"...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, April 15, 2022

Weekend Link Dump


"The Witches' Cove," Follower of Jan Mandijn

The staffers at Strange Company HQ are getting ready for Easter!

Was there a real Miss Havisham?

The mysterious sinking of a Pakistani submarine.

The Harvard lecturer who was executed for murder.

In which we learn that Joseph Conrad lost £40 thanks to the sinking of the Titanic.

And here's an author who foresaw said sinking.

The Hindenburg disaster in contemporary newspapers.

Some Canadian alternate history books.

A handy reminder that I really, really hate eggnog.

The origins of the Easter Bunny.

A remarkable escape from Auschwitz.

The strange case of the nurse impostor.

A guide to Regency-era slang.

How to have a brunch, 1950s style.

The regulars and fainters of Philadelphia funerals.

The demise of the literary feud.

An ancient bowl from Tibet may depict Alexander the Great.

The life of an unusual Georgian-era painter.

A triple tragedy.

100-year-old wax recordings are about to be heard.

The bride-to-be who survived the Titanic.

The oases of Antarctica.  You still wouldn't want to spend a vacation in them, though.

The short and tragic career of HMCS Margaree.

A notable 15th century English Parliamentarian.

A reassessment of Durer's Four Horsemen.

A 1,000 year old Peruvian surgical kit.

A medieval health manual.

A really weird cloud over Alaska.

This may be the oldest known name in the world.

A look at a new biography of Tolstoy.

The amazing Italian villa that nobody wants to buy.

A battered wife fails to get justice.

A military blockade from the Napoleonic era.

The East London Waterworks scandal.

The legend of Jenny, Titanic cat.

John Harvey Kellogg's weird inventions.

That's all for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll look at a man who did some crystal-gazing...and eventually wished he hadn't.  In the meantime, here's one of those songs from Back In The Day.


  1. I was delighted to have found that Miss Havisham item last week, and included it in a sub I do on Reddit -- and then doubly delighted to see it again here, on my very favorite blog, and thus a particularly welcome affirmation.

  2. Alternate history novels can be quite interesting (I read one by Harry Turtletaub and Richard Dreyfuss (yes, the actor)) but some of them can be silly. One suggested what would happen if the U.S. Civil War had been interrupted by - an alien invasion! Oy.

    I would hate to die on board a sinking ship, like the HMCS 'Margaree'; it seems like such a cruel fate. And I like to think that Jenny, the 'Titanic' cat and her kittens made it off the ship before it left its final port. (When I read the headline, I thought, "I know some titanic cats..." But it's not the same thing.)

  3. That Four Horsemen article is written by an anti-Semitic right winger.

  4. The Pakistani Navy were between a rock and hard place in 1971 - admit either that their submarine was destroyed by the brilliance of their sworn enemies, or admit that it blew up due to mechanical incompetence.


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