"...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 19, 2024

Weekend Link Dump


"The Witches' Cove," Follower of Jan Mandijn

Welcome to this week's Link Dump!

Complete with a performance by the Strange Company Orchestra!

A famous eulogy for a murdered dog.

The man who asked to be executed.  Quite rightly so, too.

In which Rin Tin Tin's brother rescues some kittens.

The days of wholesome hitchhiking.

The first aerial maps made by an eyewitness.

The controversy over who is the world's oldest dog.

The Giant of Castlenau.

America's many accents and dialects.

Antarctica's weirdest archaeological finds.

Rutherford Hayes, Paraguay hero.

Stuffed camel spleen sandwich, anyone?

The "world's oldest forest" has been discovered...and it's in one of the last places you'd think to look for it.

Pakistan's perfect cooking pot.

It looks like someone conducted a mass murder of bees.

The fight against "obscene quackery."

The Boston Molasses Flood.

A female explorer's secret weapon.

An unusual "superstructure" in the Pacific.

A "dye detective."

Victorian women had a public bathroom problem.

The surgeon who revolutionized battlefield medical care.

A brief history of chocolate chip cookies.

A brief history of a British family.

Tales of corpse collectors.

What we now know about water on the Moon.

Death and "wind phones."

The cats of the British Museum.

When science gets weird.  Really, really weird.

The toad in the Moon.

The origins of "bookworms."

The escape of Empress Matilda.

The kidnapping of John Paul Getty III.

The phenomenon of "earthsickness."

The first witches of Elizabethan England.

Roman Britain's only known crucifixion victim.

An ill-fated Arctic expedition.

A betrayal leads to murder.

The Great Frost of 1683.

A double-cross leads to murder.

That's all for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll have a guest post discussing the early days of the British Secret Service.  In the meantime, let's get medieval!

1 comment:

  1. What an extraordinary story is that of Larrey, the French Napoleonic era surgeon; how he changed the world for the better! And its interesting that he may have influenced - a generation apart, yet almost directly - Dunnat, the founder of the Red Cross. On the other hand, I didn't know chocolate chip cookies were of so recent a creation; you'd think, being so loved and easy a recipe, they would be older. I saw a map of Paraguay once, and noted the province named after Hayes; it led me to discover why he was so honoured. Interesting stuff today in the link-dump.


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