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Topics in Chronicling America - Curious Cases

From time to time, resoundingly peculiar stories sprout up in the newspapers, spanning from a man’s heart shifting positions to a woman’s inability to get off the subway train. To this day, these anomalies have received no veritable explanation. Read more about them!

The information and sample article links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in the Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers digital collection ( Use the Suggested Search Terms and Dates to explore this topic further in Chronicling America.


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Important Dates:

  • July 11, 1899: Two chickens from the same egg are born.
  • September 9, 1900: A mans heart changes its position.
  • January 20, 1907: A young woman suffers from inability to get off the ”L” or subway trains at the particular station she desires
  • April 3, 1910: The prize winner was able to show that her hair was seventy-seven inches in length

Suggested Search Terms:

  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.]
  • Curious cases of, Queer, Peculiar, Oddities, Odd, Strange

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