"...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, September 20, 2019

Weekend Link Dump

This week's Link Dump is hosted by one of the most popular members of our writing team, Ginger the Typing Cat!

Why the hell are fossils mostly male?

Watch out for the Bromley Batman!

Watch out for those black mirrors!

The tragic life of Queen Juana of Castile.

They're not saying it's aliens, but...oh, hold on.  They are saying that.

If you thought phrenology was weird, meet the science of reading forehead wrinkles.

Why New Yorkers once burned down a quarantine hospital.

The actress and the drunken coachman.

A Regency poisoning.

The folklore of mining.

The mystery of the burning stones.

A look at some groundbreaking surgeries.

Mayor O'Dwyer and the Mob.

A ghoulish trade in second-hand clothes.

A famed 19th century American policeman.

The Rodney Riots and the publishing house.

They may have found Captain Cook's Endeavour.

How to make your own 18th century lip salve.

Psychics sometimes get it right.

The rise and fall of absinthe.

A girl's concentration camp diary.

The strange story of the Acambaro figure.

The mad scientist and his corpse bride.

How to have a theater waste a year of your life.

Some murders may be unsolved, but they're not all that mysterious.

This week in Russian Weird gets romantic. Oh, and nothing to worry about here.  Just exploding smallpox virus.

Google Earth solves a missing-persons case.

Piano prodigy Blind Tom Wiggins.

In case you're planning to make knives with human poop, science has bad news for you.  (Incidentally, one thing I've learned from reading about archaeologists is that they spend an inordinate amount of time working with human waste.  Makes me a bit relieved that I never pursued my early dreams of taking it up as a career.)

In related news, it turns out archaeology is child's play.  Just wait till the kids learn they have to make the knives.

And that's it for this week! See you on Monday, when we'll welcome in a guest post discussing a fashion fad that was truly for the birds. In the meantime, as this is the final WLD of Summer 2019, I thought this seemed appropriate.

1 comment:

  1. A particularly good selection this Friday. The article on O'Dwyer was lengthy but interesting. It shows that both major political parties in the U.S. have plenty to be ashamed about. O'Dwyer got off lucky.

    Not so Juana, Queen of Castile, or, as I learned of her in reading history, Joanna. I have always felt sorry for her, a pawn in the hands of others. The article makes it sound as if she were a pawn due to being a woman, but history has plenty of men being used as tools, as well. The article mentions Salic Law, which forbade, in some countries, women from becoming ruling monarchs. Spain didn't have it, but it did have the law by which a ruling queen's husband would become a king and her equal; thus her husband became Philip I. It would have been better for her if she had not married, like Elizabeth of England. She probably would have been better off.


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