"...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, April 22, 2016

Weekend Link Dump

This week's Link Dump is brought to you by the International Feline Laundry Workers' Union!

What the hell are the Nasca Holes?  Now we know?

What the hell was the "Wow Signal?"  Now we know?

What the hell caused the Great Vowel Shift?  Now we know?

What the hell happened in Woodside, NY in 1894?  Sorry, can't help you there.

Watch out for those nose worms!

Watch out for those William Tell fans!

Watch out for the Rabbit of Doom!

Watch out for Black Vaughan!

Watch out for the Holden Rag!

The much-buried Paul von Hindenburg.

The much-photographed Buzzer the Cat.

The life of a 17th century actress.

The Naked Woman of Duart Castle.

The execution of a murderer and her witch.

Life at a London police office, 1828.

That time magicians conspired to kill Edward II.

Hard times for an 18th century regiment.

Of Welshmen and mermaids.

That time an Irish island disappeared.

The last flight of the Glider King.

Dealing with 19th century burnout.

Why the Soulbury Stone never loses.

Seems legit.

Joseph Crouch, body-snatcher.

Napoleonic soldier turned Greek hero.

Edward Ashford, a very unlucky baker.

Alexander Stewart, a very unlucky "first."

Why Benedict Arnold turned traitor.

Louis-Marie Prudhomme, Revolutionary author and journalist.

England's "wondrous, violent motion."

A banshee of the Titanic.

Boxing with Byron.

When you go down in history as "Half-Hangit Maggie," you know you've led quite a life.

When you go down in history as "Ethelred the Unready," prepare for 1,000 years of bad press.

A child's lonely death in 1891 is still memorialized.

The librarian who thwarted al Qaeda.

The northernmost town on earth.

A coded message and a lost civilization.

Elizabeth Richardson, who went to her death because of jealousy.

The strange death of a Sherlock Holmes scholar.

Mysterious ancient societies in Bulgaria.

The legendary land of Hy-Brasil.

An early 19th century serial killer.

Speaking severed heads.

The Isle of Mull's beautiful burial grounds.

The complicated marital history of King Philip II Augustus.

Dorothy Levitt, "the fastest girl on earth."

A murderer who possibly inspired Edgar Allan Poe.

A case of fratricide.

How Maupassant collaborated with himself.

Arthur Conan Doyle and the mediumistic maid.

Two famed "Nut" comedians.

Ann Wood of the East India Company.

A president's secret wedding.

Fighting over sea monkeys.

The significance of the Battle of Culloden.

Animals who were named in wills.

The magic hares of Pendle.

The history of Salic Law.

A string of unsolved murders in Japan.

The dangerous vanity of a necromancer.

The Ant Whisperer.

The strange death of Yuri Gargarin.

Interesting look at how modern-day trackers are being used to interpret ancient footprints.

An ancient dog pound.

A horse who made an excellent mailman.

Coca Wine, anyone?

And we're done! See you next week, when we'll be looking at one of the 18th century's most notorious poisoners. In the meantime, here's some country-rock I remember fondly from back in the day.


  1. I look forward to this list every Friday. Now if only I could get the cats to do the laundry....

  2. I'd never heard of the Wow Signal. I hope Paris's theory is confirmed. It's neat when a lone theorist is proved right. I had heard of the vowel shift, but not that explanation. It makes sense. Even today, Englishmen from the north of the country are barely comprehensible to those in the south, so imagine the difficulties six hundred years ago.

    And my cats do absolutely nothing to improve household finances or lessen my work-load, the lazy dogs.

  3. Oh, and don't expect me to go anywhere near anything titled 'nose worms'...


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