The Ancient and Esoteric Order of the Jackalope

The Ancient and Esoteric Order of the Jackalope

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Rondo Hatton

Monster without a Mask

the life and times of Rondo Hatton (1894-1946)

They called the Glutton of Glands, the Monster without Makeup, the Brute, the Creeper. You can call him anything you want, but his friends called him Rondo.

Zanzibar Town


victory in :30 or less, or your war is free

What happens when a tiny country tries to fight out of its weight class? Well, it might just be the shortest war in history...

Johnny Dickshot

The Ugliest Man in Baseball

big, rugged, and in his way, beautiful

He may have had the best worst nickname in baseball, but "Ugly" Johnny Dickshot was more than just a pretty face. He was also a character.

gravestone of Charles Vernon Gridley

Lakeside Cemetery

Continuing our tour of Gridley-related sites, how about some photos from our recent trip to visit his grave in Lakeside Cemetery, Erie, PA?

Gridley Park plaque

Gridley Park

To preserve the memory of Charles Vernon Gridley the people of Erie, PA erected an enormous shaft. Hey, their words, not ours.

Charles Vernon Gridley

He Fired When Ready

the Spanish-American war's forgotten hero

He was one of the most celebrated war heroes of his day, and almost totally forgotten today. We explore the life of Charles Vernon Gridley (1844-1898).


The Jackalope

lopegigrus lepusalopus ineptus

Douglas Herrick invented the jackalope in 1932 by "enhancing" a mounted rabbit with a set of deer antlers. It's a nice story, but is it true?

Strange Stories, Amazing Facts

Strange Stories, Amazing Facts

never underestimate the power of a good book

A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step... and sometimes with a book pilfered from grandma's house. Or maybe Aunt Paula's house.

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Quicquid Minime Sciunt, Optime Scire

That which is least known is best to know

There are known knowns, known unknowns and unknown unknowns. But there are also unknown knowns. Join us on our quest to rediscover them.