marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

tidbits cross time

Conductors on early trolleys worked such long shifts that they would court by having the young woman in question take the trip with them.

At times, the lower classes in England were forbidden to own sight hounds for coursing. That they worked very well for poachers helped induce evasion of the law.

Once during the Russian Revolution a gang of men broke into a Countess's dinner party. She and the guests fled. The men proceeded to sit down and demand the servants feed them the feast.

During the Golden Age of Piracy, very few pirates were married. Pirates even asked whether men were married before they pressed them.

Blast furnaces could not be allowed to cool down, or they might break. Banking them might keep them warm enough, but still burned fuel, so they were run all night. Some were run without break from installation to decommissioning.

At the ancient oracle at Dorona, one presented one's question to the sacred oak on a thin lead tablet. The priests then interpreted the rustling of leaves for the answer.

Lady Jane Grey was named for her godmother, Jane Seymour, who had just become Henry VIII's third wife.

At Mary Bonney and Anne Read's trial, the difference from the men's trial a couple days earlier was producing more witnesses who would swear that they saw the women in the thick of things,

Exporiation ran so rampant in the early Russian Revolution that it turned into crimes such as car-jacking. Lenin lost the car of the Tsar's he had been using that way, an armed gang just leaving him in the street.

Ptolemy I had his dead wife and sister, Arsinoe II, deified. Goats, whether male or female, were not permitted as sacrifices, and the altars to her were to be built of sand.

Medieval medical advice included not eating acorns and wild greens -- as if anyone ever ate them except in desperation and famine -- and avoiding alcohol and salty foods

Coronations were seriously downplayed and belittled in Elizabethean England, to emphasis that it was solely by blood and that the new monarch ascended the moment the old one died.

During the Russo-Japanese war, the Russians thought their use of a differing gauge of train track would keep the Japanese from using theirs. The Japanese wrenched up the rail, shifted it over, and nailed it down to use. And then they sawed off the ties to the shorter length, so that the Russians could not readjust it to their gauge without new ties.

One early piece of theater in New England was a showing of Othello that called it, not a play, but a series of moral dialogues, and virtuously promised to end at 10 so that everyone could reflect on what they had seen before bed.

Just before the Russian Revolution, some noble houses had the sheets changed every day, the family coat of arms woven into the table napkins, and towels changed as fast as they were used. More beleagured houses might have golden utisles worn as thin as maple leaves.

A number of pirate from the Golden Age of Piracy suffered nasty shipwreaks, killing all those onboard, or been stranded, and rescued only to hang. (If you really wanted buried treasure, have the survivors hide it after shipwreak in hopes they would go unnoticed.)

Edward VI's coronation was shortened by hours in view of his youth, though he never faltered under the heavy robes of ermine, they didn't push their luck.

Delphi has many inscriptions of manumissions, which were apparently carried out by the owner selling the slave to Apollo, and the slave buying his freedom from the god.

A 19th century writer, talking about how good little children went to bed, told them that the night bird -- the owl -- had a rather dubious reputation in birdland, its vaunted wisdom being in reality mostly knowledge of things that good little birds did not know because they had closed their eyes against it.

Colonial New England had many reports of witchcraft: a massive storm when a witch was executed, that knocked down many trees; a shallop at sea, crewed only by women, or a ship with a great red horse; and a witch appearing in a boat far at sea, whereupon one mariner cracked her skull with an axe, and she died on land.

One woman, having a guide who would take her to the White Army during the Russian Revolution, suddenly missed her husband's wedding ring. The guide told her to leave without it. She insisted and after a search, she and her sons found it in a bundle they had already searched. The guide tried to tell them it was too late, after dawn, but she insisted, and the woman led them. They came to a Cossack village without a soul; the Bolshevists had just that morning destroyed them all, and they would have been count if they had left on time.
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