"...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, August 28, 2015

Weekend Link Dump

This week's Link Dump is sponsored by the Association of Cave-Dwelling Cats.

What the hell happened in Cherry Creek 50 years ago?

What the hell are fairy circles?

What the hell are these ancient grooves?

What the hell are these ancient petroglyphs?

What the hell is the Kaaba Stone?

Who the hell killed Katie Hood?

Who the hell was the Monster of Florence?

Watch out for the Beast of Gevaudan!

Watch out for the Killer Hellhound of France!

Watch out for the Bird Woman!

Interesting question:  Who is the earliest person in history whose name we know?  And was this person a Sumerian accountant?

One of the strangest mass murderers in history.

Why monsters make the best sales pitches.

One of my favorite weird little mysteries:  The coffined dolls of Arthur's Seat.

When E.T. is an animal.

When a ghost is a mammoth.

The many ghosts of Mary Queen of Scots.

Tips for being a successful medieval heretic.

Is this the first child hero in English literature?

It stands to reason that H.P. Lovecraft would have a weird afterlife.

A Mayan-like temple in Java.

That time when H.H. Holmes was deemed "an honorable gentleman."

That time when robins were considered xenophobic.

That time when Ohio had a volcano.

That time when a science class went insane.

The mysterious Fetter Lane hoard.

Istanbul's history gets in the way of Istanbul's history.

Yes, I'd take it.

Lynching the Sydney Ducks.

Finding the Madonna in the Moon.

The pros and cons of the crinoline.

One of the most notorious muckraking magazines.

Prostitution during the Regency.

A busy Georgian era executioner.

The "other Afghanistan."

More proof that the ancients were smarter than we think.

That time an outer space lady shut off a radio station.

A distinguished presidential dog.

Better late than never.

"Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind/Each prayer accepted, and each wish resigned..."

The dubious blessings of being an Elvis clone.

A blog documenting retracted scientific papers.

The colorful career of an American actress who became a German silent film superstar.

Everything you've ever wanted to know about George Washington's bedpan.

Before there was Madame Tussaud, there was Mrs. Salmon.

A beautiful Victorian cemetery.

An inefficient French spymaster.

And, finally, this wonderful Edward Gorey gif:

So, at last we come to the end of this week's links.  See you on Monday, when I'll be presenting one of the Victorian era's strangest accused murderesses.  In the meantime, here's something from my favorite Beatle.


  1. George is your favorite Beatle too? Yay!

  2. The story about the Wakhan district in Afghanistan is an interesting one. Let's hope that the region stays forgotten by everyone. (By the way, Wakhan is a little panhandle that the British and Russians agreed to give Afghanistan in the late 19th century to keep their empires from touching and possibly causing friction; probably the only real estate deal that benefitted three countries at once.)


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