"...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 8, 2016

Weekend Link Dump

This week's Link Dump is sponsored by the Feline Olympic Swim Team!

What the hell was the Wago Owanhan?

Who the hell shot Dan Markel?

Watch out for the Spirit of Pen Park Hole!

Watch out for the Flying Fiend of Guadalupe!

Watch out for the Boggart of Spaw!

Watch out for those Finnish candies!

Watch out for those electric ghosts!

Watch out for those curse tablets!

Watch out for the Walking Gallows!

A Victorian Flea Circus.

Well, here's a lovely deathbed scene.

An 18th century warning against French servants.

Myth and the murder of Kitty Genovese.

The Case of the Pigeons in the Workhouse.

The Case of the Bigamous Dane.

The Case of Mark Twain and the Venice Lion.

Graveyard security and Resurrection Men.

The mystery of the "Three Hares" motif.

An "extraordinary" Welsh ghost story.

The "surprising genius" of John Bagford.

Educating Jefferson's grandson.

How to care for your pet mongoose.

18th century longevity.

A terrible 19th century case of parental violence.

"Going for a soldier," 18th century style.

An ancient Chinese tomb tells the story of a family's execution.

A Chinese female pirate who led 80,000 outlaws.  If that headline isn't for you, you've wandered into the wrong blog.

19th century New York's worst streets, before and after.

A Cornish museum with a heck of a lot of dragons.

Kim Philby talks.

Nicknames of the French royals.

John the Good vs. Charles the Bad.

A brief history of sleep.

A brief history of the escalator.

The pioneering Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

The Beverly Hills of the Dead.

Bogus holy leeches.

A mysterious Chinese cave.

The Great Stink of London.

Photos of 19th century Cairo.

One very tough mom.

Napoleon's second wedding.

Are we overrating Galileo?

The "Offenses against the person" act of 1861.

Writing tablets from ancient Palmyra.

More on the history of Vikings in North America.

How a family road trip turned into Europe's strangest disappearance.

The Poison Squad:  The world's most sickening club.

A murder victim visits a seance.

Marie Antoinette goes on a boar hunt.

Thomas De Quincey and the mad, mad world of 19th century magazines.

That time Martians visited Gettysburg.

A "heathenish murder."

New images of what ISIS did to Palmyra.

The story behind one of Bob Dylan's most famous songs.

The story behind Hans Christian Anderson.

The story behind H.L. Mencken getting arrested.

The story behind the South Pole's most mysterious death.

How to do April Fool's Day, ancient Roman style.

A love triangle in Alta California goes extremely wrong.

This week in Russian Weird:  How to drink vodka like a pro!

If you've been looking for the key of Hell, here you go.

If you've been looking for how to talk to birds, step right here.

The Rebel Countess.

I found this video both weirdly enchanting and oddly haunting:  Footage from a 1901 cricket match.

And, finally, a radio ad for Wheaties, 1926.  It's believed to be the first advertising jingle.

That wraps it up for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll learn how one 19th century woman went from English aristocrat to Queen of the Desert.  In the meantime, here's a lovely moment from Beethoven's "Fidelio":


  1. Hooray! I'm always thrilled to be on the Link Dump! Now to delight in all the links.

  2. I can't even think of what ISIS has done to Palmyra, let alone read about it or look at it.


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