"...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, June 14, 2019
Weekend Link Dump
This handsome cat displays an expression not uncommon among those who visit this blog for the first time.
Watch out for those haunted elevators!
Watch out for those haunted cars!
Watch out for those Swedish ghost pigs!
The Chevalier and his Clowder.
Why gin explains a lot about the 18th century.
Some bridesmaid superstitions.
The murder of a roadhouse keeper.
The barber and the abusive parrot.
The Green Vault.
If a member of Parliament asks you to burn down a ship, it's best to refuse.
Agatha Christie's real-life mystery.
"The Ruin of Britain." And considering this was written sometime in the 5th or 6th century, the title was not hyperbole.
The legend of King Lear and Cordelia.
Medieval medical schools.
A man put to death for having a conscience.
The house of haunted mannequins.
That particularly appalling poisoner Graham Young.
The lure of Oak Island.
Why a father buried himself alive.
Bronze Age Cheerios.
Apparitions and "Goethian science."
In other news, Queen Victoria was...odd.
In which Robin Hood writes some angry letters.
This week in Russian Weird looks at some previously unknown humans.
The Great Aurora of 1859.
A brief history of quill pens.
A brief history of British poaching.
The first Duke of Edinburgh.
Medieval marital disputes really didn't kid around.
An 1880 steamship tragedy.
A life-saving nightmare.
A famous French surgeon.
A famous French murderer.
The turbulent and short life of a Welsh woman.
A look at the Martian North Pole.
And the show's over for this week! See you on Monday, when we'll meet a medieval woman scarier than anyone you'd see on "Game of Thrones." In the meantime, here's a bit of music from her era.
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The Agatha Christie mystery always struck me as much ado about, well, not nothing, but something very explicable. She had a nervous breakdown. There was a lot going on in her life, and her mind decided it needed time away.ReplyDelete
And Oak Island, yes, that's still going on. A colleague of mine is watching a tv series about a current treeasure-hunt on the island. The people in it are forever getting closer to finding the treasure, without ever finding it. I think that's pretty much the story of the treasure's history.