Information about the lock of hair that was cut from the head of composer Ludwig van Beethoven after his death. Discusses scientific tests that were performed on the lock of hair, including trace metals and DNA analyses, and a 2000 press release about the discovery of high levels of lead in his hair (may have contributed to his death). Some broken …
Subject: Beethoven, Ludwig Van, 1770-1827; Beethoven, Ludwig Van, 1770-1827 — Relics; Hair; Trace Evidence; Forensic Sciences
Secrets of the Dead
This site is a companion to a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) series in which crime scene investigation techniques meet history. Topics include the chemistry of the disaster of the airship Hindenburg, contaminated food as a potential cause of the abnormal behavior associated with the Salem witches, and what started the great fire in Rome. Include …
Subject: Criminal Investigation; Forensic Sciences; Crime Scene Searches
This companion site to the book "Molvania: A Land Untouched by Modern Dentistry" will have you reaching for your atlas. This spoof site is designed to poke fun at the way tourists have come to rely on travel guides. Like those resources, this site includes information on the history and culture of this non-existent country, as well as pho …
Subject: Imaginary Places; Tourism; Wit And Humor; Toasted, Mostly
The Republic of Cascadia: Sasquatch Militia
(Note: This is a humorous entry.) This recruitment site for the fictional militia from the equally fictional Republic of Cascadia features a mission statement from the Bureau of Sasquatch Affairs (BSA), news stories and discussions of Sasquatch issues such as tree octopus protection versus Sasquatch traditions, media portrayals of Sasquatch, and tr …
Subject: Northwest, Pacific — Humor; Sasquatch; Imaginary Places — Militia; Wit And Humor
The Republic of Cascadia
This humorous, fictional site declares that "the former American states of Oregon and Washington and the former Canadian province of British Columbia must join together as a sovereign nation. Only then can we have self-determination and take our rightful place in the Global Community." Includes statistics, a fact sheet, pictures of the Ca …
Subject: Imaginary Places; Northwest, Pacific — Humor; Wit And Humor
Gumshoes, Sleuths & Snoopers
This site "provides an in-depth look at 185 detective and mystery novels originally published during the period 1930-1960. It is the result of a collaborative effort in which volunteers … provided detailed information about plot, setting, characters and other thematic factors for each title." Browsable, or searchable by title, publisher …
Subject: Detective And Mystery Stories; Pulp Literature; Literature — Stories, Plots, Etc.
Stop, You’re Killing Me!
At this site, done by a mystery lover, you can search for mysteries by author or series character. The character index may be searched in a number of ways, including occupation, location, diversity, and historical period. Includes links to over three hundred author pages and annotated links to other mystery resources.
Subject: Detective And Mystery Stories
Information on selected megalithic sites in several European countries. For each country, a list of available stone circles, dolmens, standing stones, cairns, barrows, and hillforts is provided. Each site is described with locations, sizes, and photos. Greatest depth is England, followed by Scotland and Ireland. France, Italy, and Wales are also in …
Subject: Megalithic Monuments — Europe; Science And Technology–Physics–Mechanics; Entertainment & Leisure–Outdoor Recreation–Amusement Parks
Dew’s Agatha Christie Mystery Site
Useful unofficial fan site with general information on the author’s life, novels, short story collections, plays, detective characters and allies, recurring and other characters, use of weapons, nursery rhymes, passages from other authors, and random facts. Includes lists of "must-reads."
Subject: Christie, Agatha, 1890-1976; Authors, English — 20th Century; Detective And Mystery Stories; People
The History of the Metropolitan Police
Includes a timeline history (1829 to the present) of the London police force; a list of officers killed in the line of duty; a brief definition and history of policing; and information on the Service’s archives, the Crime Museum at Scotland Yard, and famous cases (Jack the Ripper, Brighton Trunk Murders, Dr. Crippen, Cecil Court Antique Shop Murder …
Subject: Great Britain. Metropolitan Police Office — History; Police — England — London — History
Jack Hamann, Rewriting History in "American Soil"
This companion to a National Public Radio (NPR) program features the text of the first chapter of "On American Soil." Using declassified evidence, Hamann revisits the hanging of an Italian prisoner of war near a U.S. Army base in Washington state and the subsequent court martial of African American soldiers charged with the assault. Inclu …
Subject: World War, 1939-1945; Prisoners Of War; Prison Riots — Washington (State) — Seattle; Fort Lawton (Seattle, Wash.) — History
The Murder of Emmett Till
Companion to a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) American Experience program about the 1955 murder of a northern black teenager after he whistled at a white woman in Mississippi. "Till’s death was a spark that helped mobilize the civil rights movement." The site features a timeline, information about people and events (such as lynching in …
Subject: Till, Emmett, 1941-1955; Lynching; Trials (Murder); African Americans — History; Southern States — Race Relations; People
Interesting Things for ESL Students
Full of "word games, puzzles, quizzes, slang, proverbs," American English pronunciation exercises, and more to help individuals learn English. Some lists are designed for Japanese speakers.
Subject: English Language — Study And Teaching — Foreign Speakers; Teaching — Aids And Devices; Entertainent & Leisure–Movies–Film Festivals
Drought for Kids
Describes what drought is ("not just a lack of rainfall"), and explains how droughts are tracked, the damage they can cause, and how to plan ahead and conserve water. Offers career information about people who study droughts and climate. Includes a glossary, maps and graphs, and a game area with crosswords and jigsaw puzzles. From the Nat …