"...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, April 6, 2018

Weekend Link Dump

Before we get started on this week's Link Dump, let me introduce you to Strange Company's new writer, Furry McFurface.  She'll be handling all blogging duties from now on.

All I'll say is, if you think this blog has had too many cat stories, you ain't seen nothin' yet.

Who the hell was buried at Sutton Hoo?

Why the hell did the chicken cross the road?

Watch out for those haunted cabooses!

The bonfire of the ballet girls.

If you remember my post about Timbuktu and Alexander David Laing--or even if you don't--this makes a great companion piece.

That time when it rained honey in Ireland.

I'm always ready to talk about curse tablets.

Planes as murder weapons.

A feisty diva.

Executed Today Family Values.

Frisky Victorian matrons.

The "ape-man" of Connecticut: fact or fiction?

Secret codes in a Scottish library.

An ode to income tax.  (Considering what I had to shell out this year--thanks to a bureaucratic cock-up that was no fault of mine whatsoever--mine would be more of a dirge.)

Napoleon's suicide attempt.

More Nazca lines have been discovered.

Crime fighting in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Fanny Murray, courtesan and celebrity.

The mystery behind green chartreuse.  (I recently tasted chartreuse for the first time--a gentleman friend who knew I was in need of moral support gifted me with a bottle--and oh my word, where has this stuff been all my life?)

Fairies in 17th century Surrey.

A tale of love and sacrifice during the French Revolution.

The man who says wolves are better family than people.

Did Jesus visit India and Tibet?

Was this French feminist a Bulgarian secret agent?

The famous grave of an unknown woman.

An eccentric 18th century actress.

An early cryptozoologist.

Saving the world's oldest bridge.

In search of fairies.

Policing the powder puffs.

So, Africa is cracking up.

A Napoleonic era marriage broker.

The crocodile massacre at Ramree Island.

A Scottish con man and his fake city.

The execution of a bell.

Blackbeard and his silver-plated skull.

The Great Wichita Frog Wave.

A shell cottage fit for a princess.

The Chimpanzee War.

Robin Hood and the ethics of banditry.

A murder at Maamtrasna.

The "Holy Grail" of shipwrecks.

From Abbess to Heiress.

This is pretty neat: digitally recreating ancient ruins.

Georgian era dog breeds.

A particularly mysterious murder.

The goat that advertised beer.

April Fool at the London Zoo.

Timely reading for a weekend: the six o'clock swill.

An interesting (to me, at least) project to translate Baltic literature into English.

And there are your Friday links!  See you on Monday, when we'll talk about how a horse race inspired a murder.  In the meantime, here's Tim Buckley:


  1. The "executed today" story of the son who had his father murdered and made to look like a suicide reminds me of Stacey Castor from my hometown of Liverpool, NY, who attempted to kill her own daughter for the same purpose (to throw suspicion on her for the murder of Castor's two husbands).

  2. It appears that history has proven that the chicken crossed the road, truly, to get to the other side.

    Has Furry McFurface written a blog before? I hope she can handle the duties.


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