"...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, October 16, 2020

Weekend Link Dump


"The Witches' Cove," Follower of Jan Mandijn

The Strange Company HQ kitchen staff will be serving lunch with this week's Link Dump!

What the hell is the Upton Chamber?

The spooky lore of Lucedio Abbey.

Eva Peron's secret lobotomy.

A look at "The Consolation of Philosophy."

A look at a new biography of Longfellow.

Deciphering a 17th century codebreaker.

The WWII mystery of Shingle Street.

The lore surrounding a Texas shipwreck.

The European roots of the Headless Horseman.

An accused witch and a prison extortion racket.

Contemporary reviews of Du Maurier's "Rebecca."

Evidence of amazingly old Neanderthal cave constructions.

Analyzing when and why Americans lost their British accents.

Why mosquitoes like our blood.  (Considering I've just gone through a very itchy summer, my answer is: because they are all Satan's emissaries.

Marriage announcements in the old newspapers.

For just 31 million bucks, you could've bought your very own T. Rex.

It seems that our minds are much more than our brains.

Some early black British sporting heroes.

Uncovering an early medieval cemetery in Germany.

A ghost visits a wake.

The art of the Olmecs.

Why you shouldn't shoplift from Pompeii.

Catherine of Aragon goes to war.

A new theory about the Tunguska Event.

The prelude to the battle of Hastings.

The watch cat of the Brooklyn Bridge.

The tomb of the real "Maid Marian."

Video of a dying star.

The bizarre tragedy of Blanche Monnier.

The first professional female jazz drummer.

Taking UFOs seriously.

Contemporary criticism of Plymouth Colony.

Birds show sympathy to others.

A horse-saving firedog.

How Margaret Catchpole came to be transported to Australia.

This week in Russian Weird looks at an...unexpected coloring book.

The murder of a 14th century bishop.

California's first poet laureate.

A prehistoric journey revealed in footprints.

The position of wives in 18th century English law.

A young woman's very weird disappearance.

The season of the body snatchers.

Mary Toft, famed rabbit mom.

The Bronte Country during WWII.

So there's a guy with a jetpack flying around LAX.

The slaves who fought for the British during the American War of Independence.

The history of HMS Dido.

How a saintly king lost his shirt.

A haunted piano.

The life of a WWI nurse.

Remembering the Frost Fairs.

Custer's other "Last Stand."

That's a wrap for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll look at one of England's most scandalous newspapers.  In the meantime, here's some Handel.


  1. The Upton Chamber is very like the Montville Soutrain here in Connecticut. This was completely unknown until a hurricane in 1938 uprooted a tree that ripped part of the tunnel roof open. The original entrance is a real squeeze, I got through it 30 years ago but couldn't today. It was no colonial root cellar, no one would have crawled through a narrow tunnel pushing one potato with their nose for 30 feet.

  2. I have long thought that Harold deserved to win the Battle of Hastings. He was king for less than a year and had to fight his way uphill the whole time.

    The disappearance of Christine Walters was indedd a bizarre one. Never trust a religion in which you have to take something to experience hallucinations. Revelations come on their own.

    1. I thought I was the only one who thought Hastings was won by the wrong side!

    2. The Normans were the most energetic race of their era - especially their rulers - and would have made excellent pirates, or nineteenth century robber-barons. But I would have preferred the Saxons to have continued ruling England...


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