"...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, September 14, 2018

Weekend Link Dump



As it's back-to-school time, this week's Link Dump is sponsored by the Strange Company Academy!






A look back at the days of bad-tasting watermelons.

A look back at the days of mermaid salespeople.

A look back at the days of taxed beards.

A look back at the days of the British importing ice to India.

A look back at the worst day of the Napoleonic Wars.

A look back at the opera that sparked a revolution.

Choosing burial sites in the Early Modern era.

The impact of reading in the Georgian era.

An ancient Egyptian tomb has been opened to the public.

The folklore of Madagascar.

The life of a transported criminal.

The life of an East India Company director.

handcuffing poltergeist.

The mysterious ruins of Malden Island.

A 17th century Portuguese/Japanese cookbook.

The Black Ghost of Devonshire.

The real Lone Ranger.  Maybe.

The 18th century wells of Hyde Park.

Ice Age burial rituals.

Strange things are going on at one California airport.

Strange things are going on at one New Mexico observatory.

The British occupation of Baghdad and overprinted stamps.

The Industry of Transporting Corpses; Or, Whacking Up On Consumptives.

This has to be the most 21st century headline yet.

The last highwayman to be hanged in England.

This week in Russian Weird: anyone in the market for a psychic cat?

The earliest known tooth cavity.

The earliest known drawing.

What was it like to be imprisoned in the Bastille?  As with so many things in life, it depended on the size of your wallet.

Reconstructing Neanderthal music. Reminds me of a theremin.



Death in an elevator.

Well, all righty then.  We're doomed.

Tragedy at a puppet show.

A salacious historical myth, debunked.

A firehouse's many mascots.

This week's Advice From Thomas Morris: how not to treat diarrhea.

And thus ends your weekly dose of links. See you on Monday, when we'll examine that evergreen topic of insurance fraud. In the meantime, here's the "other" Mozart:



1 comment:

  1. I've heard about 'The Mute Girl of Portici'. I listen to classical music programmes on CBC and CKUA (the only stations to which I listen) and heard about its remarkable part in history. How art can affect the world, eh?

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