Balladeer’s Blog continues its examination of the many facets of Fool Killer lore. FOR PART ONE, INCLUDING THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT, CLICK HERE
PART FORTY: The October of 1910 issue of James Larkin Pearson’s Fool-Killer. LORE CHANGE – For the first time the Fool Killer is depicted using a Bomb of Truth against his targets, making these explosives the latest addition to his arsenal of weapons. Even today we often use the figurative expression “Truth Bombs.”
Best imagery invoked by Pearson and his Fool Killer this month: Congress as a collection of corrupt fools safely fighting the citizenry from behind high walls made of piles of taxpayer money. Some things never change.
Targets for this issue:
*** People who were hurriedly exploiting the still-new invention the airplane for wartime uses.
*** Those members of the wig industry who were harvesting most of the hair for their wigs from the heads of corpses.
*** John J Astor and his wife, who were going through an ugly and costly public divorce.
*** “Doctor” George W Carey, who was pushing the theory that the Sun was “the father” of all the planets in our solar system except for the Earth, which was “the mother” of those planets. Carey further stated that the South Pole was the womb of the Earth and that sunlight hitting the region eventually impregnated the Earth, which gave birth via Antarctica.
George also explained that the Moon was the Sun and Earth’s youngest child and that if the true South Pole was ever reached an umbilical cord running all the way up to the Moon would be discovered.
If that’s not enough “science” for you, Carey stated that the umbilical cord would detach from Antarctica around the year 1945, following which the Earth would get pregnant again by the Sun and give birth to another celestial body as a child. Any questions?
*** Catholics. Yes, unfortunately Pearson – a self-professed Socialist – criticized Catholicism as a threat to free government. As always, I include all his remarks in the interest of completeness.
*** Enthusiasts of the latest fad – the Mono-Diet System, which supposedly increased gastro-intestinal health by limiting one’s diet to just one type of food per day. One day would be Bread Day, then Meat Day, Soup Day, Potato Day, etc.
*** Archaeologists who claimed to have found the grave of Noah in Jebel Judi in Mesopotamia.
As I always say, it’s fascinating to read this old publication and its odd mix of viewpoints – even the ones you disagree with.
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I WILL EXAMINE MORE FOOL KILLER LORE SOON. KEEP CHECKING BACK FOR UPDATES.
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