The Ancient and Esoteric Order of the Jackalope

Episodes

a portrait of James Buchanan Brady

He Could Eat It All

the glitter, glamor, and gluttony of Diamond Jim Brady (1856-1917)

In an age of excess, he was the most excessive one of all. This week, we look back at the life of legendary salesman and gourmand Diamond Jim Brady.

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?

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.

Ira Colver Sparks

The Prophet of the Pacific

from San Francisco to Honolulu to Bombay, first class all the way

Sometimes a journey of ten thousand miles starts with mailing yourself from San Francisco to Honolulu.

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...

Original Billy Watson and His Famous Beef-Trust Beauties in Krausmeyer's Alley

The Spirit of Capitalism Made Flesh

if you like 'em big, well, they don't get any bigger than this

A fun night out at the theater featuring ethnic jokes, slapstick violence, a sappy moral, three tons of feminine pulchritude, and a dead cat.

"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.

a small pile of pressed pennies

Pressing Matters

the only souvenir option that makes cents

It's the only souvenir option that makes cents - or rather, is made from cents. A brief history of the pressed penny, squished penny, or elongated coin!

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.