"...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 12, 2018

Weekend Link Dump

This week's Link Dump is sponsored by some of the Cats of Halloween!

Where the hell is Lord Lucan?

Where the hell is Atlantis?

Where the hell is the Holy Grail?  What the hell is the Holy Grail?

Who the hell was Suitcase Jane Doe?

Watch out for those novels!

Watch out for the Yowie!

Watch out for the Woman in Black!

Watch out for those hopping ghosts!

Watch out for those haunted tunnels!

Watch out for those haunted mines!

Watch out for those haunted cemeteries!  Especially the ones that come with a side order of smallpox!

Watch out for those haunted desks!  ( Here is another example.)

You want to know what Henry VIII's castles really needed?  Porta Potties.

An Irish soldier in India writes home.

Early 20th century identity theft.

A landmark legal case dealing with slavery.

Why the Welsh love their dragons.

The horrors of the dickey.

The 19th century murder of Charlotte Dymond.

Early Modern dietary tips.

The Witch of Chesapeake.

Saint Galgano and the sword in the stone.

One really freaking old knife.

Japan's ancient "rock ship."

The history-changing death of Princess Charlotte.

The importance of Regency-era circulating libraries.

Frankly, I'd love to see more modern artists do this.

Ladies and gentlemen, the Fattest Bear in Alaska.

England's last fatal duel.

When your goal is to be the ugliest man in the world, maybe you need to rethink your life.

What it was like to be an 18th century poacher.

Victorian Barbies.

Identifying the woman in the iron coffin.

Robert Peary and the meteorite.

Speaking of meteorites, here's the world's most expensive doorstop.

Lincoln's Butter Market.

A Neanderthal girl's gruesome end.

Games banned by George Washington.

A 1000-year-old schoolbook.

The unsolved murder of a manuscript dealer.

The Case of the Stagnant Slabs.

The Case of the Perfumed Missionaries.

The Case of the Vanishing Monk.

A day in the life of a 12th century merchant.

Charles Dickens' veterinarian.

The man who was both a dwarf and a giant.

"He opened the conversation by announcing that he had a pig’s nerve inside his bladder."  Try out this line at your next cocktail party.

The mysterious gender of the Chevalier d'Eon.

The French Mustache Strike.

That's all for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll look at an eccentric 17th century traveler.  In the meantime, here's Steve Forbert.


  1. The story of Adam Rainer is a sad one. Imagine your body contin uing to grow but not allowing you to gain height. I'd be surprised if he wasn't in pain most of the time.

  2. Sunday Links: Share & share alike!

    Part I: http://thechive.com/2018/08/22/19-of-the-most-bizarre-and-wtf-deaths-in-history-19-photos/

    Part II: http://thechive.com/2018/10/04/if-youre-gonna-die-might-as-well-have-an-insanely-bizarre-death-21-photos/

  3. The Steve Forbert clip brings back some memories! It is a shame that he will be remembered as a "one-hit wonder".

    1. Two hits, maybe. I also remember "What Kinda Guy?" quite well.


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