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December 18th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Could You Survive a Victorian Slum? – For a new living history series, the BBC is looking for families and individuals to live as poor people in 1870s London would have done. (via WitchArachne)

Boris the Christmas Tarantula – Heartwarming tale about a Christmas-loving giant tarantula who journeys to the North Pole in hopes of finding a place to belong.

Happy Birthday, There’s a Corpse in Your Cake! – A look at Victorian “Frozen Charlotte” dolls. (I have a minor quibble with the author’s suggestion that the tradition of baking miniature dolls into cakes originated with these; the custom is a lot older, so these particular dolls were probably used during this time period because they happened to be readily available and cheap.) (Hat tip to Jes)

Yuletide Snake Advisory – Some species are more active at this time of year. Beware!

Classical Depravity – Atlas Obscura’s “guide to the perverted past.” You gotta admire the dedication of some sculptor who spent hundreds of hours carefully carving a statue of a satyr fucking a goat. NSFW (duh).

Haunted Beauty Zombie Bride Barbie – I’m rather miffed that I was unaware of the “Haunted Beauty” line of Barbies. This is the fourth in the series, following Mistress of the Manor, Vampire, and Ghost.

DiCaprio to Play H.H. Holmes – Martin Scorsese is filming a biopic of “America’s First Serial Killer,” which will star Leonardo DiCaprio.

Cthulhian Font – A TrueType font of Lovecraftian characters. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Neil Gaiman Reads A Christmas Carol – Everything is better with the addition of Gaiman, including Charles Dickens.

Wine Coffin – Instructions for making a gift “coffin” for a bottle of wine. If you don’t want to mess around with a miter saw, you could use thick cardboard and duct tape, then cover the whole thing in pretty wrapping paper to hide the seams.

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6 Responses

  1. Mim Says:

    Hmm. The Beeb did a programme with celebrities living Victorian-style, so I wonder if the new show is a spinoff from that.

  2. cookie Says:

    1. Survive a Victorian Slum? Except for being better dressed we’re all almost there. ( maybe good for a few tips though…).

    Boris the Tarantula: Isn’t that the story where the spider, unaware of the extreme cold climate loses 7 of his legs to frostbite and now twirls miserably in a circle begging for flies?

    Cake corpse; Charlotte was an object lesson to dress warmly in winter ( see above )but baking her image into a cake was a lesson in maintaining good dental hygiene, also to be cautious of whom you trust.

    Snakes; What Krampus leaves in your stocking on Christmas eve.

    Goat; Depraved only because he was related.

    Barbie; Nothing could be as bad as those big-eyed crack whore looking dolls.
    ….no, it was not a good day at work today. Merry Christmas to all.

  3. Devries Says:

    You probably did not know about the Barbies because of their price. As far as surviving a Victorian slum, I survived the burning down of one.

  4. Devries Says:

    II do believe HH Holmes is responsable for one of the Double Ripper killings because the time line doesn’t fit the ability for one man to commit both murders in the space of time that they occured. Although Holmes was concidered a suspect as Jack The Ripper, He had an alabie and I do not feel he was Jack.

  5. Devries Says:

    Wasn’t Borris the story of a spider who after finding true love, was then eaten?

  6. cookie Says:

    Dear Devries;
    Mr. Holmes, a native son of the Granite State, except for a very short sojourn in Canada, never left the shores of dear old USA and ALL his time was well accounted for. The majority of his murders, all tidy and efficient, were for monetary gain and were committed during the Chicago Worlds Fair of 1892. When he went on the lam his last two victims were children whom he used to buy time to escape. Around here he is more popular than Robert Frost; NH is a wonderful place to live!

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