"...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, August 5, 2016

Weekend Link Dump

This week's Link Dump is sponsored by the Louis Wain Cats of Summer!

What the hell was the Caithness Mermaid?  (Final word here.)

What the hell were the voices in Joan of Arc's head?

Watch out for those Kansas river monsters!

Watch out for those murderous ghosts!

Watch out for the Witch of Scrapfaggot Green!

The mysterious end of the last Franciscan missionary in Texas.

This week's Advice From Thomas Morris: How not to get pregnant.

This week's Advice From Thomas Morris II:  Watch out for those flying jaws!

Solving the mysterious death of a 19th century scientist.

The scientist who's taking family reunions to a whole 'nother level.

A Paleolithic sculpture has recently been discovered.

The spiritualists meet Lizzie Borden.  Hilarity ensues.

Why you shouldn't impersonate the king of Portugal.

The 17th century poet Anne Bradstreet.

Indonesians have interesting funerals.

The mystery of the 80 shackled skeletons.

How to be a good Georgian wife or husband.

Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness.

Those weird and wonderful witches.

Hindu temples with musical pillars.

Harriet Westbrook, who had the misfortune of marrying Percy Shelley.

Victorian life preservers.

The strange death of the "Mayor of the Fillmore."

The Great Warsaw Basilisk Hunt.

The immortal Spanish Prisoner.

The ghost armies of Souter Fell.

Anna of Denmark, art patron.

WWI "cigarette delivery dogs."

The maladies of midwives.

The Case of the Defrauded Dachshund.

What you'd wear to a Victorian fancy dress ball.

A few relatively little-known facts about France.

An 18th century clergyman looks forward to his wedding night in true 18th century fashion.

Thomas Grey runs afoul of Henry V.

The licking stones of Carlisle.

Those naughty bicycle messenger boys.

Hitler's Olympic village is still standing.

The kind of things you find when you go digging with Andy Mould.

A notorious 1841 murder.

The secret lives of cadavers.

The link between the Civil War and Egypt's cotton industry.

Victorian women's fondness for archery.

The bottom of the ocean is one strange place.

Mark Twain takes a famous raft trip.  Or does he?

Blind people see for the first time...during near-death experiences.

You find some interesting things in old parish records.

Cats vs. ghosts.

This week in Russian Weird presents the 75-year-old reindeer carcass of Doom.

Not to mention the drunken Russian pilot and the bombing of Mecca.

And we're done for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll visit one of the creepiest crimes in German history.  In the meantime, hello, Dolly:


  1. Fascinating as always - and the newlywed clergyman put a smile on my face!

  2. The Kansas monster made me slap my head at first: "The Republican River monster..." Until I realised it wasn't just another aspect of partisan politics...

  3. I have some louis wain's cats in my collection too http://somerville66.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/louis-wain-man-who-drew-cats.html

  4. Thank you for the bicycle messengers!


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