"...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, January 10, 2014

Weekend Link Dump

A helpful reminder:  Strange Company may not bring you good luck...

...but the black cats always will.

On to this week's Walk Through the Weird:

Who the hell was this Australian sailor?

What the hell was going on in London in 1984?

What the hell was swimming around British Columbia?

What the hell is swimming around Scotland?

Who the hell chloroformed Myra Kniffin?

What the hell is the Williams Petradox?

What the hell was the National Hotel Disease?

How the hell did this Edinburgh garden become a graveyard?

Marion County is really booming!

The...well...whole bloody world is really booming!

Watch out for those incubi!

Watch out for that parsley!

Watch out for Perchta!

Watch out for those tooth worms!

Watch out for those artichokes!

Hear the earth move.

Teddy Roosevelt's cryptid.

The enduring mystery of cyclopean masonry.

Remember that song, "It's Raining Men?"  Saudi Arabia's taking it a bit too literally.

Johannes Gutenberg, grifter.

The map of Weird London.

Veterinary medicine, ancient Egyptian-style.

The diary of a little girl in mid-19th century New York.

Why the North Sentinel Island Tourist Board is the world's least successful organization.

The relatively fast rise and fall of Cumbria's Penrith Castle.  Just don't go dragging Richard III into the subject!

Yes, Mittens, there will be an afterlife.

Who ya gonna call?  Goatbusters!

Creepypasta; or, Crowd-sourcing the Weird.

Leave it to the Victorians to turn Grandma into bric-a-brac.

Because let's face it, the political importance of  Goat-headed Baphomets has been overlooked for way too long.

Ines de Castro, who became queen the hard way.

Adventures in 18th century Cat Haberdashery.

The worst publicity stunt ever?

Felix Platter and the executed priest.

The more we study the Antikythera device, the more amazing it gets.

Meet the real Lone Ranger.

Christmas in a British prison, 1839.

If Catherine Howard really spoke in this sort of dialogue, it's small wonder Henry executed her.

I want to live in Supai, Arizona.  I want to have my mail delivered by donkeys.

This link is not for the coimetrophobic.

"My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of moon-eyed albino monsters..."  They'll be getting their own statue in Oklahoma any day now.

Genghis Khan, Not Mr. Nice Guy.

Mary Moriarty, who would give Genghis Khan the shivers.

A look at the world's most horrifying forest.

Some archaeological high points from 2013.

The hazardous history of hot-air ballooning.

Horses, pocket-books, money, shirts, saddle baggs, and "a very remarkable DOG":  Some 18th-century lost-and-found ads.

And, finally, your Essence of Crazy video of the week.

And we're outta here for the week!  See you on Monday, when we'll look at the perhaps the only public riot in history that was started because of rocking chairs.


  1. Yay, I'm in the linkdump once more! Happy Friday, my friend!

    1. Have a great weekend, yourself. Just don't try rubbing sick bulls with gourds!

  2. Many, many, many thanks for the triple-threat link to my various blogs. In this week's collection I'm particularly partial to the Burke & Hare bones, the National Hotel disease (I still think it was poison), and the electroplated corpses, but, as usual, another jaw-dropping lineup of links! (And I don't mean dropping onto Saudi airports.)


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