"...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, December 5, 2014

Weekend Link Dump

Knock knock!

Who's there?

Yeah, well, you know the rest.

On to this week in The Weird:

What the hell are the Tjipetir blocks?  Now we...maybe know?

What the hell are the Roman dodecahedra?

What the hell is Siberia's Whale Bone Alley?

What the hell are poltergeists?

What the hell was the Dorchester Pot?

Who the hell was King Tut?

Where the hell is Parker R. Mason's boulder?

Watch out for the Black Mountain of Queensland!

Watch out for the Aztec Death Whistle!

Watch out for a Tony Blair Christmas!

Russia is really sinking!

The United Kingdom is really booming!

A close-up look at Saharan rock art.

The ghost who sought justice for her own murder.

What the well-dressed Norwegian Iron Age person was wearing.

A Titanic anecdote showing how you should always heed your premonitions.

Mary Rose Renfrew, who really could be in two places at once.

Everyone give this ghost a hand!

18th century French mourning rules.

Photos of Christmas shopping in New York a century ago.

This isn't your parents' Stonehenge.  Literally.

Peter Stuyvesant's rules for responsible drinking.

The dogs of war.

Broadway's last cow.

17th century Cries of London.

Dealing with WWI shell-shock.

19th century attacks on a village witch.

The French Revolution and the phantasmagoria.

The half-million-year-old artwork.

Mhorag, the Loch Ness Monster's overlooked sibling.

A roundup of Weird Beard Facts.

The hazards of 18th century travel.

This shouldn't be surprising, but space travel does some out-of-this-world things to the human mind.

The eerie world of deep sea treasure hunting.

The long history of fretting and whining about alcohol.

A French Thanksgiving feast.

Two really freaking big rocks.

Early photographs of the amazing rock city Petra.

The death of the Marquis de Sade.

Calculating the market worth of a Georgian wife.

Stalin's Domino Effect: How the assassination of one Communist Party official set off a long chain of death and misery.

Mrs. Guppy, the Seance Snow Queen.

When buildings become ghosts: a look at England's long-abandoned mansions.

Two long-forgotten British holidays.

The life of Eleanor of Castile.

The sad tale of the "real Lolita."

Two women duel with sand-filled socks,1902.

All I say is, you gotta love the Daily Mail.

Eritha the Priestess takes 'em all to court.

Hippasus of Metapontum, who was murdered over math.  I often had the same urge during my junior high school Algebra classes.

That's it for this week! I'll be back on Monday, with a lesson in the danger of eating partridges. Particularly if poison is included in the recipe. In the meantime, today happens to be my birthday, so I'll be offline most of the day.

Here's Warren Zevon to get this party started off right.  This song never fails to touch my sentimental old heart.


  1. A highly underrated Zevon record.

    1. I swear, that's my vote for "funniest song ever written."


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