"...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, March 23, 2018

Weekend Link Dump

The cats are celebrating the first Link Dump of spring 2018 with--of course--a little spring cleaning.

What the hell happened to William Hare?

What the hell killed William Henry Harrison?

What the hell was the Crawfordsville Monster?

Why the hell do we cross our fingers?

Watch out for those possessed cats!

Conspiracy theories and vacuous truths.

Britain's last witch.

Benjamin Franklin's cursed musical instrument.

The body in room 348.

The first "dumb blonde."

The execution of Henry VIII's brother-in-law.

Wicklow Winged Weirdness.

Dark Andy and the fairies.

A "hidden" 11th century medical text.

The Case of the Exploding Teeth.

Archiving insurgency.

Swinburne was an unpleasantly weird guy.  But you probably already knew that.

A star that was visible to humans 70,000 years ago.

What do you get when you milk cows in Antarctica?  Instant ice cream.

[Sorry about that last one.  It's been a long week.]

The disappearance and reappearance of a car made famous by Steve McQueen.

Some random events in 1860s France.

The lesser-known artwork of Edmund Dulac.

Titillating toes.

A fake "Egyptian princess."

The lengthy history of a brief joke.

A brief history of fake mermaids.

The latest from the "pushing back human history" file.

NASA is getting messages from 13 billion miles away.

California's strangest town.  And yes, I know that's saying a lot.

Death on the beach.

The cat, the bulldog, and the lobster.

"Little sneaking fetid nothingnesses."  I'll have to remember this phrase; it'd make a good description of my blog.

Tuberculosis as a beauty fad.

In case you've been wanting to grow your own midget, here you go.

The fad for "beauty marks."

This week in Russian Weird shows how to instantly lose $368 million.  And--in case you didn't already know this--hiking at Dyatlov Pass is really not a great idea.  Plus, here's the saga of a female racketeer.

The Millville poltergeist.

That's all for this week! See you on Monday, when we'll look at the strange death of a prominent financier. In the meantime, here's some water music:


  1. That was a great article about the insult, allegedly shared by Churchill and Astor. I actually thought they had originated it - probably because it is so characteristic of both of them.

  2. Oh, and the spring-cleaning cats... I don't know if I'd like them to help or not.

  3. The story about the murder in Room 348 was fascinating - great detective work to find the murderers.


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