Bonnie and Clyde Wrote Poetry, And It’s Going Up for Auction

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Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

At a time when Americans were mired in the Great Depression and poverty was rampant, the country found a little comfort in the crime spree of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, a romantic couple who spent close to two years robbing banks before being gunned down in their car by authorities in Louisiana in 1934. The movie dramatization of their exploits, 1967's Bonnie and Clyde, only added to their legend.

In addition to his skills as an armed robber, Barrow also had some artistic talents, it seems. As The Guardian reports, an upcoming auction will feature a notebook containing several poems that he appears to have written during his days as an outlaw.

The notebook, which is being offered for sale by Heritage Auctions, was presented by Barrow’s nephew and once belonged to Barrow’s sister, the late Nell May Barrow. Inside is a four-page poem believed to have been composed by Barrow.

A look inside a notebook containing the poetry of outlaw Clyde Barrow
Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

A portion of it reads:

Bonnie s Just Written a poem / the Story of Bonnie & Clyde. So / I will try my hand at Poetry / With her riding by my side.

Barrow’s verse continues:

We donte want to hurt anney one / but we have to Steal to eat. / and if it’s a shoot out to / to live that’s the way it / will have to bee

The notebook also includes a poem by Parker that was stuffed in an envelope and was published in earlier biographies of the pair. Bidding starts on April 15, and Heritage plans to auction the notebook on May 4.

[h/t The Guardian]

From Cocaine to Chloroform: 28 Old-Timey Medical Cures

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Is your asthma acting up? Try eating only boiled carrots for a fortnight. Or smoke a cigarette. Have you got a toothache? Electrotherapy might help (and could also take care of that pesky impotence problem). When it comes to our understanding of medicine and illnesses, we’ve come a long way in the past few centuries. Still, it’s always fascinating to take a look back into the past and remember a time when cocaine was a common way to treat everything from hay fever to hemorrhoids.

In this week's all-new edition of The List Show, Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy is highlighting all sorts of bizarre, old-timey medical cures. You can watch the full episode below.

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Mastodon Bones Have Been Discovered by Sewer Workers in Indiana

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Thomas Quine, Flickr // CC BY 2.0

When something unexpected happens during a sewer system project, the news is not usually pleasant. But when workers installing pipes in Seymour, Indiana stopped due to an unforeseen occurrence, it was because they had inadvertently dug up a few pieces of history: mastodon bones.

According to the Louisville Courier Journal, workers fiddling with pipes running through a vacant, privately owned farm in Jackson County happened across the animal bones during their excavation of the property. The fossils—part of a jaw, a partial tusk, two leg bones, a vertebrae, a joint, some teeth, and a partial skull—were verified as belonging to a mastodon by Ron Richards, the senior research curator of paleobiology for the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites. The mastodon, which resembled a wooly mammoth and thrived during the Ice Age, probably stood over 9 feet tall and weighed more than 12,000 pounds.

The owners of the farm, the Nehrt and Schepman families, plan to donate the bones to the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis if the museum committee decides to accept them. Previously, mastodon bones were found in Jackson County in 1928 and 1949. The remains of “Fred the Mastodon” were discovered near Fort Wayne in 1998.

[h/t Louisville Courier Journal]

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