"...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 30, 2019

Weekend Link Dump

This week's Link Dump is hosted by Kiddo, the feline who inspired those historic words, "Roy, come and get this goddamn cat!"

Watch out for those stone-throwing Yowies!

A brief look at cat folklore.

The notorious Black Hole of Calcutta.

The president and the mystery disease.

When medieval peasants weren't busy dying of plague, they liked to wrestle.

The two lives of Lawrence Bader.

How the Slinky was accidentally invented.

Henry Johnson, one-man army.

Another one for the "We don't know jack about human history" file.

The world's largest occult library is now online.

A case of medieval tax evasion.

The kind of thing that happens when you have Google Earth and way too much spare time on your hands.

The man with the concrete enema.  And guess what?  This isn't a Thomas Morris link.

Hairdressing for the dead.

A hiker's strange death.

Why the letter "Q" was once illegal in Turkey.

As if mining wasn't dangerous enough already, you also have phantom black dogs to worry about.

Yet another indicted witch.

The people who make it difficult for you to fake your own death.

The first American play.  It didn't go so well.

A tooth leads to an Ice Age whodunit.

An early 20th century theater censor.

That time a railway hired a baboon.

Jane Austen's forgotten brother.

An Inuit in early 19th century London.

The mystery of the Croatian elongated skulls.

The Ballad of the Taverners.

The life of a medieval executioner.

A 16th century case of reattaching a severed nose.

More, perhaps, than you ever wanted to know about the digestive woes of Lewis & Clark.

Demonic gardening.

The famed moving coffins of Barbados.

The sad end of a Revolutionary War soldier.

Murder and a voodoo cult.

A 19th century celebrity stalker.

Shorter version: yeah, we're all doomed.

A brief look at ship's cats.

Why historians care about whether or not James Buchanan was gay.

The last person hanged in Britain for attempted murder.

Something weird just happened on an Essex beach.

Single mothers in the early 20th century.

A medieval German beer still made today.

The radioactive Boy Scout.

The poltergeist of Humpty Doo.

The UFO of Carlingford.

The execution of Eustace the Monk.

A truck driver's strange end.

Have pity on the playwrights.

The face of a 2,000 year old Druid.

One footnote:  I've realized that, for the past few weeks, my feed reader has not been providing updates on certain blogs I follow.  In other words, some new blog posts are simply not showing up on my Inoreader subscriptions.  (I contacted Inoreader about the problem, and they essentially told me, "We dunno.")   So, if you have a blog that I usually link to, but I haven't recently, that's why.  Ergh.

So that's that for this week.  See you on Monday, when we'll look at a scandalous murder in early 20th century Denver. In the meantime, here's another of our songs of summer.


  1. Loved the Henry Johnson link. Real heroes always insist that they're not heroes; they "Just had a job to do and did it".

  2. The bit about the change to the Turkish alphabet was interesting. I'd read of the great changes to Turkey in the 1920s, but did not know three letters were actually outlawed. That's a bit hard on them, I'd say...


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