"...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 8, 2016

Weekend Link Dump

This week's Link Dump is pleased to be sponsored by the Federation of Extraterrestrial Cats!

Who the hell was the Ghost Sniper of New Jersey?

Where the hell is Wanka?

Alhambra is really booming!

The castle of Death Valley Scotty.

New York's Grumpy the Bulldog.

The museum clerk who saw the Battle of the Somme.

Female soldiers in the Mexican-American War.

Women in Russian folklore.

Marriage-by-abduction in the 17th and 18th centuries.

The Jewish pirates of Jamaica.

Canada Day, 1867.

Port wine and war.

Folklore involving birds and death.

The murder behind "The Ballad of Reading Gaol."

This week's Advice From Thomas Morris:  What not to do with a fork.  (A truly unforgettable headline on this one...)

Studying history through medieval graffiti.

Stravinksy's troublesome Star-Spangled Banner.

Famous last words, French Revolution department.

The rather depressing Budapest Smile Club.

The remains (well, bits of them) of the Buddha may have been found.

The 10,000 year old grave of a "Shaman woman."

Popinjays, fops, and macaronis.

The most haunted town in America.

Food'll kill ya.

A fortune-telling praying mantis.

John Jackson's Boxing Saloon.

This has got to be one of my favorite funeral stories ever.

Divided loyalties during the American Revolution.

The world's worst fireworks accident.

The bishop and the bread knife.

Some of the greatest royal epithets.

The ultimate Crazy Cat Man story.

That time Los Angeles celebrated the 4th of July with a cricket match and a bagpipe contest.

A 10th century Bigfoot?

A Thames sailing barge.

The Man in the Iron Wax Mask.

A 1,000-year-old arson case.

The bones of Betsy Ross.

Victorian Cat Ladies, crazy or otherwise.

Some crime and punishment from the 18th century.

Dora Jordan, 18th century comic.

Why one man keeps dying in terrorist attacks.

Everyone's favorite alien conspiracy theories.

The library that serves two different countries simultaneously.

The Devonshire costume ball of 1897.

Historical children-scarers.

Was Noah's Ark a pyramid?

And, finally, this week in Russian Weird goes sunbathing.

And that's that for this week.  See you on Monday, when we'll be looking at the very odd mystery surrounding a young Russian man.  In the meantime, here's something from the early 18th century.


  1. Space Cat!

    As a Canadian, it was interesting for me to read that not everyone was satisfied with Confederation in 1867, and I noted that, in a contemporary article, 'Canadians' referred to people in Ontario (Upper Canada) and Quebec (Lower Canada) only. But we all got used to being in one country.

  2. In regard to the Ghost Sniper of New Jersey and the attacks on the bridge, maybe a slingshot fired at very close range by a pedestrian or someone in a passing vehicle?


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