"...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, December 2, 2022

Weekend Link Dump


"The Witches' Cove," Follower of Jan Mandijn 

This first Link Dump of December is hosted by some of our Christmas Cats!

What you would eat at an ancient Roman tailgate party.

Yet another unhappy wife who opted to say it with arsenic.

The Russian Liberation Army takes on Stalin.

Letters seeking help from the India Office.

A beautiful Scottish castle is on sale for $2 million.  When you consider that a whale skeleton is included, that makes it even more of a bargain.

A tale of a Victorian crossing sweeper.

The deathless Jersey Devil.

A strange ancient bronze figure.

The first American Thanksgiving football game.

Bonnie Prince Charlie in Manchester.

The mystery of the disappearing island.

A brief history of waffles.  Meh, I prefer pancakes, myself.

Intoxicating vegetables.

Yes, they're still trying to figure out what happened to Amelia Earhart.

Yes, they're still trying to figure out what killed Bruce Lee.

The ghosts of Gudgeonville.

Christmas during the siege of Paris.

Spending a penny in the old palace of Westminster.

The fairy witch of Carrick-on-Suir.

A 135-year-old message in a bottle.

Facial reconstructions of people from the past.  There's no way to know how accurate they are, of course, but they're fun.

"Blackout crime" in WWII London.

"Waiting mortuaries" for people who want to make sure they are really dead when they're buried.

It seems fitting that 2022 will bow out with a 48,000 year old zombie virus.

The mystery of the 300,000 year-old footprints.

Mummies with golden tongues.

A Christmas at Belvoir Castle.

How the word "lap" got several different meanings.

The scandalous murder of a Gilded Age entrepreneur.

Cheechee the Cigar Store Cat.

The man with the world's longest nose.

The Veiled Woman of Penn Park.

There is a sporting event known as the Commode Bowl.  Just thought you should know.

Howe and Hummel, two lawyers who were a criminal's best friend.

There may be something really freaking big living under Antarctica.  Not alarming in the slightest.

That's it for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll look at a strange twist on the old "ghost returns without anyone realizing it's a ghost" stories.  In the meantime, here's everyone's favorite Civil War tune that is not from the Civil War.


  1. I like these. I am still suspicious of eggplants as a food.

  2. It's sad that Bruce Lee, who meant to keep himself in such great shape, subjected himself to what seem to have been various fads, some if not most of which were dangerous, possibly deadly. The story on 'black-out' crime in World War Two London is interesting, especially the reaction against crime even being committed. (Though I noted that H V Morton, the then famous reporter and author, is mis-named 'Norton'. I have a couple of his books.)

  3. There was an Australian version of Gordon Cummins - US soldier Eddie Leonski, who was hanged in Melbourne in November 1942 for the murder of three women earlier that year.



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