"...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, June 19, 2015

Weekend Link Dump

Because black cats are always good luck.

Why the hell didn't the Norse settle North America?

What the hell are these cliffs on Mercury?

Where the hell was the Hanging Garden of Babylon?  Now we know?

What the hell were all those infant skeletons doing in an ancient Greek well?  Now we know?

Speaking of ancient Greeks, what the hell were these zombie skeletons?

What the hell happened to Adolf Hitler?  Some people are still wondering!

Where the hell is the Amber Room?  Many people are still wondering!

What the hell are those bright lights on Ceres?  Everyone is still wondering!

Watch out for the Black Dog of Bouley!

Watch out for the Lambton Worm!

Watch out for those home invading reptilian humanoids!

Anyone want some Zimbabwean currency?  Cheap?  Uh...real cheap?

An out-of-this-world gravestone.

An Irish sheep boy.

I find it oddly pleasing to learn that there are Sex Pistols conspiracy theories.

Remember that Anglo-Saxon brew that killed MRSA?  Here's a Viking drink to use as a chaser.

Click here to learn what the traffic rules were in 19th century London.  Ha-ha!  Fooled you!  There weren't any!

The wonders of the Waddesdon Bequest.

Summarizing Waterloo in 16 objects.

The actress who made her admirers scream.  Uh, not in a good way.

Goodyer Long's unfortunate romantic life.

Double the horror:  The twin Brighton Trunk Murders.

A Waterloo survivor writes home.

A vision of Waterloo.

A phony "Waterloo veteran."

The world's most glamorous Siamese twins.

Ghosts of bacon past.

That time UFOs crashed a sporting event.

Training your waist, 18th century style.

File this one under "Well, duh!"

Ireland's amazing Rock of Cashel.

I'll see your Loch Ness Monster and raise you one camel-horse.

The hidden secrets of a 15th century map.

This one was new to me:  "The Count of Monte Cristo" had a co-author.

Gladiator graffiti.

The lovely ghost of an early 20th century Romanian casino.

The wonderful horse paintings of George Stubbs.

A weirdly beautiful Welsh village.

It's raining vampire fish in Alaska.

Decoding medieval books.

Scientists are starting limb farms.

Buddha is now a hologram.

Is the world becoming less weird?

If you've been wondering how to say "rabbit pate" in Latin, here you go.

If you've been wondering how to have a Vestal Virgin hairstyle, you're in luck as well.

If you've been wondering how George Washington did his hair, oh boy is this your week.

If you've been wondering how to make ancient ice cream, prepare for your life to be filled with joy.

Some non-alien weirdness from Roswell.

In short, despite the fact that she was a queen of England, we know next to nothing about Anne Neville.

Quote of the week:  "I think someone would have said something if we suddenly found ourselves under nuclear attack."

Life in a Georgian-era workhouse.

The Devil's Footprints of Japan.

The year without a summer.

An early 19th century recipe for back pain.

And that's a wrap!  See you on Monday, when I'll look at the strange disappearance of a UFO enthusiast.  In the meantime, here's my favorite moment from my favorite opera.

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