"...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, September 22, 2023

Weekend Link Dump


"The Witches' Cove," Follower of Jan Mandijn

Welcome to this week's Link Dump!  Grab your cup and discuss the latest from Strange Company HQ.

A 19th century Cain and Abel.

A massive ancient underground city.

Public execution as a Mom & Pop business.

The house that was once "The Blue Belle of Brooklyn."

Those underrated Neanderthals.

A husband returns from the dead.

HMS Alexander fights an unequal battle.

Murder at a "swinger's palace."

The "open air schools" from the early 1900s.

Bread in Shropshire folklore.

A wooden structure from half a million years ago.

The worst space-related disaster.

Why it's called an "Irish goodbye."

The women of the East India Company.

A visit to Paddington Old Cemetery.  Complete with dogs.

The 19th century pizza that's a dessert.

An amazing photo from space.

Sketches from the American Civil War.

A case of Victorian negligence.

No money, no funeral.

Cartography and WWI.

Don't forget about those underwater UFOs!

The last intact shipwreck from the American Revolution.

Nearly a century after a woman disappeared, police are just now investigating the mystery.

A very creepy ghost story from Thailand.

Why the British Army was not ready for WWII.

An Englishman in the 19th century Bombay police.

The Old West's last stagecoach robbery.

Something is generating water on the Moon.

Napoleon as a statesman.

The oldest known depiction of the known world.

How carrots became orange.

This is probably not King Arthur's sword.

An unsung survivor.

If a gnome mysteriously shows up in your yard, watch out.

From "chintz" to "chintzy."

The robber baron who caused America's first depression.

In search of the golden owl.

The coronation of George III.

A "lost" Roman city has been uncovered.

The dinosaurs of Crystal Palace Park.

The opposite of "deja vu."

The grim history behind some cave art in Borneo.

Anna Kingsford, Victorian radical.  (I wrote about the more Fortean side of her career here.)

The strange practice of optography.

That's all for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll look at a peculiar murder on a boat.  In the meantime, bring on the pipe organs!

1 comment:

  1. The rocket disaster in Russia was truly horrible; what a traumatic event, even for the survivors, it must have been. The underground city in Turkey is fabulous. What a lot of work must have gone into it. And the article on the chief of Bombay's police in the 19th century was interesting: it have been an ordeal having to keep the peace in potentially volatile situations, and I found it intriguing that Franz Ferdinand, who had - and has - a reputation for coldness, went out of his way to be polite and grateful to the commissioner, while the future Nicholas II, who is usually thought of as a gentleman - though an weak emperor - was ill-mannered.


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