"...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 6, 2018

Weekend Link Dump

This week's Link Dump is again sponsored by Strange Company's expert writing staff.

What the hell are the Carnac Stones?

What the hell was the Kentucky Meat Shower?

Why the hell do people believe in Bigfoot?

Watch out for those ghost trains!

Watch out for those carnivorous mists!

Watch out for those Dark Watchers!

Watch out for those poisonous books!

Watch out for those cursed jackets!

A 19th century murder reminiscent of the notorious killing of Ken McElroy.

Victorians liked to wear live insects.

A DIY "Ancient Aliens" episode.

The history of military bats.

The cat who exterminated an entire species.

The obituary of a linen bleacher.

Karma strikes again!

The Czech Republic's greatest hero who never existed.  I just love this story.

The long history of Pears' Soap.

A hidden curio cabinet of The Weird.

As I always say, don't mess with a psychic octopus.

The hunt for exomoons.

Cheating the hangman, 1828.

A monument to Dick Whittington's cat.

A truly authentic Independence Day menu.

That time Benjamin Franklin turned to true-crime writing.

That time George, Prince of Wales was nearly horsewhipped.

Speaking of Franklin, here's a link between him and James Cook.

Wallace the Great, defeated by prejudice.

The strange symbols of Lincoln Cathedral.

Why strawberries and cream are eaten at Wimbledon.

Louis Wain, Rembrandt of far-out cats.

19th century bird charmers.

An 18th century ballooning scrapbook.

A pardoned police hound.

A potentially habitable planet.

Captain Monckton and the ghost.

The real "Little House" was no children's story.

Farming and folklore.

The importance of ancient teeth.

A mutineer comes to a bad end.

A border reiver comes to a bad end.

The search for the "Hoodie Killer."

How to impersonate a ghost.

Dancing in the Street, in a way that Martha and the Vandellas never imagined.

Napoleon's brother.

That's it for this week! See you on Monday, when we'll look at the case of some curious stone heads. In the meantime, thrill to the incomparable lip-synching skills of Johnny Horton.

Not to mention Dick Clark cuddling a donkey.


  1. What are the Carnac stones?

    Why, magnificent of course!

  2. More good offerings. The story of the border reiver, of course, caught my attention. Most of them deserved their ends - if they were hanged. And Louis Wain - so that's who painted so many of those cat pictures! But I think Strange Company cats are more along the lines of what we like...


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