"...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, March 6, 2015

Weekend Link Dump

Everyone is a basket case sometimes.

So let's unwind with some links:

What the hell is the Maine Penny?

We're still asking, "Where the hell is MH370?"

Watch out for those deserts!

Watch out for Tango Foot!

Watch out for those cemetery ghost lights!

Port Angeles is really booming!

North Texas is really booming!

Florida is really booming!

Taking the concept of "BFF" to a whole 'nother level.

The ominous lessons of a rodent utopia.

Declaring WWI.

The sad case of the "Boxing Baroness."

A museum honors an alien abduction.

Tales of phantom ships, 1909.

Born in India, raised in Britain.

Eglantine Wallace, wild child.

The Shah of Persia collects revenue.

The madness of menses.

Shorter version:  A Georgian household was Housekeeping Hell.

The strange "family" life of Augustus Hare.

How Victorian mothers unwittingly gave their children "Murder bottles."

If you've read M.R. James' "Oh, Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Lad" you'll know this probably won't end well.

A rather unusual tale of haunted Welsh ironworks.

Winston Churchill's Demon Voices.

Fascinating Womanhood, 1920s style.

Charlie Chaplin and the grave-robbers.

Prankster Brian Hughes and his cat sidekick.

The advantages--and disadvantages--of the crinoline.

Vikings as "global investors."

Return of the Royal Eggs.

The strange case of George Edalji.

A night out in Manhattan, 1938.

Writing to Agatha Christie.

The Cato Street Conspiracy.

Turning the tables on an executioner.

Joseph Richards makes a really bad career move.

Another tale of body-snatching gone wrong.

Another tale of burials gone wrong.

And finally, here's a pony and his periscope.

There you have it. On Monday, I'll be back with the tale of one strange, sad road trip. In the meantime, don't put on any airs when you're down on Rue Morgue Avenue:


  1. That article on a Thursday night out in Manhattan is fascinating. That's the kind of detailed history that I like. How do you find this stuff?

    1. I follow a lot of blogs. Then I follow the blogs THEY follow. And then I...

      Oh, man, I have no life.

  2. Hey there! Just wanted to say thanks for linking to my post. I'm so glad you liked it! :) Your site here looks wonderful, by the way---so much to look through. I see you have a Poe blog, too. What's your take on his death? I read this Smithsonian article recently (http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/still-mysterious-death-edgar-allan-poe-180952936/?no-ist) and found the possibility of him getting "cooped" to death fascinating.

    1. I love the 1920s, so it was fun to come across your blog.

      As for Poe's death--there's no way to tell for sure, but I'm inclined to think it was natural causes. He was chronically ill for some years, although we don't have enough information to say what his illness was. I wrote a couple of posts about it on the Poe blog, without ever coming to any kind of decision.

      The cooping tale seems an oddly appropriate "Poe-like" end, but I've always been skeptical. It's interesting, though, how many of his contemporaries in Baltimore seemed to find it credible.


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