To Prevent Burial Alive & How lace curtains helped win World War II Plus More

How lace curtains helped win World War II

The story goes that, during the Battle of the Bulge, in the winter of 1944, Sgt. William Furia (shown) decorated his helmet with some lace curtains that he found in an abandoned home. He did it as a joke, but then he and his fellow soldiers realized the lace made excellent camouflage in the snow. So the practice of decorating helmets with lace curtains became widespread. And thus camouflaged, the Allied soldiers were able to beat back the German offensive. Which is how lace curtains became America’s secret weapon that allowed it to win the war.

Windsor Daily Star, Feb 9, 1945

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Jan 18, 2012 | Number of Comments: 5
Category: Fashion, Headgear, Military

To Prevent Burial Alive

Source: The Western Gazette (Apr 15, 1905)



“Pray come immediately: Miss Cobbe seriously ill.” A telegraph form bearing this message and addressed to Dr. Walter R. Hadwen, of Gloucester, was always kept upon the desk of the late Miss Frances Power Cobbe.
Miss Cobbe had a dread of being buried alive, and Dr. Hadwen, who arrived after she had passed away, superintended the carrying out of the solemn charge laid upon her medical attendant in her last will and testament.
This charge was “To perform on my body the operation of completely severing the arteries of the neck and windpipe so as to render any revival in the grave absolutely impossible.”

Here’s the wikipedia entry about the woman in question, though it doesn’t mention her postmortem request.


Mathilda the Bottled Hen

Mathilda, a white leghorn chicken, was pushed into a five-gallon glass jug by her owner, Henry Willis, minutes after she emerged from her shell. She then grew into an adult chicken in the bottle, and became known as Mathilda the Bottled Hen of Denver. This was back in 1936.

Willis said he bottled her as part of an experiment to control her diet, though many scientists said they couldn’t see any value in such an experiment. Animal rights activists were outraged and pushed the state bureau of child and animal protection to intervene. But ultimately the state authorities didn’t do anything because, according to the DA Earl Wettengil, “this appears to be a scientific investigation which justifies the facts.”

So as far as I know, Mathilda remained bottled for her entire life.


The Evening Independent – Feb 28, 1936

Putting hens in bottles must have become a bit of a fad, because I found a picture of a second hen bottled a year after Mathilda.


Carroll Daily Herald (Carroll, Iowa) – Mar 7, 1936.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Aug 08, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Animals, 1930’s

Who owns the selfie?

1) Some monkey took a ‘selfie’ with a professional photographer’s equipment.

2) Wikipedia used the image.

3) The photographer claimed copyright & brought a £10,000 suit.

Where do you stand on this? Who has the rights to the image?

Posted By: Expat47 | Date: Thu Aug 07, 2014 | Comments (12)
Category: Animals, Photography and Photographers, Lawsuits

Name That List, #25

What is this a list of? The answer is below in extended.

  • Kicked in the head by a horse
  • Imaginary female trouble
  • Laziness
  • Masturbation for 30 years
  • Novel reading
  • Over study of religion
  • Bad whiskey
  • Deranged masturbation
  • Egotism
  • Fighting fire
  • Vicious vices
  • Snuff eating for 2 years
  • Gathering in the head
  • Hard study

Answer: Reasons for admission to West Virginia’s Hospital for the Insane in the late 1800s. via Dangerous Minds

The full list:

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Aug 07, 2014 | Number of Comments: 13
Category: Name That List

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