Blog Archives for January 2018

“The Greatest Showman”: A Nickell-odeon Review

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
January 23, 2018

Okay, I had read too many reviews of The Greatest Showman --based on the life of P. T. Barnum—before I actually made it to the theater. But I’m not one to fall for the humbug of cynical reviewers, preferring to get mine from the “Prince of Humbugs” himself.

CELERINA: Quackery with Cocaine

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
January 19, 2018

“Celerina” was a medicine dating from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, originally of secret formulation, sold as a nerve tonic and cure-all.

RIDDLEculous XVI

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
January 10, 2018

More funny riddles with a science/critical-thinking angle.