"...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, July 7, 2017

Weekend Link Dump

This week's Link Dump is sponsored by Maurice Boulanger's Cats of July!

What the hell were the lights of Lough Erne?

What the hell is the Shroud of Turin?

What the hell happened to Amelia Earhart?  And why does this not surprise me?

What the hell happened to MH370?  Yeah, they're still working on that one,too.

Who the hell wrote the Voynich Manuscript?

Where the hell is this catastrophic volcano?

Watch out for those London sharpers!

If you're planning on moving to Mars, think again.

The 3,000 year old horse.

A tale of the Fourth Dimension.

The Amazon rain forest and a "lost civilization."

What it's like to find seven skeletons in your dining room.

Ancient tourist graffiti.

Ancient urban smells.

The man who hid from the devil.

An 18th century mayor goes to the gallows.

A bizarre tale of infanticide.

Plague and one village's self-sacrifice.

The case of the Amphibious Infant.

Meeting the Devil.

Neanderthal DNA.

The face of an ancient female leader.

The Victorian omnibus and the indecent actor.

Hare folklore.

The Dutch lion breaks English chains.

The founding fathers of English horse racing.

A survey of 16th century Spitalfields.  Sorry, "Spittle Fields."

A tower of Aztec skulls is causing historians a bit of trouble.

The brothel and the ghost.

That time it rained cats and soap bubbles.

That time a boy was zapped by a UFO.

How fireworks came to be associated with the 4th of July.

Paul Revere, forensic dentist.

The man who never slept.

How to talk to plants.

The Fortean Somme!  The Fortean Canada Day!  The Fortean Gettysburg!

Out-of-this-world laughter.

Fishing with Edward II.

The French aristocracy liked to put stickers on their faces.

In which we learn that the U.S. and Canada are at war over lobster sandwiches.

The truth about the Donner Party.

What happened when the European ice sheet collapsed.

Want to get to Heaven?  All you need is a black rooster and a strong grip!

Our galaxy's strangest stars.  No, this isn't about Johnny Depp.

An 18th century architects' engraver.

An 18th century Brighton celebrity.

Elizabeth Blount, mother of Henry VIII's son.

Napoleon's ice machine.

The legend of smuggler Lovey Warne.

A plot to save Marie Antoinette.

This week in Russian Weird:  Siberia is still creating portals to Hell.

And Russian soldiers have gone sci-fi.

That's all for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll look at buried treasure and a Welsh ghost.  In the meantime, here's my current favorite thing on YouTube.


  1. Thank you for sharing my brothel article that so unexpectedly turned into a ghost story!

    1. Unexpected ghost stories are always welcome around here!

  2. I find it hard to believe that anyone would have thought at any time that the vague image of a person, possibly a woman, sitting on a dock was Amelia Earhart. Yes, the person in the picture has hair, and a face - so clearly it's Earhart...

  3. I rather like the idea of not having to sleep, like Albert Herpin (not, as I first read, 'Herb Alpert'.) If I didn't have to sleep, I'd have twice as much time at my disposal.

    1. Or twice as much time at the disposal of the cats.

  4. By the way, your recent comment on my blog looked like it was a correction of an earlier comment - but I didn't see an earlier comment...

    1. Just around the time I posted that first comment, we had a power outage in my neighborhood. It must have kept the comment from posting. Just as well!


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