"...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 24, 2017

Weekend Link Dump

This week's Link Dump is sponsored by the Cats of March!

What the hell was the Galesburg UFO sighting?

Watch out for the Vapor Man of Brown's Woods!

Watch out for those exploding pipes!

The fixers of Old Hollywood.

A tourist visits Regency London.

A guide to bathing like an 18th century queen.

Lucretia Borgia's daughter, the radical composer.

Jumping off bridges for a living really isn't a good idea.

Anyone else unaware that Orson Welles wrote some of FDR's speeches?

In which we learn to pity Napoleon's barber.

Because you can't get enough haunted pubs.

The strange disappearances from public lands.

Vindication for Graham Hancock?

The folklore of sheep.

The historical hazards of teething.

Lafayette and the beautiful countess.

That time God spoke in a wind.

How to make your own mummy.  In case, you know, you want to get your Christmas gifts ready early.

The face of a 13th century man.

The mystery of the "ghost plane crash."

Crosswords and coincidences.

That time Grandpa turned into a seal.

The East India Company's black book.

Let's talk snuff-eating nose centipedes, shall we?

The skeletons in the window.

"All good things" in one medieval book.

Forgery and the thieves of Threadneedle Street.

Thomas Hardy discusses a hanging.

The real Casanova.

Queen Victoria's food.

London's strangest water craft.

Fortean nursing experiences.

Peculiar ancient Chinese statues.

A 1959 sea monster.

A debtor comes to a bad end.

An ancient way to rewire your brain.

2, 124 reasons why I'm glad I never had children.

NASA and the Antikythera mechanism.

A notorious "witchcraft murder."

College girls in the Gilded Age.

How to endure being married to Thomas Carlyle.

The ghosts of Ireland.

The train and the forced turnip-eating.

The bloodbath of the Paris Commune.

The history-changing death of Arthur Tudor.

Seducing a man with bread.

The Prime Minister's assassin.

This week in Russian Weird: that time a literary hoax led to a duel.

That's all for this week.  See you on Monday, when we'll look at a controversial Australian poisoning case.  In the meantime, some guy had the bright idea to isolate Grace Slick's vocals on "White Rabbit." You know something? I think I like the song much better this way.


  1. Two more links (his & hers). I think you might like these:



  2. It was an interesting, though short, article about Percival's assassin. I suspect more politicians are murdered by disgruntled members of the public whose grievance isn't really with them, than are killed for any other reason. Except in tsarist Russia, of course.

  3. Oh, and the bit about the Carlyles makes me think that they were perfect for each other - and how fortunate I am never to have known either of them.


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