"...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, November 10, 2023

Weekend Link Dump


"The Witches' Cove," Follower of Jan Mandijn

Welcome to this week's Link Dump!

Enjoy the party!

The practice of hiding ritual objects in homes.

The forensics of the Loch Ness Monster.

Da Vinci's "to-do" lists.

10 places that no longer exist.

The woman who was thrown out of Ireland for kissing her boyfriend.

The Dutch legal scholar who played a role in the trial of Charles I.  It didn't end well for him.  Or for Charles, of course.

A desirable neighborhood in Los Angeles that was built by a con artist.

A visit to Chiswick House.

A lethal apartment.

A brief history of book thieves.

A brief history of American diners.

When Hitler went to prison.

The 1914 Battle of Coronel.

An 18th century painter's hidden demon.

The first Remembrance Day.

Studying "telephone telepathy."

The "Holy Grail" of shipwrecks.

The sad tale of Queen Victoria's dead giraffe.

The search for Shakespeare's lost play.

The execution of a voodoo doctor.

The cemetery that contains some of Los Angeles' hidden history.

What might be the world's oldest pyramid.

A novel (and highly criminal) way to get rich quick.

The world's first Porsche was ignored for over a century.

Princess Charlotte, who died before she could become Queen of England.

A bunch of letters sent to French soldiers during the Seven Years' War have only now been read.

When phrenology was all the rage.

That time when America had an Election Cake.

The Christmas disaster at Oaks Coal Mine.

18th century theaters could get...lively.

A talking, life-saving dog.  Good boy!

America's last lighthouse keeper.

We may now know why ancient Egyptians mummified baboons.

How Mary Ann Patten became the first woman to command an American merchant vessel.

A look at the A-2 bomber jacket.

The strange death of "the last of the Merovingians."

The world's finest cheese.

In praise of traditional Chinese medicine.

A bluestocking influencer.

That wraps it up for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll visit a haunted house in Cape Cod.  In the meantime, here's a bit of Bach.

1 comment:

  1. The two minutes' silence on Remembrance Day is often - and was, at a time, always - accompanied by bowed heads and closed eyes. It features prominently in the Sayers's book "The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club". And the Merovingians are a tough dynasty to follow, as they kept dividing their territory among many relatives, few of whose lines seemed to last long. The Carolingians also divided their territories, which is how Germany and France evolved. Confusing but interesting.


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