"...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, August 3, 2018

Weekend Link Dump

This week's Link Dump is proud to be sponsored by Harry Pointer's Brighton Cats!

What the hell happened to Charlotte Corday's head?

How the hell was the Coral Castle built?

That classic true-crime question: Who the hell murdered Julia Wallace?

That classic Fortean question:  What the hell is the Bermuda Triangle?

Watch out for those Morris-dancing fairies!

Thomas Jefferson and the shapeshifting UFO.

The link between James Cook and Adam Smith.

The Domino's Pizza delivery boys of early 20th century Japan.

Oscar Wilde's American book tour.

One of my favorite topics: shenanigans involving wills.

Purple started off as royal, and extremely disgusting.

Da Vinci's to-do list.  It's a bit more ambitious than mine, which generally consists of, "1. Drink coffee. 2. Feed cats. 3. Post stupid crap on Twitter. 4. Write blog posts about talking cats. 4. Gin!"

The Grand Jubilee of 1814.

An archaeological discovery relating to Europe's "lost people."

A side note: let us ponder the symbolism of being married among the ruins of the Titanic.

The haunted house in the Black Forest.

Honoring the first Space Cat.

This little essay struck a chord with me.  I'm generally a complete lazy slob where housekeeping is concerned, but I'm a fanatic about making beds.  I can't stand the idea of lounging around in nightclothes, either.  The rest of my house may look like a train wreck, but by god, the minute I get up in the morning, I'm completely dressed and my bed is tidy.  So I have that much of civilization going for me.

Care to hear an Aztec Death Whistle?  Yes, of course you do.

I'm sure you're eager to talk stomach snails, as well.

It seems that the Great Pyramid focuses electromagnetic energy.

The man behind Fultonhistory.com, one of the best free online newspaper archives.

Some of the earliest photos of London.

Poisoned beer leads to one angry ghost.

A 19th century case of manslaughter.

Shorter version: Sedona is a very weird place.

The Battle of the Crater.

In which Davy Crockett meets Bigfoot.

A famed drummer boy.

The importance of the Hoover Dam.

Amelia Earhart may have sent distress calls.

New York's "spite triangle."

This week in Russian Weird: they had day turning into night.

Committing a crime of passion, and getting away with it.

England's first execution for witchcraft.

When corpses solved their own murders.

Child-stealing in the Regency era.

Anyone care to loan me $150 K so I can buy a haunted island?

Thomas Morris, go-to guy for stories about men sticking the damnedest things where the sun don't shine.

Bellevue's Great Cat Hunt.  (Sadly, it did not end well for the cats.)

And there you have it for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll look at a baker's suspicious disappearance.  In the meantime, here's the Waverly Consort.


  1. I've seen some of those old London photos before. Such history brought - almost - alive in those pictures. And the haunted island seems a bargain at the price. You couldn't get an amount of land like that here for that price, with or without ghosts.


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