"...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 23, 2018

Weekend Link Dump

This week's Link Dump is sponsored by the Exalted Order of Parachuting Cats!

What the hell is the Forrest Fenn treasure?

How the hell did Florida get flamingos?

Watch out for the White Dogs of Death!

Watch out for the Batsquatch!

Watch out for those underground monsters!

Watch out for that haunted ice!

Watch out for that maternal imagination!

Watch out for those portals to Hell!

Watch out for those aliens who need new heads!

Canada is really humming!

That time you could have Wellington knocking at your door.

The man who--however reluctantly--beheaded Charles I.

Is there a pyramid in North Dakota?

Neolithic spider web stones.

A pre-Victorian guide to perfect posture.

Dining with the dead.

The world's loneliest tree.

Madame Tussaud and the beheaded politicians.

A brief history of gin.  Including the time it was dispensed by a cat!

Ireland's Fabulous Folbanes.

A merchant ship uses boiling oil to fight off pirates.  If you think this is a story from the 17th century, read on.

China is taking the "fun" out of "funeral."

NASA reveals a gravesite on Mars.

The life of an 18th century actress.

This week's "Neanderthals weren't all that Neanderthal" link.

This week's "pushing back human plant history" link.

The origin of Albion.

A woman disappears on the Appalachian Trail.

The Milk Bottle Murder.

Never a dull moment in 9th century Mercia.

18th century tennis.

18th century attorneys.

The last woman to be legally hanged in Australia.

19th century infanticide trials.

The Devil and tort law.

A remarkable Stone Age bracelet.

Another illusion shattered:  John Quincy Adams did not really own an alligator.

The mysterious death of a Thai king.


The execution of a Georgian brothel keeper.

A Georgian sex manual.

King Arthur in Poland.

The man with a fairy foot.

A piece of music that hid a coded message.

The Countess of psychedelic science.

Mesopotamian medical writings.

The world's oldest boxing gloves.

This week's Advice From Thomas Morris: Men, this is what not to do with a fork.

Whiny Egyptian ghosts.

That's all for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll look at an editor's odd disappearance.  In the meantime, here's a truly remarkable concert:


  1. That Forrest Fenn sounds a grade-A crook. The best evidence that he is at least lying about the treasure is, as the article insists, the statement about the 100 witnesses. They may have seen a box, but did they see the treasure? They may have seen the treasure but did they see it buried? They may have seen it buried but did they see it stay buried? Scam artists depend on people not thinking things through.

  2. The articles about using psychedelics like LSD or MDMA to treat post-traumatic stress disorder in war veterans are all very well, but I wonder if Puffy the hypnotic cat (per last week's article) was not more effective.

    P.S. No word as of press date as to whether Puffy indulged in the old "catnip" vice.


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