"...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 12, 2017

Weekend Link Dump

This week's Link Dump is sponsored by Zen Cat, Lord of the Green Onions.

Who the hell was Mary Checkley?

Who the hell was this San Francisco girl?  Now we know!

Why the hell did Agatha Christie disappear?

Where the hell is H.H. Holmes?

How the hell did Dorothy Kilgallen die?

If Napoleon were alive today, he'd be the guy hogging the line at Starbucks.

A story of Japanese reincarnation.

The Devil thinks he's getting a wine bar, winds up with a church instead. Hilarity ensues.

Coconut water, anyone?  With a monster chaser?

Those ever-popular letters from the grave.

A dissertation on American tobacco juice spitting.

Rossetti and the Pre-Raphaelites.

Dolphin folklore.

A legal case involving a severed finger.

A coachman's mysterious marriage.

A hot air balloon in ancient Greece.  Maybe.

An ancient explorer in the Arctic.  Maybe.

Ancient bodies in trees.  Maybe.

An ancient Chinese in London.  This one seems pretty definite.

More from the "We don't know jack about human history" file.

Victorian ballroom etiquette.

This week's Advice From Thomas Morris:  How not to work in a bobbin factory.

Related:  People find the oddest ways to die.

An execution related to one of my favorite moments in Weird History, the Affair of the Poisons.

The first great Frost Fair.

Let's talk about the booming trade in fake corpses.

A toad and a bearded female saint.

A Derbyshire "Lover's Leap."

A forgotten American patriot.

The animals who served in WWI.

A haunted colliery.

A village of Generals.

All you need to know about medieval dragons.

Two very different births in the Tower of London.

A look at Walpurgis Night.

Thus ends yet another Link Dump.  See you on Monday, when we'll be looking at a spiritualist's mysterious death.  In the meantime, here's some Buddy Holly.


  1. It's no wonder this James Otis, Jr. did not appear in American history texts. Knowing the American Revolution was fomented by a bar-brawler with a history of mental instability, who was then struck by lightning (?!?!) puts an entirely different spin on the subject. To a religious generation, this would definitely seem like a divine judgment on the whole political enterprise.

    P.S. - If I ever get around to writing an alternative history based on these events, history will probably blame YOU, Undine, for bringing this subject to my attention.

    P.P.S. - When I tried to publish this comment last time, I was misdirected to another webpage, then the backspace key told me I needed to re-send the data to retrieve the comments page, then I got another "OOPS" saying they couldn't retrieve the page and I should try refreshing it, and when it finally came up, my comment had disappeared into the colorless, un-inky vastness of cyberspace. If I believed in Stephen King's "Urs" and freaky enforcers trying to prevent news of the different "Ur" worlds from bleeding into each other, I might suspect someone really doesn't want an alternative history written with James Otis, Jr. as the star.

  2. i really enjoy your blog , I'm an avid history nut( please don't delete me for saying I'm a nut) will definitely send friends to visit your blog, please keep them coming. p.s. i also get out of bed on the wrong side on days ending in "y"


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