"...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, May 27, 2016

Weekend Link Dump

This week's Link Dump is sponsored by Strange Company HQ staffer Potter.  If you wish to hire security for your next big party, his size and temperament make him an excellent bouncer.

What the hell was the Harlech Meteor?

What the hell was the Flying Black Giant of Boston?

What the hell were these Neanderthal stone circles?

Watch out for those voices in your chimney!

Watch out for those snowball bombs!

Watch out for Morgawr!

The world's oldest cave paintings.

A Roman villa has been found under an English barn.

An early 19th century racetrack that's still in business.

The first broomstick witches.

How DNA can implicate the innocent.

A Georgian merman.

Good Walkers battle the witches over wine.

Aristotle's tomb may have been found.

The Macclesfield Pedestrian.

The Etruscan underworld.

The ghosts of war.

The strange death of a Hollywood screenwriter.

A brief history of relics, religious and secular.

An 1801 public subscription ball.

An Israeli mermaid.

Louis Slotin and the Demon Core.

A secret club of rooftop climbers.

Childbirth in the Regency period.

The Victorian poor tell their own story.

A gruesome small-town murder mystery.

The Gordon Riots of 1780.

You can buy a cannibal's castle.

So, there's such a thing as "tree law."

America's first cremation.

The comet scare of 1773.

How a printer crippled the Confederacy.

The story behind "Grand Hotel."

How to buy food, 1950s style.

The baby farmers of Brixton.

19th century sporting cats.

Napoleon's "beautiful moon."

The tricky issue of 19th century "marital coercion."

An ancient Egyptian spell book.

The vampiric Countess Elga.

A cursed village.

Still more Bohemian Cats!

Beauty tips for bluestockings.

Sleeping with the Devil.

Mary Anning, who sold seashells on the seashore.

The astronomer nuns.

Shakespeare in India.

A smelly ghost.

A Mediterranean garden in Northumberland.

Some of the most influential criminal trials in history.

The ungrateful Tully McQuate.

That time fighter jets were sent to intercept a UFO.

That time when sugar was good for your teeth.

A tale of the Sjo-Troll.

The case of the wandering musket ball.

A particularly odd case of grave-robbing.

The Flying Goliath of Boston.

A hired boy's ghost.

The kind of thing that happens when they dissect you before you're dead.

And we're done!  See you on Monday, when we'll have a look at a Wonder of a horse.  In the meantime, here's a bit of Pleyel:


  1. That Egyptian spell book sounds a lot like the ads I see on line - three thousand years apart but the same promises.

  2. The article on Shakespeare in India was interesting. I'd read about Younghusband before. I think there is a whole sub-species of Briton for whom India, and colonial adveture in general, brought out the best - or at least the most fascinating.


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