"...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, July 1, 2022

Weekend Link Dump


"The Witches' Cove," Follower of Jan Mandijn

The Strange Company staff is ready for the Fourth of July!

What the hell just crashed into the Moon?

Ancient trees tell of the biggest solar storm in history.

Being a professional executioner does strange things to people.

The poet and the Will O Wisp.

The fairy world of ancient China.

This may be the world's first musical instrument.

Books that are allegedly cursed.

What may be among the oldest artwork in the world.

Why Elizabeth I preferred to secretly murder, rather than execute, Mary Queen of Scots.

Famous writers who gave their pets pretty awesome names.  (Kiddleywinkempoops!)

Old newspaper reports of June brides.

Britain's oldest prayer beads.

Dinner with the East India Company.

William Henry Hudson and Kensington Gardens.

Old Tom, the predecessor to Big Ben.

Here's your big chance to buy a haunted bar.

Spooky rock art in Tanzania.

Centuries after he died, Sir Hans Sloane is causing a lot of people a lot of trouble.

The various meanings of the word "slug."

A misbegotten suicide pact.

The world's deepest shipwreck.

The children of the 4th Duke of Marlborough.

The globe-trotting life of Jeanne Baret.

A life-saving Great Dane.

The "Night of the UFOs."

The strange--and short--life of Thomas Chatterton.

An interview with a photographer of the dead.

Five examples of bodies being found with notes pinned to them.

Mapping ancient trees.

French galleys in British waters, 1707.

A Nigerian bronze head is in the middle of one hell of a custody dispute.

If you get an unsolicited box of chocolates in the mail from someone you don't know, it's probably a good idea not to eat them.

The secret society that's preserving the history of the American West.

Forget Stonehenge; meet Seahenge.

The world's oldest pharmacy.

A brief history of the enema.  (Warning: with illustrations.)

A don't-get-out-the-vote drive.

That's it for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll have something a little different: a Fourth of July-themed ghost story!  In the meantime, here's the perfect hymn for 2022.

1 comment:

  1. Again, there's plenty here of interest. The rocket crashing on the moon is news to me; apparently, the rocket was tracked approaching the moon, yet no one knows who launched it. Very intriguing, as is the UFOs over Brazil.

    As for Hans Sloane, it frustrates me that people don't see others as humans capable of doing both good and bad things. Figures from history need not be one or the other, especially since what is thought bad now may not have been considered in the same light hundreds of years ago. (I shudder to think what the future will think of us; I can't see people two centuries from now viewing us as the paragons we believe ourselves to be). As a museum director, Dr Fischer should have a better sense of history, as well as his duty in presenting it, rather than judging it.


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