"...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 26, 2021

Weekend Link Dump


"The Witches' Cove," Follower of Jan Mandijn

This week's Link Dump is here!

Party time at Strange Company HQ!

Who the hell was Edward II's very secret lover?

What the hell are the Skara Brae artifacts?

The "Worst Woman on Earth."

Marguerite of France, twice a queen.

Hundreds of people die defending the Ark of the Covenant.  In 2121.

A brief history of the British Women's Police Service.

Government mind control and a weird death.

The acoustics of Stonehenge.

Restoring a Pompeii fresco.

London's Great Smog.

The woman who helped prevent a nuclear war.

Underwater archaeology in Australia.

New Hampshire's Stonehenge.

Bob, the canine golf caddy.

The controversial case of the sleepwalking killer.

The lost art of making cassette decks.

The odd disappearance of a schoolgirl.

Seeking justice in 17th century London.

This week in Russian Weird looks at "Baikal Zen."

The People's Grocery lynching.

Without knowing it, a reporter interviews a murderer about his victim.

John Keats, medical student.

John Keats' Spanish connection.

If you should come across an abandoned painting, consider that there may be a good reason it was abandoned.

A significant burial from 20,000 years ago.

A hermit's gruesome end.

How Edvard Munch vandalized his own painting.

A 19th century forgery trial.

Photos of a vanished London.

How Alfred Rouse created a John Doe.

It turns out that maybe "42" really is the answer to everything.

An alleged UFO crash in Arizona.

If you're a shaman in need of work, go to South Korea.

One very weird murder.

Britain loves growing gigantic vegetables, for reasons I frankly have never fathomed.

A brief history of beard fashions.

The secret language of hobos.

The Duchess of Devonshire in exile.

Did Neanderthals have a language?

A gruesome find at Waterloo Bridge.

The dogs of the Arctic.

Communicating through dreams.

Dr. Barnardo and habeas corpus.

Ohio's haunted castle.

The life of a WWII flying ace.

Robin Hood and the Forest Rebels.

Jane Grey's letters from the Tower of London.

The problems faced by the families of 19th century merchant seamen.

The Black Cat Horror.

A brief history of ketchup and mustard.

Uncovering a 12th century Spanish bathhouse.

And that's it for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll visit a Southern haunted house.  In the meantime, here's this lovely traditional hymn.


  1. Hundreds of people die defending the Ark of the Covenant. In 2121.

    I love time travel, but this is ridiculous.

  2. Excellent stories this time, as always. I noted your comment on the intriguing article about Edward II (whom I, like the author, find more complex than the man modern writers use for socio-political agenda): I too found the after-intimacy menu entertaining. Eeals and lampreys, eh?

    The colour photos of London's Great Smog were fascinating.

    And I've long known about Bader's interesting life. I read his autobiography (and saw the movie). It's fascinating how he is connected to so many others who were famous or involved in fame (eg. "The Colditz Story", "The Great Escape", etc.)

  3. Your link to beard fashions leads instead to an article about growing very large vegetables.... 8-)

    1. These things happen when you have 20 tabs open at a time. :)


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