"...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, October 6, 2017

Weekend Link Dump

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

Why the hell did Tasmanian Tigers disappear?

How the hell were the statues at Easter Island built?

Who the hell betrayed Anne Frank?

Where the hell is El Dorado?

Watch out for those Japanese bathroom ghosts!

Watch out for the Fighting Fairy Woman!

Watch out for the skull-faced bishop!

The history behind Lady Frankland's fan.

France's most scandalous witch hunt.

"Lost" literary works.

New video of a 16th century shipwreck.

The premiere of Beethoven's Fifth was a Monty Python sketch.

Was Scott's Antarctic expedition sabotaged?

The girl with Napoleon eyes.

Crown Prince Rudolf and the medium.

The scholar and the fairies.

The homeland of vampires.

Want to visit the library?  Stay in a hotel?  Here you can do both.

18th century unhappy marriages.

Georgian era "melancholy accidents."

Kids, don't count on getting any gifts this Christmas.

A freaking old Norwegian petroglyph.

An 18th century murder in Bedfordshire.

In which we learn that Napoleon disliked some of the damnedest things.

In which Peter Cohen builds my dream home.

William Howard Taft and the ghostly "Thing."

The curse of Rowland Jenkins.

18th and 19th century French vehicles.

The case of the photographed extraterrestrial.

The case of the murdered monkey.

Morbid humor in the Georgian era.

The Phantom Pharmacist.

The stray dog who became the Guardian of the Snow.

The Hollywood Cliff Murder.

This week's Advice From Thomas Morris:  Reconsider those plans to become a lion-tamer.

A "most unconventional librarian."

The ghost and the little skeleton.

New York's Great Catnip Caper.

A famed salesman of almanacks and fish.

Slum tourism meets Potemkin villages.

Victorian handcuff bracelets.

The unsolved murders at Lava Lake.

Professional walkers in the Regency era.

Dollhouses of death.

Entertainment at the Eagle Tavern.

Surgery in 14th century China.

And so ends this week's Link Dump.  See you on Monday, when we'll look at the most famous painter you've probably never heard of.  In the meantime, here's my favorite Tom Petty song. R.I.P.


  1. The Waiting is my favorite Tom Petty song, too. I got to see them in concert in Memphis, TN in 1995.

  2. It's interesting that the article on El Dorado doesn't mention that El Dorado was originally thought to be a person, "the gilded one', a great king who was - periodically probably, for special occasions - painted with gold dust, to symbolise his kingdom's wealth. But he was elusive as his realm. However inaccurate the film 'Aguirre, Wrath of God' may have been, Klaus Kinsky was the best crazy man to play him.


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