I’m sure that you’ve heard the common misconception that lemmings commit mass suicide. Well, a similar type event happened on July 22, 1966 to a flock of sheep in Bourg St. Maurice, France. Continue Reading
A monkey was spotted in a tree behind the Miami Beach, Florida home of Selma and Ben Grenald on December 5, 1951. The police were called and Patrolman John Ward was dispatched to the couple’s home. Continue Reading
One of my favorites stories of all time is that of Mike the Headless Chicken, which I wrote about in my first book Einstein’s Refrigerator. It turns out that Headless Mike was not alone. Continue Reading
Mary S. McDowell started working for the New York City school system on January 29, 1905 and was considered by all to be a great teacher. She taught Latin, English, and patriotism at the Manual Training School in Brooklyn and everything seemed to be going great until the outbreak of World War I.
On November 29, 1911, the New York City Board of Education barred four young teachers from the classroom because their young children had caused them to be absent from school far too many times.
Check out this headline from the November 18th, 1906 issue of the Hammond Lake County Times: “Miss M’Graw Pays Penalty: Teacher Who Is Too Attractive Dropped by Board of Education.”
The last two posts offered early criticism of Elvis and The Beatles. It would be just too easy to pick on this next group: The Bee Gees. Instead, here is a story about a death threat against the group:
A syndicated column by John Crosby that appeared in the press on June 18th of 1956 titled “Performer’s Gyrations May Doom Rock ‘n Roll.” Of course, he was talking about Elvis Presley. And Crosby truly hated him. Continue Reading
Herbert and Irene Ball of Long Beach, California had been driving through Lynwood on Christmas Eve of 1963. Their car was wrecked in an accident and all of their groceries and Christmas gifts were scattered all over the street.
In April of 1946 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, seven-year-old Norbert Lusardi, whom everyone called Butch, was walking home from school one day and saw three high school boys with a mouse. The boys were being quite rough with the mouse and when Butch questioned what they intended to do with the mouse, one of the boys replied that they intended to kill it.
In April of 1938, eleven-year-old Earl Baker, a resident of Coatesville, Pennsylvania, decided to make a daring leap onto a moving freight train. He was not successful and lost his right leg as a result.
It was reported on January 25, 1961 that 3-year-old Eddie Jones was being sued for $50,000 (about $390,000 today) for reckless driving. His vehicle of choice? His tricycle.