"...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 17, 2020

Weekend Link Dump

"The Witches' Cove," Follower of Jan Mandijn

This week's Link Dump is accompanied by Strange Company HQ's in-house piano player.

Photo: Nancy Hendrickson

A deadly family feud.

A murderer dies game.  The worst people often do.

The Dionne quintuplets, where more wasn't merrier.

A case of archaeological mistaken identity.

Photos from Scott's Antarctic expedition.

Wordsworth and the poetry of place.

The tragedy of Raoul Wallenberg.

Anne Bronte, governess.

The mystery of the stolen corpse.

Nero's mysterious underground chamber.

Modern-day mermaid sightings.

England's first large-scale protest.

A murderer and his cats.

A Roman ghost city in Africa.

How Mr. Fay wished to prove that he was really dead.

What it was like to be a Georgian era nursemaid.

Treasures from a 16th century shipwreck.

Opera in 18th century London.

The dogs of WWI.

Fire at an aristocratic charity bazaar.

How a shipwreck founded South Africa.

Tragedy on the ice in Regent's Park.

The oldest material on Earth.

Margaret Corbin, Revolutionary War veteran.

The death of the Dark Strangler.

How Hitler could have won the Battle of Britain.

Yet another item from the "rewriting human history" file.

Scanning the Great Pyramid.

A Victorian scholar of Robin Hood.

The British in 18th century Calcutta.

A tour of Dickens' London.

How to hitch a ride on a comet.

the Comet from Christian Stangl on Vimeo.

Taking P.G. Wodehouse seriously.

The escape of Charles II.

The 800,000 year old crater.

Marie Antoinette's wardrobe.

19th century methods for hair-curling.

The art of the Mughal Empire.

And we have come to the end of this week's road!  See you on Monday, when we'll look at an epic moment in Russian Weird.  In the meantime, here's a folk classic.


  1. A case of archaeological mistaken identity.

    I do not want a doctor who can't tell I'm not a newt.

  2. I am very surprised that Charles II's exploits escaping from Parliament have not become a major motion picture. I have not even heard of a British tv series based on them, though there could be one or more. You'd think it is a natural subject. I've always thought Charles a very likeable man personally, even if his reign as a king was not highly skilled. It's telling that in many movies and tv series in which he appears, he is portrayed as sensible, sharp and sympathetic.

    The tale of Wallenberg, however, has long struck me as tragic. I can't think of many more nightmarish situations than to disappear into the Soviet Union's secret police state-within-a-state during Satloin's rule.

    1. I’ve also wondered why Charles hasn’t been dramatized more. When he is, the focus is usually on his sex life rather than the remarkable story of how he came to regain the monarchy.

      Wallenberg’s story has always haunted me. As a side note, my grandfather’s sister was tossed in a Soviet prison, where she subsequently *cough* “committed suicide” *cough*. One of his brothers spent many years in a Siberian gulag.

      I don’t have many warm and fuzzy feelings about the Soviets.

    2. The Soviet Union really was what Reagan called it, an "evil empire", ruling by oppression, fear and mistrust. I've read books by people who lived through the Great Purge, and the arbitrary nature of imprisonment, torture and death is unimaginable to most these days.

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  3. Boy, did I transpose some letters in "Stalin"...


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