"...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, November 2, 2018

Weekend Link Dump



This week's Link Dump is sponsored by Strange Company HQ's receptionist.





Watch out for those haunted beds!

Watch out for those haunted jewels!

Watch out for those Halloween masks!

A mysterious case of "local self-combustion."

A pantomime witness to murder.

The life of an 18th century baronet.

So, there's such a thing as "crop circle tourism."

A 16th century witch trial.

How America's first bird warden became a murder victim.

The importance of historical accuracy of place.  (A footnote: for years now, there's been a lively argument about the true site of the battle of Bosworth.  It may well not be where most think it is.)

A wizard in stone.

The 1918 influenza pandemic was particularly bad in India.

A possible link between Parkinson's disease and the appendix.

A poorly-tailored statue.

The power of the screaming mandrake.

But was their hair perfect?

A look at phantom hitchhikers.

Suffolk's fairylore.

Commemorating the dead of WWI. 

A violent All Hallows' Day.

The ghost of John Adams.

The "Trick or Treat" murder.

The life and times of a famed 19th century publisher.

A tribute to the cats of wartime.

Somebody really, really wants this guy to have pizza.

300,000 year old stone tools.

New findings on the origins of chocolate.

Weird historical artifacts.

A near-fatal encounter with a carriage.

Some handy tips from a century ago.

The only dog to be officially enlisted in the Royal Navy.

The oldest weapons ever discovered in North America.

The curious relationship of Queen Victoria and John Brown.

Ghosts in the White House.

Prohibition wasn't just for Americans.

Understandable.

Examining Seabiscuit's DNA.  (Personally, I think some greatness goes beyond mere genetics.)

A bad murderer spawns even worse poetry.

A memorial to two lost children.

A transported criminal comes to a good end.

Some grim incidents from the Victorian era.

The Witch of Moorgate.

Victorian spinsters have a Halloween tea party.

When it was common to picnic in cemeteries.

Why people fake their own death.

A hidden New York park and an unsolved murder.

George Orwell vs. the Joy of Sex.

A man's exceedingly weird death.

A little-known 17th century female playwright.

The ghosts of Hampton Court.

In defense of Gilles de Rais.

Victorian fictional deaths, from A to Z!

Why a murderous coachman got a large funeral.

Alfred the Aetheling comes to a bad end.

A church goes to the dogs.  And cats.

The famed Hammersmith Ghost.


So we bid farewell to yet another Link Dump.  See you on Monday, when we'll look at a Welsh disappearance.  In the meantime, here's Le Vent du Nord:



1 comment:

  1. Is it just me, or does your receptionist's nose look like a human skull?

    Reading the autobiography of M. M. Kaye, I learned that the crocodiles of India had a feast (literally) off the poor flu victims, who were usually no more than nominally burned before being pushed into rivers. But the flesh of crocodiles that ate the corpses was spongy, quite different than normal, and useless either for meat or hides.

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