"...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 28, 2018

Weekend Link Dump



This week's Link Dump is sponsored by a celebrity, the formidable Carlyle.

And some guy who probably thought he could dance as well as a cat.

Photo by John Swope, 1962



Who the hell shot Annie Dorman?

Where the hell is Bach?

Why the hell did the ancients bury dogs as if they were family members?  Why not?

Watch out for that tombstone madness!

Want to know where all the bodies are buried?  London, that's where.

Antarctica's first best-selling book.  All right, Antarctica's only best-selling book.

The dark side of digging up the dead.  All right, the especially dark side of digging up the dead.

Money-madness leads to death.

Money-madness leads to ghosts.

Let's talk Japanese shape-shifting raccoon dogs.

A look at early 20th century embalming.

The American voice of Nazi Germany.

An 18th century (accused) serial killer.

The mystery of the ancient bronze hand.

"The Dating Game," 8th century style.

You know, maybe holding a mass public event during an epidemic isn't such a great idea.

I am eternally grateful to SC reader Floodmouse for letting me know that in Russia, one can become a professional baby moose impersonator.



In case you're in need of an Egyptian magic spell, here you go.

The Metropolitan Association for Befriending Young Servants.

Some real life "Weekend at Bernie's."

A UFO con man.

On the old practice of photographing the eyes of the dead.

On the old practice of informing bees when someone dies.

What the well-dressed 10th century woman was wearing.

Psychoanalyzing Hitler.

Historical examples of delayed executions.

Famed caricaturist George Cruikshank.

How French Revolutionaries changed time.

Bruce Lee, zombie celebrity.

The world's oldest known animal.

Coals to Newcastle, Iceland edition.


That's all for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll look at a lethal weekend house party.  In the meantime, here's my favorite Fleetwood Mac song, from the time when they were a band instead of an extended soap opera.

Any other Southern Californians remember the late great KNX-FM?  I'm pretty sure that's where I first heard the song.  There was a time when it seemed you couldn't walk into a Los Angeles shop or restaurant without KNX playing in the background.  I can't hear this song without being transported to Westwood Village, circa 1980...Ah, the old days, when this town was still fun...


1 comment:

  1. Bach, like many from the past, seems destined to remain in an unknown grave. It's interesting that he was largely forgotten and not thought of for decades after his death. I think it was Mendelsohn who brought him back to popularity.

    And the article about Hitler's personality is interesting. "Psychoanalysing Hitelr"... Do you think a lifetime is long enough? But in the article, a researcher named Henry Murray states that Hitler was 'too weak to work in the fields or enlist in the military'. Yet he did enlist, and fought in combat. I'm not sure how he overlooked that.

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