"...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, May 24, 2024

Weekend Link Dump


"The Witches' Cove," Follower of Jan Mandijn

Welcome to this week's Link Dump!

We have all the news!

The woman who walked across the Soviet Union.  On one leg.

Trying to win WWII with radioactive foxes.

Louis XIV and the Great Cipher.

Alexander the Great and the Battle of the Granicus.

Roman Emperors and their wild dinner parties.

Body lice and the Black Death.

A book annotated by John Milton somehow wound up in a Phoenix public library.

A medieval monk looks at the English Parliament.

In search of the lost apples of the Pacific Northwest.

What defines an English cottage?

Solving an ancient Assyrian code.

Coney Island's backstabbing theme parks.

Fresh flowers for Decoration Day.

A mysterious million-year-old skull.

Early reviews of future musical icons.

The Boss Butcher.

A branch of the Nile used to run past the Giza pyramids.

The execution that was the beginning of the end for the death penalty in Britain.

Did consciousness come before life?

America's first board game.

The woman who was murdered by rats.

The mystery of the Windover Bog Bodies.

An unlikely rescue.

The wolf who was a Navy mascot.

The wild world of sacred geometry.

Oddities and absurdities.

A look at the notorious Leopold and Loeb.

So maybe the British countryside really does have big cats roaming around.

Mesopotamia's haunted soldiers.

The era of Fern Fever.

The origins of the phrase, "like stink."

WWII's Allied air route into China.

Multi-talented medieval minstrels.

Maybe the Stone Age was really the Wood Age.

The boy who ran away to spend a week in a movie theater.

The Jessie Scouts of the American Civil War.

The Massacre of Wassy.

That's all for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll meet a Texas poltergeist.  In the meantime, let's visit the 17th century:


  1. I wonder about the rat-attack theory in the woman's death. I hate to blame anything on a dog but I wonder if the woman could have had a heart attack (that was the cause of death, after all), and the dog not been fed for some time...

    1. I did find it curious that the rats would kill the woman, but leave the little dog untouched...


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