"...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 8, 2023

Weekend Link Dump


"The Witches' Cove," Follower of Jan Mandijn

Welcome to this week's Link Dump!

Let's get this Christmas party started!

Archaeologists are recreating the lives of medieval Cambridge residents.

When your nickname is "Bad Tom," don't be surprised when you're convicted of murder.

Beethoven's "Immortal Beloved."

"Witch bottles" are washing ashore in Texas.

New Hampshire allegedly has the worst weather in the world.

Two divas of the Arab world.

Newfoundland's "Isle of Demons."

The mystery of an Iron Age brain.

Making artificial limbs during WWI.

An eccentric aristocrat in the British Parliament.

Why red and green became Christmas colors.  (Shorter version: nobody knows.)

A tale of death and bell-ringing.

A possible Arctic graveyard from the Stone Age.  Even though there are no bodies.

A girl's peculiar death.

A heroic sailor.

The comet that became a punchline.

Meet Jack, scat-sniffing superdog.

Impressive Stone Age engineering.

The "ultimate poltergeist."

The disappearance of Flight 19.

The New York corner that's seen 100 years of vice.

We've had a hard time deciding how to spell "Hanukkah" and "Christmas."

Micro-napping penguins.

The woman who lived on 15 cents a day.

A brief history of Christmas greens.

The Welsh "Rebecca Riots."

In other news, Bigfoot has been kidnapped.

The man who yearned for highway death markers.

The Queen of Thai desserts.

A WWI "ghost ship."

Dining with Margaret of Austria.

That's it for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll visit those pesky poltergeists.  In the meantime, here's one of my favorite Christmas songs.

1 comment:

  1. Flight 19 seems an enduring mystery. That there was something wrong with Taylor seems obvious, judging from his behaviour both before and during the flight. His message of 'flying east until they run out of gas' is bizarre, to say the least; no officer should say that, and it indicates that he expected not to be over land - or at least not to be able to land - when they had exhausted their fuel. I wonder if any of his flight questioned that suggestion. And the article on Beethoven's 'immortal beloved' used the words I've used: that the movie about that mystery came up with its conclusion for 'cinematic purposes'. The real solution of the mystery would hardly be dramatic, I think.


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