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Charles Dickens once said “The law is a ass.” We once said that he used the wrong indefinite article in that sentence.

political cartoon about Nap Lajoie

French Leave

a baseball superstar, an irate owner, and a clever workaround

In 1902 baseball player Nap Lajoie was prohibited by law from entering the state of Pennsylvania. How did this weird state of affairs come to p? Read More...

Categories: Series 4, Sports & Leisure

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Laura Biggar cigarette card

Pleadings from Asbury Park

a fake marriage, a dead baby, and 21 absinthe frappes

The amazing story of Laura Biggar, the Anna Nicole Smith of 1901, and her crazy plot to steal an inheritance that may or may not have been rightfully hers. Read More...

Categories: Biography, History, Hoaxes, Frauds & Forgeries, Series 4

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Old Economy historical marker

That No Man Take Thy Crown

the rise and fall of the Harmony Society (1803-1905), the richest communists in the world [Part 2]

The Harmony Society managed to survive the death of its founder, but could it survive the twin ravages of time and greed? Read More...

Categories: Eccentrics & Prophecies, History, Series 2

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Harmonist Cemetery gate

Hold Fast What Thou Hast

the rise and fall of the Harmony Society (1803-1905), the richest communists in the world [Part 1]

An unusual cemetery leads us to the story of the Harmony Society (1803-1905), the richest communists in the world, and the saga of their rise and fall. Read More...

Categories: Eccentrics & Prophecies, History, Series 2

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