"...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, December 1, 2023

Weekend Link Dump


"The Witches' Cove," Follower of Jan Mandijn

Welcome to the first Link Dump of December!

The Strange Company HQ staffers are already starting on the Christmas parties.

The "Shankhill Butchers."

The history of Christmas puddings.

In which we learn that Napoleon had planned to spend his retirement in New Orleans.  Oops.

Vintage Christmas gift ideas.

The adventures of a Victorian sailor boy.

A once internationally renowned singer, who is now almost completely forgotten.

The mystery of a missing WWII pilot is finally solved.

The annotations of a 16th century yeoman farmer.

A violent bank robbery.

The sc-fi world of de-extinction projects.

There's a "Disney World for cats," and, naturally, the government wants to shut it down.  Because government.

Vintage photos of London at night.

In 1979, Blondie opened for Rush, and things did not go at all well.

A cemetery for the "outcast dead."

An early 19th century child prodigy.

Were Neanderthals the first artists?

The first attempt to assassinate an American president.


The novel that inspired a Utopia.  Didn't work, of course.

The only photos ever taken on Venus.

Ada Lovelace and the difference engine.

When you go digging for potatoes and find an ancient Egyptian sculpture instead.

New York's biggest Fifth Avenue mansion.

Anne Murray meets the Hollywood Vampires.

Finland's "Devil Church."

Scotland's "fairy flag."

The mystery of why bats don't get sick.

The dangers of teddy bears.

The life of an American gigolo in Europe.

When "stopping" is "staying."

Political colors in 18th century Britain.

More vintage celebrity gossip.

Medieval wardship disputes could get mighty ugly.

The loss of HMS Queen Charlotte.

The Cat Lady of Spitalfields.

Contemporary reporting of the New Madrid earthquakes.

The rediscovering of Thaddeus Stevens.

A New York City "cat farm."

Heavenly chain letters.

Yet another murder done "for love."

The last Queen Consort of Mongolia.

A "fatal frolic."

The unique flavor known as "umami."

Britain's "great re-coinage."

That's all for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll look back at the days of airplane mascots.  (It's sort of a companion piece to my old post about sailor cats.)  In the meantime, here's a fun rendition of Vivaldi.


  1. "The mystery of why bats don't get sick."

    Ummm, White-Nose disease has killed off most of the bats in this area, I haven't seen one in years, Mebbe they need to rethink things.

  2. The photographs of London at night are magical. I know they are romanticised but London must have been a much more interesting place a hundred years ago. It doesn't surprise me that the singer Jones was forgotten; I think it had little to do with her race, though. Think of how many singers and composers were immensely popular, even in our youth, and are unknown today. If J S Bach can be eclipsed, anyone can. I'm glad they at last found the missing World War Two pilot, though the story's headline erroneously mentions a fighter "jet". And a sad end to the last queen of Mongolia. But then Stalinism created a lot of sad endings. Oh, and no offence, but I won't be coming to a Strange Company HQ Christmas party; they look a bit too rowdy for me...


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