"...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, May 3, 2019

Weekend Link Dump

This week's Link Dump is hosted by Strange Company HQ's Photography Department.

Buffalo Bill visits France.

Henry Ort's Fortean dinner plate.

Why you should never gamble with buttons.  Particularly ones that are not your own.

When cats go to the theater.  Or, more precisely, when cats are the theater.

How Aleister Crowley came to pitch his tent at Loch Ness.

Just for the record, James Monroe did have a sense of humor.

A May Queen is posthumously crowned.

A blind engineer who revolutionized lighthouses.

Freddy, one damned tough parrot.

Somebody in Norfolk, England, is not resting in peace.

A village of Generals.

Six Degrees of Separation, 18th century style.

A brief history of the May Queen.

Homosexuality in 17th century England.

The woman who recorded history.  Literally.

So it turns out we're all scared of neutron stars.

The burning of an "old cankered heretic."

The Midnight Marauder of Mayobridge.

The oldest human footprint in the Americas.

A famed snake handler.

How Victorian women traveled.

The Great Chocolate Rivalry.

Stuff you probably don't know about Madame Tussaud.

In search of Shakespeare's DNA.

Japan's Imperial Treasures.

The "Sultana" tragedy.

This week in Russian Weird looks at the rocket scavengers.  And sinking cities.

The enduring Robinson Crusoe.

A murderer gets off easy.

The ancients knew quite a bit about magnetism.

Here's your opportunity to get baked inside a potato.

Why it didn't pay to be a "bold paramour" in medieval times.

In which Notre Dame meets the European Union, and I'm betting this won't end well.

The horsemanship of William Hutchinson.

The strange world of academic impostors.

A history of trolls.  No, no, not that annoying snot you just blocked on Twitter.

The value of annotations.

Jefferson and the Louisiana Purchase.

That time when Paris had floating swimming pools.

That time when a dead Pope was put on trial.

That time when a girl volunteered to eat a General's letter.

In which a young lady named Florence Georgie has one of life's embarrassing moments. Preserved forever on film:

That time when Newgate Prison was on the auction block.

The homeless cat lady of Battle Row.

Brad Steiger and the doppelganger.

If you shop at thrift stores, you may pick up a few ghosts along the way.

And that's a wrap for this week.  See you on Monday, when we'll examine an 18th century murder case...that may not have been a murder at all.  In the meantime, here's a tune from the late 16th century.


  1. I rather like the story of Henry Ort. It seemed that no one in the family took the dove's appearance in a bad way.

    (And the Strange Company Photograpyh Department looks very professional.)

  2. And Florence Georgie looked like she had nice ankles...


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