"...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, February 2, 2018

Weekend Link Dump

This week's Link Dump is again sponsored by celebrity cats!

And Mark Twain.

How the hell did Robert E. Lee die?  His earlobe may have the answer to that.

Who the hell was Jack the Ripper?  Yeah, they're still looking for the answer to that.

Watch out for those Wild Hunts!

Watch out for those Killer Clothes!

The "Holy Grail" of dinosaur fossils.

Dogs and dead mammoths.

Well, this is just weird.

A duel with an unusually high body count.

Lessons to be learned from monsters.

Phrenology and a murderer.

Finally, a bottle of wine even I wouldn't drink.

How to make your own intestinal cement.  Assuming you have a yen for that sort of thing.  Hey, who am I to judge?

The White Cockade.

If I had to sit through a production of "Macbeth," I'd riot too.

A Sunday in 1830s Paris.

Japan's "lost soldiers."

James Madison's Groundhog Day.

The Case of the Floating Landmark.

The Case of the Suspicious Superintendent.

An accused witch gets a rare happy ending.

Regency dating disasters.

King Charles I can't say he didn't have fair warning.

That time when cats were used as bustles.  Yes, it's the Victorians.

Yes, Victorians also built shrines to hair.

Speaking of Victorians, let's talk a walk with the queen.

The hazards of translating cucumbers.

The cow that was born to be wild.

Lucky and unlucky horses in the Civil War.

Tolkien had a secret vice.  Uh, it's not what you might think.

The 18th century loved turbans.

The life and death of a highwayman.

When executions were a family affair.

The North Berwick witches.

Life in a Mongol khan's court.

The mysterious deaths at Fort Aubrey.

Satirizing Voltaire.

A medieval Welsh woman's tragic life.

The Great Spermatorrhoea Scare.

When a child kills a child.

A mysterious steamboat explosion.

This week in Russian Weird visits the coldest city on earth.  And, of course, what would Russian Weird be without the Land of Cats?

And that's that for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll discuss the hazards of family picnics.  In the meantime, here's Doug Sahm.


  1. So, would you drink the wine if someone offered you $10,000 to do it on YouTube? (Sorry, I don't actually have $10,000.)

  2. The 'killer clothes' story reminded me of a Hollywood Squares episode. Charlie Weaver was asked: 'True or false - Hercules was killed by a shirt'. Weaver came back with, "Yes, it was an Arrow shirt..."

    Tolkien's vice is why we never see him on the cover of a super-market tabloid...


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