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    Grave robbers. Medical students of McGill University.

    May 26th, 2012

    SOCIAL HISTORY: stories of life and times in Canada past

    No more $15 bodies shipped in
    pork barrels from New York

    The end of the four-year U.S. Civil War, in April, 1865, robbed the medical students at Montreal’s McGill University of a source of cadavers for their anatomical studies. During at least the later part of the war, bodies were reportedly purchased in New York for $15 each, and shipped in pork barrels. The end of the war brought a revival in body snatching. Read the rest of this entry »

    Buffalo Bill and Sitting Bull Play Cowboys and Indians in Toronto Wild West show

    May 19th, 2012

    SOCIAL HISTORY CLIPPINGS: stories of life and times in Canada past

    Chief of The Sioux Who “Massacred” Custer and His Men at The Battle of The Little Big Horn is Seen as a Tragic Hero

    Sitting Bull and William F. Cody (Buffalo Bill), Montreal, 1885.

    For three days in August 1885, Buffalo Bill and Chief Sitting Bull played cowboys and Indians at Toronto’s Woodbine park and racetrack in what was said by the Globe to be the biggest, wildest, most exciting outdoor show the city had ever seen. Read the rest of this entry »

    Holy war on killer booze

    May 12th, 2012

    SOCIAL HISTORY: stories of life and times in Canada past

    Curbed by a holy war waged by temperance advocates and teetotalers, Canada’s nineteenth century booze epidemic peaked in the 1820s and 1830s. Hundreds of temperance societies sprang up within a few years. Read the rest of this entry »

    How to succeed in business

    May 11th, 2012

    Being an entrepreneur is a state of mind. If you’re going to be an entrepreneur, my thesis is that you have to sacrifice everything for Read the rest of this entry »

    Children drank whisky for breakfast in pioneer days

    May 5th, 2012

    SOCIAL HISTORY: stories of life and times in Canada past

    For more than a century-and-a-half, Europeans had been killing North America’s Indians by giving them firewater—whisky, brandy, rum, port, sherry—in exchange for furs. Now, in the first decades of the nineteenth century, Canada’s pioneer settlers were killing themselves with their own medicine. Read the rest of this entry »

    Why metric system measures the world—except U.S.

    May 5th, 2012

    In June 1792 — in the dying days of the French monarchy, as the world began to revolve around a new promise of revolutionary equality — two astronomers set out in opposite directions on an extraordinary quest. Their hope was that all the world’s people would henceforth use the globe as their common standard of measure. Read the rest of this entry »

    Chinese idiots and the fight for democracy

    May 3rd, 2012

    Beatings, torture and repeated jail terms did nothing to dissuade Chinese activist Wei Jingsheng (1950- ) from his staunch advocacy of democracy and scathing attacks on Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping, calling him an “idiot,” in letters written from his prison cell. Read the rest of this entry »

    Sweet revenge, Grandma’s delight

    May 2nd, 2012

    Bailey, a 19-year-old male reader of a woman’s erotic magazine, tricks a Lothario, to the delight of grandma. Read the rest of this entry »

    The pain of exclusion

    May 1st, 2012

    Rejection can cause people to become more aggressive and dramatically lower IQ scores, according to researchers at Case Western University in Ohio. Read the rest of this entry »