"...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, November 15, 2013

Weekend Link Dump

This week, strange company accused the cats of lying down on the job.

They strongly disagreed.

On to this week's look at the World of Weird:

What the hell was wandering around in Sykesville?

What the hell was Thomas Mantell chasing?

Watch out for those seashells!

Watch out for those tea towels!

Some of the world's greatest castles.

“For I Will Consider My Cat Jeoffry”:  A delightful 18th century ode to a poet's favorite feline.

Explaining how the Coral Castle was built, while carefully avoiding giving any explanation of how the Coral Castle was built.

Seriously, now, if the mystery of the Coral Castle is "explained"--oh, there was nothing to it, just a little elbow grease, etc.--why doesn't someone replicate Leedskalnin's mysterious achievement? Hell, build a whole chain of 'em, like Holiday Inns!

I dare the writers of that Live Science article to do just that.

The Cat and the Diplomat.

A little Icelandic witchcraft how-to.  Yes, featuring Necropants.

Jan van Rymsdyk:  The man who turned dissection into an art form.

For some reason, this post is making this song run through my head:

Jack the Milkman.

An underground medieval world.

Putting Grandpa on ice.

Occult photos a go-go!

A look at the coffin of a wealthy Roman child.

A look at the diaries of a wealthy (and unhappy) Victorian teenager.

A look at what's left of a Stalinist ghost town.

Spiders, leapers, slobberers, cabbages, snacks, and hairypants:  Why medieval monarchs had all the good nicknames.

Sasquatch must die!

The kind of thing that happens when you forget about Greek mythology.

Battlefield ghosts.

The last soldier killed in World War I.  Sounds very much like a tragic case of "Suicide by Army."

Remembering canines who served their country.

How Ian Stevenson made the case for reincarnation.

And, to close things out, the video of the week:  Cats and theremins, together at last! (H/T @wunderkamercast)

It's a wrap!  I return on Monday, with the tale of a 20th century biologist who made an unexpected visit to 15th century France.


  1. I don't think it would be Friday for me without your link dump. You had me at frozen grandpa. (And thanks for the link!)

    1. I hadn't heard of that Wall of Honor before. It's a great idea.

  2. Many thanks for the double-header links! I was crazy about frozen grandpa too. And the Icelandic witches. And that sad last soldier killed in WWI. Someone needs to make a movie. About the soldier, I mean. (Unless someone wanted to script a storyline about a bewitched Icelandic soldier who ends up frozen and gets his own festival.)

    1. Sssh. Steven Spielberg'll steal that one before we can get around to writing it.


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