"...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, June 14, 2024

Weekend Link Dump


"The Witches' Cove," Follower of Jan Mandijn

It's time for the weekly Link Dump!

Just don't become a basket case over it.

What the hell is a "time-slip?"

The codebreaker and the boiled eggshells.

The last days of Alexander the Great.

The mystery of the thousand-year-old giant snake that pops up everywhere.

Pro tip: Don't wear clothes that scare the horses.

Henry VIII and Catherine Parr.

Vintage scandalous gossip.

Some ancient shipwrecks.

15th century Parliamentary elections.

Was Charles Darwin lactose intolerant?

Why we tell bees about a death.

Do plants have minds?

The Pokomoke Tragedy.

The letters of a young man in 18th century London.

Why a grey squirrel is really puzzling people.

On comforted widowers.

The murder spree committed by four sisters.

The first cocktail.

Elephants call each other by name.

The first RV.

The Coroner's Records for 18th century Bombay.

The earliest known record of Jesus' childhood.

The mysterious Singapore Stone.

The good side to feeling bad.

The days of dangerous dirigibles.

Promoting Early Modern travel.

A tour of Fulham Palace.

The 34 cats of Jack's Restaurant.

Georgian-era rings.

The people who survived the destruction of Pompeii.

The latest research into that classic hotspot for The Weird, Rennes-le-Château.

A haunted dairy pit.

The first female helicopter rescue pilot.

An ancient pet cemetery.

An Irish UFO.

The search for telepathy.

A look at the "Silk Road."

In which we learn that Zimbabwe police are being attacked by goblins.

The waters at Bath really do have healing properties.

A royal wet nurse who went on to murder her children.

A lost Caribbean Utopia.

The life of Marguerite de Valois.

That's all for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll meet some Mexican ghosts.  In the meantime, bring on the bagpipes!


  1. The murderous Mexican sisters show that women don't lag behind men when it comes to cruel homicidal tendencies. There must've been something seriously wrong with their dna. It makes sense that if honey is connected greatly with death, then bees should be kept apprised of passings. And the story of Fulham Palace is interesting and the pictures beautiful, but the author needed to check the spell-check: "an implacable classically-proportioned facade". Impeccable, perhaps? Unless there really was no calming that facade.

  2. 'The earliest known record of Jesus' childhood' is no record at all. It's surprising that the Daily Mail editors were ignorant enough to describe it that way. The fragment they refer to comes from the 'Infancy Gospel of Thomas', which early Christian writers recognized as clearly fictional. If the 'Infancy Gospel of Thomas' is a record of Christ, then Shakespeare's 'Julius Caesar' is a history of ancient Rome.


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