The Ancient and Esoteric Order of the Jackalope

"civil law"

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

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Errata #2

in which we own up to some more mistakes

Errata for The Hot House; French Leave; The Icelander; "I'm the Naughty Boy"; What-Is-It?; Moron or Madman?; Suffer Little Children; and more.

Categories: Bonus Episodes, Errata

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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 pass?

Categories: Series 4, Sports & Leisure

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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?

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.

Categories: Eccentrics & Prophecies, History, Series 2

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Bird in Space

The Brouhaha

when abstract art when on trial

Is Constantin Brâncuși's "Bird in Space" a masterpiece, or just a hunk of polished bronze? Incredibly, this turned out to be a question for the courts!

Categories: Arts & Culture, Series 1

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