Abraham Lincoln Tag Archives

Mad about Mad Hatter Disease

I’m a big fan of medical history so I was surprised when I heard the term “Mad hatter disease” recently and I was unfamiliar with it. The only Mad Hatter I was aware of until recently was the silly top hat-wearing gentleman in Alice in Wonderland. When I discovered that the disease actually related to hats, I got even more excited. (I love me a good …

February Birthdays

I’ll be adding to this list as I find more birthdays. Note: many birth dates, especially as you look further back in time, were not recorded. Comment below if you know of a birthday that should be added to this list! Happy birthday to… February 2 – Nell Gwyn (1650), Ayn Rand (1905) February 3 – Norman Rockwell (1894), Pretty Boy Floyd (1904) February 4 – Rosa Parks (1913), Betty Friedan …

Month of Macabre: The Séance

Victorians were surrounded by death. Consumption, cholera, typhoid, smallpox, scarlet fever-illness and death were a regular part of life in Victorian times. Despite the hardships of death and the tightly-laced nature of a Victorian person’s life, death was fetishized to an interesting degree. After the death of a loved one, a popular way of keeping them close was to enclose their hair in a locket and …