Category Archives: Decades

City Paper interviews the “Don Juan of Satanism”

Sociable Satanist: Occult investigator “Dr. Daniel Rumanos” doesn’t need a day job By Van Smith (Baltimore City Paper, 8/8/2012) Meeting “Dr. Daniel Rumanos” face-to-face can be somewhat of a letdown. He is, after all, someone who once claimed to cast Satanist … Continue reading

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1920s Hopkins Professor Sought 34 Gallons of Rye for Research During Prohibition

By James Stimpert (Johns Hopkins University Hub, 8/11/2016) A rather unusual permit application resides in the Records of the Office of the President in the Johns Hopkins University Archives. In April 1920, Professor John B. Watson, a psychologist credited as … Continue reading

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Oyster Growing on a Set of False Teeth

(Weird Universe, 11/26/2012) Oysters will grow on almost any surface, including false teeth, if that’s what happens to be available. The tooth-growing oyster shown above was found in the Chesapeake Bay in 1898, and sent to the Smithsonian where they … Continue reading

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“Alternatively Yours”: City Paper founder Russ Smith profiled in Johns Hopkins Magazine

While reading Rafael Alvarez’s Crabtown, USA, I came across the chapter on his early days at City Squeeze, the self-published tabloid founded in 1977 by Johns Hopkins grads Russ Smith and Alan Hirsch, which became the City Paper in 1978. As Alvarez observed, the … Continue reading

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