Monday, June 04, 2007

Scribbling in History's margins

If you enjoy blogs like Damn Interesting, that often highlight some of history's more fascinating corners, I predict you will also get a kick out of Futility Closet, which I happened across this evening.

Like its semi-profanedly named counterpart, Futility also features wonderfully oddball stories in bite-size format. Two random-ish selections to get you in the spirit:

From the six-volume early 19th-century encyclopedia Kirby's Wonderful and Scientific Museum (which works best when treated as either fiction or an elablorate joke) comes a sighting of The Vegetable Lamb of Tartary. I see that Google Books has a scanned copy available of Kirby's tome for online perusal.

Is there a Ninth Symphony Curse?

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