"...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, August 5, 2022

Weekend Link Dump


"The Witches' Cove," Follower of Jan Mandijn

Welcome to this week's Link Dump!

The Strange Company staff thinks that life's a beach!

The female cyclist and the Massachusetts Wild Man.

Shorter version: Scientific researchers have done some of the most damn fool things.

How the executions of Thomas Burdet and George, Duke of Clarence were linked.  Or maybe not.

A British businessman in 19th century Calcutta.

How a sneeze led to the creation of the James Bond theme.

The 1778 Battle of Ushant and the French Revolution.

The women warriors of Dahomey.

John Locke's pancake recipe.

How to tell genuine shrunken heads from the fakes.  Yes, there are bogus shrunken heads out there.  What a world.

Medieval conspiracy theories.

Evidence that humans were in North America a lot earlier than we thought.

Hardtack has found an enduring home in Alaska.

A Bronze Age girl who managed to take it with her.

The truth behind "Go Ask Alice."  I remember reading that book when I was 9 or 10. My two thoughts were: 1. "No way is this a real story." 2. "Real or fake, this is one lousy book."

That previous link about how scientists have done some of the most damn fool things?  This one may top the list.  With a hearty dose of child abuse thrown in.

The libeled Lady Rochford.

This is why we can't have nice trees.

A reporter investigates her great-grandfather's fatal poisoning.

The forgotten "Underground Railroad."

Researchers have found something really weird living on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.

Contemporary newspaper reports of Princess Diana's death.

When you go out to buy new curtains and wind up owning Stonehenge instead.

Edward I's Warwolf.

A lost Iberian civilization.

A look at Père Lachaise cemetery.

A photographic vintage pub crawl.

That time the Royal College of Surgeons lost an Andean mummy.

Scholars may have deciphered an ancient writing system.

Science believes that when you're dead, you know it.

"Coffin births": one of the Victorian era's creepier urban legends.

Mary Pearcey, the Hampstead murderer.

A brief history of the neighborhood paperboy.

Medieval depictions of the Tower of London.

Oh, Lord, they're still pushing the "Poe died of rabies" story.

The Gaia hypothesis.

The only woman in the room.

Something weird just fell on Mexico City.

A Munich dead-house.

If you think things are bad on Earth now, just wait and see what happens in 20 million years.

Are we the aliens?

A brief history of bourbon.

Remembering the Tylenol Killer.

Phrenology and a murderer.

A restaurant inside of a hot-air balloon, which doesn't strike me as the best idea in the world.

That's all for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll look at a missing-persons case that in some respects reminds me of the John Iverson mystery.  It was pure coincidence that I happened to come across these two stories at about the same time. In the meantime, bring on the banjos!



  1. I had no idea about the falsehood of "Go Ask Alice", though, to be fair (to me), I didn't know much about it at all. And the article about runaway American slaves heading to Mexico was very interesting. One of the things that many people don't think of when they think about the Alamo and the Texan war of independence was that it was also a matter greatly affecting slavery.

  2. And did you notice those two little brats in your Strange Company staff's beach picture are going to destroy the sand castle?

    1. Hector would fit right in with that bunch, if he ever wants a job.

    2. Geez, he probably would, come to think of it.


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