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[Information for this item: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2006688915 To the best of my knowledge, this is in the public domain. If I am in error, please delete.]


Circa 1818, this poster advertises the fire-eating act of Madame Girardelli, born in Germany in 1784, known as the "Fire-proof Woman." A sensation in Georgian England, in her act she performed various feats involving the handling of hot lead and red-hot irons, and could supposedly put her hands into a flame without being harmed by the fire.

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An after school special that's about sex ed and "waiting," but by, about, and for aliens. Presented with the same earnestness and seriousness as actual after school specials, but with hilarious, weird (to us) names for body parts and acts. Like "Your splorfler may become larger, turn blue, and become covered with spines."

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An overly dramatic, breathless depiction of the harrowing trials of a kid who texts a lot, hunched over, thumbs aching, constantly looking at his or her phone. Having mishaps and accidents because of the focus on the phone. Pokes fun at the texting kids and at the media reports condemning the terrible trend of texting.

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Prior to the Russian Revolution that resulted in the deaths of Czar Nicholas II and his family, the tsarina, Alexandra, befriended a peasant, Rasputin. Regarded as a holy man and dressed as a monk, he had long, matted hair, a long, matted beard, and crazy eyes, and the tsarina believed he exerted power over her son's debilitating hereditary disorder, hemophilia. It was widely felt, however, that the tsarina was disgracing herself and the monarchy, and something would have to be done about the undue influence of this man who was viewed to be a charlatan making a fool of the royal family.


There was a failed assassination attempt on Rasputin in 1914 -- a stabbing -- but it wasn't until 1916 that several members of the aristocracy developed a plan to kill him once and for all. Russian Prince Felix Yusupov gathered a group of five to carry out the following: Befriend him, then lure him (faking the presence of his beautiful wife, Irina, as bait -- Rasputin was a notorious womanizer) to the Yusupov Palace to be killed. They planned initially to use poison in his pastries and wine, as they figured gunshots would be heard by the police in the station across the road. They planned to dispose of his body in the river.


When the night came, at first Rasputin didn't want any pastries or wine; then, he ate and drank... but showed no effects of being poisoned. Potassium chloride was supposed to take effect immediately. The group secretly started to panic.


Felix went upstairs, retrieved a gun, and returned to find Rasputin admiring a piece of furniture. "You would do better to look at the Crucifix and pray to it," the prince said, and shot him; he fell to the floor. After a while, he stopped jerking and seemed to have stopped breathing.


An hour later, Felix observed his body, and shook it. Rasputin's eyes opened, and he sprang to his feet. In a terror, the prince escaped his grasp and ran upstairs, shouting. Rasputin ran out across the courtyard, pursued by some of the conspirators, who fired upon him and missed. One of them finally shot him in the head, ran over as he fell, and kicked him.


A police officer did hear the shots, and made only a cursory investigation, assuming he had heard a car backfiring.


The group brought Rasputin's body back in, and beat it with a dumbbell. They even called back the police officer, and threatened him if he told what he knew, but he later reported it to his superiors anyway.


After having been poisoned, shot several times (once in the head), and beaten, Rasputin was still alive. The conspirators bound him with rope and wrapped him in a cloth, and dumped him in the river, forgetting to attach weights.


Several days later, during a search for the missing holy man, the investigators found a body floating in the ice. Rasputin's frozen hands were in a raised position, as if he'd been alive in the water and had tried to free himself. The autopsy found three bullet wounds, one to the head, a small amount of water in his lungs, and no poison in his system.


[Source: my youthful obsession with Anastasia, and some refreshing of my memory on about.com]

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