Blog Archives for December 2016

RIDDLEculous XIII

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
December 21, 2016

More funny riddles from a skeptical view

Dr. Kilmer’s Swamp Root

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
December 14, 2016

Dr. Kilmer’s Swamp Root Kidney medicine began in the mid-1870s and in time became a household name. It was the creation of Dr. S(ylvester) Andral Kilmer (1840–1924) who developed a line of patent remedies in Binghamton, New York.

Herkimer Diamond Mysteries

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
December 06, 2016

Although not a precious gem like the diamond, the so-called “Herkimer diamond” is itself the focus of much attention. In June 2016 I was able to add to my collection of curious stones by searching for “Herkimers” at a mine in New York state and learning more about their natural and allegedly magical properties.