"...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 20, 2015

Weekend Link Dump

This week's Link Dump is proudly sponsored by the International Society of Feline Photographers.

What the hell is falling over Spain?

What the hell happened to Dr. Leichhardt?

What the hell is inside the pyramids?

Watch out for those poisonous perfumes!

Watch out for those Australian magpies!

Watch out for those cursed Australian rivers!

Watch out for that otherworldly food!

Watch out for Big and Little Harpe!

The--perhaps unjustified--execution of Patrick Ogilvie.  (My take on this enigmatic case is here.)

How to investigate a seance.

German sausages and flying ambulances.

Stories of particularly strange disappearances.

Speaking of strange disappearances...

This week in Russian Weird features Neolithic smoked fish.

Oh, and Siberia is still sinking.

More lurid medieval cat stories.

Paying tribute to an unknown mapmaker.

Photographs of life in London, 1904.

The link between the Pied Piper and Dracula.  [Side note:  Someone should start a series on "Six Degrees of Fortean Separation."]

The link between pirates and parrots.

Meet Henry, the Magical Skunk.  One of the joys of putting this weekly link collection together is that it enables me to write sentences like that.

The memoirs of Madame Roland.

The liberating effects of bicycles.

In which we learn about 18th century feet.

A Victorian actress falls on hard times.

The role of Southern women in the Civil War.

A gruesome tale of poltergeists and body-snatching in Greyfriars churchyard.

To be honest, I've always thought old Will is the most overrated writer in history.

Robert Odlum, who should have looked--and thought twice--before he leaped.

The Paranormal Pic of Portsmouth.  Go on, try saying that one three times fast.

This week's "Oops" moment.

Eyewitnesses talk of Hitler's final days.

Was Oak Island just a big tar pit?

The Curse of Tupton Hall:  Separating fact from fiction.

The pioneering balloon flight of the Robert brothers.

Those scandalous Penny Dreadfuls.

How to make medieval bread.

Mrs. Beeton, the 19th century Martha Stewart.

The animals who fought in WWI.

A mystical Italian "blue room."

The strange case of the "sunken city of Cuba."

An ancient cave library.

A 17th century Dead Letter Office.

A visit to a 19th century dissection room.

An early 20th century Cat Lady tragedy.

Curing a Georgian headache.

"I be dead people."

The man who weighed souls.

Napoleon's superstitions.

The case of the missing mustache.

Emily Bronte's dog.

And that's a wrap for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll look at one of the worst people in early 20th century America.  In the meantime, here's some Handel:


  1. My husband watches a reality show about Oak Island. It is incredibly boring.

    I also have to thank you for this site! I love reading about bizarre history. It's wonderful that there is a site entirely devoted to it. Keep up the good work!!!

  2. Those pictures of 1904 England are wonderful, so clear and detailed. Incidentally, the village of Clovelly in Devon, featured in some of the pictures, is, I believe, still largely owned by one family of squires.

  3. Emily Bronte beating the hell out of her dog has kind of diminished her in my eyes. We're all human, I suppose, but jeez lady.

    1. Well, this is the woman who wrote about a little boy hanging puppies, as if it was the most normal thing in the world, so I can't say that surprised me.


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