"...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 27, 2017

Weekend Link Dump

This week's Link Dump is sponsored by the Cats of Winter:

Where the hell is the kingdom of Chicora?

Why the hell do cats stare at ghosts?  (Because the ghosts always blink first?)

Watch out for those Haldon Hills cats!

Watch out for those Victorian theaters!

Watch out for those cursed trees!

Watch out for the Little Man With the Soiled Handkerchief!

Chinese New Year folklore.

A Buddhist poltergeist in Arizona.

The truth about pirates.

Anne, the "forgotten Bronte."

Fun with ghosts!

The 18th century's love for globes.

That time a Peruvian mummy was found in a Pittsburgh dump.

The Bobbed Hair Bandit.

Jane Austen wasn't very popular in Germany.

Note to authors: research can be taken a bit too far.

Playing charades with the Duke of Wellington.

A famed 18th century French actress.

How fairies ruined a man's life.

Travel in Georgian times wasn't easy.

Fake history and a haunting.

Hell's own royal palace.

Around the world in $14 million.

One very lucky condemned man.

The Pepys' Motet.

A vision of Queen Victoria's funeral.

A Fatal Petticoat.

A look at 19th century escapes from prison.

"One small beer for man, one giant leap for bar-hopping."

The ancient Greek who might have had the most important idea in human history.

This WLD would  not be complete without medieval haggis poetry.

Lies, plagiarism, and mermaids.

A handy guide to JFK assassination conspiracy theories.  Although I think they missed a couple of them.

Famine in WWII Bengal.

When animals go to war.

Bigfoot visits North Dakota.

A very curious Roman Britain burial.

"Quoth the Raven: 'Pay no more.'"

Good luck with this one, guys.

The CIA's weird side.

The study of runes.

More on cats and ghosts.

The man who tried to photograph dreams.

Murdering his namesake.

The Romanovs throw one heck of a costume party.

The execution of Louis XVI, as told by the guy who dropped the blade.

This week's Advice From Thomas Morris:  What not to do with a firearm.  And your forearm.

Famed New York cat models.

Corset crimes a go-go.

That time Richard Cosway met the Wandering Jew.

The Tomcatters of the U.S. Navy.

That's all for this week, kids.  See you on Monday, when we'll look at that ever-entertaining topic of Victorian Blackmail.  In the meantime, let's dance!


  1. I remember reading when a boy that the heyday of the pirate was actually the 17th century, rather than the 18th. It was then that I started to realise that the 'pirate myth' was probably largely due to fiction.

    It's long been my theory that the now-cliched 'pirate talk' is due solely to Robert Newton's portrayal of Long John Silver in the movie "Treasure Island". His character was merely speaking in a heavy West Country accent. I think it shows how deeply a performance can be embedded in society, even when not everyone has seen it. Or so my theory goes.

  2. How did I miss those cat models!?

  3. In the story about cryogenically freezing people, there is a line: "After his death on January 12, 1967, Nelson packed Bedford’s body on ice..."

    Either the grammar is off, or Mr Nelson already figured out how to survive death, even without freezing.

  4. You're probably aware of this, but... https://archive.org/stream/bookofcatschitch00ross#page/n0/mode/1up


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