"...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, June 7, 2019

Weekend Link Dump

This week's Link Dump asks you to give a warm welcome to the latest members of Strange Company HQ's research staff!

Where the hell are all the extraterrestrials?

Murder on Delaware Avenue.

A possible explanation for ball lightning.

The days of telephone newspapers.

The days of impotence trials.

This week in Russian Weird examines the time an alien being came to visit.

A seminal (and extremely long-winded) Tudor play.

The Thames and its influence on William Morris.

A ghostly wedding.

What it was like to eat out in Victorian England.

What it was like to visit 17th century Barbados.

A cursed farm.

A Napoleonic exile in America.

Was Errol Flynn a Nazi spy?

Tramp cats take over a New York tenement.

Why there was a time you'd want to order the world's worst sandwich.

A brief history of straw plaiting.

Yet another stone-throwing ghost.

Nero's secret chamber.

Prehistoric witnesses of a volcano eruption.

Contemporary newspaper reports of D-Day.

George III's 70th birthday celebration.

The mysterious death of Baby Frankie.

A legendary haunted Los Angeles house.

Why it's a good idea to listen to The Voice.

Percy Fawcett and the man-apes.

Why it's not a good idea to have yourself buried alive.  Especially when you have a conscientious sexton.

18th century melancholia.

Reminiscences of a D-Day survivor.

A strange disappearance in the Amazon.

The city of cat ladders.

What Princess Charlotte of Wales did with her pocket money.

The kind of thing that happens when you get hit by a stone bullet.

Don't believe everything you read.  Hell, at this point I'm opting for "don't believe anything you read."

A nurse sees a ghost.

A 17th and 18th century spa town.

That's it for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll look at a child's strange disappearance.  In the meantime, here's the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra.  One hundred thousand welcomes to you!


  1. I always question research done by Russian (especially Soviet era) scientists; I don't know why, but I always prefer to have their work confirmed by someone else before throwing away the grain of salt.

    As for Erroll Flynn being a Nazi spy, I have heard these allegations before, of course - they've been around for a long time - but no one has ever explained what value he would have had as a spy for anyone. I suppose he could have used his contacts to recruit other agents, but that is never alleged. In fact, the only allegations are those of anti-semitism and being friends with Nazis. I don't know what good he could have done for Germany in his position. But he did have a superior-looking cat, according to the photo you've previously published...

  2. From the World's Worst Sandwich article:

    [New York City at the time was home to some 8,000 saloons. The seediest among them were “dimly lit, foul-smelling, rickety-chaired, stale-beer dives” that catered to “vagrants, shipless sailors, incompetent thieves, [and] aging streetwalkers,”]

    A joint like that sounds like a lot of fun!


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