Engraving of the box in which Henry Box Brown escaped from slavery in Richmond, Va.
"The box that arrived in Philadelphia that day was the plain-looking sort typically used to transport dry goods. Continue reading “The box that concealed a man – a fugitive slave”
"I am convinced that anyone can be a great writer … if he can only … tell the naked truth about himself and other people. That, a little technique with words and the willingness to bare heart, soul and body are all it takes. But few people know the truth, and fewer have the artistic intent and perhaps ruthlessness to tell it."
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I don’t like a lot of optical illusions because they always seem one-dimensional to me, and I don’t mean that in the topological sense. Continue reading “Should I worry about this warped optical illusion?”
"My wife coming out of a magic show thinking people can do things they can’t is wrong…" – Penn Gillette
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Here’s a snap of Uncle Lennie. Where’s his glass of beer? Continue reading “Your sloppy Swedish uncle does a card trick”
During a Ranger’s hockey game on Valentine’s Day, the Gardenvision screen showed a woman rejecting a marriage proposal and walking out on her disheartened man. Continue reading “Your prank sucks and here’s why”
William Mumler’s famous image of Mary Todd Lincoln and her dead husband, Abraham. Continue reading “William Mumler, the first spirit photographer”
I love this quote by actress Julia Roberts:
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This Hexagenia Limbata,* with optional fishing hook attachment, is completely handmade
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