"...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, March 5, 2021

Weekend Link Dump


"The Witches' Cove," Follower of Jan Mandijn

The sponsor of this week's Link Dump demonstrates the general sentiment here at Strange Company HQ.

What the hell killed off dinosaurs?

What the hell causes spontaneous human combustion?

People are still asking: what the hell was Oumuamua?

Watch out for those sea monsters!

Watch out for those sneezes!  (Yes, this is from the Thomas Morris blog, where every bodily function is a signal for doom.)

Be warned: they're unionizing.

A strange Stone Age burial.

A strange ancient Egyptian tomb.

An experimental vegetable garden.

An Englishman's view of 1950s American students.

A brief history of the UK census.

A tip of the hat leads to murder.

Two Botany Bay Aborigines in 18th century England.

Three possibly-linked murders.

Napoleon's shifty sister.

The adventures of a bogus Hapsburg.

The dangers of being a microbiologist.

It's pretty embarrassing when you enter a photo competition and you're beaten by an octopus.

The legend of a well-traveled Viking woman.

A massive newly-discovered cave in Canada.

An Atlantis in the far north.

17th century execution ballads.

How dental x-rays were used to read 17th century letters.

When a wake goes into "Weekend at Bernie's" territory.

Sharks that glow in the dark.

God and "sentimental fatherhood."

An island that will remind you of the joys of indoor plumbing.  (It's a nice place, but I can't imagine wanting to visit anywhere enough to make me willing to carry around a bag of human waste all day.)

A 19th century "London Alphabet."

The "lowest sort" in the 17th century print trade.

A portrait by Gainsborough.

The economic side of witchcraft.

The final hours of one of Hitler's warships.

Daffodils and St. David's Day.

This week in Russian Weird looks at Striped Siberia.  And what the hell was the Vitim Event?

The Milky Way may be a lively place.

A handy reminder that we live in the sort of world where Prince Philip is a god.

A real-life "Beauty and the Beast."

The Whitman Massacre.

The Dolly Varden fashions.

The expedition that inspired "King Kong."

Hidden scenes in ancient Etruscan paintings.

An ancient pet cemetery.

The earliest known mummification manual.

A cursed circus showman.

A boy's unsolved murder.

An evening's entertainment at Astley's Amphitheatre, 1857. 

The case of the fake heiress.

When household chores included making medicines.

Caterpillars as tomato serial killers.

A particularly horrible attempted murder.

Debunking a legendary witch.

The man who petrified corpses.

When the U.S. Army had a Camel Corps.

War at sea on New Year's Day 1917.

The occult side of Lewis Carroll.

New York City's yellow fever epidemic.

Witches and an unsolved disappearance.

Some weird things on Mars.

How Alan Shepard came to play golf on the moon.

Brandy the cat's 15-year journey home.

A particularly inept murder conspiracy.

The inferno at Campden House.

How traveling shows came to feature drunk, shaved bears in dresses.

The international alley cats of Poverty Hollow.

That's all for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll see what happens when you serve a really bad glass of wine.  In the meantime, here's a traditional Welsh hymn:


  1. Oumuamua soudns like somethign from a doowop song.

  2. The last battle of the 'Scharnhorst' is about as dramatic as war can get: terrible and awe-inspiring. I'm surprised it hasn't been fitted into a movie somehow.

    And I am surprised Gonsalvus's story hasn't been filmed. It even has a happy ending (we think) that Hollywood needn't invent.


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