"...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, January 14, 2022

Weekend Link Dump


"The Witches' Cove," Follower of Jan Mandijn

Welcome to this week's Link Dump!

Just watch your step.

The old "I caught them in the act" murder excuse.

Put another way, here is a man who was a Presidential jinx.

How Maggie Cuddigan became the first woman to be lynched in Colorado.

Some now-extinct occupations.

Some now-extinct foods.

Three prize-winning fire dogs.

A tale of a widow.

Percy Shelley's odd eating habits.  Now that I think of it, Percy Shelley was odd, full stop.

If you've ever browsed the Charley Project, you've undoubtedly noted the depressing number of missing-persons cases that say only "Little information is available."  Here is a particularly striking example.

An alleged modern-day fairy encounter.

The Wandle Pirates.

Anyone care to wear a hat covered in decayed teeth?

Murder and a psychic experience.

Charlie Chaplin in the East End.

The women of the Napoleonic Wars.

A remarkable case of a kidnapped child finding his home many years later.

Martial punishment in the 18th century.

How the Elgin Marbles wound up in England.

The first known case of chemical warfare.

The fogs of Old London.

Jane Austen, wild child.

In praise of tackiness.

A circus performer turned spy.

Prehistoric technological geniuses.

The time Henry V had a bad Christmas.

Watching a supernova in real time.

How medieval women coped with unwanted pregnancies.

Some sensible advise to a romantic 13-year-old.

The underrated art of courtroom sketching.

Eleanor of Provence, influential Queen of England.

Why Henry VIII had a relatively simple tomb.

The daughters of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine.

A dinosaur has been found in a reservoir.

Haunted Clapham Wood.

The Midtown cat and the possum wrangler.

A haunted former military installation.

Victorians and Rotten Row.

Dice and divination.

The Royal Navy Exhibition of 1891.

The grave of a dragon-slayer.

A Victorian child housebreaker.

The horrors of "baby farms."

Fighting the Riff Pirates.

A child's unsolved disappearance.

If you want to move to this town, you have to leave your appendix behind.

A brief history of potato chips.

A brief history of the word "washing."

The guy who used leeches as a weather report.

A remarkably well-preserved wooden figure from the ancient Roman era.

Meditation and the immune system.

A particularly revolting murder.

When poltergeists go just too far for us.

That's it for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll look at the many adventures of a boxer's arm.  In the meantime, it occurred to me that I've yet to share a song by the Beatles in this space, so here you go.  This is my favorite song of theirs.


  1. NO THANK YOU Meditation is horrible for me Lost in Thought
    by David Kortava
    The psychological risks of meditation

  2. I was standing in line at the grocers when I heard this come on the loudspeakers. I thought to myself, how many great pop songs an one group have. Still one of mg favorite Beatles songs. Thanks for posting!


  3. The article about the fairy encounter was very interesting. Aside from the fact that it's good to know there are still places in England like that, and aside from the event itself, it explained that fairy encounters are often ridiculed even by those who claim to believe in the paranormal and supernatural. It's sad that such short-sightedness exists among people who are themselves ridiculed by the short-sighted, rather like those who are victims of bigotry being bigoted themselves.

    The story of the circus performer/spy is an interesting one. If you want to read about German efforts to stir up trouble for Britain in the Middle East during World War One, read Peter Hopkirk's "On Secret Service East of Constantinople". Germany had its own 'Lawrence of Arabia', though theirs seems to have been a more appealing person, despite his cause.


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