"...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, February 5, 2016

Weekend Link Dump

This week's Link Dump is proud to be sponsored by the Ancient Order of Robber Kittens:

What the hell is under Nottingham?

What the hell happened to Charles Hickson and Calvin Parker in 1973?

Watch out for Mel's Hole!

Watch out for those New Zealand vampires!

Watch out for those Red Fairies!

Ceres keeps getting weirder.

A tribute to Edward Lear.

A tribute to everyone's favorite Protestant whore.

The discovery of Neanderthals.

Photographs of 1920s-30s Shanghai.

A fictional character's gravestone.

A werewolf's gravestone.

A church haunted by a ghost bird.

How America was able to buy Alaska on the cheap.

Myths can be less mythical than you might think.

The cat in Celtic lore.

An American's view of Russia, 1851.

A "peculiar" father is charged with manslaughter.

The lesser-known side of Marie Curie.

Victorian hair care.

Exploding eyes and bath-water beer:  It wasn't easy being a 6th century saint.

The world's top chef turned out to be a real-life "Richard Cory."

Anne Boleyn's earwax.

Oh, just another human-leg-dwelling boned insect.

Some remarkable 18th century cats.

A gin recipe even I wouldn't drink.

Lucy Stanton, influential abolitionist.

When your dad is a ghost.

When 19th century poets turn ghost hunters.

Looking for love in 18th century newspapers.

India's amazing cave temples.

Napoleon's smartest sister.

Becoming Louis Vuitton.

I can't say this surprises me.

Let's face it, the Sumerians were smarter than we are.  So were the Babylonians.

Simeon Pfoutz, who tried to bring feudal society to 19th century Pennsylvania.

Yale's Great Chalkboard Rebellion.

Treating mental illness in the 16th and 17th centuries.

The decadence of Weimar Germany.

Keeping 14th century time.

Paddy Scott, Irish pirate.

The history of WWI's most famous song.

Listening to history.

The diary of an early American woman.

Two horses receive a surprisingly elaborate burial.

An early 19th century "provincial tragedy."

More 19th century infanticides.

The execution of a 16th century scapegoat.

Feeling blue.

The cover-up surrounding the Challenger disaster.

The strange tale of the alien mummy and the mountain lights.

Who murdered the Grimes sisters?

Framing a guilty man.

The deerhounds of Windsor Park.

The opening of the London Docks.

The Lusitania cover-up.

For this week in Russian Weird, here's a look at their female shamans.

And there it is! See you on Monday, when I'll look at one of the 18th century's most notorious ghost stories. In the meantime, here's probably the prettiest song ever to feature the word "crap" in its lyrics:


  1. I love the robber kittens - though I don't know if they would cost me any more money than do the horrid...PET CATS!

    1. I think the robber kittens might be cheaper. I have a $200/month cat food bill, and I never carry that much cash. (Not to mention the vet -)

    2. Cats. They steal your heart. And your wallet with it.

  2. Thank you for the shout out! And thanks for this great reading list....it will surely keep me busy.


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