The Ancient and Esoteric Order of the Jackalope

"Pennsylvania"

The Keystone State! The birthplace of American freedom! And more importantly, the state where we’re headquartered!

The Kalmar Nyckel

Nya Sverige

What if you started a colony and nobody came?

What would happen if you started a colony in the New World and then just kind of forgot about it for a few decades?

The Battle of Wyoming

The War Between the States

the history of the Yankee-Pennamite Wars (1768-1813)

Did you know that Connecticut and Pennsylvania went to war multiple times over the area that's now scranton? Learn all about the Yankee-Pennamite Wars!

strange tracks in the snow

What-Is-It?

there's an animal roaming round the town that is certainly gaining great renown

For one week in January 1909, the Jersey Devil walked among us. Maybe.

Burchianti Gang is sought in dynamating, robbery of pay armored auto at Coverdale

The Terror of Gillikin Country

they terrorized the rust belt for years, and the cops were none the wiser

For years the Monongahela Valley was terrorized by the Torso Burchianti Gang. Except maybe that gang wasn't quite as fearsome as the cops thought...

the Rehmeyer House in Hex Hollow

Bound in Mystery and Shadow

thou shall not suffer a witch to live

In 1929 it was a sensation, "the most notorious witchcraft trial since Salem." Today it's all but forgotten. Let's talk about the York County Hex Murder.

Thorfinn Karlsefni (1915-1918) by Einar Jónsson

The Icelander

a tale of public art, politics, and racism

Why, exactly, was there a statue of a Viking explorer in Philadelphia? And why isn't it there now?

Simon Girty chewing gum card

He Whooped to See Them Burn

Simon Girty (1741-1818) -- renegade and traitor, or man of principle?

Was "white savage" Simon Girty (1741-1818) a renegade and traitor, or a man of principle? We reexamine his history and try to figure out what made him tick.

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?

Mrs. Dicranouhi Kabakjian cooks radium in the basement of 105 East Stratford Avenue

The Hot House

refining radium in the home, for fun and profit

Lots of people have dabbled with strange home businesses -- but only one of them set up a radium refining facility in the basement of his suburban duplex.