Tagged: 1899

Unlucky Friday 13th, 1899

Friday 13th today, and I started wondering how long this idea of an unlucky tradition had been around. It sounds ancient, and apparently does have medieval origins in that, at least, Fridays and the...

Spanking Machine, 1912

In the era of corporal punishment and children’s sore bottoms, the search was on for the invention of an effective spanking machine. American Professor of theoretical mechanics, Duff Andrew, invented one in 1912. The...