"...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, November 3, 2017

Weekend Link Dump

This week's Link Dump is sponsored by Maurice Boulanger's Cats of November!

Watch out for those British werecats!

Watch out for those Portuguese werewolves!

Watch out for those Georgian-era cocktails!

Watch out for those Halloween turnips!

A sudden death leads to some foul suspicions.

A German couple's...unusual way with costumes.

The last will of a 19th century Indian woman married to a British man.

The Great Pyramid's secret vault.

Why England celebrates the Gunpowder Plot.

Bartending in Antarctica.

Some smuggler folklore.

The link between Marilyn Monroe's diary and Aleister Crowley.  (Yes, of course it's JFK.)

Restoring a Pompeiian sundial.

Newly discovered Caribbean cave art.

The man who fought the real pirates of the Caribbean.

A brief history of forensic autopsies.

Napoleon Bonaparte gives a TED talk.

An infamous New Zealand "baby farmer."

The legendary "Sultan Massacre House."

Medieval monster scholars.

The French celebration of All Saints' Day.

The famed ghost of William Terriss.

One man's creative burial.

This week's Advice From Thomas Morris:  What not to do with an egg-cup.

The face of a Scottish witch.

The death of a god.

The execution of Mrs. Chippy, ship's cat.

"Death with dignity," Regency style.

Fighting fire with fire in medieval times.

Geoffrey Chaucer, civil servant.

19th century Halloween superstitions.

We're getting a visitor from outer space.

Paranormal purples.

A New York Fire Dog.

While we're at it, meet Mickey the Fire Cat.  You're welcome.

History in a paper bag.

Bewitched dancing horses.

The rise and fall of "the most haunted house in Scotland."

And we're done!  See you on Monday, when we'll look at a bride's mysterious disappearance.  In the meantime, here's the world's tastiest orchestra.


  1. Thanks for another great list to start my Friday!

  2. I find it interesting that Guy Fawkes - or at least his mask from the bland movie "V for Vendetta" - has become a symbol of heroic resistance. That fate doesn't happen to too many ethnic and religious bigots and would-be mass-murderers who wanted to place two kingdoms under the most oppressive rule in western Europe. But hey, each to their own.

  3. All that sliding down poles and not one of them ended up wearing a Batman costume...


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