Category: ER

The Great Balloon Hoax

No, I am not talking about that family who pretended their little boy was caught in a homemade balloon to get a reality show.  This was perpetrated by none other than the great author, Edgar Allan Poe.  (For more on him, please see this post:  http://www.historynaked.com/edgar-allan-poe-mystery-even-death/ ) Poe brought the New York Sun and exciting […]

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Fight against “Yellow Jack”

In the early 19th century, the scourge of Yellow Fever was prevalent in the southern United States. It had originally come over from Africa with the slave trade.  They called it “Yellow Jack” and it was relentless.  The death toll was huge as outbreaks happened in the south and people fled north.  Trains full of […]

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The Dreadnought Hoax

The Bloomsbury Group were a band of influential intellectuals who bummed around Bloomsbury, London during the first half of the 20th century.  Some of the members include Virginia Woolf, John Maynard Keynes, E.M. Forster and Lytton Strachey.  According to historian Ian Ousby, “although its members denied being a group in any formal sense, they were […]

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Dorothy Lawrence-  The Woman in the Trenches

History is full of women who disguised themselves and fought along their menfolk for causes they believed in.  A prime example are the women who inspired the legend of Molly Pitcher during the American Revolution.  (For more on this, please see this post:  http://www.historynaked.com/searching-molly-pitcher/ )  According to historian, Elizabeth Shipton, many women made it to […]

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