An official portrait has been commissioned by every single person who has served as President of the United States. They serve to remind generation after generation of those that have been elected to that office. Some are great, some are so-so, and others are just downright awful. My personal vote for the worst presidential portrait is that of Andrew Jackson, but you are welcome to disagree.
I’m sure that you’ve heard the common misconception that lemmings commit mass suicide. Well, a similar type event happened on July 22, 1966 to a flock of sheep in Bourg St. Maurice, France. Continue Reading
A monkey was spotted in a tree behind the Miami Beach, Florida home of Selma and Ben Grenald on December 5, 1951. The police were called and Patrolman John Ward was dispatched to the couple’s home. Continue Reading
One of my favorites stories of all time is that of Mike the Headless Chicken, which I wrote about in my first book Einstein’s Refrigerator. It turns out that Headless Mike was not alone. Continue Reading
The drowning of Brockport, NY resident Maxwell Breeze in the Erie Canal back in 1936 was the basis for one of the most unusual death penalty cases ever. Find out who was placed on trial, the decision handed down by the court, and what happened to the accused murderer in the end.
Mary S. McDowell started working for the New York City school system on January 29, 1905 and was considered by all to be a great teacher. She taught Latin, English, and patriotism at the Manual Training School in Brooklyn and everything seemed to be going great until the outbreak of World War I.
On November 29, 1911, the New York City Board of Education barred four young teachers from the classroom because their young children had caused them to be absent from school far too many times.
Check out this headline from the November 18th, 1906 issue of the Hammond Lake County Times: “Miss M’Graw Pays Penalty: Teacher Who Is Too Attractive Dropped by Board of Education.”
In the past, teachers could be fired some of the craziest reasons such as wearing turtleneck sweaters, pantsuits, not going to church, or smoking a cigarette at home. Check out this story to learn about one of the more unusual ways a teacher could be denied a teaching license.
The last two posts offered early criticism of Elvis and The Beatles. It would be just too easy to pick on this next group: The Bee Gees. Instead, here is a story about a death threat against the group:
A syndicated column by John Crosby that appeared in the press on June 18th of 1956 titled “Performer’s Gyrations May Doom Rock ‘n Roll.” Of course, he was talking about Elvis Presley. And Crosby truly hated him. Continue Reading
The Salem Trade School had the worst high school football team in the Boston region back in the 1920’s. Any team that played against them was almost guaranteed to win. The Salem Trade team had a big secret and they somehow managed to keep it under wraps for six years.
Herbert and Irene Ball of Long Beach, California had been driving through Lynwood on Christmas Eve of 1963. Their car was wrecked in an accident and all of their groceries and Christmas gifts were scattered all over the street.