"...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, December 3, 2021

Weekend Link Dump


"The Witches' Cove," Follower of Jan Mandijn

It's time for this week's Link Dump!

Strike up the band!

What the hell was "gaol fever?"

The life of Joan, Queen of England.

A mysterious assault at an isolated house.

Some surprises from the largest comet ever located.

The difference between Father Christmas and Santa Claus.

A newly-discovered victim of Vesuvius.

Lady Betty the Executioner.

The (attempted) airships of the Civil War.

A network of fugitive Nazis go to war.

The "female Caravaggio."

This week in Russian Weird looks at some really freaking old fossils.

A guy obsessed with serial killers turns out to be--surprise, surprise!--pretty weird.

How to stop your wife from ever hugging you again.

The weirder side of 1911.

So, let's talk naked goblins.

The "oddest funeral."

A brief history of chop suey.

The crash landing of a Japanese bomber during WWII.

Debunking a Pennsylvania legend.

The dreadful death of Caroline of Ansbach.

The history of "It's a Wonderful Life."  (Confess Your Unpopular Opinion Time: I hated that movie.)

That time when the British couldn't watch TV at 6 p.m.

Why an ancient Chinese civilization disappeared.

Old photos of London's very busy Thames.

Some notable Georgian era "characters."

A weird grave in London.

What may be the oldest known bedding.

A Mesopotamian medical encyclopedia.

The birth of the "picaresque novel."

Turkeys, turkeys everywhere.

A very bad stepmother.

UFO strangeness in Kaplan's Woods.

In which Ann Jefferies dances with the fairies.

The evolution of "begging the question."

The 19th century tattooing fad.

The very creepy disappearance of Tara Calico.

A famed 19th century naval artist.

Violations of medieval sanctuary laws.

That's all for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll look at a family's mysterious illness.  In the meantime, here's some Macedonian folk music.


  1. The isolated manse at Kilbucho provided a very interesting and - for the ladies involved - terrifying story. What could have been the explanation? I was also interested by the architecture, that put a fireplace in the same bay, though over, the front door.

    And Brunner, the escaped Nazi, highlighted a disgraceful history of so many top Nazis getting away. I always thought it a shame, every time some sergeant or corporal of the SS was brought to trial, that hundreds, thousands, in fact, of high-ranking killers got away. The lower ranks carried out their orders - happily, in most cases - but the ones who gave the orders eluded justice.

  2. Please explain the link for: The history of "It Happened One Night."
    The attached article is about "It's a Wonderful Life".
    Which movie do you hate? Honestly, I can't stand "It's a Wonderful Life".

    1. Mental carelessness. That happens when you have to deal with 20 tabs open on the laptop. :) I corrected it.


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