Dale M. Brumfield

Part 2 of 3: 1900–1936

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The hanging of Rainey Bethia in Owensboro, Kentucky, August, 1936. It was the last public execution in America. AP File photo.

Tom Horn, Nov. 20, 1903


Part 1 of 3: 1642–1899

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Thomas Granger, September 8, 1642


Is the song “Hokey-Pokey” really a parody of the Catholic Latin Mass?

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Americans doing the Hokey-Pokey on the beach in Australia, 1953. Wikimedia Commons.

“You put your right hand in,

You put your right hand out.

You put your right hand in,

And you shake it all about.

You do the Hokey-Pokey and you turn yourself around,

That’s what it’s all about.”


The Absolutely Horrifying Story Behind Kuru Laughing Sickness

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Kuru victims, early 1960s.


An anti-masturbation pamphlet became an international bestseller — maybe for unintended reasons

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1756 edition.


First successful ovarian surgery was potentially fatal to both patient and doctor

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18th-century medical school dissecting room.


Testicle theft a real problem in 1922 Chicago

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Joseph Wozniak, America’s first victim of live organ harvesting.


Bloody noses, cracked ribs, even death on early roller coasters

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The Flip-Flap, Coney Island, 1902


In 1910, a young immigrant girl lost her life due to a simple misunderstanding

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West entrance of the Blue Ridge tunnel, 1963.


Kenneth and Irene Dudley were truly the parents from Hell

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Dale M. Brumfield

Anti-death penalty advocate, cultural archaeologist, “American Grotesk” historyteller and author of 11 books. More at www.dalebrumfield.net.

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