"...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, May 20, 2022

Weekend Link Dump


"The Witches' Cove," Follower of Jan Mandijn

Enjoy the Link Dump, but be aware that the Strange Company HQ staffers are on the war path today.

Watch your step.

A homicidal sister-in-law.

The life of Marguerite of Provence, Queen of France.

In which Mario Puzo and Frank Sinatra have a less-than-cordial chat.

In which we learn that T.S. Eliot and Groucho Marx were pen-pals.

Ancient intestinal parasites.  Ain't nothin' an archaeologist loves more than ancient intestinal parasites.

The melancholy of phone boxes.

The tragic life of child star Lora Lee Michel.

A modern history of the Loch Ness Monster.

The possible origin of the "Wow!" signal.

The loss of HMS Royal George in 1782.

A look at library cats.

The paranormal side of an English village.

I don't get car sick, but I still wouldn't drive on this road.

Adder snake superstitions.

A look at when Manhattan had country estates.

An unsolved murder in Finland.

Another one for the "pushing back human history" file.

It's no joke that you really shouldn't steal from Indian temples.

An ancient forest has been hiding inside a Chinese sinkhole.

Photographing an angel.

Related: we may not be our planet's first advanced civilization.  

Two newspapers get into a spat.

The Society of the Double Cross, and tales of hidden treasure.

The "war scars" of 1950s Britain.

A 130,000 year old tooth.

An unconventional Victorian marriage.

A death on Hackney Marshes.

Some odd little stories about family Bibles.

The men who revolutionized choral singing.

George Orwell's humorous side.

A case of life-saving...uh, poop.

18th century marriage customs.

The ongoing mystery of crop circles.

WWII's "Operation Mincemeat."

The world's oldest known fake eye.

The "Bloodhound of the Far West."

Dogs as crime fighters.

The first ghostbusters.

A review of a new book about Madeleine Smith, one of Scotland's luckiest poisoners.

A life-saving Fire Department horse.

That's all for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll look a mystery set in Edinburgh Castle.  In the meantime, here's what happens when Bach meets heavy metal.


  1. A melancholy story about 'photographing an angel'; quite tragic. Also melancholy is Operation Mincemeat's subject. I'd read Montague's book years ago, but I forget whether he mentioned the cause of death of the man whose body they used. Death by consuming rat-poison is an awful way to go, and how horrible a life one must feel one has to end it that way, if done on purpose.

  2. Thank you for another fascinating set of links.


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