"...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, March 20, 2015

Weekend Link Dump

A reminder that Sphinxes are not only found in Egypt.

Let's Walk Like an Egyptian over to this week's links:

What the hell are all these faces in the window?

What the hell is this piece of jade?

How the hell old is the Giza Plateau?

Where the hell is this Irish island?

Watch out for the ghost of La Corriveau!

The horrible story of Topsy the elephant shows human nature at its worst.

Speaking of human nature at its worst, meet Dr. Geza de Kaplany, who made an excellent argument for the death penalty.

Some wonderful images of Newgrange over the years.

Scotland's terrible, horrible, no good very bad day.  Or at least one of them.  The Scots have had quite a few of those.

The time the police tried to set up Arthur Conan Doyle.

Taking near-death experiences seriously.

Christian X and the yellow star:  When a myth is not really a lie.

An Arabic ring in a Viking grave.

Maria Owen, bogus doctor.

A real-life fairy tale from 18th century Sussex.

A real-life Dr. Frankenstein finds his monster.

Dr. Parkman rests in pieces.

Saying good-bye to the drive-in theater.

Irish football-playing fairies.  No, really.

Going Badminton Mad in 1873 India.

Gervase Thompson learns that no good deed goes unpunished.

How to be a dishonest valet.

A Russian general gets fair warning.

The "Bermuda Triangle of New Jersey."

How to hit the town in 1922 Manhattan.

Stand up straight! 18th century style.

Marie Antoinette's last opera.

Jamaica's first serial killer.

A witch runs out of luck, 1579.

The Barbarians at Hatra's Gate.

Neanderthal bling.

Is this a relic of the first North Americans?

That's the end of the line for this Friday. See you all on Monday, when I'll be talking ghosts, gold, and grifters. In the meantime, here's Judee Sill:


  1. I cannot wait to get reading on this list...it's not Friday till I do!

  2. The article about King Christian was a good one, and suggests that, even if he didn't wear a Star of David, as in legend, he was likely prepared to do so.

    And I'd like to visit a land such as Hy-Brasil, too, even if - perhaps because - it doesn't exist...


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