Today we’re wrapping up the spiritualism series with some of those “gotcha” moments, sometimes funny, sometimes pathetic, when frauds were exposed in public.
“GOTCHA” METHOD 1: Professional De-bunkers More →
|the Fox sisters, Leah, Margaret, and Kate|
The Fox sisters:
Seances (whereby a spirit is summoned to communicate with the living) became quite popular in the 1800s, due in large part to the Fox sisters. In 1848, the first recorded spirit-rapping in America took place when Margaret and Kate Fox attempted to communicate with the spirits of the dead. More →
The game of basketball was invented in 1891 by James Naismith for the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in Massachusetts.
In 1892, Senda Berenson Abbott started the first women’s basketball program at Smith College, making modifications to the rules for women’s play. More →
|Hartford switched all of its trolleys from horse-drawn to electric in 1893. It was the primary way the residents got around, and operated daily from 5am-1am. It was a nickel fare, with free transfers. This photo is of a closed car, but there were also open cars between May and October, much like SF’s cable cars.|