"...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, January 6, 2017

Weekend Link Dump

This week's Link Dump is sponsored by a cat who expresses perfectly how I feel about this time of year.

How the hell did Paul Bern die?

Watch out for Pecos, New Mexico!

Watch out for Cursed Mountain, Africa!

Watch out for Haunted Vaults, Edinburgh!

Watch out for Pious Werewolves, Ulster!

Watch out for Voodoo Murders, New Orleans!

Watch out for Giant Winged Humanoids, Phoenix!

Watch out for Phantom Plane Crashes, Ireland!

Defending fakelore.

The lost potential of Lady Jane Grey.

The Swedish royal palace is haunted.  But no worries, they're friendly.

Never mind what this post tells you, I say dogs are always welcome in drawing rooms.

The extinct Indians of Texas.

Space archaeology.

The appeal of changelings.

More changelings!

The family behind a painting.

A real case of "looks that kill."

So, what's with the Fairy Armies?

Drunken P.G. Wodehouse!

Just a girl and her dog  deer.

The Christmas Witch of Italy.

The Great (French) Pretender.

The Great Spider Web Cure.

Nothing says "holiday fun" like those magic words, "Victorian teetotalers."

The hazards of painting unflattering portraits of the Devil.

Saving ancient Chinese treasures.

A French giant visits England.

The girl with black sweat.

The best article you'll read all week about Jonathan Swift's underwear.

18th century superstitions.

Now, this is my idea of a year-end list:  the weirdest conspiracy theories of 2016.

Giving mummies a check-up.

9/11 reincarnation stories.

The unquiet Earl of Derwentwater.

The death of one of history's most notorious poisoners.

The Victorian lady whose mind governed the world.

A New Year's Woman in Black.

Truth and fiction about medieval beer.

Gotta love those 17th century sea serpents.

Gotta love those 19th century stomach serpents.

Gotta love those 18th century ice-skating dandies.

The passing of one very strong-willed duck.

Victorian crowd swindles.

Love gone very wrong in Los Angeles.

A look at 17th century prostitutes.

19th century hacking.

Charlemagne's UFOs.

The Titanic had more problems than just icebergs.

That time the British tried to turn Hitler into a woman.

This week in Canada Weird: You can buy a Potemkin village in Quebec.

A mysterious 1885 death.

On a different note, let's close with one really nice little story for your weekend.  

And that's it for yet another WLD.  See you on Monday, when we'll meet one of Queen Victoria's most unusual godchildren.  In the meantime, I apologize if Latvian folk music isn't your bag, but I recently discovered Folkvakars on YouTube, and I just love them.


  1. I had to read the bit about drunken Wodehouse. I love those stories of his. Northing is ever really bad in them. Oh, and I think the photograph of him must qualify as an example of the world's most voluminous trouser-tops.

  2. Oh, now I simply MUST go see the Wodehouse story.


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