Friday, January 20, 2017
Weekend Link Dump
This week's Link Dump is sponsored by Herman, fearless slayer of Nazi mice at the Port Authority of Baltimore.
Who the hell was D.B. Cooper? People are still asking!
Who the hell wrote the "Federalist Papers?" Ask a mathematician!
What the hell are these Vietnamese stone instruments?
Watch out for those Deadly Demon Trucks!
Art Linkletter and the extortionists.
Some lesser-known details about Hadrian's Wall.
The Georgian era was big on letter-writing.
A murdered 7th century queen.
A ghost visits his own wake.
The dogs of the French Revolution.
The serpent stone of Loch Ness.
This week's Advice From Thomas Morris: What not to do with raw wheat.
The 17th century woman who studied caterpillars.
Being pestered by vampires? Here's the soap for you.
The Iceman's last meal.
How a Savannah servant became a ghost.
Family advice, ancient Roman style.
The early days of scandal sheets.
Some indoor winter scenes from the 18th and 19th centuries.
The first inaugural ball.
The John Quincy Adams inauguration.
A Japanese dragon hunt.
The dancing epidemic of 1518.
The rise of luxurious bathrooms.
The day a French town became populated by monsters.
No animal was safe around these two.
An Anglo-Saxon comic book.
A Buddha rises from a reservoir.
The Death Angel visits Lancashire.
Yeah. No way in the world this could lead to trouble.
The boxer and the baffling lights.
When folklore becomes fact.
A young girl looks at 1899 New York.
Keep your apostrophes away from the decades! (While we're at it: I'm no Grammar Nazi--God knows my use of the English language is far from perfect--but please, people, stop using the word "less" when it should be "fewer." That grates on my ears almost as badly as the modern tendency to put "wise" at the end of words: "Weather-wise," "Money-wise," etc. And don't even get me started on people who say "literally" when they mean "figuratively." All right, so maybe I am a Grammar Nazi.)
The first machine to create human speech was just as creepy as you'd think.
18th century advertising.
More from the "pushing back human history" file.
An 18th century terrorist.
The Asparagus Whisperer!
The unsolved murders of Massachusetts.
The very strange death of William Laughlin.
It was no fun being married to Philip II of France.
An important suffragette.
A pioneering "ad man."
The execution of a werewolf.
The original Magic Ring.
Reports of human teleportation.
Truth and fiction in Jane Austen's novels.
In search of Loch Ness Monster footage.
How to organize a Boy Scout pet show.
The sad life of Empress Eugenie.
Moll King's notorious Coffee House.
The Eve of St. Agnes.
Surviving winter, Danish style.
Anomalies and critical thinking.
This week in Russian Weird is the latest about one of my favorite historical riddles, the Tunguska Event.
And there are this week's links. See you on Monday, when we'll meet a suicide's restless ghost. In the meantime, this song is an old favorite that's been running through my head lately.