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Toplessness - the One Victorian Taboo That Won't Go Away
Offbeat  (tags: Victorian, Sexual fidelity, Topless, Women, Victorian taboo )

Ray
- 9 days ago - bbc.co.uk
Current taboos against female toplessness date from the 19th Century. Is it ever likely to change, asks the novelist Sara Sheridan.
Victorian Strangeness: The Ship Taken Over By Animals
Offbeat  (tags: Victorian, Strangeness, Animals, Ships, British, America )

Ray
- 198 days ago - bbc.co.uk
Take one ship. Add a consignment of ferocious beasts in flimsy containers. Send it in to a stormy ocean and stand well back. Author Jeremy Clay tells the extraordinary story of horror on the high seas.
Inconvenient People: A Victorian View of Mental-Health Treatment
Offbeat  (tags: Mental health, asylums, Inconvenient people, Victorian, UK )

Ray
- 210 days ago - bbc.co.uk
In Victorian times, some people considered mad were confined to asylums, often for many years, Author Sarah Wise was watching the play Gas Light when she came up with the idea for her book, Inconvenient People.
Victorian Strangeness: The 3,000-Mile Drunken Escapade
Offbeat  (tags: Drink, Victorian, drunken escapade, Victorian strangeness )

Ray
- 212 days ago - bbc.co.uk
Binge drinking is in decline, according to new research. It was recognised as a problem in Victorian times, as is demonstrated by the 1878 case of a man who drank himself all the way from London to Ohio without noticing, writes Jeremy Clay.
Victorian Strangeness: The Death of a Curious Monkey
Offbeat  (tags: bizarre, animals, monkeys, Victorian, UK )

Ray
- 234 days ago - bbc.co.uk
There are many reasons why animal experts might consider it unsuitable to keep a primate as a pet, but an episode from the 19th Century provides a particularly bizarre warning, writes Jeremy Clay.
Victorian Photographer Harry Whittier Frees Pioneered Lolcats a Century Ago
Offbeat  (tags: cute photos, cats, 1914, Victorian )

Giana
- 349 days ago - telegraph.co.uk
These hilarious photographs, believed to date back to 1914, are the original cat memes - or 'LOLcats' - a term first recorded in 2006 to define an image created by combining a humorous shot of a cat with amusing text above or below.
   

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