"...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, July 23, 2021

Weekend Link Dump


"The Witches' Cove," Follower of Jan Mandijn

This week's Link Dump will be enhanced by some live music from the Strange Company HQ orchestra.

The internet helps solve the mystery of a 19th century botanist.

If you want to spend over $200 bucks for a cheese sandwich that looks like roadkill, be my guest.

Why it's not a good idea to eat a coelacanth.   Although I'll bet it's still better than that $200 sandwich.

Enjoy a selection of the world's worst poetry.

Some myths about Anne of Cleves.  You have to give credit to any woman who married Henry VIII and escaped with her life.

For years now, people have been arguing over the gender of a pigeon.

Tollund Man's last meal.

The Blythe Intaglios.

The first cruise ship.

Cultural diffusion of knowledge goes way back.

America's first female steamboat captain.

Why scientists killed Ming the Clam.

The life of French king Louis Philippe I.

A hero's final resting place.

Some people become addicted to travel.

A fantastic medieval chess set.

The Shiva Hypothesis.

The medieval Olympics.

This week in Russian Weird meets Doctor Chip.  And the time when Peter the Great put a tax on beards.

Mourning a wife who could fry a great piece of tripe.

If plants really do run the world, you'd think they'd do a better job of it.  On the other hand, maybe my pots of basil think everything is going just swimmingly.

The oldest man in the world to play bowls.

If you're a dowser looking for work, head to California.

The family tree of Dido Elizabeth Belle.

A brief history of tobacco.

A look at the servants of the East India Company ships.

A coroner and a morgue keeper fight over a corpse.

The Battle of Beecher Island.

How not to behave when you're an American in Europe.

The adventurous life of a one-armed knight.

A bonobo who's a pretty good cook.

Houdini's favorite detective.

A mysterious cave house in England.

A haunted village of witches in Italy.

Curiosity rover discovered what may be signs of ancient life on Mars.

One of Los Angeles' most iconic homes. 

The year with 445 days.

A cowardly--and lethal--lover.

The elopement of Mad Lord Adolphus.

An enormous memorial in Kensal Green Cemetery.

One really weird saint.

A look at the F4U Corsair.

That's all for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll look at a particularly creepy haunted house.  In the meantime, here's a bit of Flemish dance music.


  1. I can't reach Dr. hip OR the coelacanth story. If I die of eatign chipped coelacanth it willb eyour fault.

    1. I fixed those. Sorry; these things happen when you have twenty different tabs open. :)

      By the way, I'm starting to think you're the only one who actually reads these links.

  2. Undine, Love your blog, been reading it for years. Today, when I opened the Link Dump, my ancient eyes saw "linT" dump. I thought, "OMG, Undine changed the name of the Link Dump.... " I guess Lint would work, too. Carry on.

  3. The phrase "the settlement of the West was a collision of irreconcilable cultures..." from the story about Beecher Island might be true of many clashes of cultures throughout history and around the globe. Some ways of life simply cannot exist together, even if the participants try to make it work.

    I've always rather liked Anne of Cleves; history might have been different if circumstances had kept her and Henry VIII married.

    And tobacco. Why would anyone voluntarily breathe in smoke? Weird, man...

  4. And the French-Canadian at Beecher Island named Pierre Trudeau... I suppose it would be too much to think he might be an ancestor of, or in some way related to, two of our prime ministers...

    Ha! I came across an article on Götz von Berlichingen ('of the Iron Hand') just a few days ago, while looking something up in an encyclopaedia. A good coincidence.


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