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Weekend Compendium: 23 January 2016

Weekend Compendium: 23 January 2016 with a fashion editor out of his depth, spook lights in New Zealand get up close and personal with a traveler, flappers and their corsets, and the ghosts of two murder victims.

Remove Your Hoops: Lightning Freaks

There were a number of superstitions about lightning: it was bad luck to burn wood from a lightning-struck tree, oak trees were more likely to be struck than beech, a toothpick from a tree struck by lightning would cure toothache. And certain things would “draw” lightning: Milk in a pail, moist hay, bayonets, a warm horse, an umbrella or fishing rod–and ladies’ hoop skirts.