"...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, October 7, 2016

Weekend Link Dump

We are terribly proud to announce that for the entire month of October, the Link Dump will be sponsored by the Halloween Cats!

What the hell is the difference between Yeti, Bigfoot, and the Abominable Snowman?  Now you know!

Watch out for Spring-Heeled Jack!

Watch out for those bewitched cows!

Watch out for those kites!

Watch out for those Demon Hands!

Watch out for those Cigarette Fiends!

The Corpse Queen of Portugal.

All the vintage ghost-hunting tools you'll ever need.

The sad case of the blue cats.

A ship on top of an iceberg.

18th century English ladies and their hats.

Escaping the workhouse.

Amelia Dyer's infamous baby farm.

Egg folklore.

The Wailing Woman of Zululand.

The killer who painted Voltaire.

Speaking Esperanto.

A long-lost photographic record of life in a Swiss valley.

How to solve your own murder.

This week's Advice From Thomas Morris:  What not to do with a pencil, guys.

And a simply sad tale from the medical journals.

The other victim of the Lincoln assassination.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Iraqi Transport Minister.

The art world has one of those "Oopsie!" moments.

From the "history's odd couples" file: Sixtus V and Elizabeth I.

Gone down to Plimsoll's Mark.

The world's oldest fossils.

Singing your way to health.

The history of messages in bottles.

The mystery of the buried stone slab.

That time Napoleon met Goethe.

The soap opera life of Alys of France.

The execution of a Haitian tigress.

Flesh falls and blood rains.

Langevin, Royalist heroine.

WWI poetry.

How not to be buried alive.

Because I know you've been dying to ask me, "Undine, how do I make my fingertips pointy?"

Because I know your follow-up question would be, "Undine, do you know of any hotels where a ghost will sit on my chest?"

An 18th century hunting accident.

The reign of England's William IV.

The Great Scottish Bingo Panic.

An 18th century bandit.

Recreating a home in Pompeii:

Reconstruction of the House of Caecilius Iucundus in Pompeii from Livius Drusus on Vimeo.

Restoration Poisonous Beasts.

This week in Russian Weird:  Oh, just a bunch of Siberian headless skeletons.  

And there you go for this week.  See you on Monday, when we'll look at the time a peacock instigated a murder.  In the meantime, I leave you with, um, this:


  1. Those photographs of rural Switzerland are priceless, literally. Thank goodness they were found and published. Roberto Donetta may have had a poor and sad life but he left the world a beautiful gift.

  2. Oh, and I have always liked King William IV. Certainly, he enjoyed a good time - he was after all a sailor, so he knew how to make the most of shore leave - but he also knew how to work. He provided a good transition from George IV's reign to Victoria's, but was his own man, even if history's rather forgotten him.

  3. Now that my fingertips are pointy, I will know how to dress for Halloween.

    (Seriously, I remember reading in some old mystery book how the "practical" girl had the square fingertips, and the "beautiful but flighty" girl had tapered fingertips. I never knew this was a real cultural thing, where they did actual self-mutilation.)

  4. The plot summary at IMDB suggests that “Tomatos Another Day” was meant to be a satire on the new-fangled talkies. The images alone are sufficient to tell the story and the actors comment on what is happening with deliberately stilted dialogue that only serves to emphasise its own redundancy. However to the modern viewer it looks more like a Harold Pinter play adapted for the big screen by Ed Wood.


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