"...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, February 14, 2020

Weekend Link Dump

"The Witches' Cove," Follower of Jan Mandijn

The sponsors of this week's Link Dump want to be your Valentine.

What the hell are the Lubbock Lights?

What the hell is gravity?

That time when Orwell was a policeman in British India.

The vanishing cats of the Art Students' League.

A collection of children's notebooks.

The world's smallest--and arguably the most sinister--museum.

Why Lincoln laughed.

Love tokens from the Thames.

Secret love letters in the archives.

Some facts about the UK census.

The woman who was hugged to death.

The legends of Captain Jack Armstrong.

This week in Russian Weird:  Kids, do not stick your head inside a particle accelerator.

The complicated case of the Queen's Pearl.

How the heart came to symbolize love.

The funeral of George III.

Female shamans in ancient Ireland.

What may be the oldest story ever told.

Heart folklore.

You want really bizarre Valentine's Day plays?  You get really bizarre Valentine's Day plays.

The theory that ghosts are essentially tape recordings.

Remembering Dorothy Parker.

A murderer and a poltergeist.

The Victorian "bachelor girls."

A demon-infested house.

Nope, nothing at all creepy about this story.

A scrapbook created by a WWII prisoner of war.

I'm not normally big on going to restaurants, but I'd love to visit this one.

The murdered woman in the well.

The differences between American and British theater, and other theatrical links.

The eerie tales surrounding an abandoned resort.

Valentines to send to your favorite undertaker.

Some failed mutineers.

Victorian's modern fashion trends.

Mary Tofts, Mommie Rabbitest.

Do you know what Washington saw as the future of America?  Mules.

How a national treasure came to be found near railroad tracks.

Nostalgia in Early Modern England.

Woolly mammoths: "genetic mess."

DNA solved a 50-year-old murder case.

Homosexuality and a 200-year-old diary.

An "eccentric mimic."

A hint of spring during an East End winter.

Play the Board Game of Death!

The singular life of Sal Madge.

How to create a 3rd century hairdo.

How our sun could turn into a Death Star.  Happy weekend!

Something from another galaxy is sending out radio signals.  Pair this with the above link, and your dystopian sci-fi novel writes itself.

OK, let's talk cross-dressing frog-catchers.

No One Can Explain Why Planes Stay in the Air; Or, next time you travel, consider using Amtrak.

How cats and a dog saved the lives of 37 people.

A famed 18th century American socialite.

A tree grown from 2,000 year old seeds.

A strange burial in Massachusetts.

The unsolved murder of Katie Dugan.

That's a wrap for this week! See you on Monday, when we'll look at one of Maine's most well-known unsolved murders. In the meantime, this song seemed appropriate.


  1. The Lubbock Lights' story's conclusion is odd: if the solution is common and every-day, why couldn't it be disclosed? Why wouldn't the scientist involved want his identity known?

    Yes, that story about 'Cynthia' is rather disturbing. It's like an episode of a knock-off 'Twilight Zone', just missing the even creepier ending - or maybe it had one and we don't know it...

    I agree: I'd like to visit Rule's Resturant, too.

  2. Dorothy Parker smash!

    Every fan of the Algonquin Four knows that.


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