"...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, January 8, 2016

Weekend Link Dump

This week's Link Dump is sponsored by a group particularly dear to Strange Company's heart:  The Association of Dissipated Kittens.

Where the hell are all the aliens?

What the hell are ghosts?

Watch out for the Hag With Two Faces!

Watch out for those cursed swamps!

Watch out for those snakes and lizards in your water!

Watch out for the Laird o Brough!

An accident that became a gruesome, but amazing case of survival.

A chilling look at the eruption of Mount. St. Helens.

The early history of autism.

Modern science meets ancient mummies.

Using supernatural methods to cope with the death of a pet.

Some photographic "firsts."

Sugar, slavery, and slate.

Some oddities from the Bank Note Club.

The case of the Shadwell Shams.

The language of the crows.

The sad case of the "Hottentot Venus."

Because this blog can't have too many demon cats.

A tantalizing account of 17th century teleportation.

The unexpected hazards of 19th century sex.

This physicist claims we have evidence for UFOs.

Robert Greene Elliott, one very busy executioner.

The world's oldest art.

A delightful 1732 will.

An actress takes her performance a bit too seriously.

A little girl's eerie disappearance.

Gambling, Elizabethan style.

The joy of book-bindings.

2015's top archaeological discoveries.

A novel historical project:  Recreating the sounds of 18th century Paris.

How to make a Skrat.  And keep them!

The scandalous 19th century kidnapping of Ellen Turner.  (My look at this tale is here.)

John Black, 18th century adventurer.

Science analyzes Leopold and Loeb.

Old Judy, Keeper of the Hutch.

A leading female anti-suffragette.

What to do if you break a mirror.

Examining the El Faro tragedy at sea.

Excavating ancient Saharan burials.

Some 19th century matrimonial ads.

An attack on a Portuguese Jew in England, 1816.

Kate Warne, 19th century detective.

French dueling codes.

The woman behind the moon landing.

Attack of the frog army!

In which Frederick II offends pretty much everybody.

Untangling Incan accounting.

Mysterious buildings that predate Stonehenge.

Napoleon's not-so-happy New Year.

The brief life of Henry VIII's first son.

A too-typical 19th century case of child-stealing.

The woman who is history's first identified author.

Charlotte Long, the last English woman hanged for arson.

This week in Russian Weird:  The country is a portal to another dimension.  Which will not surprise anyone who knows any Russians.

And, finally...Happy Weekend!

And there's the latest edition of the Link Dump.  See you on Monday, when we'll look at one of America's most unusual long-running stage acts.  In the meantime, our song of the week is a snappy vintage tune unearthed by The Pet Museum:


  1. That story on Mount St Helens is astounding. Those poor men.

  2. About that Hottentot Venus thing . . . may have been unusual 200 years ago, but these days you can find one at just about any Walmart or Burger King. (Comes in every color & flavor.)


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