"...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 8, 2023

Weekend Link Dump


"The Witches' Cove," Follower of Jan Mandijn

The staffers at Strange Company HQ have started the new school year, and things are going about as usual.

Pro tip: Never film yourself being an idiot.  Better still, don't be an idiot.

The days of professional "knocker-uppers."  It wasn't what you may be thinking.

Scientists have found a weird golden egg by an underwater volcano.  It's just been that kind of year.

A "singular discovery of hidden treasure."

A Victorian clergyman's embarrassing holiday.

Why we'd all better hope we never see a Miyake Event.

War and the "slide-rule strategy."

Aliens.  It's always aliens.

A man murders his grandchildren.

Why one man was very happy to be struck by lightning.

The death of Winston Churchill's three-year-old daughter.

The first English children's novel.

The life of a now-forgotten female Victorian writer.

Science is now suggesting that Vlad the Impaler was a vegan.  I tried going vegan once.  After a few weeks without butter and cheese, I wanted to throw people on stakes, too.

Neanderthals and ancient bee burrows.

A ride on a crocodile.

The Franco-Prussian Battle of Havana.

Traffic jams in 18th century London.

The real "home on the range."

The Japanese "first lady of billiards."

The bees of Childeric I.

A CGI reconstruction of an Aztec city.

A house-for-sale with a dark history.

Who's up for harvesting some shroud pins?

Very stylish 3,200 year-old pants.

The glider that was built to escape Colditz Castle.

Edinburgh's hidden Victorian history.

Thailand's homemade rocket festival.

That time Dorothy Parker was fired from "Vanity Fair."

That time when New Zealand women were given the right to vote.

That time when humans nearly became extinct.

That time when the CIA recruited vampires.

What we are learning about ancient visitors to an Egyptian temple.

The hijacking of Pan Am Flight 73.

The history of a London slum.

A newly-discovered poem written by Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire.

The Groton Tragedy.

How sharks deal with hurricanes.

The woman who slept for 32 years.  Maybe.

A 19th century sanatorium for European soldiers in Australia.

The Harvard professor who was executed for murder.

A visit to "the heart of screenland."

The bureaucratic side of the Inquisition.

Europe's oldest known village.

A Mystery Boom in Pennsylvania.

The cutlers of London's East End.

A look at "illustrated weeklies."

The oldest known condom.

An explanation of cul-de-sacs and dead ends.

Florence Maybrick, who may or may not have murdered her husband.  

The infamous Night Stalker.

Berkeley's hippie revolution was not all peace and love.

This week in Russian Weird looks at a cat who represents an expletive.

That's all for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll look at a couple's tragic--and highly mysterious--fate.  In the meantime, here's a bit of musical history.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, a lot of good reading this week. I've heard of knocker-uppers, and have always wondered who woke them up. Maybe they all worked night-shifts, and did this on their way home to bed... I was just re-reading a portion of the book "Dreadnought", which mentioned an encounter of ships during the Franco-German War. The Battle of Havana was the encounter! The Colditz glider is most interesting; I first heard of that in the tv series 'Colditz' (1972-74). And you can't go wrong with a smug-looking Russian cat...


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