"...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 9, 2017

Weekend Link Dump

This week's Link Dump is sponsored by all the cats from A to Z!

What the hell are the Rollright Stones?

What the hell was the "Wow!" signal?  Um...not much?

What the hell happened to Dennis Martin?

Who the hell was murdered in room 636?

Who the hell was Robin Hood?

Watch out for Rendlesham Forest!

Ghosts testifying in murder cases.

The Victorian hot spot Le Chat Noir.

Napoleon and fake news.

A ghost who knew proper dinner etiquette.

Monkeying around:  The 18th century fad of singerie.

Radio hats!

The secrets of some Lithuanian mummies.

Good luck trying to make an arrest in this case, guys.

A monument to a slave executed for attempted murder.

Why Nova Scotia nearly joined in the American Revolution.

The joys of Victorian medicine.

A tale of a Georgian elephant.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet the world's greatest collection of harmonica cases.

And if the harmonicas don't have you too overwhelmed with excitement, here's a museum for moist towelettes.

Three men, one boy, and a coal mine.

Some early cat shows.

The wild world of Georgian medicine.

A history of tarot cards.

A newly-discovered Mesopotamian city.

Elaborate Victorian tattoos.

The children of camp followers.

Ancient sites threatened by modern warfare.

Edwardian water cures.

An East End "disorderly woman."

The cat who wouldn't scat.

That time they tried to keep people from photographing a Swiss village.

A beheading in Anglo-Saxon England.

A French valley of death.

A memorial to a now-forgotten tragedy.

A celebration of Whit Monday.

A tale of remarkable medical recovery from the Civil War.

A tale of a remarkable reprieve from the Civil War.

A Mexican diary chronicling the Spanish Inquisition.

There's now an online database of the letters of medieval women.

The mysteries of Greyfriars Kirkyard.

The execution of an "unnatural father."

A Belarus cat museum.

Laser archaeology.

Exonerating Gilles de Rais.

And, lo! we see the end of yet another WLD.  See you on Monday, when we'll be talking Australian poltergeists.  In the meantime, here is Miss Clara Bow:


  1. That cat museum! We need more of those! (I said selfishly.)

  2. That cat museum! We need more of those! (I said selfishly.)

  3. Check this out -


    I did have a cat who would sleep like that on his back, but do you think some of those cats were drugged? Especially the one on the stairs in that sort of Dali-esque, "melting clock" pose. If they were drugged, I hope they just got back from the vets and hadn't woken up yet.

    1. Not necessarily drugged (I hope.) My Kate sleeps in positions that are even weirder. You'd swear she was made out of melting wax.

  4. The article on Nova Scotia in the American War of Independence was interesting. I think, however, the main reason Nova Scotia didn't join the rebellion down south is that most Nova Scotians weren't in favour of it. It's easy to determine that some were, if they make demonstrations, hold meetings and write letters. Those against such things - or apathetic to both sides - usually do nothing. It's thought that only about twenty per cent of American colonists wanted independence at the war's start; an equal number were loyal; the rest were waiting and seeing.

    But I may be biased: my family were Loyalists.


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