"...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, December 23, 2016

Weekend Link Dump

For this Link-Dump-Before-Christmas, the cats wish to present a timely cautionary tale:

What the hell is trumpeting in Spokane Valley?

What the hell is "Tabby's Star?"  Now we know?

Watch out for those Flying Serpents!

Watch out for those Hoodoo Christmas Trees!

Watch out for those Creepy Christmas Fairies!

Watch out for those Norwegian Christmases!

Watch out for those Caversham Christmases!

Watch out for those Nebraska Winged Things!

Christmas Eve tragedy in Gloucestershire.

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

A harpsichordist who is a real survivor.

A brief look at Christmas, 1824.

Christmas charades!  Personally, I love playing charades, and I'm darn good at it. I wish they'd make a comeback.  (While I'm at it, let me mention that I'm also an excellent square dancer.  That's me, living life on the edge.)

It wasn't safe to libel Queen Christina.

One of the most unpleasant aspects of 17th century France.

Goths vs. Egyptians.  Or not.

King Alfred's reindeer farmer.

An East End cat in midwinter.

A "fairy woman."

What British diplomats thought of Castro in the 1950s.

This helps explain why I despise Thomas More.

Mary Queen of Scots' ghost has a bad Christmas Eve.

William the Conqueror's first Christmas as King of England.

A strange murder in Pennsylvania.

What an Egyptian recipe for face cream teaches us about the value of ancient medicine.

Warning: this tale of 19th century bear-baiting in New York City is just as grim as you'd think.

How American time became standardized.

Bad Christmases.

The dangers of being impatient for someone to die.

Stonehenge in the Amazon.

The Christmas game of Snap-Dragon.

Christmas gifts for all the Victorians on your list.

The first Christmas cards.

The mystery of the Jewish Assassin.

Starving for aliens.

This week in Weird Canada:  Watch out for the car-licking moose.

And this week in Weird Russia pretty much speaks for itself.

The first public Christmas tree.

There we go for this week.  Merry Christmas--or Happy Holidays--whatever you call this weekend, have a good one.  See you next week, when we'll be looking at a notorious Kenyan murder mystery.  And speaking of Latvian Christmases, here is a track from a terrific album of folk songs celebrating the season.  As you may note, it has a pretty cool cover, too.


  1. The mystery of Tabby's Star had me chuckling - and not because of the name. (Who named it, the astronomer's five year old daughter?) The explanation that many believed was that aliens were building an immense structure to encircle the star. Of course! That's the only logical explanation! What else could it be? You'd think that flaring and weakening, then recovering would be a notion that would have occurred to most astronomers.

  2. Oh, and the Russian weird is nightmare-inducing. What is it? Putin's new press secretary?

  3. And a very merry Christmas to everyone there, human and animal. May the good wishes carry you through the Twelve Days and into the new year.

    1. Happy holidays, likewise! My kitties are enjoying their seasonal gift, a cat drinking fountain. Yes, a cat drinking fountain. (Thank you, Amazon.com.)

  4. Here are a couple more links: "I'm just a Poe boy, from a Poe family" - I'm not a huge fan of the band Queen, but sing these lyrics to the tune of the appropriate Queen song.


    Poe Boy From A Poe Family TShirt
    SKU 8385


    Edgar Allan Poe Button
    SKU 0129


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