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A Frog Fall in Fludd

March 9th, 2015 · No Comments

Falling frogs are particularly associated with Charles Fort, who collected many reports in his 1919 book The Book of the Damned. Frog falls, however, have been reported for centuries, and I always enjoy spotting a reference. I was, therefore, gratified to find a frog fall depicted by the curious 17th century philosopher and nonpareil, Robert […]

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Tags: Animals · Forteana

Children’s Card Games (207)

September 22nd, 2014 · 2 Comments

“The Game of Birds” was published in 1897 by the Cincinnati Game Co.  That was, of course, before we killed all the passenger pigeons. (Posted by Doug Skinner)

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Tags: Animals · Card Games

Beware the Bull

December 22nd, 2013 · 2 Comments

The holidays are upon us.  Be careful. (Posted by Doug Skinner)

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Tags: Animals · Belief Systems

Children’s Card Games (195)

February 15th, 2013 · 3 Comments

“Para Volverse Mono,” from Argentina, features monkeys and bananas.  It was given as a premium with the magazine Genios.  The title might be translated (loosely!) as “Go Ape!” (Posted by Doug Skinner)

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Tags: Animals · Card Games · Ephemera

“The Monkey and the Parrot,” by Alphonse Allais

December 24th, 2012 · 5 Comments

Here, as a Christmas treat, is the story of “The Monkey and the Parrot,” written by Alphonse Allais in 1899, and translated by the undersigned this afternoon. THE MONKEY AND THE PARROT Speaking of parrots, do you know the Persian fable of “The Monkey and the Parrot,” a story both ingenious and rich in instruction […]

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Tags: Alphonse Allais · Animals · Literature

Wooden Bigfoot Feet

November 26th, 2012 · 5 Comments

I know that people occasionally strap on wooden feet to hoax bigfoot tracks, but had never seen any until I found this pair at the flea market.  They measure 19 inches, and are roughly carved from a knotty wood (I assume pine, but someone else may know better), and are untreated.  They show some cracking […]

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Tags: Animals · Forteana · Hoaxes

A Two-Headed Turtle from 1888

March 9th, 2012 · 2 Comments

Two-headed turtles are not particularly rare.  I’ve seen a couple; films are online.  You can even buy one from a turtle supplier, if you have the money (they’re expensive). I’ve never seen such a detailed description, though, as the one that appeared in the May 1889 issue of St. Nicholas magazine.  In “A Queer Pet,” […]

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Tags: Animals

Dog Math

February 14th, 2012 · 5 Comments

In dog math, 2 + 1 makes 4: further evidence that anthropomorphic systems are not objective. (Posted by Doug Skinner)

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Tags: Animals · Stereoscopy

Nicodemus O’Malley and His Whale Palsy-Walsy

January 30th, 2012 · 2 Comments

In the days of big Sunday comics sections, many strips spread out over a whole page, and included a “topper strip”: a sort of short subject before the feature.  Some cartoonists used them to spin off a character from the main strip (particularly children and cats); some to revive an older idea; some to indulge […]

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Tags: Animals · Cartoons

The Templar Frog

November 20th, 2011 · 3 Comments

While thumbing through a scrapbook of lodge emblems, I found this anthropomorphic frog, who apparently represents some of the activities of the Knights Templar — that is, the Masonic order, not the original 12th century group.  Frogs can symbolize many things; I can’t say what he means here.  But I like the Templar Frog; and […]

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Tags: Animals · Clubs and Associations