"...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 29, 2021

Weekend Link Dump


"The Witches' Cove," Follower of Jan Mandijn

This week's Link Dump is ready to take flight!

Why the hell was the Pyramid of the Sun built?

What the hell happened at Dyatlov Pass?

The link between science and magic in the 18th century.

A look at "Sunrise Semester."  I'm old enough to remember sometimes watching that show as a kid.  It was my "Sesame Street."  Because I hated "Sesame Street."  I was just that sort of kid.

15,000 year-old bison sculptures.

An important Anglo-Saxon burial site has just been discovered.

A brief history of the 10th Mountain Division.

An 18th century washing machine inventor.

Some really freaking old beetles.

Watton Priory's headless nun.

The many early human species.

Whiskey and the American frontier.

A mysterious burial in a moor.

A British magistrate in 18th century India.

A poltergeist stones Miss Miller.

Indenture in the West Indies.

The invention of currency.

The curious career of a novelist banned by the Nazis.

A big "Oopsie!" about electric cars.  Several of them, in fact.

We need more water diviners.

Some tips on how to be a genius.

A cemetery's creepy monument.

A young man's very strange death.

Saving maps of the Spanish Armada.

The world of pirate publishing.

The Kaiser's Asia and Pacific Campaigns of WWI.

The link between cheese and witchcraft.

Darwin's "abominable mystery."

An armless calligrapher.

18th and 19th century bonesetters.

A teapot sets off an international incident.

A look at the remarkable Alexander von Humboldt.

Some top UK body-snatching sites.

An overlooked artist.

A mysterious murder in a boarding house.

America's most haunted hotel room.

How to drink like a Colonial American.  Just give your liver fair warning first.

The Gavrinis passage tomb.

The menu of a Pompeii tavern.

A Yowie in New South Wales.

England's Oval Office.

Paternity courts in 17th century America.

A castle that boasts its very own demonic imp.

That long, long list of death euphemisms.

For some reason, there's an intercontinental scientific study of sourdough DNA.

The man with the world's deepest voice.

New York's Work Horse Parade.

Ghost stories from Repton, Derbyshire.

The latest theory about the Nazca lines.

The archaeology of beer cans.

A brief history of passports.

That's all for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll look at an unexpectedly complicated family murder.  In the meantime, here's some 17th century dance music.


  1. Just a big thanks for the site and the links, a daily stopover (or two, or three) which never fails to entertain, to educate, and to impress.

  2. The article on the Anglo-Saxon site was fascinating. What a find! And it's always enjoyable to read about the early days of the British in India. What a varied lot they were, and most devoted to their charges' welfare.

    As for passports, I have read numerous books written in the days before they were needed, and marvel at the ease of travel back then. One book was written by an Englishman who travelled across Europe in the years just before World War One. He stated that only Turkey and Russia routinely gave out passports then, though he obtained one from HMG, just in case he ran into trouble in either of those countries.


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