"...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, May 31, 2019

Weekend Link Dump

This week's Link Dump is sponsored by a gloriously handsome creature.

Oh, yeah, and Errol Flynn.

Why the hell did medieval Europeans wear such stupid shoes?

Why the hell does anyone want to climb Mt. Everest?

Why the hell was Khufu's Ship built?

Medicinal herbs are making a comeback.

Hop-pickers go on holiday.

Newly-rediscovered film of Queen Victoria in Ireland.

A cemetery which attracted strange legends.  As cemeteries often do.

The geologist who found inspiration from his tortoise.

A famed needlework artist.

The link between a submerged forest and a mythical ancient kingdom.

Vienna's last public hanging.

The Thames delivers an early Christmas present: a bomb squad.

Remarkable pieces of ancient Egyptian jewelry.

This week in Russian Weird looks at one of the world's eeriest dance troupes.

Hilma Lewis Enander, a playwright whose work screams to be dramatized by Mystery Science Theater 3000.

A question of identity at the Old Bailey.

Trade between medieval England and Iceland.

Jonathan, the randy 187 year old tortoise.

An Iron Age bark shield.

The Georgian era and bad air.

A theatrical undertaker.

The holidays of Old London.

A murder that may be linked to the Manson Family.

India's oddly ignored Gilbert Hill.

Yet another stone-throwing ghost.

Recreating Biblical beer.

The theory that Arthur Conan Doyle was a murderer.

An 8,000 year old word we still use today.

One peasant's experience in the Hundred Years' War.  (Spoiler: it wasn't a good one.)

If you're consulting an oracle, it's best to get a second opinion.

Why you wouldn't want to find a crown of feathers in your bed.

A very large casket.

Why you wouldn't want to drink Regency era beer.

Why you wouldn't want to get between Voltaire and his coffee cup.

The Three Sisters of Nantwich and their Mummy.

An unusual aneurysm.

A voodoo killer.

A ghostly fireball.

Robin Hood, foundling.

A cannibalistic medicine.

A look at Princess Henrietta Anne Stuart.

A look at Victorian pawnbrokers.

A look at an African samurai.

A look at the history of pencils.

A look at ancient Roman banquets.

Forgery, murder, and suicide.  That pretty much says it all.

And that's it for this week's Link Dump.  See you on Monday, when we'll look at the time Carl Jung spent his weekends with a ghost. In the meantime, here's some Bach.


  1. The quality of the Queen Victoria footage is incredible!

  2. Too many good links here. The pictures of holidays from the 1930s was excellent.(The caption about litterbugs left out the fact that all of their litter would have been biodegradable.) And the film footage of Queen Victoria was very wonderful to watch. The Forest of Borth reminds me of the legend of the drowned land of Lyonesse that supposedly connected Cornwall with the Scilly Isles.


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