Slap me with your genius, Reverend

November 15, 2009 at 5:06 pm | Posted in Internet Sleuthiness | Leave a comment

Another day, another entry in the series I’ve just this moment decided to call, “Words of Wisdom from the 1840’s.” Today’s two pearls of wisdom both jumped out at me because they felt like such good advice for modern society, and so not dated despite being 150 years old! The first is from The Complete Home, published in 1879:

Every person in dressing the hair should regard the method which will be becoming to their own faces, whether than method is the fashion or not.

This advice may sound obvious at first, but how many modern girls do you know that NEED TO HEAR IT? The second quote is from a speech by Reverend W.P. Strickland, as printed in The Ladies’ Repository in 1844:

Much has been said in regard to the inferiority of the female intellect. If it be a fact that there is a difference between the male and female intellect, that difference must not be ascribed to the ancient and exploded notion that God has endowed the mind of man with greater powers and capacities than that of woman; but to the kind of education which they receive, and the different circumstances in which they are placed in life. This notion is not only antiquated, but an anti-Christian notion, for it is only in heathen countries where it prevails.

Whoa. Women could be, equal to men? In 1844?? So cool!


Sassy Ladies from 1825

November 8, 2009 at 1:49 pm | Posted in Internet Sleuthiness | Leave a comment
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Last month I wrote about the amusing quotes I had come across while doing research, and today I’ve got one more to add, which might just be my favorite so far. This is a wedding announcement from a weekly magazine called The Ladies’ Museum from 1825:

“At Guyers, a Gentleman aged 86, without legs, has been married to a Lady aged 70, without arms. In this match the bride seems to have obtained ample security that her swain shall not run away from her, and the bridegroom as ample security not to be beaten with a broom-stick.”

How unabashedly Onion is that??

One more addition

October 24, 2009 at 12:37 pm | Posted in Internet Sleuthiness | Leave a comment
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Please add to the list of quotes-found-while-researching that cracked me up: from the diary of a 10 year old living in Atlanta in 1864,

“Sun. Oct. 16. We had some nice brains for breakfast…”

“You’re quite a nerd, Mr. President.”

October 20, 2009 at 5:16 pm | Posted in Internet Sleuthiness | Leave a comment
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I’m feeling particularly nerdy & easily amused these days, which probably has something to do with the fact that of late I’ve been doing three types of research, studying for the GRE, and watching “The West Wing” when daytime TV offerings are slim—hence the title of this post. First it was silly excitement over spotting a patient who displayed characteristics of Broca’s aphasia on “Grey’s Anatomy” last week (props, Communicative Disorders class!), and now I find myself giggling like a twelve-year-old boy over unintended double entendre in academic sources. In particular, the title of this article from an 1928 issue of the journal Africa:

“The Division of Work According to Sex in African Hoe Culture”

and this line from an 1847 piece of temperance fiction by T.S. Arthur called The Ruined Gamester:

“I had not yet been able to make up my mind how to act, when she shuddered, started, and raised up with a deep sigh, or rather moaning ejaculation.”

It’s not just this one sentence; I’ve read dozens of pieces by T.S. Arthur, and “ejaculated” seems to be his absolute favorite synonym for “said.”

Lolz. I am so prepubescent.

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