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March 2011 Odd Wisconsin

April Fools

April 1st is a famous day for practical jokes. In 1942, restaurant owner Henry Rooney of La Crosse took great pleasure in playing tricks throughout the day on his unsuspecting customers. Reporter Jerry Moriarity of the La Crosse Tribune went in for breakfast that day and witnessed the following antics firsthand. Moriarity arrived and ordered pancakes and coffee. The...
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Posted in Bizarre Events on March 30, 2011

Icy Threat

Late in 1862, a garrison of soldiers was sent to protect the village of Bayfield on Lake Superior. Ojibwe Indians had attacked settlements in Minnesota, and with many lcoal men away fighting in the Civil War, Bayfield's residents requested military support as a precaution. As the winter wore on, the women of Bayfield decided to sew a silk flag for...
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Posted in Curiosities on March 24, 2011

Dome in the Dumps

The imposing dome of the Wisconsin Capitol has been shown often in recent news footage. It has been an icon at least since 1940, when a photograph of it by Harold Hone was chosen for the dust jacket of the well-known W.P.A. guide to Wisconsin. But the Capitol dome we love today was not the first. It had two...
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Posted in on March 17, 2011

Legislator Obsessed with Underwear

In January of 1899 a resolution was introduced in the Wisconsin Assembly to prohibit tight lacing of women's corsets. Corsets were undergarments stiffened with whalebone that could be tightened by laces to reduce the size of a woman's waist. They had been worn for decades by the time this bill was introduced, with laces adjusted and re-adjusted to conform to...
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Posted in Bizarre Events on March 2, 2011

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