"...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, April 11, 2014

Weekend Link Dump


Strange Company reminds you:  Hey, it's Friday!  Relax!


The cats will show you how it's done.

On to this week's edition of Me Stealing Content From People Who Have Better Blogs Than I Do:

What the hell did this 18th century sea captain observe in the sky?

What the hell nearly collided with this Australian plane?

What the hell is this hammer?

What the hell is the Nebra Sky Disc?

What the hell is "bison self-abuse"  like?  And, no, I most assuredly do not want to know the answer to that.

Watch out for those British homes!

Watch out for those squirrel-torchers!

Watch out for those cherry trees from space!

Watch out for those foot fetish phantoms!

Highgate is really booming!

Berlin is really popping!

An 18th century girl loses her squirrel, sadly decides she'll have to settle for a husband instead.

This is pretty nice:  take a stroll through Marseilles without leaving your chair.

"You start here and then you move along, until you drop off the end."  A visit to London's Charterhouse priory.

Meet the Nazi Ginger Rogers.

Meet some libelous 17th century doctors.

The inside scoop on late 19th-early 20th century freak shows. Who's hot?  Who's not?

One of the prettiest--and most expensive--caterpillars you'll ever see.

The volcano that changed history.

More Voynich speculation, this time from a researcher who believes it's a forgery.

The Bear Lake Monster:  It was all for love!

"People from all over the world" applied to design Boston's Edgar Allan Poe statue, and this...object  was deemed the freaking best they could do.

Meet the Appomattox Rag Doll.

"From little acorns mighty oaks..."  Well, never mind.

An evocative first-person account of the Titanic disaster.

Return of the Necropants!

The inside scoop on Abraham Lincoln's facial hair.

The sad death of a too-inventive Victorian monkey.

Some evocative hand-tinted photos of 19th century Japan.

The life of an 18th century female forger.

Very nice: a historical New York lighthouse that's now a bed & breakfast.

Discovering World War I in an attic.

So, what is "intelligent life," anyway?

Whatever you do, don't give this post a big hand.

Mary Blandy: deliberate parricide or lovesick dupe?

Rosalie Goodman, Crazy Cat Lady Emeritus.  We salute you!

And, finally, this tweet has given me an idea for what would have to be the greatest TV series of all time: "CSI: Fortean."



And it's a wrap! I hope you'll join me on Monday, when I will present a tale dealing with one of my favorite historical topics: Weird Wills.

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