"...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, September 23, 2016

Weekend Link Dump

This week's Link Dump is proud to again be sponsored by the Confederacy of Bookplate Cats!

What the hell happened to this Sherlock Holmes fanatic?

Who the hell was Lori Ruff?  Now we know!

Watch out for those Colorado banshees!

Watch out for those London vampires!

Watch out for those 19th century dentists!

Watch out for those Fairy Blasts!

Speaking of which, how fast can fairies fly, anyway?

The history of a famed WWII quote.  ("Serial killer Joe."  Love that.)

19th century child labor.

Singing with the Kibbo Kift.

The strange death of Mrs. Hopper.

This week's Advice From Thomas Morris:  "In one ear and out the other" is not meant to be taken literally.

The latest on the Antikythera shipwreck.

Indian settlers in Australia 4,000 years ago.

Napoleon scared children.

Send music, spies, and money:  the history of electronic tollbooths.

A scientific method for finding the perfect cup of coffee.

Ancient sponsorship.

The theft of an Empress' diamond.

A (particularly) dangerous duelist.

The wreck of the Medusa.

Ever wonder what's in a Nazi time capsule?  Well, who hasn't?  Here you go.

The massacre of a family, 1976.

Edgar Allan Poe and Charleston.

Floating islands and the Loch Ness Monster.

The hard life of Victorian seamstresses.

Indian WWI soldiers write home.

The Golden Age of bodysnatching students.

Literary pigeons.

Wellington's "Dearest Georgy."

A particularly weird case of identity theft.

An 18th century versatile scoundrel.

The weirdness of ball lightning.

Yes, they do.  Next question?

Winston Churchill's early years.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet the kung-fu nuns of Nepal.

Need to defend yourself against pixies?  Pack a sandwich.

Because this link collection wouldn't be complete without a discussion of Eleanor of Castile's viscera.

The execution of a drunken preacher.

Queen Victoria defends a dog's right to attend church.

Some interesting research into the powers of meditation.

The questionable past of a famed explorer.

A very helpful ghost.

Louis XVI's brother.

Is this the voice of a Neanderthal?

Another bit of evidence that ancient people were smarter than we think.

America's first popular newspaper comic.

Science is finally beginning to take ancient remedies seriously.

Painting with a mummy.

A modern-day witchcraft trial.

Sleeping with the dead in Neolithic Turkey.

The St. Bernard and the Bear Hunt.

This week in Russian Weird looks at a Soviet psychokinetic.

Oh, and they're also turning car accidents into artwork.

And just to help you get ready for the weekend:  How to drink like a Norman.

And we're done! See you on Monday, when we'll be looking at an 18th century Mummy Dearest. In the meantime, here's some Charpentier:


  1. I can well understand Napoleon being used as a bogeyman for British children, and Wellington for French children. It's ironic, considering Napoleon's wars killed many more Frenchmen than did Wellington's battles.

  2. The ship is his grave. I am very sympathetic to archaeologists (I was on an Etruscan dig when I was in college). I do believe a single tooth is all they need for their purposes. I was very upset when they did not return the Hunley's and the Monitor's dead back to the sea (ditto for the Kursk -- I am a USCG daughter and a USAF veteran myself).

  3. Thank you also for the kung-fu nuns. I had somehow managed to completely miss that -

  4. The Geschwandt story was incredibly sad - how the innocent members of the Abt family were killed while the ones that Geschwandy was really after survived.

    There was a bit of luck with the capture of Reed/Henson - there had been a nearby mass shooting, and the police were checking all cars with an out of state licence plate, which is the reason why the police knocked at her hotel door.


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