Tracy S. Morris

Quirky Mysteries, Screwball Fantasy and Sassy History

I Am Not Making This Up: That time Vikings invaded Oklahoma

It sounds a little bit like the plot of a Hollywood movie starring Antonio Bandaras. But residents of Heavener maintain that around 900 A.D, Vikings paddled their longships down the Eastern Seaboard, around the tip of Florida, through the Gulf of Mexico, up the Mississippi and Arkansas rivers and then traveled overland into Eastern Oklahoma – where they put up a billboard.

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I Am Not Making This Up: That time Boston never wanted Gingersnap Cookies Again

Last week when I was writing about the London Beer Flood, I learned of the most bizarre disaster to occur in US history. On January 15, 1919, a storage tank along Boston’s waterfront burst, sending a 15 foot high, 160 foot wide wave of molasses rolling through the streets of Boston at a speedy (for […]

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I Am Not Making This Up: Beer Tidal Waves Aren’t As Fun As You Might Think

The Super Bowl has just passed, which made me think of today’s topic: the London Beer Flood of 1814. (And if Super Bowl commercials don’t make you think of beer tidal waves, you and I don’t watch the same sport). On October 17, 1814 George Crick, a storehouse clerk at Meux and Co. brewery (sometimes […]

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I Am Not Making This Up: Ain’t No Party Like a Donner Party

When I was in high school, my sister participated in history day (which was like a science fair, only with history). Her project was based on the Donner Party. The movie Alive, about the soccer team that crashed in the Andies and had to resort to Cannibalism had just come out, so cannibalism was on […]

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Yes Virginia, Santa Was a Real Dude

Everyone knows who Santa is, right? Fat dude in a red suit that lives at the North Pole and goes Ho, Ho, Ho! Right? Er . . . maybe not. The Santa that everyone thinks they know is based on a real person. And that person might just have gone on his own naughty list. […]

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I Am Not Making This Up: That Time the Mummy Sank The Titanic

This one is a twofer, because I stumbled over two crazy stories about mummies. Firstly: did you know that you don’t have to make arrangements in your will to become a mummy? You can diy yourself right into mummification right now. At least, you could if you wanted to practice an extreme diet for 10 […]

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I Am Not Making This Up: The Custody Battle on the Mayflower

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s a little odd to revisit the pilgrims. But I ran across this story that seemed like something out of a Gothic novel. We all have this idea of the first Thanksgiving. It was the Pilgrims and Indians Native Americans and turkey. But that’s about the extent that most people […]

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I Am Not Making This Up: That Time the French King was Cannibalized

I’ve been known to make up bizarre stories on occasion, but I couldn’t make this one up.  It takes the cake.  Probably the cake that Marie Antoinette wanted the peasants to eat when they ran out of bread. It starts with Louis the XIV.  He’s not the one who got his head cut off.  That […]

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