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Does the title sound a little familiar? That’s because it’s a parody of the famous novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”. This court case, while not as famous as the title it refers to, is certainly just as intriguing. In 1899, Mr. Martin Smith of Burke County […]

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“John told the salesman at a Home Depot in Durham that the chain was for a porch swing, the concrete block for a step to the utility building in his back yard. The backpack and sleeping bag he purchased without explanation at an R.E.I. in Raleigh, the inflatable plastic raft, foot pump, and two-piece paddle […]

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During the days leading up to Halloween, North Carolina Miscellany is posting articles from North Carolina newspapers about one of our favorite Halloween characters, the witch. “Do witches ride horses?” One man posed this question to the Greensboro Record in 1911 looking for an explanation as to why his horses’ hair was knotted every morning. […]

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  A more accurate engraving on this tiger cowrie shell might read “Souvenir of Nags Head Gift Shop” — tiger cowries rarely venture far from the Indian Ocean. But at least one made it to Chicago in 1893.  

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Walter Raleigh, a man of many talents and accomplishments, distinguished himself as a soldier, historian, poet, businessman, and politician.  As an explorer, he helped set the stage for English colonization of the New World. He was not, however, renowned for his facility with a paint brush. Days before the 400th anniversary of his death this […]

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“For Americans during the Civil War, embracing loved ones on paper was a hardship they could only with difficulty overcome. Most of them, no doubt, would have rather not had to resort to it. For us, their efforts created a record of something we rarely get to see: glimmers of the emotional lives of ordinary […]

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It could have been the result of damage from hurricane Florence or tropical storm Michael.  Maybe it was just (extreme) old age. During the week of October 21, UNC Grounds Crew felled one of the most consistently photographed trees on UNC’s campus. Don’t worry… the Davie Poplar is fine… Another tree, not as prominent or […]

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1. In TV commercials in the early 1970s, who sang, “Hurry on down to Hardee’s, where the burgers are charcoal-broiled”? 2. When it opened in 1965, this 29-story skyscraper was the South’s tallest — what was it? 3. Among the failed early ventures of this future fast-food pioneer was a motel and restaurant in Asheville […]

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“In authorizing the assault on North Carolina, General-in-Chief George McClellan advised [Ambrose] Burnside to avoid linking the invasion to emancipation….In a February 1862 ‘Proclamation made to the People of North Carolina’ Burnside assured them that rumors that he intended to ‘liberate your slaves’ were ‘not only ridiculous, but utterly and willfully false.’ “His actions immediately […]

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“Pearl Jam played a liberal benefit concert in Charlotte, North Carolina last weekend, a show billed hopefully as a ‘farewell’ party for conservative North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms, who’s running for his fifth term. Also on hand was singer Eddie Vedder’s new political guru — Ms. magazine founder and inner-child advocate Gloria Steinem, back from […]

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