"...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 10, 2017

Weekend Link Dump

Welcome to this week's Link Dump.

We have tea!

Via Two Strip Technicolor

Watch out for those haunted jails!

Watch out for those haunted pubs!

Watch out for those haunted emeralds!

Watch out for those haunted telephones!

Watch out for those poisonous weasels!

Watch out for those murderous trees!

Watch out for Jimmy Squaretoe!

Saintly medieval recipes.

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

How to eat like a 16th century pope.  (Spoiler alert:  You really wouldn't want to.)

Magic in the British Museum.

A Venetian immortal.

Female journalists in the turn of the 20th century.

George Washington and the courtesan's sister.

Did Jane Austen suffer from arsenic poisoning?

A Welsh "sunken city."

Hans Holbein in England.

A new look at the landmark crime of Daniel M'Naghten.

If you're ever kidnapped by fairies, here's what to do.

If you have a yen to create vampires, follow this link.

Trump-hating witches to the left of me, 4Chan wizards to the right.   Here I am, stuck in the middle with you.

A Victorian cat ballet.

A Honduran "lost city"--found.

Aspirin is for Neanderthals.

One of my favorite headlines from the past week.

Just what you've been waiting for:  Jesus the child-killing dragon-tamer.

A portrait of John Quincy Adams.

Finnish cat mythology is just as awesome as you'd expect.

Edward II at war.

Photos of 1950s Moscow.

Some people who really know how to stay focused.

A brief history of burglar alarms.

Oh, just a mysterious round object moving around on the ocean floor.

The secret world of the Knights Templar.

"Taking the waters," 1800.

A flight over the Himalayas, 1934.

Pig Heaven.

A statue honoring a mitten.

18th century science studies ventriloquism.

A 5500-year-old murder.

Memories of past lives.

A delightful array of Cockney Cats.

A busy day at Tyburn.

The mystery of the poisoned candy.

Tempting fate in the 18th century.

Rewriting the history of Mars.

Elizabeth Jeffries: Villain or victim?

The first known photograph of Denmark: Ulfeldts Plads, Copenhagen, June 1840, by Peter Faber.

Scandalous 16th century books.

The first untethered balloon flight.

A friendly hen and an artist with way too much free time on his hands.

The tale of two police cat mascots.

"Undine," you say, "do I have any hope of ever seeing Warren Harding's toilet?"  Glad you asked.

This Week in Russian Weird:  Czar Nicholas II is in tears.

That wraps it up for this week. See you on Monday, when we'll be talking Canadian murder. In the meantime, here's Nanci Griffith:


  1. Delightful looking list as always. Can't wait to work through all the cat items.

  2. The haunting of the telephone exchange in Cape Town sounds scary. I don't need ghosts asking personally for me, thank you.

    As for the witches hoping to 'bind' Donald Trump (I'll 'pass' by the obvious Ex-lax counter-spell), I have to wonder if these witches have been very lazy, very apathetic or very incompetent, considering how much evil has been going on in the world. They waited until Trump was elected to do anything?


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