not Making This Up: Ep. 16 When Frederick Law Olmsted Changed The World

In 1857, if a New Yorker wanted to get away from the city, he or she would go to a cemetery. That all changed with the establishment of Manhattan’s Central Park, and it’s architect and superintendent, Frederick Law Olmsted.

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