"...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, June 2, 2017

Weekend Link Dump

This week's Link Dump is sponsored by the Cat Apocalypse!

Theophile Steinlen, The Apotheosis of the Cats

What the hell is this SOS?

What the hell did Wellington think of Louis XVIII?  (Spoiler alert:  Not much.)

Watch out for those cursed internet sites!  Aside from the one you're currently reading, of course.

Watch out for Japanese Yokai!

Benbecula Bog Books.

Ireland's "Battle of Hastings."

A 19th century honeymoon ends very badly.

The Murderous Maids of France.

The Murderous Peddler of France.

The death and burial of Voltaire.

Confirmation of a bit of 19th century Japanese folklore.

Some real-life pirates of the Caribbean.

Sex, scandal, and leprosy.

A strange death on Fulham Bridge.

Charming letters written by a WWI soldier to his daughter.

Science is finally catching on to the idea that animals are pretty damn smart.  

Until I found this, I wasn't aware there were so many weird Titanic conspiracy theories.

How the color blue appears to be a modern invention.

An ancient tomb fit for a prince.

A real Robinson Crusoe.

Macaroni and cheese, Leo Tolstoy style.

Edith Wharton's "lost" play.

Some interesting research on the human mind.

18th century ballooning.

The many secrets of the Thames.

The many comebacks of Joan of Arc.

A 19th century female true crime writer.

A mysterious volcanic eruption.

The life of a bibliographer and WWI soldier.

King's Men and Bum-bailiffs.

Letters to the Bastille.

The Little People of the Arctic.

The strange suicide of a female atheist.

Our 40,000 year old love affair with bees.

Jupiter is one really weird place.

A human clarinet.

The Bowling Green Cat Massacres.

Honoring a really old tortoise.

This week in Russian Weird:  their healing pyramid needs a little...healing.

That's that for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll visit a landmark American murder trial.  In the meantime, here's Lowell George.  'Cause for me, this week's been nothing but trouble.


  1. Weekend "Link" Dump (conundrums)

    links = golf
    links = sausage
    links = connections

    Therefore: What is the connection between golf & (tofu) sausage?

    (Sorry about that. It just came to me this morning. Maybe there's a help group for people with an uncontrollable impulse to share bad jokes? It would be better with a punch line, but I can't think of one.)

  2. I've always liked the Duke of Wellington. His judgement was usually sound, and in this case, his opinions of both Louis XVIII and Charles X were shared by Leopold I, King of the Belgians, another shrewd gentleman and 'uncle of Europe' in his time. He wrote that history would say that Louis was decent and moderate and Charles despotic, whereas the truth, though not quite the reverse, was very different.


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