Curiosities Collection

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A French Charlatan

At his martial appearance all the guests rose, with respect; they felt assured that it must be a lieutenant-general, or a major-general at least.

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A Mine of Frogs

There are several accounts in natural history of toads being found in the hearts of trees, and in solid rocks, wholly enclosed and shut up from the air and all appearance of food, and being taken alive out of such situations.

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A Sailor’s Wish

Allowing these ships to range side by side, only thirty feet being admitted to each, they would reach about 70,429 miles, and form three complete bridges round the world.

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An Egg of Eggs

On opening this second egg we therein discovered a third, enveloped as the former; of a firm texture, of the natural or common shape

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Blash de Manfre, the Water Spouter

Blash de Manfre rendered himself famous for drinking water in large quantities and discharging it from his stomach converted into various sorts of wine, simple waters, beer, oil and milk.

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King of India’s Library

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Unfortunately, Dabshelim, during this process of melting down his library, grew old, and saw no probability of living long enough to exhaust its quintessence to the last volume.

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Marriott the Glutton

Marriott was a lawyer who piqued himself on the brutal qualification of a voracious appetite, and a powerful digestive faculty.

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Moll Cut Purse

She was a participator in most of the crimes and wild frolics of her time; and was notorious as a fortune-teller, a pickpocket, and a receiver of stolen goods.

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Phebe Brown

She can lift one hundred weight in each hand, and carry fourteen score; can sew, knit, cook, and spin, but hates them all, and every accompaniment to the female character, that of modesty excepted.

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Singular Recovery of a Female Unjustly Executed

The judges had no suspicion of the depravity of the accuser, whose station was respectable, and they administered the law in all its rigour; a rigour undoubtedly excessive.

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The Family Elm

The interior of this tree is paved with bricks, and in other respects made comfortable for its temporary occupants.

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Wybrand Lolkes, the Dutch Dwarf

His trade of a watch-maker however failing, Wybrand Lolkes came to the resolution of exhibiting his person publicly as a show; and by attending the several Dutch fairs obtained a handsome competency.

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