"...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, November 27, 2020

Weekend Link Dump


"The Witches' Cove," Follower of Jan Mandijn

This week's Link Dump is hosted by Edwardian actress Nina Sevening and her even more beautiful friend.

What the hell were the Oakville Blobs?

What the hell is this Utah monolith?

Who the hell murdered Dr. Cronin?

The Dark Ages were brighter than we thought.

The long and difficult journey of the Mayflower.

"Gilligan's Island" is playing a major role in a California lawsuit.

Chemistry's role in the birth of public hygiene.

Bill, renowned Post Office cat.

The world's largest bed.

America's first national Thanksgiving holiday.

Alaska has an entire town living under the same roof.

A benevolent furrier.

When astrology went to war.

The complicated life of an 18th century courtesan.

A family fight turns to murder in 13th century England.

This seems...careless.

So, who's up for paying nearly 3K for a bar of soap?

More on the Black Loyalists.

A skeptical look at Rosslyn Chapel.

One of those times when the words "unintended consequences" come to mind.

How a major-league book thief was caught.

...And, personally, I think she looks fantastic.

Shorter version: Scrabble tournaments are weird.  

The singer who was supposed to be bigger than Bowie.  (Spoiler: he wasn't.)

An Arctic survival story.

The man who wrestled a leopard.

Stalin and the psychic wizard.

The man who kept the mummified head of a king in his attic.

Pretty much the only job I'm suited for.

The day after Thanksgiving seems like a good time to talk ghostly turkeys.

An archaeologist thinks he's found the childhood home of Jesus.

How to plan for the execution of a queen.

The last days of Elizabeth I.

A Mars megaflood.

The poetic dentist.

How not to get rid of ants.

The Nazi Indiana Jones.

Photos of mid-20th century London.

A rock hunter's strange disappearance.

London's most famous body-snatchers.

Little-known scientific geniuses.

Nothing says "Let the good times roll" like the three words, "Temperance Tea Party."

Giving thanks 200 years ago.

People swallow the damnedest things.

A 16th century pirate queen.

A London man's...unusual memorial.  And so 18th century.

The little old lady who was one of the worst people in American history.

The Walworth tragedy.

And that's all for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll look at a womanizer's comeuppance.  In the meantime, here's a Bob Seger song from back in the day.  I hadn't heard this song for years until a day or two ago.


  1. There is something genuinely obscene about that 3K bar of soap. People who have that kind of money to throw away could use it to invest in new businesses. They could provide the seed capital for the next wave of technology. They could support humanitarian causes and save thousands of lives. They could support the arts or scientific research. What kind of person has all those opportunities to do something of real value and then squanders their wealth on stupid trinkets like that? It’s a product for rich fools who literally don’t know what to do with their money.

  2. The Ukrainian girl who dresses from the past shows how classy women's clothes were then. They didn't convey the freedom of a soiled tee-shirt and ripped jeans, but you are quite right: she looks fantastic.

    The two rich Californians bickering over music and sculptures should be sent to wlefare housing in New York. Just because.

    And those photos of early '60s London... I like eras when cities, indeed, whole countries, looked like themselves. London hasn't looked like London for quite a while.


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