Friday, July 13, 2018
Weekend Link Dump
This Friday the 13th Link Dump is sponsored by the League of Lucky Black Cats!
Why the hell does Los Angeles have so many palm trees?
What the hell happened to North America's first dogs?
The world's oldest footprints.
A 1,000-year-old runic message.
The first murder to be solved by a fingerprint.
A Tahitian boy who joined Captain Cook's "Endeavour."
Madame de Stael in London.
How to beat the July heat, 17th century style.
It's not uncommon for the dying to see the dead.
Stone Age dentistry.
In defense of the semicolon.
More from the "pushing back human history" file.
A first-hand account of the Burr/Hamilton duel.
"At the 1887 Annual Meeting of the British Medical Association a surgeon from Sunderland, James Murphy, walked on stage brandishing a testicle." Enjoy the blog lede of the week.
The real Dick Whittington.
A fortunate spy.
Murder in Australia's Blue Mountains.
An ancient library where everything is still under lock and key.
An ancient, mysterious black sarcophagus and a giant alabaster head have just been uncovered. I'm sure this will end well.
An abused Victorian maid seeks justice.
Saving Egypt's "Sistine Chapel."
Ice cream in the Georgian era.
A ghostly highwayman.
India's cursed ruins.
Some reports of spell casting.
Some significant Bronze Age chariots.
The understandably restless ghost of Mary Surratt.
An Empress and her magical ring.
Norway really doesn't fool around when it comes to rest stops.
That's all for this week! See you on Monday, when we'll look at a particularly baffling disappearance. In the meantime, here's a bit of Corelli: