True Strange Library

The curious collection of a slightly mad scientist

The origin of Santa Claus, have you heard this one?

Holidays are difficult when you’ve recently lost a loved one. I won’t get a tree this year. I don’t feel anything when I see the lights. I’d really like to … Continue reading

December 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

Irony: Altitude sickness stops second man on moon 

Buzz Aldrin said he was evacuated from the South Pole last week because he became short of breath and began showing signs of altitude sickness. The 86-year-old adventurer, who was … Continue reading

December 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Cheap World War I antisceptc may save your life

Acriflavine, an antiseptic used in WWI hospitals could be the key to fighting antibiotic resistance – one of the current biggest threats to global health. Seven decades ago this simple antiseptic … Continue reading

December 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

That time Fluoride killed 47 people in a hospital

I wasn’t around, but the Internet remembers. Tomorrow is the 74th anniversary of the publication of the following Time magazine article: Assistant Cook A. M. McKillop was short-handed and in … Continue reading

November 30, 2016 · 5 Comments

The Noah’s Ark of US creative history is a nuclear bunker

The Library of Congress has over 160 million items in its collection, including 23 million books, and more than 1.1 million films, and television programs ranging from motion pictures made … Continue reading

November 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

The real Hogwarts library may have copy of every UK book

Interesting place: As part of The Telegraph’s ongoing 360-degree video series, you can now take a tour of one of the oldest library systems in Europe. The halls of Oxford’s … Continue reading

November 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

That nutty theory that Paul McCartney died and was replaced in 1966

This weekend I saw a really amazing Beatles tribute, the Classical Mystery tour with the SF Symphony. Tony Kishman is an uncanny Paul. So much so that I started to … Continue reading

July 28, 2015 · Leave a comment