"...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, June 5, 2020

Weekend Link Dump

"The Witches' Cove," Follower of Jan Mandijn

This week's Link Dump is ready to take flight!

Photo: Nancy Hendrickson, via State Historical Society of North Dakota

An eerily prescient science-fiction story from a century ago.

How Nathaniel Bentley became Dirty Dick.  And just keep your X-rated punchlines to yourself.

"Be careful for what you wish for," Byzantine style.

Until just recently, someone was still receiving a pension from the Civil War.

Were Neanderthals artistic?

Why they are called "Potter's Fields."

The first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail.

This photo reminds me of the Total Perspective Vortex.

This week in Russian Weird becomes...uh, Fake Russian Weird.

Reports of a bizarre creature in Australia.

Probably the weirdest UFO abduction story ever.

The joys of mudlarking.

The birth of the drive-in movie theater.  I really miss those.

Beekeeping folklore.

The horrors of the Spanish flu.

So, who's up for guzzling some 2,000 year old mystery liquid?

A 3,500 year old murder mystery.

Quarantine in the Tudor era.

The bishop who walked behind Satan.

Can you read this 18th century rebus puzzle?

Bach to Bach.

How to run a Parisian salon.  Think of it as Twitter, but where everyone is literate and civilized.

Only cats are free of lockdown.  Naturally.

The role doughnuts played in WWI.

The very Hollywood Babylon-like life of actress Susan Cabot.

Romance in the graveyard.

The man who was the voice of God.

The relics of Old St. Paul's.

Maybe becoming a UFO researcher isn't such a great idea.

The Drunkest Woman in the World.

A footnote on plague doctor costumes.

Fake News and Lizzie Borden.

The Gibbet Rath massacre.

A haunted holy well.

A fiery cat fight.

Influential 13th century women.

An ill-fated Elizabethan adventure in Portugal.

19th century quarantine for travelers.

Exploring the Mariana Trench.

The latest effort to explain the Tunguska Event.

WWII and a mysterious alleged treasure.

This is pretty nifty:

"Women Personators" go on trial.

The greatest American hoarder.

Marie Antoinette, uncensored.

Holy Trinity Minories has a mummified head.

A dinosaur's last meal.

A mathematical horse.

The latest on the "world's oldest temple."

That's it for this week! See you on Monday, when we'll look at one of the strangest amnesia cases I've ever heard of. In the meantime, here's this charming Latvian folk song.

1 comment:

  1. Potter's Field... I had no idea of the term's origin. It makes sense that a pedlar of pots and pans be called a potter. There were other names for the people who actually made them.


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