"...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, May 29, 2015

Weekend Link Dump

It's Friday!  Time to curl up and read some links!

Or just, well, curl up.

What the hell are the Longyou Caves?

What the hell is this Peruvian geoglyph?

What the hell happened to physicist Ettore Majorana?

Who the hell is leaving flowers on Caroline Walters' grave?

Watch out for the Night Doctors!

Watch out for those vengeful barbers!

Watch out for those disappearing islands!

Watch out for that Welsh vampire furniture!

Watch out for the Forty Elephants!

Watch out for those red-haired snakes!

The fascinating grave of a Bronze Age girl.

A night out in Manhattan in 1972.  Watch out for the subways.

More on the life of Dolley Madison.

Erasers:  Instruments of the Devil!

Pharaonic family values.

The trouble with academic journals.

More trouble with academic journals.

Yeah, this is not a good week for academic journals.

Have we found an Olmec written language?

Hard times for a Georgian bookbinder.

Theorizing about ghosts and the fourth dimension.

17th century dog-care tips.

The Hagia Sophia:  Home of healing powers, mysterious mosaics, and holy relics.

Not to mention one superb cat.  I doubt that's a coincidence.

Benjamin Franklin in France.

Some lesser-known female badasses.

The hazards of being a Georgian-Era washerwoman.

History never changes much.  Unfortunately.

A blog post making the important point that if there are aliens out there, they are very possibly, well, alien.

The world's most "exciting piece of excrement."  Yes, that's an actual quote.

The Witch House of Los Angeles.  And no, I don't live there.  Now cut that out.

Those wonderful Dreadfuls.

Pushing back the history of writing.

Pushing back the history of stone tools.

Write on!  This is possibly the world's oldest pencil.

Recasting the runes.

This one is just heartbreaking: Mine mules getting a taste of fresh air and sun in 1898.

Southern France is home to possibly the world's creepiest sculpture.

The FBI's "Did Hitler survive the war?" file.

Russia is just plain freaking weird.

See what I mean?

The spookier areas of Venice.

"The problem with being a necromancer is that you tend to alienate both the living and the dead."  So opens this week's cautionary tale.

The long history of poltergeists.

A good example of why I just don't trust anything anymore.

Country Joe McDonald and Florence Nightengale in the same link!

Witches were not burned at the stake as often as you might think.

Uncovering some "lost" Shakespeare.

Lord Byron's ghost is no doubt displeased that someone has debunked this particular legend.

Witch hunting for fun and profit.

Why early New Englanders often got married naked. It, uh, wasn't for the reasons you might think.

To be honest, just staying alive here on Earth is such a challenge, I don't know why anyone wants to try doing it on Mars.

Why every nice girl loves a sailor.

Here's an unusual ghost story: a phantom tombstone.

A devastating flood and a Man In Black.

And, finally, I leave you with some eloquent thoughts from Kylie Jenner, the great scientific mind of our time.

We're done!  See you on Monday, when I'll be looking at one of 20th century America's most unusual disappearances.  In the meantime, here's Sinatra.

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