"...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, February 19, 2021

Weekend Link Dump


"The Witches' Cove," Follower of Jan Mandijn

It's time for this week's Link Dump, and Strange Company HQ is throwing a party to celebrate!

The "Great Stink" of 1858.

Ancient Greek love spells.

The world's only authenticated pirate wreck.

A "cold case" murder is finally solved...then unsolved.

A significant Neanderthal tooth.

The disappearance of Esther Dingley.

When Orson Welles sold no wine before its time.

Lafayette's busy 1824 visit to America.

A brief history of King's Cross.

How Germans came to love potatoes.

A fake magic spell turns out to be surprisingly real.

The Muse brothers: a tragic tale with a (reasonably) happy ending.

Victorians and their talking bouquets.

A first-hand description of a 19th century British Army march in India.

Buttercup the Canal-Swimming Cow.

Yup, it's that point in 2021 when the Mystery Creatures Under Antarctica roll in.

This week in Russian Weird: their dogs are turning blue.

How a Colorado woman gained fame as "Rattlesnake Kate."

How to turn yourself into a Hapsburg.

A vampire princess.

A Pharaoh's brutal death. 

A Roman Emperor's breakfast nook.

A look at Georgian era jewelry.

The psychology of furniture.

A raid against Tripoli pirates.

A 17th century wife's printed petitions.

Polish and German carnival traditions.

An unequal duel.

Exploring Farfarout.

A glowing 800 year old boomerang.

The unknown Martha Washington.

A brief history of cinnamon.

The rebuilding of Chichen Itza.

Finnish funeral treats.

The world's oldest known brewery.

Mars in 4K.

A Revolutionary War heroine.

Medieval runaway nuns.

An 1862 body snatching scandal.

The murder of a boardinghouse keeper.

Finding a lost continent.

The oldest story ever told.

An interesting case of synchronicity.

The nearly-lost recipe for "Washington Pie."

The Leadville Ice Palace.

One of the earliest known Valentines.

That time General Marcus Crassus really screwed up.

Anyone who has read Patricia Highsmith's books is not surprised to learn she was a horrible human being.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning as political campaigner.

A visit with the skull of St. Valentine.

The megacities of Cambodia.

The poltergeist of St. Catherine.

The poltergeist of San Remo.

Just a boy and his swan.

What medieval peasants teach us about history.

That wraps things up for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll look at an Australian's woman's mysterious death.  In the meantime, here's a spot of Telemann.


  1. I watched a documentary about Bazelgette and his sewers. What a fascinating undertaking; it seems the sort of enterprise that could only have occurred in the Victorian era.

    And those poor blue dogs... They seem to be a curiosity to many people, when they should be a warning.

  2. I am at last starting to thank people who expressed their sympathy and sorrow over Josie’s passing. I apologise for the delay. I am grateful for your kind words. Some time ago, you wrote that you were facing possible loss; since Ernie is now your only cat, I assume that you too have lost beloved friends, and I am sorry for that. Everyone who loves a pet seems to have lost one, so we who love them know what others go through. Each sorrow is similar yet very different. Thank you for following Josie’s quiet life, and commenting on her death.

    1. I’ve often thought how sad it is that odds are all of us will outlive our pets. At least you know that thanks to your blog, Josie and the rest of your cat family will be loved and remembered by many people who never even met them.


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