"...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, December 4, 2020

Weekend Link Dump


"The Witches' Cove," Follower of Jan Mandijn

It's time for this week's Link Dump!

Call your friends!

What the hell caused a mass tree fall in Washington state?

What the hell was the Grafton Monster?

What the hell happened to William Hare?

What the hell happened to Alfred Beilhartz?

What the hell happened to Ann Bonny?

A recently-discovered site may be the oldest known temple.

A curious courier.

The first campaign of the U.S. Army didn't go so well.

What was possibly the world's worst shortcut.

Bad winters in Britain's past.

The first Christmas tree with electric lights.

The weird early days of the Lindbergh kidnapping.  Actually, everything about that case was weird.

The very deadly Halifax Explosion.

The Mari Lwyd, world's weirdest horse.

The hunt for the real McDonald's french fries.

Was Robin Hood an executed outlaw named Robert of Wetherby?

More on the life of Teresia Constantia Phillips.

A mysterious murder at Harvard.

A murder case and a possible miscarriage of justice.

An urban legend involving razor blades.

That time a group of hunters was attacked by alien robots.  As a side note, in 1964 my family lived not far from Cisco Grove.  Coincidence?

Something is heading towards our planet and nobody knows what it is.  In other words, 2020 is ending true to form.

How America's worst serial killer got away with it for 40 years.

India's grim sati stones.

The man hidden below Trafalgar Square.

Remember that mysterious Utah monolith?  It just got even weirder.  And now Romania is getting into the act.  (Update: apparently the Romanian one has vanished, too.)

Remembering a deadly airplane crash.

The first shopping malls.

The first American female serial killer.

A WWI St. Andrew's Day.

An eight-mile wall of prehistoric art.

The oldest direct evidence of Chinese horseback riding.

The archaeology of beer.

Saqqara's cursed tombs.

Some facts about Mark Twain.

John Lennon's last day.

A look at early 19th century Osaka.

Arsenic and the Minnesota Murderess.

A famed "spite fence."

The life of a royal nun.

Orkney's sea monsters.

The mysterious Miss Muir.

A brief history of the Black Seminoles.

Castle Ring is one seriously weird place.

That's it for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll look at a disappearing corpse.  In the meantime, here's a lovely excerpt from one of my favorite musical works.


  1. Last i heard about that piece of trash Utah monolith, some local guys removed it. Good on them. Some might call it art, some might call it aliens, i agree with them in calling it trash.
    People live here. We respect our country. This is not a place for dumping trash. All people are welcome but please do not defile our country with that bullshit.

  2. I recall reading numerous times about how more severe Britain's winter's were in the past, with the Thames freezinh enough for winter fairs to be held on it. The Victorian image of a white Christmas wasn't wishful thinking.

    And an interesting article on Henry Crofts, under Trafalgar Square. He did a lot - and a lot of good - in what some might call a little life.


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