"...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, July 1, 2016

Weekend Link Dump

This week's Link Dump is sponsored by those lazy, hazy Cats of Summer:

What the hell was Germany's Dancing Mania?

What the hell happened to Carol Batterman?

Who the hell invented breakfast cereal?

Watch out for those killer snowball fights!

Watch out for those killer broomsticks!

Watch out for those killer cat kisses!

Watch out for those killer blotters!

Watch out for those headless bears!

The tradition of the Filly Loo.

The Prince of Tennessee.

Eliza Allen Billings, female soldier?

That time Elie Wiesel visited Disneyland.

That time the King and Queen of Hawaii visited Britain.

A new biography of Charlotte Bronte.

A Romanian dinosaur discoverer.

The skulls of Thiepval.

The world's funniest phrasebook.

A brief history of the stomacher.

A brief history of hangmen's ropes.

A brief history of Pocahontas in London.

A brief history of maritime folklore.

A brief history of lost military maps.

A brief history of Victorian sewing.

A brief history of simulated worlds.

A brief history of New Orleans ghosts.

A brief history of the "pigeon cure."  Don't ask.

Shorter version: 6th century British history is a mess.

Murder at the Grey Coat School.

Remembering the Somme.

The Year of the Macgregor.

The hazards of being a gravedigger.

Spirits and time-slips.

Oh, those Yankee freaks.

A recently-discovered Roman gladiator school.

The amputee obstacle course.

The monsters of Pennsylvania.

A haunted 99-door mansion.

How people died in 17th century London.

The era of the automat.

How England became a tea-drinking nation.

An unsolved 19th century robbery.

Here's one beauty pageant that meets with my approval.

Hapless husbands!  Wandering wives!

Remembering the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

Morgues as amusement parks.

Is this the secret to Stonehenge?

Is this the secret to a mysterious medieval text?

The dead cat, the beer, and the strike.

A tale of a sailor and a shark.

A shape-shifter in Norfolk.

The Jewish scientist and the Nazi bees.

London's most alive cemetery.

A famed 19th century swindler.

The Mystery of the Red Hand.

A very horrible witchcraft "cure."

And that's it for this week.  I'll be back on Sunday, with a special 4th of July-related post, and then on Monday we'll look at the very odd circumstances behind a young man's death.  In the meantime, here's Warren Zevon. His cover of this song makes my heart ache each time I hear it.


  1. I didn't know Zevon had ever covered that sweet song. Thank you.

    1. That's one of my very favorites--both his version and the original.


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