"...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, March 3, 2017

Weekend Link Dump



This week's episode of Things I Have Learned From Cats:  Old broken trampolines make very popular beds for any families who might be living in your back yard.





What the hell is this Neolithic labyrinth?

What the hell did a dinosaur look like?  We're still working on that.

How the hell do we explain Nikola Tesla?  Aliens, of course!

How the hell did Dorothy Kilgallen die?

Who the hell was the Torso Victim of 1946?

Fortune-telling with a prayer book.

A Fortean cholera epidemic.

The personal possessions of an 18th century couple.

More Bad History about Edward II.

Defining fairy tales and folk tales.

Why walking into Soviet Russia was a bad bad idea.

Performing bears appear in court.

Being a prophet can be...complicated.

A typical day for Marie Antoinette.

The state of British prisons in 1788.

A cow pasture was hiding some Iron Age gold.

A famed tightrope walker.

An Ohio mystery stone.

The role of Justices of the Peace in the Georgian era.

A Sun God in 18th century Ireland.

Keeping warm, Georgian style.

A murderer is pursued by ghosts.

The strange murder of the Frog Boys.

Victorians liked to electrocute themselves.

The first map of the North Pole.

This week's Advice From Thomas Morris comes from that copious file marked "What Not to Do When You're Drunk."

Brain scientists have lost their minds.

A 19th century Spanish UFO.

Kennewick Man has been buried, a mere 9,000 years after he died.

The mysterious burial of two victims of the Black Death.

The first man legally hanged in Australia.

Why you wouldn't want Evelyn Waugh as a father.

How tongue clicks help us navigate the globe.

The case of the haunted library.

A high speed police chase, Victorian style.

The rape of a 19th century servant.

A murder solved by a skeleton.

Some famous plundered corpses.

Let's talk Elizabethan psychopaths.

Speaking from personal experience, I can't disagree with this thesis.

Prince Albert's favorite dog.

The real Little House family.

San Francisco's ghost ships.

That time Victorians could dine in the Pyramids.

That time Pennsylvania saw a busy day for the hangman.

Those times they tried to assassinate Napoleon.

The execution of a famed tea infuser.

Louis XV's harem.

In case you're wondering what the heir to the British throne is up to these days, he's sterilizing squirrels with Nutella.

This Week in Russian Weird revisits the portal to Hell.

I'm now outta here for this week. See you on Monday, when we'll look at 19th century Welsh ghostbusting.. In the meantime, here a bit of Irish music:

1 comment:

  1. That's a sad tale about Newcombe Mott, who just wanted to pop in and out of the Soviety Union. (It's hard to believe that any part of that paranoid country's frontier wasn't at the very least fenced.) Contrary to the theories given, I suspect that he was simply murdered by other prisoners. The Soviets didn't always segregate political criminals from common felons. A sad story of someone who just wanted to have a small bit of fun and harm no one.

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