"...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 29, 2016

Weekend Link Dump

This week's Link Dump is sponsored by Strange Company HQ staffer Kate, world-renowned as the Amazing Boneless Wonder!

What the hell is this hair in a coffin?

Watch out for those American dragons!

Watch out for the Midnight Terror Cave of Belize!

The Land of Missing Persons.

Audubon, master hoaxer.

The Pythagorean Sayings, or why you need to watch out for the sun when you urinate.

There's a village in Spain that's been cursed for the last 500 years. Hell on the real estate values, I'd guess.

The million-dollar poodle.

One really freaking expensive tulip.

The mad dogs of London.

Eye-eye... Ay!

The Finnish Witch of the North.

The man who taught the East India Company how to speak Burmese.

A museum honoring the last European woman executed for witchcraft.

The Wendigo Hunters.

Victorian aerial daredevils.

The woman who was one of the leading Anglo-Saxon warriors.

Britain's most famous witch.

When fashion foiled the fiend.

William Brereton, tragic tragidian.

The sisterhood of Jackie and Lee.

The rise of the Howard Dynasty.

Shorter version:  We're all gonna die.  Happy weekend.

A terrible accident in a cemetery, 1838.

The role of hashish in assassinations.

Say "Happy Birthday" to the world's oldest tree.  Wherever it is

Working women in the Victorian era.

Doing the laundry, Georgian style.

Victorian jobs you would not want to have.

Fat-shaming in the Victorian era.

The "puerperal derangement" of Elizabeth Potter.

The officer and the Anzac.

Did they hang Jack the Ripper?

The momentous fall of Troy.

William Kidd, the pirate who was framed.

Belgrade's Nikola Tesla museum.

A bullet in the archives.

Frances Thompson, unsuccessful forger.

The tragedy of the White Ship.

World War I and the wrist watch.

19th century animal welfare.

18th century Parisian fortune tellers.

17th century Swedish sin.

The palace of the King of Rome.

The folklore of St. George's Day.

And, finally, what better way to kick off the weekend than with this wonderful ancient mosaic?

And there we go for this week. See you on Monday, when we'll be talking medieval Irish witchcraft. And poison. In the meantime, here be trumpets:


  1. I love your lists, Undine, all the way down to the great trumpets at the end! A great way to usher in the weekend.

  2. Turns out I live in the land of the missing - and our cabin is just a short walk away from where those firefighters found those bones. That's cheerful, isn't it?

  3. It's a sad tale about the missing men in Alaska. Sometimes I think it's better if the missing wanted to be lost; otherwise, it would mean someone was lost and trying to find his way home, and never did.

  4. I like reading about the explorers and scholars of the early British Empire. They were a remarkable bunch, many individualists and patriots, many loons, almost all interesting.

    And Kate is as feline as they come - doin' the Q!


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