In the 18th century, the English took conspicuous consumption to a whole new level when they hired actual old men to live in their gardens as ornamental hermits.
I Am Not Making This Up: Ep. 11 People Were Once Paid To Be Garden Gnomes. This Is A Thing That Happened.
Lots of kids talk about running away to join the circus or become pirates. But few actually do it.
However in 1716, one boy did. His name as John King, and he was around ten years old.
Let’s talk a little about Edwin Booth. People don’t remember the other two Booth brothers. John Wilkes Booth casts a long shadow. And when they do, it’s because Edwin once rescued Robert Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln’s son, from being crushed by a train. There’s a certain neatness in the symmetry of that. One brother saves a son, while the other murders a father.
But there was a time when Edwin’s name outshone his more infamous brother. There was a time when, by the right word or the right action, Edwin might have put his brother on a different path.
Until you saw the musical Hamilton, You probably got the impression that the founding fathers all got along and always knew exactly what they were doing. That’s because people like to tell stories.
If you don’t have a lot of patience to listen to the audio, it says that starting next week, I’ll be producing the I Am Not Making This Up podcast twice a month instead of only once. From now on, look for it on the first and third Monday of every month.
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.
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.
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.
Herbert Cope and his fishing partner Dudge Collins knew they had a big catch in their fishing trap. Maybe some kind of Muskie or Catfish. But when they hauled it in, they never expected a 5 foot long shark. They were after all, in Illinois. Research links: Sharks In Illinois The Strangest Shark Story Ever