"...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, September 24, 2021

Weekend Link Dump


"The Witches' Cove," Follower of Jan Mandijn

The staffers at Strange Company HQ are celebrating the release of this week's Link Dump!

What the hell is the Sentinel Enigma?

Who the hell was Agent 355?

A handy reminder that geniuses can be very bad people.

The emeralds of El Dorado.

A board game for everyone who's ever wanted to be an Anabaptist martyr.

This week in Russian Weird looks at why Soviet parents had their kids sleep in snow.

If you want to buy a famous haunted house, here's your big chance.

The (largely erroneous) folklore about an English inn.

A look at a lost ancient civilization.

One heck of an 18th century cabinet.

A famed 19th century spiritualist medium.

William Dampier:  explorer, scientist, and pirate.

Photos of a lost East End of London.

A young man's very strange disappearance.

Coaching inns during the Georgian Era.

A...well, handy bequest.

How the British people saw the American Revolution.  Hint: a lot of them didn't like it.

A number of artifacts from the Middle Ages have been discovered in Poland.

You have the chance to buy Marie Antoinette's bracelets.  That is, if you have a whole lot of money and aren't too worried about possibly cursed jewelry.

A long, but fascinating article about a child prodigy's difficult life.

If you've ever wondered about the sex life of dinosaurs, this is your lucky day.

The 15th century battle of Blore Heath.

A look back to the days when they took hats very seriously.

Victorian dress reform.

Hildegard of Bingen's cheerful cookies.

The mystery of the vanishing shipwrecks.

Ella Harper, famed "Camel Girl."

Indian soldiers protest in British India.

The world's rarest flower.

Henrietta Barnett and the Workhouse children.

The graffiti of 16th century Venice quarantine stations.

Animals who made headlines.

The ancient city that was destroyed by an asteroid.

A sideshow of Circassian Beauties.

Ancient Japanese history is being rewritten.

Some WWI mysteries at sea.

A murderer's execution is bungled.  Twice.

A family who really, really liked mustard.

Nero, beloved Fire Patrol dog.

That's all for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll look at an unusual way of paying back a loan.  In the meantime, this piece by Scarlatti seems appropriate for this blog.


  1. The images of the houses in Spitalfields makes me angry that such beauty (not in all the houses, of course) could be destroyed. It looks like some buildings remain now, but are over-shadowed by worthless glass and steel anonymity.

    The crimes of Rulloff the genius show that a man may be a genius, but still not very smart.

    1. Modern architecture is one of the great horrors of our time.

    2. I've long said that modern architects build things not for people to live and work in but to impress other modern architects.

  2. Thank you for sharing the story of the child prodigy Promothea. I will have to read it several times. It was powerful. After this first reading, i found myself in tears. Not necessarily in a bad way, but tears.


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