Microkhan by Brendan I. Koerner

Entries Tagged as 'Victorian'

Confessions of a Snake Eater

August 9th, 2012 · Comments Off on Confessions of a Snake Eater

An in-depth perusal of the Sword Swallowing Hall of Fame led me to this gem of Victorian non-fiction—an anonymous first-person account of a life spent shoving dangerous objects down one’s gullet. Our storyteller’s most curious pursuit involves the ingestion of a reptile with which our species has a complicated relationship: I was the second one […]


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An Inconvenient Excuse

July 31st, 2012 · 1 Comment

The human cannonball act is one of the most notoriously dangerous in all of circus-dom; performers have little to no control over their movement, so any minute error in firing trajectory is certain to cause catastrophe. The legendary Zazel, née Rossa Matilda Richter, was thus fortunate to survive her 19th-century career, though she did break […]


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