"...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, September 11, 2015

Weekend Link Dump

This week's Link Dump is sponsored by the Worldwide Federation of Cats Who Are Laughing At Us.

What the hell is this ancient rock art?  Now we...well, sort of know.

What the hell happened in Warminster in 1965?

What the hell happened in Augsburg in 1591?

Who the hell was King Arthur?

Watch out for the Mandela Effect!

Watch out for that anarchist soup!

Watch out for the chocolate of Chiapas!

Watch out for those vindictive vicars!

Watch out for those paranormal peacocks!

Are you a witch?  Then watch out for those broomsticks!

How a 14th century kidnapping/rape helped change the course of British history.

Squonks: the saddest cryptids.

How to tell your witches from your sorcerers.

A roundup of British crime in 1843.

Andrew Jackson and the Bell Witch.

The life of a Regency nursemaid.

The tomb of a Russian princess spawned many strange legends.

Witchcraft accusations in modern France.

Pseudocriticism of pseudosciences.

Good luck with that one, guys.

Discovering the ancient cave paintings of Petra.

The latest in the "Gospel of Jesus' Wife" controversy.

Of literacy and leapfrog.

Hannah Snell vs. the press gang.

The ghost map of Gainesville.

Weird bosses.

Upstaging Stonehenge.

The man who poisoned a president's grandfather.

Archaeologists vs. Ancient Aliens.

George V's parrot.

An 18th century Rumpole of the Bailey.

A possible early victim of a notorious serial poisoner.

Robert Southey and his cats.

A clubhouse for deadbeat dads.

The strange case of a polio version of Typhoid Mary.

The grave of an ancient warrior princess.

Leek Milk and Carrot Beer make me very happy I didn't drink in the Georgian era.

Princess Diana and the alien big cats.  Now, there's a headline for you.

And, finally, this week in Russian Weird:

Side note: Russians are all lunatics. Even weirder than the Latvians.  Your average Russian makes Florida Man look like Calvin Coolidge.  I used to date a Russian guy. Trust me on this one. 

So, there you go for this week. See you on Monday, when I'll be looking at the very strange couple in the center of a very strange unsolved murder. In the meantime, here's a bit of Telemann:


  1. I think that federation of laughing cats pretty much includes all cats, doesn't it? And Telemann... I always thought that he suffered from having been too prolific; whenever someone produces a lot, he's accused of not having the talent to sustain the amount. But just listen...

    1. Telemann was amazing; I'm surprised he isn't as well-known as Mozart or Beethoven. I once read that even HE lost track of how many works he had composed!

  2. Another awesome list I can't wait to work through!


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