Monday, May 10, 2010

Repetitive, And Brutal (Please Note: I Am Not Referring To This Blog)

Sometimes I read something about the past that's so fantastically strange it seems like it's referring to another universe.

Today's find:
In 1872, the British government and the Royal Society launched the first major oceanic expedition, transforming a two-hundred-and-twenty-six-foot naval warship into a floating laboratory...the ship, with five scientists, roamed the globe for thee and a half years. The crew was constantly dredging the ocean floor for specimens, and the work was repetitive, and brutal; two men went insane, two others drowned, and another committed suicide.

That passage is from The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession, which I'll tell you more about later this week.

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