"...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 27, 2022

Weekend Link Dump


"The Witches' Cove," Follower of Jan Mandijn

While you read this week's links, be entertained by the Strange Company Orchestra!

The fateful silver casket of Mary, Queen of Scots.

Queen Victoria and parliamentary ceremony.

The oldest city in the New World.

One of the last "fireship" attacks.

The shortest war in history.

Toronto's classiest con artist.

The early days of San Antonio, Texas.

The controversial Shapira Scrolls.

That time blimps were used to fight a duel.

The fire that transformed New York City.

A Pennsylvania murder-suicide.

The man who discovered Troy, and wrecked it in the process.

This Week in Russian Weird looks at an...unusual view of world history.

The mysterious petroglyphs of Dighton Rock.

A lonely Japanese writer in London.

A Georgian-era trip advisor.

The Brazilian revolution of 1848.

The last smallpox patient.

A guy who really, really wanted to be Consul of Baghdad.

A lovely medieval Psalter.

Victorian mockery of vegetarianism.

A gourmet cat in Brooklyn.

Some surprises in old documents.

India's singing temples.

An unhappily married woman found freedom in South Dakota.

Some prehistoric battle sites.

A brief history of the Blue Plate Special.

The mystery of the disappearing observatory.

The Flying Dragon of Death!

The midwife's ghost and a secret burial.

How Shirley Temple went from child star to diplomat.

The secret gardens of Spitalfields.

A black cat hoax.

Yet another trunk murder.

Some vintage "favorite recipes."

Victor Hugo as a political symbol.

That wraps it up for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll look at a mysterious series of poisonings.  In the meantime, bring on the marimbas!


  1. San Antone's a great town. Viva Bexar County. Thanks for that.

  2. It makes sense that the blue-plate special began in railway restaurant cars, especially considering the divisions on the plate, and then continued into the diners that many of the old cars became. The duel in blimps at first made me think of people dressed in those inflatable sumo-wrestler suits bouncing off each other. I don't know why. And the fire-ship attack was very exciting to read about. I imagine the ratings manning the fireships received extra pay!


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