"...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 29, 2019

Weekend Link Dump

This week's Link Dump is, thanks to Louis Wain, again hosted by the Strange Company Choir!

Where the hell was Atlantis?  Um...India?

Where the hell is Walter Benjamin's suitcase?

Why the hell do dogs commit suicide on this bridge?  Now we know?

What the hell just fell over Alaska?

What the hell is underneath Sydney, Australia?  You probably don't want to know.

What the hell is underneath Africa?  You really don't want to know.

Watch out for those cursed ponds!

The fun of being married to Lyda Southard.

The Terror of Cambridge.

Regency era "invisible dresses."

The most wonderful map in the world.

A tale of a lover's ghost.

The modernity of medieval monsters.

The death of country houses.

The Victorian sewer king.

Sir Kenelm's closet.

Sex, scandal, and murder in Portland, Oregon.

How the 19th century dealt with "catarrh."

A controversial archaeological site.

Redheaded folklore.

The desperado of Woodward.

When theater meets geography class.

The history of a silk dress.

This policeman's lot was definitely not a happy one.

Some entertainers just never know when to retire.

Whales are creatures of habit.

The place where you can still dine in the Ottoman Empire. And when you do, here's how to dress the part.

Napoleon, master of spin.

How Victorians cured colds.

A brother's betrayal.

A ghost catches up on grocery shopping.

Neanderthals probably weren't so neanderthal after all.

A "melancholy death" on James Cook's Pacific expedition.

The Case of the Vanishing Ghost Bomber.

The first cyber attack.

A crazy cat lady in the police court.

The deadly side of Victorian hospitals.

A murderous horse trainer.

When life hands you lemons, make enemas.  Why, yes, this is a Thomas Morris link.  How did you know?

And, finally, one of my favorite blogs, "I Have Three Cats," is about to lose a resident of the Cosy Apartment.  There is a life-lesson for us all in this two-part post, so I wanted to share it in the WLD.  Everyone here at Strange Company HQ wishes Mr. Parker an easy journey to his next, permanent, destination.

That's all for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll look at a very small man who, for a while, made a very large mark on the world.  In the meantime, here's one of my favorite pieces from my favorite composer.


  1. I recall seeing a tv documentary about Joseph Bazalgette. What an undertaking the London sewers were! And the story about what is under Sydney is interesting. I always marvel at how so many relatively new cities have underground histories. Have you detailed that of Seattle? The whole city was 'elevated' in the nineteenth century.

    Thank you for mentioning Parker...

  2. Living on the outskirts of Sydney, I am familiar with the stories of the "hidden" tunnels under the centre of the city. I have an interest in World War 2, and there are may examples of underground tunnels or bunkers built during the war that still exist today: https://www.ozatwar.com/bunkers/bunkersetc.htm

  3. On a related topic regarding underground tunnels and bunkers, there are many surviving examples that were built in Australia during World War 2



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