"...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, August 2, 2019

Weekend Link Dump

This week's Link Dump is hosted by the Dali Cats!

What the hell is the Baltic Sea Anomaly?

What the hell is this ancient artifact?

Who the hell was Sylvester the Mummy?

Who the hell was Lucy?

Watch out for those haunted rivers!

Watch out for those cursed petrified forests!

Watch out for those cursed masks!

It turns out that inventing the saxophone was the least interesting thing about Adolphe Sax.

A Prussian martyr.

The fairies of Weardale.

How to get away with poisoning your husband.

Mary Clara, thieving fashion plate.

This may be the ultimate Florida Man story.

Athanasius Kircher stares into the center of the earth.

The downfall of the king of the bootleggers.

The world's oldest soap.

How a messenger pigeon led to an execution.

That time a cat adopted a groundhog.

That time NASA fed moon rocks to cockroaches.

I really don't think this is a good idea.

Schrodinger's cat consolations.

A relative rarity: an acquittal in a witchcraft trial.

Medieval pornography was...curious.

A haunted pizza place.

Four ancient apocalypses.

A brief history of Brighton.

A British cemetery in America.

A 19th century theater censor.

Some vintage summer "choice little dinners."

An important Indian botanist.

The Widger Gang of Potter County.

A very little coffin.

The Hang Day Fayre.  I'm guessing this was a town with a lot of extra time on its hands.

The Wild Boy of Kensington Palace.

A sedate revolutionary.

Typical Georgian household goods.

The rainmaker of New York City.

The first terrariums for plants.

The last of the Van Beurens.

Tragedy at Wolf Creek.

The famed naturalist John Muir.

Oliver Cromwell's severed head had a lively time of it.

Samuel Pepys might have been a scumbag, but at least he was honest about it.

A Broadway actress and her cats.

The not-menacing "Oh! Calcutta!"

Canada's most haunted town.

Physician, healed thyself.

This may be my new favorite historical factoid: the first English-language guacamole recipe was written by a pirate.

A 17th century power couple.

That's it for this week's Link Dump!  See you on Monday, when we'll look at a little-known poisoning mystery.  In the meantime, it's sum-sum-summertime!


  1. Samuel Pepys was also one of the best diarists of his day. I love his writing! It really helped me when I was writing my college honors thesis way back in the early 1970s.

  2. The hard life of Adolphe Sax - and his determination to live it - almost makes me forgive his invention of the saxophone...

  3. Pepys is one of those great gullywashers one encounters when discovering the deluge of riches the past provides.


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