Today at Word Wenches --
The Bizarre Byways of Research
A goodly while ago, Pat Punt asked the Wenches to
. . . share some of the strangest trivia they have come across in their research. Having done my share of surfing the 'net, I have encountered many a fact stranger than fiction. Their experience must be even more bizarre.
Bizarre does seem an appropriate description for what we come across.
From Pat Rice:
The only trivia I remember is from my childhood. I play a mean game of 60's Trivial Pursuit.
But I just recently wrote about the poisonous green paint that might have killed Napoleon (Kill Your Hero with Regency Wallpaper) and given a whole lot of other people pneumonia, asthma, and the winter blues.
But the one bit of history that sticks clearly in my mind—probably because it affected the area where I lived for twenty years—is the Mississippi flowing backward during the 1811 New Madrid earthquake. Can you imagine how powerful an earthquake would have to be to send the mighty Mississippi backward? And weirder yet, Shawnee tribe leader Tecumseh and his brother predicted the earthquake before it arrived. For some other weird stories about the period: see here.
From Mary Jo Putney:
Lord Uxbridge’s Leg
For the rest . . . head here