The Ancient and Esoteric Order of the Jackalope

"Pittsburgh, PA"

Steel City USA doesn’t make a lot of steel these days, but it’s got a few hundred years of strange history that might just surprise you.

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...

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.

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.

Curtiss Candy Company invoice

Death from Above by Chocolate

sometimes a story seems too good to be true because it is

In 1923, a plane flew over downtown Pittsburgh, dropped Baby Ruth candy bars on the crowd below, and caused widespread panic... or did it?

Johnny Dickshot

The Ugliest Man in Baseball

big, rugged, and in his way, beautiful

He may have had the best worst nickname in baseball, but "Ugly" Johnny Dickshot was more than just a pretty face. He was also a character.