"...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 1, 2021

Weekend Link Dump


"The Witches' Cove," Follower of Jan Mandijn

The Strange Company Choir wishes you a happy new year!

Why the hell did the Moon vanish in 1110?

Canterbury Cathedral and the ghost of Becket.

The ghost of Packsaddle Gap.

This week in Russian Weird looks at the world's most isolated family.

A series of blog posts trying to identify a glamorous "mystery couple" from a 70-year-old camera roll.  It's a fun little internet puzzle.

Royal New Year gifts and royal pardons.

The felines of Federal Hall.

The author of a book about murders is accused of murder.  I will pause a moment to allow all regular readers of this blog to look at me funny.

Covid-19, meet the Zombie Apocalypse.

Media and the Lindbergh Kidnapping.

A brief history of Penny Dreadfuls.

Highway robbery and a policeman's murder in 1842.

The philosopher who was "Trotsky's sidekick."

Smallpox and the Balmis Expedition.

The folklore of wrens.

Behind the scenes at a Christmas pantomime.

A little-known war hero.

Some beautiful sketches made from inside a diving bell.

A boxing match that went south pretty quickly.

Some insulting graffiti in Pompeii.

Einstein's forgotten wife.

Ancient fast food.

A New York painter's mysterious death.

"Dead, Not Delivered": a letter carrier's story.

How a failed balloon launch sparked a riot.

When ants start protection rackets.

The mystery of Beethoven's metronome.

A real-life mad scientist.

That's it for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll look at what may be this blog's strangest Mystery Blood story yet.  In the meantime, here's some Handel.


  1. There should always be a ship's cat. I think they bring good luck.

    And in the story about the Nazi scientists being brought to the U.S., I liked the one intelligence officer's dismissal of objections as 'over-zealous investigations'. I think that term usually means someone discovered the truth.

    1. I do miss the Golden Era of ship’s cats. And, yes, I’ve come to translate terms like “over-zealous” as “too much over the target.”

  2. It was so inspiring to read about the Balmis Expedition. I'm sure they saved millions of lives. True courage and the best Enlightenment ideals.
    Hopefully someday they will not be forgotten.

    Post script- Eugen von Ransonnet-Villez was also very inspiring.


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