"...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 30, 2016

Weekend Link Dump

This week's Link Dump is sponsored by the Cats of the New Year!

Where the hell is Camelot?  As usual, some people think they know.

What the hell is the Wilkes Land Anomaly?

Who the hell was Miss Pelham?

Watch out for the Mystery Man of Tyrone!

Watch out for those New Year's comets!

We're still pondering the murder of Rasputin.

A how-to guide for mudlarking on the Thames.

The man who changed the English landscape.

Ancient Danish housecats.

The key to consciousness?

The suicide of a famous 17th century chef.

The life and times of a New York City fire cat.

"Painless Parker, Dangerous Dentist."  Someone has to write that novel.

New Year's Eve, 1900.

John Quincy Adams looks at the New Year.

The murder of Rasputin in the British Archives.

The real Third Musketeer.

The only woman hanged in South Australia.

Forty foot tapeworm, anyone?

A Victorian Christmas circus.

The Chinese Joan of Arc.

Getting the New Year off on the right foot.  Literally.

Marriage counseling from beyond the grave.

The execution of a lipstabber.

500 years of Bosch.

Christmas library closures in the Victorian era.

There are people out there translating Dr. Seuss into Latin.

A discovery related to the Egyptian Old Kingdom.

Scientists are finally accepting that animals have consciousness.  They are not happy about it.

The kind of Christmas gift no one wants.

Bach, the bully?

A murder on Christmas Eve.

I do not find it encouraging that brainless slime handles life better than I do.

The ghost of Polly Peggs.

A good reason to avoid Chicago.

Pirating Charles Dickens.

Christmas in a Victorian emergency room.

The ghost who changed his will.

Bats argue a lot.

Why we tell ghost stories at Christmas.

Lucy Walter, a royal mistress.

A 15th century ghostbuster.

That's all for this week, gang.  I'll have an "end of year wrap-up" on Sunday, and then Monday we'll look at Scottish mystery.  Enjoy what's left of 2016!


  1. The Chevalier D'Artagnan would have been the real Fourth Musketeer. Aramis was the the third.

  2. I like ghost stories at Christmas. Dickens was just following in a tradition when he added Marley's ghost to "A Christmas Carol". (The Spirits of Christmas are not, after all, really ghosts. Who could be frightened of that boisterous funster, the Spirit of Christmas Present - though the Future guy put me on edge...) And there's a line about 'scary ghost stories' in the song "Most Wonderful Time of the Year", I think.


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