Tracy S. Morris

Quirky Mysteries, Screwball Fantasy and Sassy History

I Am Not Making This Up: Ep. 18 Barnum’s Burning Buildings

Recently it was announced to the world that in May of 2017, the Ringling brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus would be rolling up it’s tents for the last time.

P.T. Barnum revolutionized entertainment for a country that was just starting to have leisure time.

But One thing Barnum is not known for, but maybe should be, is the many, many times a building that he owns burned down.

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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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I Am Not Making This Up: Whatever Happened to the Sphinx’s Nose?

Napoleon is responsible for Egyptology. Many people also think that his men shot the nose off the Sphinx. But that’s giving him too much credit.

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I Am Not Making This Up: Curious George Vs. The Nazis

Curious George is known to children, and the parents who grew up on his stories, for his adventures with the Man with the Yellow Hat.

But his greatest adventure isn’t in print. Before the book, Curious George saved his creators from the Nazis.

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I am Not Making This Up: Ep. 14 Agatha Christie’s Personal Mystery

Agatha Christie is the bestselling author of all time.  Her works outsell Shakespeare, J. K. Rowling, and Stephen King.  Even if you’ve never read her work, you’ve probably heard of Murder on the Orient Express, or And Then There Were None. But a greater mystery sits at the heard of Christie’s life.  In 1926, after […]

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I Am Not Making This Up: Cleopatra Had Butter Face

When you think of Cleopatra, you probably think beautiful, seductive, irresistible. In truth, one of the most famous women rulers was probably none of these. What she was, was a skilled administrator, an amazing diplomat, and a ball of charisma.

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I Am Not Making This Up: Ep. 13 Tale Literally As Old As Time

Out of all the fairy tales known worldwide, Beauty and the Beast, or “La Belle et la bete” as it is known in French, may be one of the most popular.  The themes of the fairy tale are even recycled in such popular and well-known works as The Phantom of the Opera and Twilight. Versions […]

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