"...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 28, 2014

Weekend Link Dump

It's Friday!  Time to relax!

Just ask the cats.

Welcome to this week's Festival of the Links:

Where the hell is the Amber Room?

Where the hell is Tom the Cat?

What the hell is this Siberian palace?

Who the hell were the Green Children of Woolpit?

Watch out for Tek-Tek!

Watch out for trigger-happy aliens!

Watch out for the Unlucky Mummy!

America is really booming!

The adventures of "Manchester's Sherlock Holmes."

"Log Ness Monster" doesn't have quite the same ring, does it?

An insurance scammer comes to a bad end.

So, Alabama has a swamp full of murdered dolls.

Yes, I can imagine summoning a demon as my character witness.

More speculations about the Bog Bodies.

Paganini's wandering corpse.

A cure for the plague that seems pretty damn unfair to the pigeons.

An Englishman explores the Arctic in the early 20th century.

More on the Mystery of the Missing Thunderbird.

Now, here's a useful-sounding book:  Ancient Egyptian spells.

Jesus in Japan?!

Early 20th century Canadian witchcraft.

Exploring a Greek "underwater Pompeii."

An escaped slave in ancient Egypt.

How a Georgian writer described Thanksgiving.

The weird--and very damaging--underground world of selling ancient texts.

Fifty Shades of Rome.

The life of a Roman Empress.

Oliver Cromwell's peripatetic head.

A mystery in the archives: Who stole the papers of Felix Frankfurter from the Library of Congress, and why?

Remembering the bravery of a Scottish sea captain.

Mystery Fires in Nigeria.

The importance of Divine PR.

A beautiful sailor's valentine.

A desert full of ships.

Haydn's musical tribute to a dog.

Do we dream of past lives?

The sad case of the Tempting Trousers.

Was Vincent Van Gogh murdered?

Was John Hedley the luckiest man of WWI?  Or just the most imaginative?

The arguments over Jesus' marital status continue.

How New York became Gotham.

Beyond Mrs. Claus:  Christmas' forgotten females.

The Eiffel Tower's secret apartment.

The tale of Davy Crockett's coonskin cap.

Nobody can hope to know the true meaning of the word "weird" until you've heard North Korean pop music. Trust me on this one.

A look at Iceland circa 1900.

Marie de Guise:  More than just the mother of Mary Queen of Scots.

Elizabeth Linley:  More than just Richard Sheridan's wife.

How a saint, a murdered spy, and the Holy Grail all converged in one obscure English village church.

The 18th century, when you could make a living as a door-to-door guinea pig salesman.

That's it! See you on Monday, when I'll be looking at the strange case of a baby who came back from the dead. In the meantime, here's some Tennessee Ernie. Because, damn it, I love this song.


  1. Some good stories in the collection today. The Amber Room story is sad, since it shows the fate of so many treasures. I hadn't heard of that Siberian palace (or whatever it may have been). It reminds me that there were many civilisations that are mostly unknown these days.

    And what person, trapped in a pointless, never-changing job, can't identify with "Sixteen Tons"? I just wish I had fists like Ford's in the song!

  2. Woot! I love getting into the Friday list - it's the best company!


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