Friday, May 9, 2014
Weekend Link Dump
Remember the other week, when Strange Company revealed how ancient Egyptian history convinced Mac he's really the Sphinx?
Now Kate and Ernie have gotten into the act.
On to the links:
Who--or what--the hell is screaming in Texas?
What the hell exploded over China?
What the hell became of the White Bird and its crew?
What the hell were these cow-riding spacemen?
Well, forget all that. What the holy hell is with all these feet?!
Watch out for those Cornish Black Dogs!
Watch out for Forsyth County!
Watch out for those wandering wombs!
Elizabeth and Mary Branch, who surely got what they deserved.
Sydney, the collie who "lived like a gentleman, died beloved."
The Great Severed Finger Lawsuit of 1634.
Sorting fact and fiction in a horrific IRA murder from 1972.
The latest on the "Jesus' wife" controversy. Yes, it's looking like another fake.
Vincent Sinatra, the ghost hunter of Queens, New York. And he does it his way.
Daniel Sickles: honored war veteran, popular politician, murderer.
An overlooked victim of legendary serial killer H.H. Holmes?
Investigating a Mesolithic tragedy.
Really--but really--getting away from it all.
How Nellie Bly went undercover at a madhouse.
"...and refused to rule out the possibility of officers looking for somebody else in connection with the deaths." Brilliant deduction, Sherlock.
Well. This is just my week for creepy "pairs of long-dead bodies found" stories.
Recreating the real Golden Oldies.
A handy guide to Early Modern anaphrodisiacs.
Winnipeg the Pooh.
Saving the Tinker's Heart.
Pam and a dead tramp fight the Nazis.
Theodore Baker, who was hanged and just couldn't shut up about it afterward.
Out: Richard the Lionhearted. In: Napoleon the Sheephearted!
Stew a la Neanderthal, anyone?
Hawker and his Pixy.
Howell and his Pixies.
Want to earn a few quick bucks over the weekend? Just decipher this. (Update: Solved!)
Neuroscience and Phineas Gage.
Leonardo da Vinci: Stereoscopic pioneer?
Ghost in the machine.
Ghost in the bedroom!
In short, the universe is one big, unpleasant merry-go-round which never stops to let you off. (Cf. one of my favorite short stories, Alfred Noyes' "The Midnight Express.")
Comparing London on film, yesterday and today.
The Spanish mercenary who became a Mayan warrior king. Not for the faint-hearted.
Meet Mrs. Gooch, a most scandalous Georgian lady.
The disappearance of Amelia Earhart: Don't blame the coconut crabs!
"Tired she was, although she didn't show it..." The sad personal life of high-kicking music-hall legend Marie Lloyd.
Fiends for a funeral.
Let's close with a word of practical advice from Aunt Undine: If you're going out looking for Great White sharks this weekend, don't use a boat that looks like lunch.
And there we go. Have a good weekend, gang, and for God's sake keep your feet in your sneakers. I'll be back on Monday, talking reincarnation.