The Ancient and Esoteric Order of the Jackalope

"United Kingdom"

The history of the United Kingdom is full of all sorts of weird and wonderful stories. Here are a few.

illustration of Project Habakkuk

Wonder Marvelously

you will not believe, though it be told to you

Everyone always talks about Nazi super-weapons, but nobody talks about Allied super-weapons. So how about a British aircraft carrier made out of ice?

the Mitchell-Hedges Crystal Skull

Lost Legacy

the Mitchell-Hedges Crystal Skull of Doom

It is the embodiment of all evil? Can it kill with a thought? Can it unlock the secrets of the universe? Whatever it can do, it's the Skull of Doom!

John Cooke, "Piltdown Man", 1915

Dawson’s Creek

the curious story of Piltdown Man

In 1912 it was the greatest anthropological find of all time... until it was revealed to be an audacious hoax.

John Singer Sargent, "Sir Hugh Lane" (1906)

More Lovely and More Temperate

poor estate planning, a daring art theft, and a brief history of Anglo-Irish relations

In which two Irish art students commit a daring daylight museum heist with virtually no planning, and somehow get away consequence-free.

political cartoon showing John Alexander Dowie being run out of Chicago

Marching to Shibboleth

a sordid story of faith healing, financial fraud, flat Eartherism, and figs

Forty miles north of Chicago lies Zion, IL, a sleepy city with a sordid history of faith healing, financial fraud, flat Eartherism... and figs?

"Prince" Michael Keyfor Mills

Exceeding Great

that's Ezekiel 9:9 for those of you reading along at home

How many times will folks fall for the same old tricks? You might be surprised. The story of Prince Mike, King Ben, and the Houses of Israel and David.

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.

Ann O'Delia Diss Debar

Spirit Princess

one woman, thirty aliases, forty years and too many crimes to count

The greatest and most notorious Spiritualist swindler of all time was a woman from Kentucky who looked a bit like Lola Montez (if you squinted).

Zanzibar Town

Microaggression

victory in :30 or less, or your war is free

What happens when a tiny country tries to fight out of its weight class? Well, it might just be the shortest war in history...