"...we should pass over all biographies of 'the good and the great,' while we search carefully the slight records of wretches who died in prison, in Bedlam, or upon the gallows."
~Edgar Allan Poe

Friday, March 15, 2013

Weekend Link Dump

This week in strange company.

Plus, of course, cats.

Meet Fanny and Stella, everyone's favorite cross-dressing Victorians.

"Della is not well":  A genealogist unearths a long-forgotten tragedy.

Because, hey, there just aren't enough ludicrous Edgar Allan Poe myths out there, right?

The sad case of Julia Pastrana, "The Bearded Lady."

Medieval zombies!

The kind of things that could land you in the madhouse during the early 19th century.  As I mentioned on Twitter, I find it a bit disturbing to see that it reads like my weekly "to-do" list.

That's one of the nice things about writing a blog no one reads.  You get to recycle your own stupid one-liners with impunity.

The 1931 car accident that very nearly changed world history.

A little-known survivor of the "Titanic"--this violin.

When the President met the Pirate.

Most unholy:  A look back at the only American priest to be executed for murder.

The lost pets of 18th century London.

In which we learn that the Pilgrims could drink a battalion of Marines under the table, and back again.

A biography of Twitter's Saddest Cat, The Bear.

See you Monday, gang.  Unless, of course, I go Full Pilgrim on that British gin and the insane asylum beckons.  I suppose with me, that's always a distinct possibility.

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