"...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, May 4, 2018

Weekend Link Dump, Annual Kentucky Derby Edition



This week's Link Dump is sponsored by the dark horse of this year's Derby field.






What the hell are the Georgia Guidestones?

What the hell happened to Hitler?  Yup, we're still debating that one.

Who the hell used these 700,000 year old tools?

Watch out for those fairy home invasions!

Putting out the lights at the Boxer's House.

An example of what Ivan Sanderson liked to call "OOPARTS."

Horses are getting lawyers, and I for one am for it.

A theater riot in 1813.

19th century French policemen didn't have it easy.

The Mystery of the Plums.

May Day folklore.

The first British scientific expedition to Iceland.

A look at Napoleon's last months.

Murder at Goat Castle.

A mother-daughter suicide.

A crooked lawyer gets a ghostly comeuppance.

A crooked spy gets a non-ghostly comeuppance.

Earth's magnetic field is getting weird.  Which would explain a lot.

An Indian poltergeist.

Crowning a dead May Queen.  How did "Midsomer Murders" miss this one?

And here we have a dead and properly coffined gnome.

AI and the Vatican secret archives.

19th century marriage etiquette.

200-year-old biscuit, anyone?

18th century conjurers.

The ancient "graffiti trick."

Some good reasons why you wouldn't want to live in 17th century London.

Some good reasons why you wouldn't want to eat Victorian candy.

The Grand Canyon's most famous burro.

This week's "Oopsie!" moment.

King of the Waldorf Hotel.

You know, it's really not a good idea to drink embalming fluid.

That's all for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll look at a "romance" that turned into one young woman's real-life horror show.  In the meantime, here is tomorrow's Kentucky Derby field!  As is the case every year, you are all free to leave your picks in the comments.  I'm inclined to ignore the favorite in favor of My Boy Jack, Audible, and Mendelssohn.  And how can I pass up a horse named in honor of red wine?!

Here's some Bill Monroe to get us into the racing spirit.




1 comment:

  1. The story about Hitler’s death made me realise that for all these years, whether the dictator was still alive or not would affect other countries, such as Russia, much more than Germany or the rest of Europe. I found the story on the fake paintings in the small museum in France to be more interesting: it’s intriguing that someone would forge so many paintings from a relatively unknown artist. Was that because the forger painted like Terrus more than any other, or because he thought he could get away with it more easily than with forgeries supposed to be by others? The town of Elne could probably have recouped their losses if they’d organised an exhibition of fakes, especially if they could ever have found the originals. But it seems the police have taken the fakes, so now they don’t even have them.

    I’ll bet on the kitten to win, by the way. (Though I like Hofburg: any horse named after a former Habsburg residence sounds good.)

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