Monthly Archives: July 2015

Epic Rap Battle Video! Al Capone Versus…?

Hey everybody! I’m going on vacation this week, so I thought I’d give you all something fun to watch instead of something to read. Ever seen Epic Rap Battles of History? If you’re not familiar with them, they’re a series … Continue reading

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The Love/Hate Challenge: 10 Things I Love and Hate About Historical Research

  Last week, I was asked by my awesome blogging friend Jazzfeathers to participate in a blogging challenge: the Love/Hate Challenge. The only thing you have to do is write ten things you love, then ten things you hate. She … Continue reading

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C is for Cocktail: It’s National Daiquiri Day! :D

  Guess what, everyone? July 19th is National Daiquiri Day! So, naturally, today we’re going to talk about the daiquiri. First off, let’s clear something up right away: when I’m talking about daiquiris here, I’m not talking about those frozen, brightly-colored … Continue reading

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Chicago’s Very Own Ponzi: Review of Dean Jobb’s “Empire of Deception” (June 2015)

When most people think of con men, the first name that comes to mind is Charles Ponzi. Widely known as the man who gave his name to the classic pyramid scheme, Ponzi raked in roughly $20 million (equal to roughly … Continue reading

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“Do not squint”: How to Act in Silent Films, Circa 1910

“The sooner the stage people who have come into pictures get out, the better for the pictures.” —Marshall Neilan ~*~ As anyone who’s ever watched one knows, silent films contain a very distinctive kind of acting.  This is because they … Continue reading

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