"...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, December 29, 2017

Weekend Link Dump

The final LInk Dump of 2017 is sponsored, naturally, by the League of New Year's Cats!

What the hell happened to the Christmas Tree Shrimp?

How the hell did this Norwegian penny get to Maine?

A love letter to a puppy in heaven. (H/t The Pet Museum)

A 19th century Paris New Year's Day.

How a medieval tree debunked a famed bass.

Curses!  Families who were foiled again.

The Gentle Author's childhood Christmas.

A Roman Emperor's bad bad Christmas.

A "Tommy's" Christmas Day letter.

An early cat catalog.

An illegitimate child and a Victorian tragedy.

The case of the bladder shrimp.

The monk who is saving manuscripts from ISIS.

A weird story involving the Dead Sea Scrolls.

It shouldn't be a surprise that strange things go on in a place with "Death" in its name.

A murder at Sandringham.

Italy's Christmas witch.

A tribute to one of WWII's most "remarkable spies."

Early Modern cures for holiday "surfeiting."

This week in Russian Weird: Don't eat the blue snow.  Or the orange snow, for that matter.

That's all for this week's Link Dump, but I shall return on Sunday with a look at this blog's most popular posts over the past year.  On Monday, we kick off 2018 with my all-time favorite UFO story.  Until then, here's one of my favorite choral works.


  1. Thanks for another year of fascinating articles, all the best.

  2. I second the motion of thanks, and add my wishes for a very happy near year.


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