Lapham's Quarterly
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The stupidest book in the world is a book of jokes, and the stupidest man in the world is one who surrenders himself to the single purpose of making men laugh.
"I knew she was oversize, but she now appeared a fair match for Falstaff. I knew she was called an “old maid,” and I felt no doubt of the truth of at least half of the appellation, but now, when I beheld her, I could not for my life avoid thinking of my mother; and this, not from withered features—for her skin was too full of fat to permit of its contracting into wrinkles—but from her want of teeth, weather-beaten appearance in general, and from a kind of notion that ran in my head that nothing could have commenced at the size of infancy and reached her present bulk in less than thirty five or forty years."
Abraham Lincoln goes on a blind date; is kind of a jerk about it.

"I knew she was oversize, but she now appeared a fair match for Falstaff. I knew she was called an “old maid,” and I felt no doubt of the truth of at least half of the appellation, but now, when I beheld her, I could not for my life avoid thinking of my mother; and this, not from withered features—for her skin was too full of fat to permit of its contracting into wrinkles—but from her want of teeth, weather-beaten appearance in general, and from a kind of notion that ran in my head that nothing could have commenced at the size of infancy and reached her present bulk in less than thirty five or forty years."

Abraham Lincoln goes on a blind date; is kind of a jerk about it.

Are you afraid of clowns? We are.
Split Personalities, an essay by Andrew McConnell Stott from the new issue of Lapham’s Quarterly, might make you feel better about them (we’re more sympathetic but still a little suspicious)!
Read it here.

Are you afraid of clowns? We are.

Split Personalities, an essay by Andrew McConnell Stott from the new issue of Lapham’s Quarterly, might make you feel better about them (we’re more sympathetic but still a little suspicious)!

Read it here.

Jesters do oft prove prophets—William Shakespeare.

Jesters do oft prove prophetsWilliam Shakespeare.

"A stock operator has to fight a lot expensive enemies within himself."
—Edwin Lefèvre, from Reminiscences of a Stock Operator (1923)

"A stock operator has to fight a lot expensive enemies within himself."

Edwin Lefèvre, from Reminiscences of a Stock Operator (1923)

DEJA VU: Taking Office
2014: Let’s make New York a shining city on a hill, says new mayor Bill de Blasio!
1905: Let’s build more parks for the people and also line our pockets a little bit, says Tammany Hall!

DEJA VU: Taking Office

2014: Let’s make New York a shining city on a hill, says new mayor Bill de Blasio!

1905: Let’s build more parks for the people and also line our pockets a little bit, says Tammany Hall!

obitoftheday:

Obit of the Day: Most Popular Posts of 2013

For the third consecutive year, I’m happy to present the most popular posts from Obit of the Day for 2013. As usual this endeavor was made easier with the help of Best of Tumblr, a nice little tool. So without further ado here the top ten posts of 2013, in no particular order:

Hans Massaquoi  - Author of Growing Up Black in Nazi Germany

Nadhezda Popova - Member of the Soviet Union’s “Night Witch” air regiment

Barbara Park  - Author of the Junie B. Jones children’s book series

"Pepper" Paire Davis - Catching great in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League

Ewald-Heinrich von Kleist - Last surviving member of the plot to assassinate Hitler

Cal Whipple - Photographer who took the first picture of dead American soldiers to be published during WWII

Paul Adams - Member of the Tuskegee Airman and school principal in Nebraska

Sophie Kunys - The stolen base queen of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League

Parveen Rehman - Pakistani social activist who was assassinated

Senji Yamaguchi (bottom) - Survivor of the Nagasaki atomic bomb explosion and nuclear disarmament activist

For more awe-inspiring lives from this and previous years, checkout my topic pages (www.obitoftheday.com) or the Obit of the Day Archive.

You can also catch the highlights:

Most Popular Posts of 2012

Most Popular Posts of 2011

Thanks to all my followers and readers for helping to make Obit of the Day the most popular* obituary site on tumblr. 

* Could probably use “only” but I’m sticking with it.

The stupidest book in the world is a book of jokes, and the stupidest man in the world is one who surrenders himself to the single purpose of making men laugh.

A Prohibition Plea

Dear Sir,

My husband is in the habit of buying a quart of whiskey every other day from a Chinese bootlegger named Chin Waugh living at 317 Sixteenth near Alder Street.

We need this money for household expenses. Will you please have his place raided? He keeps a supply planted in the garden and a smaller quantity under the back steps for quick delivery. If you make the raid at nine thirty any morning you will be sure to get the goods, and Chin also, as he leaves the house at ten o’clock and may clean up before he goes.

Thanking you in advance.

I remain
Yours truly,

Mrs. Hillyer 

For more from the Time We’d Rather Forget (also known as Prohibition, the repeal of which we’re celebrating today), skip back a few month to Intoxication, the Winter ‘12 issue of Lapham’s Quarterly.

Retracted

"In the editorial about President Abraham Lincoln’s speech delivered Nov. 19, 1863, in Gettysburg, the Patriot & Union failed to recognize its momentous importance, timeless eloquence, and lasting significance. The Patriot-News regrets the error."


The reviews for Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg address weren’t so hot. 150 years later, the Harrisburg Patriot & Union wants to set the record straight.

(we approve)