"...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, January 19, 2018

Weekend Link Dump

This week's Link Dump is again sponsored by the Cats of Winter Amalgamated!

What the hell is the Hypatia Stone?

What the hell happened to Clem Graver?

What the hell happened to Malinda Snyder?

Who the hell was Lambert Simnel?

Who the hell betrayed Anne Frank?  Nobody?

Watch out for those Mystery Poets!

Watch out for those ghost ewes!

Watch out for those haunted battleships!

Watch out for those haunted steamships!

Watch out for the Watra Mama!

The latest Great Pyramid weirdness.

The latest radio bursts from outer space weirdness.

Singing about Napoleon.

When cudgelling matches were a thing.

The link between the 1840 presidential election and American cuisine.

A ghost in yellow calico.

A history of mail-order magazines.

A history of "Laugh-In."

A lynching in Colorado.

An account of humpback whales saving seals.

A painting of proverbs.

Secret text in an Alexander Hamilton letter.

Marie Antoinette's household.

Ireland's "Vanishing Triangle."

The unsolved murder of a pub landlady.

The grave of a canine WWII vet.

Empress Josephine's chateau.

The lifestyles of the Georgian rural poor.

The true average lifespan of medieval people.

The dubious death of Jeremy Radcliffe.

The Spa Fields riots.

The unsolved murders at Lake Bodom.

The unsolved murder of Daisy Zick.

The prophecy of Benrose Billman.

Madame Tussaud's Napoleon relics.

This week's Advice From Thomas Morris:  What not to do with rocks.

Defining "witchcraft."

The Indian Armed Forces in WWI.

A mystic and con man in early 20th century Los Angeles.

Let's appreciate some dragons, shall we?

The letters of Lady Jane Grey.

A strange Iron Age fort.

The crimes that changed history.

Charles Hindley's Cries of London.

A "wretch robbed of life."

One for the Weird Wills file.

London's lost "city of the future."

The contentious burial of a General's dog.

Mr. Henderson teleports.

A 16th century witch trial.

A Saturday night in 1824 London.

Napoleon's heirs.

World's worst maternity ward.

The execution of one very busy thief.

That's it for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll look at Fortean Follies in a dentist's office.  In the meantime, here's the late Edwin Hawkins.


  1. Clem Graver seems an odd sort. If he was involved in corruption, why did he live modestly and in a criminal neighbourhood?

    That third picture of the cats tobogganing looks like a free-for-all!

  2. That Thamesmead New Town epitomises everything that's wrong with modern architecture - and modern architects. They build in order to be patted on their backs by their colleagues. They don't care that people may have to live and work in their monstrous creations. Design something weird or sterile looking, slap 'em together with concrete and glass, collect your award at the architects' banquet.

    The Prince of Wales wrote a book some years ago called "A Vision of Britain" in which he discussed such things. HRH and I see eye to eye on architecture...


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