The Ancient and Esoteric Order of the Jackalope

"Philadelphia, PA"

The cradle of American liberty, and also the same place where Eagles fans threw batteries at Santa Claus. What can we say? Philadelphia is large, it contains multitudes.

a Currier and Ives print of the 1844 Peacemaker explosion

Peacemaker

tear your world apart once the magic starts

This week we've got all the hot Peacemaker spoilers you've been craving! Assuming you don't mean the John Cena show.

Tome logo

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.

Connie Mack Stadium

The Graveyard of Baseball

October 1, 1970 was a day that would live in infamy

It was supposed to be a celebration of sixty years of baseball... and instead, well, Philadelphia fans did what Philadelphia fans do best.

Ed Delahanty baseball card

Triple Jumper

the mysterious death of baseball superstar Ed Delahanty (1867-1903)

On July 2, 1903 Washington Senators outfielder Ed Delahanty walked out of the team's hotel in Detroit and disappeared.

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.

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?

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.