"...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 23, 2015

Weekend Link Dump

Come on in and fill your plate from this week's link buffet.

The cats think it's finger-lickin' good.

What the hell happened to the owner of this rifle?

What the hell was wandering around Australia in 1932?

Watch out for the spunkies!

Watch out for the walking toads!

Watch out for your lightbulbs!

Are you German?  Watch out for these diseases!

The silver tomb of Psusennes I.

I forgot the suicide pills, and "I'll shoot you first."  Probably the last words anyone wanted to hear on D-Day.

Summary of what little we know about the Green Children of Woolpit, one of history's more baffling and unique stories.  It's a long read, but well worth the time.

Military women in ancient Rome.

More 18th-century Cries of London.

Terror attacks in 1890s Paris.

Some medieval interactive books.

Richard Nixon's hypnotized housekeeper.

Sunday in London with George Cruikshank.

Tommy Mulligan, Coney Island's lighthouse cat.

There's progress in deciphering a carbonized ancient Roman library.

The strange history of a Poe letter.

"The Power of Sympathy," America's first roman à clef.

Meteorites: the universe's hard drives.

The fearless woman.

Books go to war.

The birth of a gypsy, 1820.

A look at the first automatons.

Vincenzo Lunardi, 18th century daredevil aeronaut.

Stunning photographs of life on a Russian farm.

Some haunting mugshots of Victorian child criminals.

A brief history of crochet. "Ladies made happy!"

Victorian men going crazy.

In a related topic, here's a look at life in the Victorian asylums.

And that marks the end of yet another Link Dump.  See you on Monday, with the tale of one of the most mysterious impostors in history.  In the meantime,  here's some Telemann:


  1. That is a fascinating story about Psusennes I, and his silver coffin. (Though I take issue with the use of the words 'solid silver' to describe it; after all, coffins must be hollow to hold bodies, right?) It's interesting that he used artefacts from a previous pharaoh's tomb for his own. I guess Egyptian kings didn't have the same regard for each other as Egyptian peasants had for them.

    An you like Telemann? Excellent! As much as I love Mozart and Haydn, I love Telemann and Vivaldi more. Go for baroque!

    1. Yes! As much as I love certain works of Beethoven's, overall Telemann's probably my favorite composer.

  2. I know those farm photos, and they are enchanting.

  3. Those photographs are magical indeed. That farm looks like a wonderful place to be a child - or an adult for that matter.


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