"...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 17, 2023

Weekend Link Dump


"The Witches' Cove," Follower of Jan Mandijn

Welcome to this week's Link Dump!

The Strange Company HQ staffers are ready to let the show begin!

Modern medicine owes a lot to the Middle Ages.

A secret lost language.

Love and lunacy.  And murder.

Scotland's oldest known tartan.

A Post Office cat and the Great Chicago Fire.

The legacy of "Cabinets of Curiosities."

The hunt for Dr. Crippen.

Part 2 about the 1914 Battle of Coronel.

This week in Russian Weird looks at some awful author deaths.

NASA has found a fluffy, sandy planet.

Some vintage celebrity gossip.

China's urban ghosts.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Bird of the Century.  Even if the election was rigged.

Why archaeologists love lice.

A musician who nearly made it big.

Celebrating Thanksgiving in prison.

A look at near-death experiences.

The Leicester Balloon Riot.

The reinvention of Thanksgiving.

Elephants may give each other names.

A female Civil War soldier.

What the well-dressed male mourner is wearing.

Cats have a lot of facial expressions.

Skull surgeries from the Copper Age.

The first dive bombers.

The Carrot Man of Melbourne.

A Thanksgiving miracle.

The resurrection of German mite cheese.

So, what's this African lion doing in a Puerto Rican cave?

A saint's reluctant levitations.

Sketches from early 19th century criminal trials.

Georgian-era firefighters.

The Liverpool Leprechauns.

"Firemen artists" of the London Blitz.

More theories about the Bermuda Triangle.

The days of the Orphan Trains.

The link between modern Western ghosts and zombies.

An attempt to explain Taylor Swift's popularity, something that I consider to be one of the great mysteries of modern history.

A brief history of urban garbage.

A brief history of youth hostels.

That's all for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll look at one very weird childhood experience.  In the meantime, bring on the marimbas!

1 comment:

  1. I think the Middle Ages, and even the preceding Dark Ages, have a misrepresented reputation. Well, to an extent - the idea that people then didn't bathe, for instance. Medicine is another aspect. And if walking about with a giant carrot makes people smile, then why not? But I could have told him the giant squid wasn't going to work as well.


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