"...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 31, 2017

Weekend Link Dump

This week's Link Dump is sponsored by the black cats of..."The Black Cat!"

Who the hell killed the Iceman?

Who the hell killed Ludwig II?

How the hell was the Sahara Desert created?

Watch out for Griffith Park!

Watch out for those naked ghosts!

Watch out for those fat-stealing ghouls!

The beggars who became artists' models.

How technology is offering hope for paralysis.

An arranged royal marriage where love was an unexpected bonus.

How to start an 18th century school.

Edison's ghost machine.

An octopus is pretty damn smart.

A medieval "coffin birth."

The attempts to save a dying language.

The death of a cad.

History's worst dam collapse.

Criminal "Women in Black."

More criminal "Women in Black."

The legend of Wellington's Underpants.

This week's Advice From Thomas Morris:  How not to sneeze.

The weird death of William Donaghy.

Lancashire crystal-gazing.

The history of fashion magazines.

Why it was not a good idea to assassinate the King of Scotland.

The case of the green angel.

The fight over the bones of an Irish giant.

Sarah Hare, Wax Woman.

The Mystery Box of Tamaqua.

The Vatican's sex guide.

A first-hand account of an 1825 execution.

The first female solo balloonist.

The return of Lou Gehrig.

That's it for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll look at a notorious mystery of the sea.  In the meantime, enjoy what has been called the first horror film:


  1. The Black Cat magazine - used to be a book shop a couple towns over that always had a copy or two (in horrible shape) for sale. Great covers but I never got the why of the name.

  2. Wow, I love old movies. "Le Manoir du Diable" has more going on in three minutes, than most of the 90-minute films I've watched on Netflix.

  3. I have a fondness for half-forgotten or dying languages, such as Livonia ("distinct from Latvian"). I don't care for when a language is used as a weapon of nationalism; the people who use it thus don't really care about the language. But when a language should be saved for the sake of a culture or history, then it is well worth saving.

  4. How exciting and astounding special effects must have been to early movie audiences.


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