"...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, January 12, 2024

Weekend Link Dump


"The Witches' Cove," Follower of Jan Mandijn

This week's Link Dump is proud to be hosted by Fritz!

No, I have no idea who Fritz was, but he was a real stunner, wasn't he?

Strange things can happen in the jungle.

A "real Atlantis."

A number of British superstitions.

Alexander the Great's charm offensive.

The last of the Charlies.

An unlucky battleship.

The cave paintings of Spain's Cova Dones.

A 19th century humanitarian.

Creative ways to make a citizen's arrest.

The discovery of an Anglo-Saxon cemetery.

The good old days of giant monster worms.

The case of the Pennsylvania Mystery Notes.

Fifth-century recycling.

The "phantom time hypothesis": one of the odder conspiracy theories.

How to speak to chickens.

Stone Age Britons may have been wiped out by a tsunami.

A rivalry in crape.

Super fuels and the Allied air war.

How fireplaces saved historic monuments.

Bring on the poltergeists!

The rise and fall of America's malls.

A brief history of the jitterbug.

The seriousness of 19th century fairy paintings.

UFOs and AI.

A notorious furniture fraud.

A very tidy mouse.

The "landlady of death."

The restoration of Philip of Macedon's palace.

A mysterious Anglo-Saxon artifact.

The career of Lord Chancellor William Cowper.

The roots of ancient Rome's gladiator fights.

The drownings at Ivyside Park.

The controversial execution of Edith Thompson.

Christina of Denmark's lucky escape.

The early 19th century "swell mob."

The Fire Chief turned drug dealer.  And, yes, he was a Florida Man.

Finding the grave of Copernicus.

A newly-discovered ancient Egyptian tomb.

What might be the oldest-known map of the stars.

Casanova: Famous for being famous.

Using cheese to predict the future.

A look at Shropshire witchcraft.

A woman's mysterious death.

That's it for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll meet a ghost dog.  In the meantime, here's a lovely tune from Renaissance-era Spain.


  1. Whew! A lot going on under Fritz's handsome face this weekend. The 'phantom time' idea is a good laugh, especially since people seem to believe it. These are, one assumes, people who don't take into account any culture but European. It'd be hard to have coaxed the Mayans into going along with such a scam. And trees. Trees probably wouldn't have grown extra rings for the cause... The discovery of the Egyptian tomb from the 2nd Dynasty is interesting. The 2nd Dynasty! One might respect Curzon but admiration probably doesn't figure in many responses to that 'superior person', but... Well done, sir! And fortune telling a la fromage... Soothsaying really can become cheesy at times...

  2. The Pennsylvania Mystery Notes reminds me of the Circleville Letters mystery. And Bum Farto - you couldn't make a name like that up!


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