"...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, November 13, 2015

Weekend Link Dump



This week's Link Dump is brought to you by the Cats of Friday the 13th.





What the hell happened to these prehistoric Americans?

What the hell might be hidden in King Tut's tomb?

What the hell is the "Stonehenge" of the Golan Heights?

Why the hell did ancient Californians build these walls?

Watch out for those cursed figureheads!

Watch out for Sweeney Todd!

Watch out for the hell hounds of Dartmoor!

Watch out for your neighbor's chili!

An 18th century cabinet maker writes a letter to the future.

The curious murders of a French Count and his wife.

When "Mad as a hatter" was more than just a turn of phrase.

A very rude medieval demon cat.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Chamber Pot.

A scandalous "Crim. Con." case from the early 19th century.

In search of Medieval America.

A ghostly version of that old "Is it live or is it Memorex?" commercial.  (Yeah, I'm old enough to remember those.  I'm practically old enough to remember the Mayflower landing.)

A stunning Slovenian lake.

A Croatian "sea-organ."

Real-life Frankensteins.

A new theory about King Ludwig II and the "Poe Toaster."  (For anyone who's interested, I've posted the text of an 1886 article about the link between Ludwig and Poe on my other blog.)

X-Treme Bagpiping!

Meet Jemmy the Rockman.

Some strange Australian deaths.

Some strange tales from WWI.

Some strange tales from Pennsylvania.

The ultimate Bad Neighbor?

Don't try this at your favorite restaurant.

The hazards of being a dog's nursemaid.

The colorful career of Charlotte Charke/Charles Brown. 

You know you've got a fun family when one of the saner members is nicknamed "Foul Weather."

"Thermal anomalies" at the Pyramids.

Demonstrating ancient Chinese makeup tips.

Sugar sculptures as political propaganda.

Mary Jane Kelly, Jack the Ripper's most mysterious victim.

Ancient Chinese family helps a woman become Emperor, goes on to regret it.

Gotta love those bigamy punchlines.

Remembering some neglected seamen of WWII.

Peppering your way to good health.

"Undine," you say, "do you know what your blog is lacking?  That is to say, what it's lacking besides talent, brains, and a solid grasp of English grammar?  Information on killing tree stumps!"  Well, your wait is finally over.

The Sultanate of Women.

The colorful history of Duart Castle.

A haunted Croatian island is for sale.

The power of the pumpkin.

The first detectives.

Nothing like a little quality control.

The colliding worlds of Immanuel Velikovsky.

The strange and gruesome death of a college student.

The execution of John Hanlon, who surely deserved it.

You think I could possibly neglect to link to a story about Demon Cats?

Film footage of life in Nazi Austria.

A woman's disappearance is solved in a way reminiscent of Poe's "The Black Cat."

St. Catherine, matchmaker.

An archive of images from the French Revolution.

Monstrosities made to order!

Child-stripping and child-stealing.

Hester Bateman, silversmith.

A murder mystery on Marsden Moor.

The history of Venice's Jewish ghetto.

An angry poltergeist fails to get results.

And it's over and out for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll be talking 17th century poltergeists.  In the meantime, here's one of my all-time favorites, via Van the Man:

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