"...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, September 20, 2013

Weekend Link Dump

Strange company is thinking about taking up weight-lifting.

The cats are showing us the way.

Here is this week's Peek at the "Eek!":

So, what the hell did this science teacher photograph?

What the hell happened in King's Lynn in 1902?

What the hell is wandering around in Michigan?

What the hell is wandering around in Switzerland?

What the hell is this thousand-year-old African woman doing in Gloucestershire?

This is what the hell happened to poor old James IV.

Meet Mrs. Sarah Gray:  She was undoubtedly a respectable, doughty sailor's wife.  Was she a serial killer, as well?

Don't go in the water!

Don't order the vanilla ice cream!!

Don't look inside the Czech trash bins!!!

Don't spend your next vacation at Bracken County, Kentucky!!!!

A fascinating--and extremely creepy--story illustrating the dangerous world of deep-water diving.

"Who is skeptical about the skeptics?"

Oh, just another photo essay of a cat eating corn on the cob.

Mapping out Bigfoot.

Get your goat on!

The story behind that weird, wonderful instrument, the theremin.

Edgar Allan Poe discoursing on the now-dying art of Marginalia.

An abandoned Scottish castle...in New York.

This week's Face It, We Just Don't Know Jack About History Story:  A tale of American Indians in 12th century Germany.

I have found the perfect food blog...for when you never, but ever, want to eat food again.

Proof that cats are far more literate than we can ever hope to be.

Still don't believe me about the cats?  Look here, lowly illiterate humans.

Cats are much better at yoga, too, you pathetic Opposable-Thumbers.

And they have far cooler cafes.

On behalf of the rest of the human race, I would like to apologize to the animal kingdom for this idiot who keeps pestering them.

Oh, by the way, dismembered feet are still regularly washing up on the Pacific coast. Happy weekend!

Photo of the week:  Ralphie the Rescue Bat and friend.

That's it for now, kids.  I shall return on Monday, with the tale of puzzling and inconclusive murder case from the early 18th century that reads like a Scottish remake of "I, Claudius."


  1. I just found your blog. I look forward to reading more of it. I haven't found many who list Telemann first in their lists of favourite music.

    How does one comment on your Edgar Allan Poe blog? I tried but was refused permission.

    1. Yeah, my tastes are pretty unusual. I love baroque music, and Telemann's my favorite composer, with the sole exception of Beethoven. I suppose that makes an odd mix with writing about murders and skeletons and disappearances and so on, but there you go.

      I disallowed comments on the Poe blog practically since its inception. It's a long, weird story having to do with some of the creepier elements of the online Poe community. I've occasionally thought ever since of opening up the comments, but so few people read the blog, I thought it really made no difference.

    2. Oh, what the heck, I just now enabled comments on the Poe blog. I suppose it's pretty silly to leave them disabled for all this time. So, the three or four people who read the darn thing can comment away!

    3. Great reading! I'm still creeped out by the divers in that hole in South Africa. Anyway, I am also a visit to your Poe site and enjoyed the Marginalia article very much, thank you. I looked around while I was at the Brain Picking site and wound up on their Best History Books of 2012 article. I wondered if you saw the alleged Poe photograph displayed on a review of a book on the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. It's at the very bottom of the list. They seem to suggest that he was photographed there while researching mollusks in the winter of 1842-3. It all seems sort of doubtful to me. Anyway, thanks again!

    4. Yes, I've read about that. In short, I'm pretty positive that's one of the many, many old photos that have been falsely attributed as one of Poe's. From what I can tell, no real Poe scholar thinks he was in that picture, either.

  2. Just followed the link to the story of Sarah Gray - fantastic tale!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger


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