Friday, June 20, 2014

The Drainage Ditch Weekly Link Round-Up

You're probably wondering how on earth a drainage ditch figures into this week's link round-up. Did I fall in one? Did someone dig one along my property line? Did I find treasure in one? No to all of the aforementioned. This weekend I spent two afternoons out in the pool during high winds, and I think I inhaled every speck of dirt and pollen that was in the air. Now all that lovely soup is draining down the back of my throat, and I feel awful. In fact, I'd much rather be laying across the bed with a good book (an ARC of A.D. Scott's The Low Road, as a matter of fact).

Just let me throw a rope on these here links and tie 'em down good, and then I'll be outta here! (I swear... I haven't been reading any Holmes on the Range mysteries...yet!)

Book News

Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones
  • After having read Empty Mansions, a book about Huguette Clark, I couldn't resist sharing an article about some of her possessions that were sold at auction.
  • Payback was swift for a boy who sneaked into an abandoned house: he discovered a mummified corpse in the closet.
  • It's nice to get some good news once in a while, as long as we don't rest on those laurels. The rarest whale on earth is bouncing back from the brink of extinction.
  • A miniature skull model found by a German couple may have been made by Leonardo da Vinci.
  • A deep-diving exosuit allows scientists to explore a 2,000-year-old shipwreck.
  • Last week it was a beached whale, this week a hidden man has been revealed in a Picasso painting.
  • The remains of an "end of the world" epidemic have been found in ancient Egypt.
  • I loved the story of the disappearing D-Day veteran, Bernard Jordan.
  • A bachelor party in New Mexico discovered a 3 million-year-old elephant skull. Why can't I ever discover something like that?!?
  • Russia's Popigai meteor crash has been linked to mass extinction.
  • Art looted by the Nazis could be hiding in plain sight on the walls of Europe's great museums.
  • Historians think they have tracked down the remains of Vlad the Impaler (Dracula).
  • 100 years later, a soldier's story shows the tragedy of World War I.
  • Poachers massacre elephants in a national park in the Congo. And before you think all the poaching occurs outside the United States, how about our own national parks that are dealing with theft?
  • Ancient Mayan altars and sculpted artwork have been discovered in Guatemala.
  • The ocean to end all oceans have been discovered near the Earth's core.

Book Candy

I  ♥  Lists & Quizzes

That's all for this week. Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll have a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure. Have a great weekend!


  1. Cathy - Oh, I hope you feel better soon! Get some rest! And thanks for those links. I love the historical theme in some of these. I wonder if they really have found Vlad the Impaler's remains...

    1. It certainly would be interesting if they have!


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