"...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 10, 2020

Weekend Link Dump

"The Witches' Cove," Follower of Jan Mandijn

Now that it's winter, this week's Link Dump features a skating party!

A tale of bootlegging, murder, and a headless torso.

Australia's Mystery Craters.

Found: the "Ghost of Manzanar."

Harry Nilsson, hexed landlord.

Back in the days of witchcraft trials, it was not a wise move to predict someone's death.

The man with a pig's eyelid.  If your first thought after reading this was "The return of the Thomas Morris link!" give yourself a gold star.

The last day of the Black Dahlia.

Becoming Rembrandt.

An Oxford don, American evangelicals, and a stolen manuscript fragment.  

Napoleon and violets.

The case of the 2,600 year old brain.

The diary of a Jewish refugee in WWII Britain.

The scientist who documented his own death.

A mysterious radio burst from space.

The strange life of artist Richard Dadd.

I'll see your ambulance-chaser and raise you one crape-chaser.

James Gardiner, no coward soul.

A walled city that sounds like something out of a dystopic novel.

Let's talk Eyeball Planets.

The Widow of Yorkville and her many, many pets.

What it was like to be gay in 18th century England.

The sort of thing that happens when you try to assassinate a king...and fail.

The last man hanged for attempted murder in Britain.

The last woman hanged in New South Wales.

The founder of L.A.'s Griffith Park was a real piece of work.

Obadiah Sharp, 19th century recidivist.

Fidel Castro: the musical! and other theatrical links.

The myth of the Iron Maiden.

Sir Ronald Ross' role in the fight against malaria.

We just keep underestimating early humans.

The story of Canada's weirdest phone number.

Meanwhile, in Britain, they’ve weaponized seagulls.

A strange tale involving telepathy.

Survival at the bottom of the ocean.

Folklore of the northern lights.

A very costly fire.

The exile of a scandalous princess.

More Chinese terracotta warriors have been excavated.

A 170,000 year old meal.

In search of Eden.

A notorious early 19th century murderess.

The Owl Man of Haverfordwest.

London's toy theaters.

The wailing house of Wales.

The village of girls.

Napoleon's imperial Rome.

And so we wrap up yet another Link Dump.  See you on Monday, when we'll look at the kind of thing that happens when you find a stranger's cremated remains in your attic.  In the meantime, here's some Praetorius.

1 comment:

  1. I don't know that Nilsson's flat was hexed; I think it was the lifestyle of the occupants and guests - though, considering the decor, maybe not. And the story of Kowloon Walled City was fascinating, and that aerial photograph of the slum says it all.

    And excellent assortment in this week's dump. (Have I mentioned I would love to have a bassoon-playing cat? Perhaps not one in league with the devil. If any aren't...)


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