"...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, February 23, 2024

Weekend Link Dump


"The Witches' Cove," Follower of Jan Mandijn

Welcome to this week's Link Dump!  

As you can see, the Strange Company Art Department is busy with the illustrations for next week's posts.

The working lads of Whitechapel, circa 1900.

A human leg has been found on the New York subways, and I'm betting that's not the worst thing you'd find there.

A brief history of condensed milk.

The cryptids of Iceland.

The mysterious deaths of three children.

The only black man on the Titanic.

The first blue eyes.

A very unhappy family.

A walk through Dickens' London.

Why a Midshipman's 1815 death is still remembered today.

A man who'd rather die than pay his debts.

A Victorian wheelbarrow influencer.

HMS Venerable faces a crisis, 1804.

The Red Lipstick Murder.

Everyone do the Scottish Hurkle-Durkle!

One of those murders that is "officially" unsolved.

California's "submerged UFO base."

The mysterious Klerksdorp Spheres.

A pirate's lost treasure.

The cats and dogs who are professional food tasters.

When undertakers blunder.

Britons really know how to talk about drunkenness.

The London Female Penitentiary.

Rock art from the first Amazon settlers.

The diversity of Dutch diets.  (It has nothing to do with food.)

The origins of Leap Year proposals.

The evolution of President's Day.

The nurse who invented the modern syringe.

A tale of heroism and chivalry from WWII.

When everyone thought California was an island.

DNA and ancient genocide.

That's it for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll visit one of Canada's more Fortean areas.  In the meantime, here's something by a now largely-forgotten composer.

1 comment:

  1. Such an exciting tale about HMS 'Venerable', and what dangers sailing ships faced. Whether or not all humans had brown eyes before the mutation of the blue, I don't know, but the first blue eyes must have astonished - and perhaps frightened - people at the time. (Since babies all have blue eyes, which change colour later, did babies have blue eyes then, and this child's eyes simply not change from blue?) And it was a long time before I learned that 'diet', as in a legislature, came from its daily meetings. I was always suspicious of the Diet of Worms... Oh, and the Strange Company Art Department looks darn enthusiastic!


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