"...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, November 26, 2021

Weekend Link Dump


"The Witches' Cove," Follower of Jan Mandijn

Welcome to the Link Dump!

Enjoy catching up on this week's news!

Who the hell was "Pete?"

The daughters of William Marshal, the "greatest knight."

A very strange death in Poland.

Welsh death tokens and weird lights.

A pendant from over 41,000 years ago.

Napoleon and religion.

A brief history of the Morton Salt Girl.

A brief history of the codpiece.

The horse who is a racetrack commentator's worst nightmare.

More on what a stagecoach journey would have been like in 1816.

However bad your Thanksgiving may have been, at least you didn't spend it having all your teeth removed.

Five little-publicized unsolved murders.

Your dogs know when you're lying to them.  (So do cats. And they will make you pay.)

The restoration of a lovely 17th century globe.

How people with disabilities fared at the Early Modern English court.  (Spoiler: not that well.)

The Pennsylvania county that's a "murderer's paradise."

The dreadful sequel to a famous disaster.

A sad animal story morphs into a Thanksgiving tale with a happy ending.

Pomegranate lore.

A tribute to literary cats.

The merchandise of "inconsolable grief."

A famous "ghost ship."

Victorians go to sea.

A heroic Victorian fireman.

When human skulls were used as medicine.

If you ever build a time machine, do not go to the Sahara Desert from 100 million years ago.  The scenery is crappy, the hotels are lousy, and the local cuisine will probably be you.

Pro tip from Benjamin Franklin: do not electrocute a turkey.

Henry VIII and the execution of Lord Dacre.

When Thanksgiving Day was more like Halloween.

Sri Lanka has a really hard time keeping athletes.

A new look at the Justinianic Plague.

The manuscripts of an 18th century African king.

The Ice Princess of Siberia.

Autumn comes to Spitalfields City Farm.

The mystery of scent.

How magicians came to saw women in half.

A new mineral has been discovered.

How not to hunt for diamonds.

Some 18th century trade cards.

An influential but little-known architect.

The woman who believes she is the reincarnation of Anne Frank.

An "interview" with a 19th century ghost hunter.

Old London's fogs and smogs.

The origins of the phrase "stinking rich."

WWII havoc over New Guinea.

A plagiarism scandal which ended a novelist's career.

In China, you can get paid for investigating if a house is haunted.

The battle of Caulk's Field.

Yes, they're still looking for Jimmy Hoffa.

That's it for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll look at a man who really wanted to be alone.  In the meantime, here's a fun little tune from some years ago.  And take a moment to marvel at the subtle elegance of those suits.


  1. Better by far than "Talking in Your Sleep."

  2. Msr Adis https://www.unz.com/print/Century-1922jan-00321/

  3. The Morton Salt story was interesting, and the slogan truly inspired: the 'it' in the slogan, used twice, refers to different things each time. But I have to wonder if it is correct that Morton Salt originated the phrase. I'd like to see the BS Historian ("stinking rich") investigate that one.


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