The Ancient and Esoteric Order of the Jackalope

The Ancient and Esoteric Order of the Jackalope

"People & Places"

Why are these two things grouped together? You tell us.

Liminal Space

the mysterious fortress of Nan Madol

On Pohnpei, upon a stone altar, within the spaces... the legendary and factual story of Nan Madol.

The Spirit of the Runestone

Westward Huss

here a Viking, there a Viking, everywhere a Viking Viking

Would you believe there were Vikings in Washington, DC? Or West Virginia? Or Oklahoma? Or Hawaii? How about all of the above and none of the above?

The Kensington Runestone monument (larger than life-size)

Westward Huss

Minnesota Vikings can be found far beyond U.S. Bank Stadium

In which the vikings of Minnesota challenge the patriots of New England for the right to claim Vikings beat Columbus to the New World.

Dighton Rock

Westward Huss

in which America asks the question: whither Vinland?

For years, archaeologists have searched in vain for the location of Leif Eriksson's Vinland. They should have just asked the good people of New England.

Judge Joseph Force Crater

Judge Crater, Call Your Office

the missingest man in modern history

On August 6th, 1930 Judge Joseph Force Crater walked out of a New York City restaurant and was never seen again.

Dr. John Ballou Newbrough

Suffer Little Children

John Ballou Newbrough, Oahspe, and the Faithists of SHalam

In 1880, God dictated a new Bible to J.B. Newbrough, and then told him to move to New Mexico and open up the weirdest orphanage the world has ever seen.

The Garden of Allah, 1951.

The Garden of Oblivion

the Golden Age of Hollywood's own no-tell motel

From millionaire's mansion to sleazy hotel to Frank Gehry architectural abomination, the sordid history of the Sunset Strip's own Garden of Allah.

Miriam A. Ferguson (left) and Nellie Tayloe Ross (right)

Run the World

who really deserves the title of "America's first woman governor?"

Both Texas and Wyoming lay claim to America's first woman governor. But who really deserves the honor?

political cartoon showing John Alexander Dowie being run out of Chicago

Marching to Shibboleth

a sordid story of faith healing, financial fraud, flat Eartherism, and figs

Forty miles north of Chicago lies Zion, IL, a sleepy city with a sordid history of faith healing, financial fraud, flat Eartherism... and figs?