"...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, October 23, 2015

Weekend Link Dump

This week's Link Dump is proud to be sponsored by the International Center For Feline Journalists.

What the hell was (is?) Hy-Brasil?

Watch out for those Saudi swimming pools?

Watch out for KIC 8462852!

Watch out for the Stamford Wildman!

Watch out for those glowing Winged Women!

Watch out for the Crying Boy!

Watch out for those Banshees!

Watch out for Jane Eyre's Gytrash!

Watch out for the What-Is-Its!

How Venice became...well, Venice.

A "perfect murder" in the Alps.

Napoleon meets St. Helena.  Neither one was overly impressed.

The posthumous odyssey of Elmer McCurdy.

The graffiti at the Tower of London.

What hearing aids were like in the 18th century.

Some medieval wall paintings have recently been uncovered in a Welsh church.

17th century women travelers vs. the East India Company.

John Dee's library!

The Vatican's elephant.

Casting out the Devil can leave you speechless.

Keeping the Devil out of the Tower of London.

A young chess prodigy's weird disappearance.

How Rose de Freycinet circumnavigated the globe.

If you have $45 million lying around, you can buy a castle that's chock full of Weird.

A salute to the great Christopher Wren.

If you're a highly self-reliant vampire, have I got the village for you.

If you're wondering what a sheepskin cloak cost in the Dark Ages, have I got the blog post for you.

How to celebrate a Victorian Halloween.

That time Paris had a human zoo.

That time Coleridge played hooky from Cambridge.

That time your lunchtime salad would be considered a controlled substance.

"The Miracle Worker?"  Or just one very creepy situation?

One for the "We Don't Know Jack About Our History" file.

Another one for the "We Don't Know Jack About Our History" file.

That "We Don't Know Jack About Our History" file is getting mighty crowded.

George Bell, who had to die to finally be noticed by the world.

Old London street slang.

The Great London Beer Flood.

How to be a Georgian supermodel.

A ghostly buddy system.

Cooking, Soviet style.  The "CCCP" on the ice cream cones was quite the festive touch.

A haunted Alaskan castle.

P.T. Barnum's menagerie.

Some legends associated with the famed Bell Witch.

The Palmyra Massacre:  one of the Civil War's more notorious events.

The most enigmatic figure of the Salem witch trials.

Remembering Trafalgar.

A hot date gets very weird.

The Gentle Author's cat gives the universal feline cry of "Feed me!!!!"

New York's first luxury hotel.

The latest research on Machu Picchu.

Ale-ing all day, oil-ing by night.

A Bronze Age Scottish sauna.

A dose of Ukraine Weird.

And, finally, this past week I saw what will probably always remain my favorite tweet ever.

That wraps it up for this week. See you on Monday, when we'll be talking more Edwardian Murder. In the meantime, here's Ella:


  1. As a chess player myself, I have always been interested by the disappearance of Peter Winston.

    The "perfect murder" in the Alps has me stumped. If Al-Hilli was the target, how did the shooter know that he would end up at the top of the road? Did he or she see them leave Chevaline, and then get up to the top in time to get ready to shoot them?

  2. The 'Crying Boy' story was fun. It appears in a blog sub-titled 'Journalism and Folklore'. Isn't that title redundant?


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