Wednesday, August 17, 2011


National Odd Shoe Exchange. This local organization for a time offered a way for persons with two different-sized feet to exchange shoes with others in similar situations, so that each person could purchase one pair of shoes and still have a shoe that fit each foot perfectly in spite of the size difference. St. Louis Post-Dispatch Magazine, March 29, 1992, p. 4.

Neosho Ghost Light. A mysterious "Ghost Light" is sometimes seen outside Neosho, Missouri. Brandon, Jim. Weird America (1978), pp. 120-122.

Nun Brains. A scientific study was conducted locally that required tissue samples from the brains of elderly nuns. St. Louis Post-Dispatch, June 26, 1994, p. 1D.

"Old Knobber." In the 19th century, an elderly man from Knob Noster, Missouri, known as "Old Knobber" was noted for his habit of wandering the back woods at night while carrying a lantern. After he died during a sudden, violent storm of unknown origin, local persons on many occasions have reported seeing "Old Knobber's" lantern. Collins, Earl. Folk Tales of Missouri (1935), pp. 119-121.

Pandas. The St. Louis Pandas were players on a semi-professional softball team, not large cuddly-looking fur-bearing mammals from China. In 1939, the team began playing a winter schedule, but was abruptedly disbanded after only two weeks of play (this story is not really an odd phenomenon, I just like the team name). St. Louis Post-Dispatch, December 5, 1972, p. 6C.

Petrified Girl. Dr. Joseph Nash McDowell, head of a 19th century St. Louis medical school, placed the body of a teen-aged girl in a cave near Hannibal, Missouri. The body was fretted with stalactites to see if it would petrify. Havighurst, Walter. Upper Mississippi: A Wilderness Saga (1944), p. 198.

Pirates. For a time in the colonial era, the Mississippi River south of St. Louis was a haven for pirates, who robbed and sometimes murdered unwary travelers. Outraged citizens finally formed a makeshift flotilla and attacked the pirates, killing some and dispersing the rest. KSD Radio. St. Louis: A History of the City on the Eve of Its Two-Hundredth Anniversary (1962), p. 9.

Police Dogs, Cultured. The first police dogs used in St. Louis were trained in London, England. St. Louis Globe-Democrat, October 7, 1958.

Pygmy Graves. Early explorers of the St. Louis area reported finding the graves of mysterious aborigines of pygmy proportions. Flint, Timothy. Recollections of the Past Ten Years in the Valley of the Mississippi (1826), p. 173.

1 comment:

  1. My grandfather played for the St. Louis Panda's.
    He celebrated his 99th bday last month.