Here’s the story of a number of women who worked for Southern Bell in Miami back in 1950. Poorly paid and dreaming of a much better life, they figured out a unique way to smuggle money out of the coin counting room at the company’s headquarters. It was such a profitable operation that they were able to pay their legal fees in quarters.
It was reported on July 20, 1936 that Long Valley, New Jersey constable named Will Searles had been staging a one-man war against a local nudist camp. His basic plan of attack was to shame the nudists into wearing clothes. He did this by constantly peeping over their fences. Continue Reading
Between the years of 1981 and 1988, someone was breaking into pay telephones across the United States, costing the Bell System an estimated half-million dollars. It was believed by investigators to have been the work of just one man, since the phone locks were considered to be unpickable. And, to show that he had a sense of humor, the crook always checked into cheap motels using the alias “James Bell.” Continue Reading
Just as mechanics Gasten Martens and James Rayster drove up to the Fifth Avenue Coach Co. garage in Manhattan on January 1, 1959, two men accosted them. One hit Rayster with a rubber hose while the other snatched a box, which the crooks believed contained the company’s $3,000 payroll.
On March 27, 1906, 10-year-old New York City resident Priscilla Summers was handed a penny by her dad. He asked her to go to the nearby newsstand and buy him a newspaper. Continue Reading
If you’ve ever wished for disposable swimwear, 32-year-old British fashion designer Morton Almondt offered up the perfect solution in April of 1967: A complete outfit consisted of a bikini, a beach hat, and a bag to carry it in all made from – get this – aluminum foil. Continue Reading
An official portrait has been commissioned by every single person who has served as President of the United States. They serve to remind generation after generation of those that have been elected to that office. Some are great, some are so-so, and others are just downright awful. My personal vote for the worst presidential portrait is that of Andrew Jackson, but you are welcome to disagree.
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
The drowning of Brockport, NY resident Maxwell Breeze in the Erie Canal back in 1936 was the basis for one of the most unusual death penalty cases ever. Find out who was placed on trial, the decision handed down by the court, and what happened to the accused murderer in the end.
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.