WEIRD SCIENCE

Weird Science explores amazing ideas of the Victorian Era.  It delves into inventions, sciences, engineering, architecture and countless discoveries. It was a turning point in the history of human creativity.  It was a time of outrageous developments. Weird science led to daily inventions and discoveries. Some were major successes and some were disastrous flops!

Victorian Cardomania Foreshadowed Social Media Photo Sharing

Victorian Cardomania Foreshadowed Social Media Photo Sharing

In its early days photography was accessible primarily to the wealthy. André-Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri began to change that with his patent Read More>...

Carl Størmer Captured Candid Expressions With His Victorian Era Spy Camera

Carl Størmer Captured Candid Expressions With His Victorian Era Spy Camera

Norwegian innovator Carl Størmer was possibly the first stalker to use a hidden camera in the name of love. He Read More>...

Supernatural Strength Of Victorian Georgia Wonders Confounded Audiences

Supernatural Strength Of Victorian Georgia Wonders Confounded Audiences

Waves of female circus and vaudeville performers emerged as equals in strength to their male counterparts in the late 1800s. Read More>...

Futuristic Victorian Postcards Predicted Millennial Technology

Futuristic Victorian Postcards Predicted Millennial Technology

Do you ever imagine what life will look like one hundred years from now? The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) provides Read More>...

Christmas Bird Count Transformed Holiday Side Hunts

Christmas Bird Count Transformed Holiday Side Hunts

Christmas Season “side hunts” were the rage through the late 1800s when most people still considered birds a limitless resource. Read More>...

Duryea Brothers Won First American Car Race On Thanksgiving Day

Duryea Brothers Won First American Car Race On Thanksgiving Day

It was postponed for months, allowing entrants more time to prepare their horseless carriages. When the day of the first Read More>...

Columbian Exposition Electricity Transformed America

Columbian Exposition Electricity Transformed America

Meant to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Columbus’s arrival to the New World, the 1893 Columbian Exposition was better known Read More>...

Dramatic Skies From Victorian Era Krakatoa Eruption Touched People Worldwide

Dramatic Skies From Victorian Era Krakatoa Eruption Touched People Worldwide

It remained relatively quiet for roughly 200 years until it started grumbling in May 1883 when the captain of the Read More>...

Female Aeronaut Mary Myers Mastered East Coast Wind Currents In Hot Air Balloons

Female Aeronaut Mary Myers Mastered East Coast Wind Currents In Hot Air Balloons

Once Aeronaut Mary Myers took flight in a lighter-than-air passenger balloon, her eyes remained forever skyward. She was born August Read More>...

Two Petrol Powered French Vehicles Won The First Car Race For Comfort Plus Speed

Two Petrol Powered French Vehicles Won The First Car Race For Comfort Plus Speed

It was a time when horsepower was still provided primarily by our four-legged friends. But that was about to change Read More>...

First Female Field Engineer Emily Warren Roebling Completed Construction Of The Brooklyn Bridge

First Female Field Engineer Emily Warren Roebling Completed Construction Of The Brooklyn Bridge

Nothing spells romance like newlyweds taking an extended European trip to study suspension bridges and caisson technology. That’s exactly what Read More>...

Victorian Era Photochrom Postcards Became Instagram For Nineteenth Century Collectors

Victorian Era Photochrom Postcards Became Instagram For Nineteenth Century Collectors

People share nearly nine billion images daily on Instagram. In the entire year of 1905 the Detroit Publishing Company sold Read More>...

Chipped China Inspired Josephine Cochrane To Invent Effective Victorian Era Dishwashers

Chipped China Inspired Josephine Cochrane To Invent Effective Victorian Era Dishwashers

As a well-heeled socialite who enjoyed lavish entertaining, Josephine Cochrane had little tolerance for chipped china. She had even less Read More>...

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