"...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, December 4, 2015

Weekend Link Dump

This week's Link Dump is brought to you by the Biker Cats Gang.

What the hell did Hull see in the skies in 1801?

What the hell happened at Dyatlov Pass?

What the hell happened to Romulus?

Watch out for those Scottish cannibals!

Watch out for those thieving animals!

A factory that was "an inch-deal from Hell."

The hazards of being an Ottoman Prince.

The hazards of using an 18th century toilet.

An Irish swindling case involving the folklore of fairy food.

The ill-fated collaboration of Mr. Kelley and Mr. Dee.

Those times when fiction has been stranger than truth.

The dark side of 19th century "Pretty Women."

A sunken steamboat that became a time capsule.

The Golden Age of merchant ships.

The birth of circulating libraries.

The mysterious Siberian sinkholes have been getting so much publicity, India has now decided to join in the fun.

Revisiting the Kecksburg UFO mystery.

The case of the Perforated Private.

Curious corners of Old London.

The mystery of the Japanese ghost ships.

"Who was it that said Wagner's music isn't nearly as bad as it sounds?"
~Horace Rumpole

Italy wants its ghost king to abdicate.

A mysterious, and hauntingly beautiful, diamond.

The Lawson Christmas Massacre.

The DNA of Doggerland.

The New World's first great civilization?

Mao vs. the sparrows.  [Spoiler alert: the sparrows won.]

The man whose suicide killed off English alchemy.

The execution of the "Bandit of Paris."

Photos of trench life during WWI.

Hell's portrait gallery.

An ancient Egyptian prenup.

A 19th century Lorena Bobbitt.

A Sheikh's chic stamps.

More accounts of "past life memories."

Colorized photos of the opening of King Tut's tomb.

The monument to Mrs. Chippy, ill-fated explorer.

Why WWII went on longer than you think.

Why you really wouldn't want to accept any mail sent from Sarah Drake.

Some 19th century Morgue Tourism.

Archaeologists think they've found Shakespeare's kitchen.

If you've been longing to make some honey-infused corpse medicine, you've come to the right place.

Why bring a murder into court when you can take a court into a murder?  Or something.

Rare photos of early 20th century New York.

Was this man D.B. Cooper?

Napoleon's Indian interpreter.

And we're outta here for this week.  See you on Monday, when we'll take a look at one of 19th century New York's nuttiest murder mysteries.  In the meantime, here's some Fleetwood Mac.  I'm not the world's biggest Stevie Nicks fan--a little of her goes a long way with me, if you know what I mean--but I've always liked this song.


  1. It's interesting how long wars technically continue, depending on when peace treaties are signed. The First World War continued until 1920, when the peace treaties were signed, but the fighting stopped in 1918. But that was just an armistice. Fighting continued right up until eleven o'clock on November 11th because the Allies couldn't be sure that Germany wouldn't break the truce at any moment, and the Allies had to be in the best positions possible if war was renewed. That had to wait for 21 years.

  2. Wow, those photographs of 'forgotten corners of London' are astonishing. Most of those shown there are probably swept away now.


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