"...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, November 4, 2016

Weekend Link Dump

The Weekend Link Dump is again proud to be sponsored by the League of Bookplate Cats!

What the hell is pinging the Arctic?

Where the hell is Mona Lisa's jewelry?

Watch out for those Wrecking Fairies!

Watch out for those werewolf families!

Watch out for those Black Cat Elementals!

Watch out for those killer palm-readers!

Watch out for those killer camel-riding corpses!

Watch out for those Fortean bookstores!

That time God spoke through a medieval fish.

That time George IV turned grave-robber.

Why the Highway of Tears is among the most sinister spots on earth.

Crimean Gothic.

A devoted Victorian dog.

It's slowly--slowly!--dawning on us that the "primitive ancients" were not all that primitive.

A servant who was little, but fierce.

The election of 1824.

The romance of political reform.

The execution of an Irish lord.

The FBI's file on Nikola Tesla.

A case of a confessed witch.

A bit of Welsh folklore.

Paleolithic jewelry.

The Spanish Mayan.

On the dangers of ignoring dreams.

Voltaire's gambling Madame.

A heroine of the French Revolution.

A bird's-eye view of Saturn.

The Red Man of the Tuileries.

The affair of the poisons.

The poltergeist of Flat Rock.

Why every day should be National Cat Day.

If you want to stare at a century-old fruitcake, have I got the vacation spot for you.

2,500 year-old brewski, anyone?

The head bump that led to department stores.  Or something.

Next Halloween, don't forget the Dumb-Cake.

A "strange Apparition" from the 17th century.

A Japanese Feast of the Dead from the 17th century.

They're using spinach to detect explosives, which is a far more sensible thing to do with the stuff than eating it.

How McDonald's got its start.

The vampire of Paris.

Let's talk hell-wains.

Some particularly odd disappearances.

Anne Armstrong and the witches.

A very quiet queen.

So I guess this means that Jersey City is Hell.

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

Consider yourself advised that Londoners like to look at dead people.

And, finally, this week in Russian Weird: they're giving cats combat vehicles. Like this will end well for any of us.

That's a wrap!  See you on Monday, when we'll be looking at a very unusual Countess.  In the meantime, here's a taste of a Latvian song festival. I attended one a few years back. It was great fun.

Let me put it this way: Beer plays a major role in any Latvian gathering.


  1. I thought all fruitcake was centuries-old... As for the bacon, with a curing recipe that included saltpetre, I'm surprised Mrs Jepson had grandchildren...

  2. I'm not sure which is better, the dog riding the train or the cat with his own tank . . .


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