"...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, May 26, 2017

Weekend Link Dump



This week's Weekend Link Dump is sponsored by the Weekend Merry Makers!





What the hell was the Mimick Dog?

What the hell was the birthplace of mankind?

Who the hell invented potato chips?

Who the hell was Leonardo da Vinci's mother?  Now we know?

How the hell did the Hindenburg catch fire?

Watch out for the Rolling Shot Ghost!

Watch out for those blackmail pills!

Watch out for those rogue cows!

Some facts about the Titanic.

The Frome Hoard: real-life buried treasure.

The Hawkhurst smuggling gang.

Russia's last coronation.

The Great Plains Indians and President Monroe.

A look at Mozart's son.  Who probably deserves more than to be called "Mozart's son."

The Wonder Women of WWI.

The "Monkey Girl."

The triumph of Germanicus.

The "ecstasy of error."

The 18th century Instagram filter.

A clinic for "exotic pets."

Georgian-era watering places.

Legends of a drowned Welsh town.

The art of children's games.

Fun fact:  Martin Luther's wife brewed excellent beer.

The Nessie of Sweden.

Some very well-dressed wells.

What four skulls tell us about urban life.

Was Amelia Dyer mad or bad?  (My take:  Embrace the power of "and.")

The rise of space archaeology.

In related news, Jordan is searching for an ancient underwater city.

Cicadas are acting weird.

This week's Advice From Thomas Morris:  What not to do when you're in a frolicksome mood.

A 19th century heroine of the seas.

A selection of medieval book curses.

The Phantom Time Hypothesis, arguably the looniest of historical theories.

Victorian indecency at the beach.

Tabby's Star is getting weird again.

A Portuguese university has the preserved head of a serial killer.  For some reason, I thought you needed to know that.

The UK's most dangerous autopsy.

Did this man prove ESP is real?

That time it rained fish in Oroville.

The Devil gets musical.

The England of John Constable.

Horace Walpole and Queen Charlotte.

A boxed fairy.

And that's a wrap! See you on Monday, when we'll look at a couple's mysterious disappearance. In the meantime, here's a trumpet concerto. Because I love trumpet concertos.

1 comment:

  1. The potato chip story provides a different origin than the one I had heard but, to be honest, I suspect that the potato chip is such a simple thing (just a very thin fried potato) that it was likely around for centuries, and it is a matter of who popularised or commercialised it, more than who invented it.

    And the bit about Mozart's son... I amuse myself by reading random articles from the encyclopaedia and internet, and just last week, I read an article on...Mozart's son.

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