"...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, May 7, 2021

Weekend Link Dump

"The Witches' Cove," Follower of Jan Mandijn


This week's Link Dump is hosted by the League of Suffragette Cats!

Watch out for the Carmel Mystery Crawler!

A witch with a hell of a kick.

Birth control in the Early Modern era.

Honoring the astronaut who was once the loneliest person in history.

Africa's oldest known human burial.

A diary of the Spanish Flu.

The inspiration for "The Blob."

How to end a church service early.

The murder that launched a thousand songs.

Mao Mao, superstar cat model.

Yet another reason to be thankful for modern sanitation.

Tudor England was more racially diverse than you might think.

The minimum number of people required for humanity to survive an apocalypse.  Assuming, of course, that humanity wanted to survive it.

Seven of the world's weirdest museums.

The argument that Oumuamua was a UFO.

One of Victorian London's first homeless shelters.

The inventor of jigsaw puzzles.

A look at the aircraft carrier HMS Victorious.

The development of the bicycle.

The Arkansas Pearl Rush.

A look at the first knitting manuals.

Oracles and death gas from a giant snake.

Astronauts have seen some mighty strange things.

The legendary "Coulter's Run."

How to be a Mesopotamian king.

The sacred chickens of ancient Rome.

The Queen of Thieves wreaks havoc in the French Riviera.

A cafe menu from 1913 Liverpool.

The remains of a Viking elite.

Cancer has been more historically common than we thought.

Catastrophic cabbage.

The phenomenon of voodoo death.

A Native American psychic.

Getting information during a 17th century plague.

The aftermath of Napoleon's death.

Denmark's official witch, RIP.

In other news, a Belgian farmer just invaded France.

Plague and a mother's love.

Poetical gout raptures.

A man writes his own obituary.  And it's a heck of an obituary.

Young ladies teach a minister a lesson.

The Psychical Society finds a ghost.

The Stargate of Sri Lanka.

The bluebells of Bow Cemetery.

Dogs in pre-European North America.

The Tompkins Square Park Riot.

A breakthrough regarding life on Mars.

Some macabre Scottish graves.

Guerrilla warfare in the American Revolution. 

A poisoner who didn't get away with it.

An assortment of Victorian go-getters.

I hate to be the one to tell you this, but Robin Hood's arrow was not found in Sherwood Forest.

Disaster and heroism in the English Channel.

A family thought they were getting a patio. They got five skeletons instead.

A possible portrait of Anne of Cleves.

A very ungallant shipwreck.

So, in ancient times, Cthulhu was using bones to make self-portraits on the bottom of the sea...oh, never mind.  Just read the whole thing.

The dog who was put on trial for murder.

Let's talk weird medieval cats.

The whistleblower who is saying...yeah, it's aliens.

That's it for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll look at an elderly woman's peculiar murder.  In the meantime, I'll leave you with THOSE WIGS.


  1. Thank you suffragette cats! I heard you had an anniversary. Thank you!
    We are on the run and could not honor you in the way you deserve.
    You are not forgotten. Many thanks.

  2. I've never heard of 'Coulter's Run', but it sounds like it may have been inspiration for Cornel Wilde's ordeal in "The Naked Prey".

    And that 1913 menu... I know prices reflected wages even then, but if a bowl of tomato soup cost the equivalent of a modern one-pound-twenty, then they were still a good deal (and that comparison takes into account only strict monetary equivalences, not purchasing power.) It's interesting to note the cheapness of fish, natural in a coastal city.


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