"...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 19, 2016

Weekend Link Dump

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What the hell is this photograph?

What the hell were the Hobbits?

What the hell happened at the Red Inn?

Where the hell is this skeleton?

Who the hell is this skeleton?  (Spoiler alert:  IT'S NOT ERNEST.)

Where the hell is the Dorset Ooser?

Watch out for Catherine de Medici's gloves!

Watch out for the Sheepsquatch!

Watch out for those pineapples!

Watch out for those discontented daemons!

Watch out for the Monkey of the Dead!

Watch out for those buggy judicial wigs!

Watch out for those Amazonian rivers!

The man who solved his own disappearance.

Oh, just some vintage Satanism in Colorado.

The ancient man who was buried upright.

The latest archaeological news from Easter Island.

Ancient Egyptian toothpaste.

How to eat like a Conqueror.

How Jane Austen cured the flu.

The Georgian Poor Laws.

Message in a bottle: "I expect my turn will come next."

Comparing 18th century nobility to a garden.

Mary Lindell, who worked in two World Wars.

The fact that this list even exists is one of the many, many things that make me weep for humanity.

The farmer who led a revolt against the Confederacy.

Methodist minister reads too much trashy fiction, decides to turn pirate.  I love this story.

Seabury Sees Sea Serpent.

Fidel Castro's cow.

There's gold in them thar...bird droppings.

James MacPherson, influential liar.

The Canary Girls, indirect victims of WWI.

Isabella Beeton, the Victorian Martha Stewart.

James Renwick, the last executed Covenanter.

The family who burned $1 million.

An ill-fated friendship between a cat and a mouse.

The "lost movie" that was used as a murder alibi.

The man who was hanged by a president.

The kennel that was for animal one-percenters.

Yes, there is a whole field of Impotence Poetry.

It was not easy to hang Sarah Chandler.

A Nigerian ghost house.

Trees don't grow in humans.  Or do they?

A Conqueror's doodles.

18th century prostitution and the law.

Death by shaving.

A priest's unsolved murder.

A gentlemanly highwayman.

A young woman's death is caused by a ghost.

What happens when things get really weird for a Professor of Moral Philosophy.

Robbing 17th century doctors.

Undertaker Valentines!

An appropriate closing link:  Famous last words.

And so we bring another week on this blog to a close. See you on Monday, when we'll be looking into one of the odder moments in the history of invention. In the meantime, here's La Bottine Souriante:


  1. I like stories about strange and mysterious creatures; one can almost watch the tales become more elaborate through the years.

  2. I love your musical selections!


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