"...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 8, 2019

Weekend Link Dump

Renoir, "Luncheon of the Boating Party"

This week's Link Dump is being hosted by the security detail here at Strange Company HQ.

Watch out for those cursed trumpets!

An executed man who just doesn't know when to leave.

The two lives of Dr. James Barry.

America's first state police department.

The execution of an actress, and other theatrical links.

A sculptor who created...Strange Company, indeed.

The supernatural side of WWI.

The Case of the Disappearing Boulder.

The man who is rewriting human history.

A senator meets a yowie.

A Neolithic temple has just been uncovered.

One of Napoleon's generals has just been uncovered.

The weird life and death of Joanna Southcott.

This week in Russian Weird brings us weaponized cats.

A boisterous night in Tewkesbury.

A look at the horrors of Lenin-era Russia.  This one is not for the squeamish.

A look at interstellar space.

An all-too-typical witch trial.

Matchmaking and the East India Company.

The London Fireworks Brigade.

A forgotten way to contact the dead.

The Great Sheep Panic.

A newly-discovered ancient Egyptian book.

A newly-discovered ancient necklace.

Britain's "first city."

Another look at a famed UFO abduction story.

Hitler goes to Antarctica.

A mastodon and the Founding Fathers.

Unwed mothers during the Regency era.

The India Office is sent to the salt mines.

Mark Twain and the bloody kitten man.

Some synonyms for being drunk.  Illustrated!

An eyewitness to history.

The last man hanged in Cambridgeshire.

A brief history of Jack o'lanterns.

A brief history of Cremorne Gardens.

A brief history of telephone technology.

A brief history of trolley hearses.

The mortuary ship for the Titanic.

A famed heart surgeon and the Nazis.

A poltergeist in Chechnya.

A UFO in Scotland.

That closes things for this week! See you on Monday, when we'll meet the parrot who terrorized an entire neighborhood. In the meantime, here's a bit of Bach:


  1. https://books.google.com/books?id=SXIhgP4mgsMC&pg=PA127&lpg=PA127&dq=mark+twain+bloody+kittens&source=bl&ots=d2F2qqSL3a&sig=ACfU3U2StHymrk_nOCMWLa2e0p4I-Cps9Q&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwigtL2H3trlAhWkg-AKHazRD-QQ6AEwDnoECAgQAQ#v=onepage&q=mark%20twain%20bloody%20kittens&f=false

  2. I am always interested in a person's actual place in a hierarchy, which is why exact titles fascinate me: Hair, of the Massachusetts State Police was appointed 'deputy state constable', but there is no mention of the 'state constable' to whom he was deputy. Was that just an honorary position, perhaps filled ex officio by the attorney-general or a subordinate? Things I need to know...

    And the cannibalism in early Soviet Russia is horrifying. I've read about it before. A dozen years later, the Soviet government was deliberately starving millions of people to death in the 'horror famine'. The ways of government are mystifying, and usual evil.


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