"...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 2, 2016

Weekend Link Dump

During the month of December, the weekly Link Dump will have the honor to be sponsored by the Cats of Christmas!

What the hell is this Antarctic snow pyramid?

Where the hell are Nefertari's legs?  Now we know?

Who the hell was D.B. Cooper?  A whole lot of people want to know!


Watch out for the monster of Pocomoonshine Lake!

Watch out for those murder marshes!

Flying monks!

Killer peas!

An explorer goes fatally insane.

An odd tale of child murder in a church.

The history of James Hadfield's pistol.

An ancient Egyptian cat cemetery.

19th century drugged-out dinner parties.  For science!

Chinese astronauts hear an extraterrestrial knock-knock joke.

Let's talk post-mortem photographs on vegetables, shall we?

A woman was hit by a meteorite.  And then things began to get weird.

Early 20th century girls and their "chap records."  I'm surprised I had never heard of these before.

Napoleon's coronation had its problems.

How Victoria and Albert popularized Christmas.

Even better, let's talk Krampus.

If you're guilty of incest and infanticide, it's wisest to keep a low profile.

The world of Victorian Vaudeville.

Don't forget to feed the fairies!

More on why selfies are the Black Plague of our age.

Some Midwinter folklore.

The stones of Anne Taylor.

Katterfelto and his famous black cat.

More on the wreck of the "William & Mary."  (Still more!)

Avoiding the apocalypse through white roosters.

A unique auction of cat art.

A scandalous early 19th century love triangle.

When dentists take to experimentation, things are bound to get weird.

Civil war soldiers seek to escape frying pan, land in fire.

A 17th century Franciscan has an uneasy meal.

Abortion in the 18th century.

1999 in 1967.

News to me:  Nathaniel Hawthorne's daughter is a candidate for sainthood.

A music examiner tours early 20th century India.

A life-saving beetle.

Old Whitey, the ghost of a sunken ship.

Dying for incest.

Technology is making us miss out on sea serpents.

That time we thought we had conquered pain.

That time California children declared war on squirrels.

Folklore of the "hairy people."

Ancient Romans meet British snow.

A manhandled UFO.

Anglo-Saxon sign language.

Caesarians and a 14th century queen.

A man is reincarnated as a tree.  Sort of.

For this week in Russian Weird, here is the grave of a Siberian Robin Hood.

We're done for this week! See you on Monday, when we'll be looking at a famous American murder mystery. In the meantime, here's some classic country-rock from back in the day.


  1. An interesting collection today, I'll say. The article about the Amercan Civil War soldiers and small pox shows that a little knowledge is indeed dangerous. A little more knowledge and such tragedies could have been avoided.

  2. Oh, and that bit about Romans along Hadrian's Wall was good. I often think that Roman soldiers were used to all kinds of climate and terrain.

    I saw a tv show once about having ordinary men of today work as Roman soldiers to see how they would cope. One of the first things they did was remove the felt linings the Romans had in their helmets and wear them as caps against the cold. We have no evidence that the Romans did this, but the historian overseeing the project was astonished that no one had ever thought that this may have been done.

  3. Those Krampus videos made my day. I sincerely wish I could dress up as a Krampus and scare the snot out of all the naughty Christmas children.

    - "I got yer silver bells, right HERE!"


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