|"The Witches' Cove," Follower of Jan Mandijn|
Welcome to the first Link Dump of December!
The Strange Company HQ staffers are already starting on the Christmas parties.
The history of Christmas puddings.
In which we learn that Napoleon had planned to spend his retirement in New Orleans. Oops.
Vintage Christmas gift ideas.
The adventures of a Victorian sailor boy.
A once internationally renowned singer, who is now almost completely forgotten.
The mystery of a missing WWII pilot is finally solved.
The annotations of a 16th century yeoman farmer.
A violent bank robbery.
The sc-fi world of de-extinction projects.
There's a "Disney World for cats," and, naturally, the government wants to shut it down. Because government.
Vintage photos of London at night.
In 1979, Blondie opened for Rush, and things did not go at all well.
A cemetery for the "outcast dead."
An early 19th century child prodigy.
Were Neanderthals the first artists?
The first attempt to assassinate an American president.
The attack of the FROG-SKINNED, ONE-EYED MIDGETS.
The novel that inspired a Utopia. Didn't work, of course.
The only photos ever taken on Venus.
Ada Lovelace and the difference engine.
When you go digging for potatoes and find an ancient Egyptian sculpture instead.
New York's biggest Fifth Avenue mansion.
Anne Murray meets the Hollywood Vampires.
Finland's "Devil Church."
Scotland's "fairy flag."
The mystery of why bats don't get sick.
The dangers of teddy bears.
The life of an American gigolo in Europe.
When "stopping" is "staying."
Political colors in 18th century Britain.
More vintage celebrity gossip.
Medieval wardship disputes could get mighty ugly.
The loss of HMS Queen Charlotte.
Contemporary reporting of the New Madrid earthquakes.
The rediscovering of Thaddeus Stevens.
A New York City "cat farm."
Heavenly chain letters.
Yet another murder done "for love."
The last Queen Consort of Mongolia.
The unique flavor known as "umami."
Britain's "great re-coinage."
That's all for this week! See you on Monday, when we'll look back at the days of airplane mascots. (It's sort of a companion piece to my old post about sailor cats.) In the meantime, here's a fun rendition of Vivaldi.