"...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, June 2, 2023

Weekend Link Dump


"The Witches' Cove," Follower of Jan Mandijn

It's time for this week's Link Dump!

And the Strange Company staffers are over the moon about it.

What the hell was the Tunguska Event?  (As an aside, I've read a lot about Tunguska--it's among my favorite historical mysteries--and I find it fascinating how many highly respectable Russian scientists just shrug and say matter-of-factly, "Eh, UFO crash.")

The sounds of Stonehenge.

The Windrush generation.

When Detroit was a "Little Paris."

A voyage down the new Suez Canal.

Why the ancient Chinese had jade burial suits.

A marriage saved by singing dogs.

A famed cadaver tomb.

The Roman Woman of Spitalfields.

An e-reader...from the 1930s.

When you summon your intended bridegroom and the Devil shows up instead.

How 1942 was the turning point in WWII.

The autobiographies of a Yorkshire gentlewoman.  Complete with ungrateful nieces and eye-pecking chickens!

A glimpse of medieval stand-up comedy.

The difficulties of being an English MP during the Civil War and interregnum.

The last day of Constantinople.

Willie Todd, who'd die to be married.

Nothing to see here, just octopuses building underwater cities.

1872's Great Diamond Hoax.

Repairing Notre Dame requires getting medieval.

More evidence that Neanderthals were more sophisticated than we thought.

The tragic end of the first female balloon pilot.

Some mysterious ancient carvings.

Somebody really wanted a portrait of Marie Antoinette's poodle.

The battle of Bound Brook.

The life of an 18th century Maid of Honor.

The first Penguin Books.

The oldest known Arabic cookbook.

A look at corpse medicine.

An escape from Sing Sing.

The Enola Mountain tragedy.

This week in Russian Weird visits a Chinese palace in Siberia.

Deacon Brodie's notorious double life.

A series of unsolved murders of young women.

Robots in 7th century India.

"The Wolf," a major figure in 11th century England.

That time America almost became a nation of hippo ranchers.

Part 2 of the "love poisoner."

That time when a chimpanzee war broke out in Nigeria.

The first American hotels.

That's it for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll look at a man who had a distressing Fairy Problem.  In the meantime, if you've never heard a Belarusian dulcimer, here's your big opportunity.

1 comment:

  1. Penguin Books... I remember getting the catalogue in the mail and ordering from them. What a wonrous time it was, to receive the catalogue and look through it. And talk about wondrous: going through the newly built Suez Canal! What an experience, and what an engineering feat. The fall of Constatinople, so sad, tragic. Everyone in Christendom regretted its fall, and so few bothered to help keep it safe.


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