Tracy S. Morris

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I Am Not Making This Up: Tycho Brahe – The Math Guy With The Nose (and The Drunken Moose)

Math is not my forte. I’m more of a writing gal. But my interest in the hard sciences might have been bigger (or there at all) if I had known about rock stars like astronomer Tycho Brahe. Who was Tycho Brahe? Brahe lived larger than life in his own time, along the way some of […]

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I Am Not Making This Up: Ep. 6 That Time the Catholic Church Put A Corpse on Trial

If you think politics now is strange, we have nothing on the ancient Catholic Church. At one point, a sitting pope put a former pope on trial. It went a little like the Monty Python dead parrot sketch.

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I Am Not Making This Up: How Bathing Led To The Decline Of Rome

Next time your mom wants you to take a bath, just tell her that bathing led to the decline of Ancient Rome. This is a theory that serious scholars came up with. Seriously.

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I Am Not Making This Up: Ep. 5 That Time the French King Was Cannibalized (Podcast Version)

If one of your party guests has a reputation for eating anything, perhaps you shouldn’t pass him a prized family heirloom. Especially if it’s the mummified heart of a famous King.

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I’m Not Making This Up – How Do You Solve A Problem Like Mad King Ludwig?

You have to admire Mad King Ludwig. Unlike other mad royals (Jonna of Castile, for one) Ludwig aggressively owned his crazy. Or did he?

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I Am Not Making This Up – Santa Anna Was A Leg Man

Most know General Antonio L√≥pez de Santa Anna as the man who ordered the slaughter of Texas Defenders (including Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie) at the Battle of the Alamo, lost at the battle of San Jacinto, served as president of Mexico 11 times, and eventually became known as “the Napoleon of the West.”

But less well known, is Santa Anna’s obsession with his own leg.

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I Am Not Making This Up: Ep. 4 The Most Bonkers Race in Olympic History

Next time someone mentions the plight of the Olympic athlete, remember that it’s not that bad. They could be forced to run a marathon through a cloud of dust while wearing cutoff shorts, having cramps & being chased by dogs while their trainers try to poison them.

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I’m Not Making This Up – Do A Good Deed, Find Your Father’s Body Snatchers

Poor John Scott Harrison. You would think that being a State Representative, son of a President and father of another President would get you some respect. Or at least keep grave robbers away. Unfortunately, in Harrison’s case, you’d be wrong.

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I Am Not Making This Up – The Pirate Queen Of Denmark

What do you do if you’re a Scandinavian princess, locked in a tower and guarded by snakes? What do you do when your royal parents give your hand to a prince against your wishes?

If you’re princess Awilda, you get your best girlfriends to rescue you and you run away to become pirates.

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I Am Not Making This Up: That Failboaty Third Olympics

Awful Olympic shenanigans (totally the name of my next cover band: Tracy and the Awful Olympic Shenanigans) aren’t reserved for the 21st century. Way back in 1904, the Olympics were pretty wonky.

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