Public interest in oddities and strange stories in newspapers has been prevalent since the early 20th century. This guide provides access to material related to "Curious Cases" in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.
Chronicling America is a searchable digital collection of historic newspaper pages from 1789-1963 sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.
Included in the website is the Directory of US Newspapers in American Libraries, a searchable index to newspapers published in the United States since 1690, which helps researchers identify what titles exist for a specific place and time, and how to access them.
From time to time, resoundingly peculiar stories sprout up in the newspapers, spanning from a man's heart shifting positions to a woman's inability to get off the subway train. To this day, these anomalies have received no veritable explanation. Read more about it!
The information in this guide focuses on primary source materials found in the digitized historic newspapers from the digital collection Chronicling America.
The timeline below highlights important dates related to this topic and a section of this guide provides some suggested search strategies for further research in the collection.
July 11, 1899
Two chickens are born from the same egg.
September 9, 1900
A man's heart changes its position inside his chest.
January 20, 1907
A young woman suffers from an inability to get off the L train at the particular station she desires.
April 3, 1910
The prize winning woman has hair seventy-seven inches long.