"...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, November 15, 2019

Weekend Link Dump

Renoir, "Luncheon of the Boating Party"

It's time for yet another Link Dump!

Everybody dance!

Loie Fuller's serpentine dance.

Communal coffins and burial clubs.

The face of a female Viking.

This week in Russian Weird looks at a Napoleon expert's gruesome Waterloo.  Not to mention the flying cat understudy.

The kind of thing that happened when you got on Queen Christina's bad side.

The rocket scientist of the Hollywood Park backstretch.

Family scandal and a disputed will.

When smoking could kill you...a lot faster than you might think.

The Habsburg Imperial Crypt.

The last days of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire.

The enduring weirdness of Charles Fort.

An equestrian ghost.

How Bridgeport avoided being buried alive.

This is why you shouldn't take pigeons up in a hot air balloon.

Finland's Day of the Dead, and other theatrical links.

The Stone of Cashel.

Tragedy at the South Pole.

WWII and the Official Secrets Act.  (Part two here.)

A legendary Chinese banquet.

Domestic violence turns to murder.

Fighter pilots and a Southern California UFO.

Are we the aliens?

An Armistice Day parade turned lynching.

A New Zealand UFO.

A newly-discovered Bronze Age stone circle.

A newly-discovered 8,000 year old village.

The last person to die of smallpox.

Edward Leyden, human calculator.

A girl's baffling illness.

The busy life of journalist Nellie Bly.

An Anglo-Saxon colony in Crimea.

And that's all for this week! See you on Monday, when we'll look at a young Frenchman's mysterious death. In the meantime, here's some late-period Linda. This is one of my favorites.


  1. The Scott Antarctic tragedy always stirs me. To be so close to salvation - eleven miles after travelling 400 - is heartbreaking.

    As for the erstwhile queen of Sweden: there was always something I distrusted about her...

    And that giant dancing cat is, frankly, nightmarish.

  2. I don’t know if you are familiar with Eric and Flynn, the “Two Devon Cats”, both now passed away. Their mum continues to put memories of the two boys on their blog. She also has a holiday blog; recently she put on their a story of experiences she and her husband had in Ireland. The story is genuinely creepy, and might interest you.


    1. Oh, that's a good one. I love time-slip stories, and the evil-tasting coffee is a nicely sinister touch. Thanks for bringing that to my attention!

    2. I felt uneasy with the thinnest woman they'd ever seen silently watching them drink the coffee. Yikes...


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