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1831: A Loud Noise in the Heavens

Nat Turner’s bible (source) And on the 12th of May, 1828, I heard a loud noise in the heavens, and the Spirit instantly appeared to me and said the Serpent was loosened, and Christ had laid down the yoke he … Continue reading

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1891: The Young Woman in Dress and Appearance Corresponded with the Visitor of the Dream

When living in Glasgow we had a neighbour, the Rev. Donald McKinnon, who resided in a villa next to ours, with whom we were on very friendly terms. His wife had been dead some time, and the old gentleman kept … Continue reading

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1836: These Abhorred Vermin Seemed to Become my Friends

We report [the following] on the authority of a letter of Joseph Purdew, an observer, equally exact and judicious. “This morning,” he says, “while reading in bed, I was suddenly interrupted by a noise similar to that made by rats, … Continue reading

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1918: Mysterious Island

N. C. Wyeth: Endpapers for a 1918 edition of Jules Verne’s Mysterious Island (1874). The book, a sequel to Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, recounts the adventures of five Union soldiers who escape their Confederate captors in a hot … Continue reading

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1726: Definition

THUNDER: a Noise known by Persons not Deaf. —Nathan Bailey: An universal etymological English dictionary, comprehending the derivations of the generality of words in the English tongue (1726)

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1933: The Very Ideology to which it Owes its Origin

Wilhelm Reich on the connections among repression, sexual guilt (indoctrinated into children and adolescents through the family), patriarchy, capitalism, fascism, violent religious fanaticism, the construction of the other, and imperialism: The patriarchal authoritarian sexual order…becomes the primary basis of authoritarian … Continue reading

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1920: Nazi Assholes

Hitler’s doodles for the Nazi symbol. Readers of Kurt Vonnegut will recognize the one on the bottom left as just a picture of an asshole: Sources: “Sketch of Hitler’s from 1920 with the remark: ‘The holy signs of the Germans. … Continue reading

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