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Today marks the release of Jennifer Miller’s stellar debut novel The Year of the Gadfly, a tale of prep school scandal and secret societies starring a very precocious young lady named Iris Dupont, whose best and only friend is the chain-smoking ghost of famed broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow. If it sounds weirdly wonderful, it is – Iris would kill us for using a cliché here, but we can’t help but call the novel compulsively readable, and it feels a little something like a cross between The Secret History and Gossip Girl, although with significantly more masturbation scenes than the former and more dusty tomes than the latter. To celebrate her book’s release, Miller, an accomplished journalist herself (her non-fiction book Inheriting the Holy Land: An American’s Search for Hope in the Middle East came out in 2005), has obliged us by putting together a list of some of the craziest real-life prep school scandals in recent memory, so weird they almost seem like fiction themselves. Real-Life Prep School Scandals So Crazy They Sound Like Fiction
Image credit: VisitWV.com One January afternoon in 1897, Erasmus (aka Edward) Shue, a blacksmith, sent his neighbor’s young boy to see if Elva, Shue's wife of three months, needed anything from the market. When the neighbor boy walked through the front door of the Shues’ rural Greenbrier County, West Virginia, log house, he found Elva’s lifeless body at the foot of the stairs. Elva Zona Heaster: The Ghost Who Helped Solve Her Own Murder
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Comic-Con to open with 136-mile Olympics-style lightsaber relay Feb. 09, 2012 | 9:10 a.m. Chris Hardwick, front, and Peter Levin pose with Nerdist audience members.(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times) The costume party that is Comic-Con International just got a major new photo op — fans and celebrities will participate in a 136-mile Olympics-style torch run in the days leading up to massive San Diego pop-culture expo but, of course, instead of torches they’ll be holding aloft their lightsabers.
Once again, your internet connection’s broadband speed will determine how fast these photos load. The 1890s was a very interesting time in advertising and, with the boom in bicycle manufacture and sales, there was plenty of money to spend on glorious posters and advertisements, particularly in America. By 1900 the bicycle boom was over in the USA, but advertising was still dominant, this time because of a more competitive market. * Vintage Bicycle Adverts: 1900 – 1920 « www.Oldbike.eu
The 7 Stupidest Things That Make People Proud #3. Being Part of a Mob As for this one, I just don't understand when going along with peer pressure turned into something to be proud of. Take the Ocean Marketing fiasco. Some idiot PR person responded to a customer with a series of emails alternating between exaggerating his own self-importance and belittling the customer, which is the sort of thing you should only do in a rap. The customer forwarded the emails to Penny Arcade, which published them, causing the whole Internet to yell at the stupid PR guy.
This Girl Snuck Into a Russian Military Rocket Factory I remember thinking it was a little odd once when I went to visit my dad at SPAWAR in San Diego. He was showing me some of the stuff that they were working on there, building fuel tanks for rockets for Lockheed Martin. Sadly, he no longer works there; they shut down the plant a few years ago. But, it was kind of odd that I only saw a few people on the floor of an active construction plant.