"...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, January 4, 2019

Weekend Link Dump

The first Link Dump of 2019 is off to the races!

Where the hell is Brian Shaffer?

What the hell happened to the Akkadian Empire?

Watch out for those killer chocolates!

How Poe became America's most influential author.

We have reached the bottom of the Atlantic.  Um, perhaps I should clarify that I meant literally, not figuratively.

That time sliced bread was banned.

The oldest known human burial in lower Central America.

Why studying Neanderthals involves watching meat rot.

Why some people are willing to boil themselves to death.

The tale of a ship that gained two centuries in one moment.

The kind of thing that happens when you pretend to be an Incan prince.

A brief look at dairy folklore.

A brief look at hearse horses.

The last of the Charlies.

Those lethal damp bedsheets.

A king's Christmas death.

Some lesser-known New Year traditions.

The story behind Norway's most popular postcard.

This week in Russian Weird looks at Siberia's Stonehenge.

Photos of London life a century ago.

Lost treasure and a murdered mailman.

Jeanne Calment was the world's oldest person.  Maybe.

Some humorous New Year's resolutions from 1889.

The Indian Honors List from a century ago.

John Adams wasn't much of a pen pal.

Murder on New Year's Eve.

A tale of sorcery and the Inquisition.

Murder at Pelican Point.

The mystery of the Hatbox Baby.

More vindication for ancient folk medicine.

Magical treasure hunting.

The time before Time.

This week's Advice From Thomas Morris:  Girls, this is what not to do with a tin box.  This is also not a Strange Company-endorsed use for puppies.

Thus ends 2019's first Link Dump. See you on Monday, when we'll look at an unusual poltergeist account. In the meantime, here's a bit of Telemann.


  1. It just isn't Friday without the Link Dump!

  2. Hey thank you so much for adding my link to your post, much appreciated!

  3. That hatbox baby story gave me chills at the end. I think it's the most fascinating story you've shared to date in your link dump. Thanks for all your articles. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday are the days I look forward to going on the internet.

  4. Being interested in the early years of the Metropolitan Police, I read of the 'Charlies' but didn't know one survived until the 1860s. I suspect that most were as inefficient as legend portrayed them; otherwise, the 'new police' would not have been so badly needed. And Wnthony went fifty years without finding a crime on his watch? Hmmm...

    The photos of old London are astounding, as most such pictures are.

  5. I'm always scared when Thomas Morris shows up on the list.

  6. when i go to the lsiced bread link. i gte an article about King Cake ice cream. ???


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