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  • History Roundup 899: Supernatural September 20, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups

    Today’s links follow

    1) Book Review: Ohio

    2) Creepy Naked Women: Ireland

    3) Folklore Dictionaries: the library

    4)  Nazis and Magic: Germany
    5) Creepy Clowns: the street
    and from the archives

    6) Africa First Flier?

    Other links: Off drugs

    Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: British Balloon September 20, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: British Balloon

     

    History Roundup 898: Lost Things September 19, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 898: Lost Things

    Today’s links follow 1) Lost Languages: Egypt 2) Lost Dreams: Prehistory 3) Lost Sounds: London 4) Lost Loves: England 5) Lost Coins: UK and from the archives 6) Luftwaffe and Rabbits Other links: Fiasco: America in Iraq Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: Woman in a Bottle September 19, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Woman in a Bottle

    1956

    History Roundup 897: Legends and Urban Myths September 18, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 897: Legends and Urban Myths

    Today’s links follow 1) Cayman and Taxes: Caribbean 2) WW1 Tales: Western Front 3) Meat! US 4) Legends and History and Geology: India 5) Indian Urban Legends: Washington and from the archives 6) White Horses and Sex Other links: Maybe I’m Amazed Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: Blake Brings Light September 18, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Blake Brings Light

    A discovery of the summer. Love this.

    Mermaid Monday: Connomara Siren September 18, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Mermaid Monday: Connomara Siren

    Mermaid Monday continues with this gem from western Ireland Galway. The earliest record found so far dates to 22 Sep 1819, Saunder’s Newsletter, 2-3 with the title ‘Mermaid’. However, the originally allegedly (non vidi) appeared in the Galway Advertiser 19 Sep. Naturalists have hitherto doubted of the existence of mermaids and mermen; we have it […]

    War Heroes’ Bones for Manure in Scotland September 17, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    War Heroes' Bones for Manure in Scotland

    We have seen on this site, several times, urban legends about body parts being used in industrial production: fat for glass or telegraph wires; body parts for soap, something, of course, found too in the First World War. The following story is a not so elaborate practical joke but the attitudes behind it suggest that […]

    The Origins of Jill the Ripper September 16, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Origins of Jill the Ripper

    There has long been a minority opinion that Jack the Ripper was a woman: the so-called ‘Jill the Ripper theory’. It is often said that the theory begins with William Douglas Steward, Jack The Ripper: A New Theory in 1939. Steward established to his own satisfaction, that Jill was a deranged midwife. But Steward was […]

    1816 Flight Attempt in Paris September 15, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    1816 Flight Attempt in Paris

    Prepare to be humiliated. Your name is Guillaume, the years is 1816, and you have convinced yourself that it is possible to fly with wings attached to your puny arms. Yes, this is the age of balloons, but surely man can climb into the sky practically unassisted? Now you are in a great tradition, a […]

    History Roundup 896: Archaeology September 15, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 896: Archaeology

    Today’s links follow 1) Prince in the Ground: Siberia 2) Neanderthal Technology: Prehistory 3) New Luxor Tomb: Egypt 4) Amateur’s Mosaic Finding: UK 5) Digging Up Edison: US and from the archives 6) Lincoln and the Angels Other links: The Faun Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: Trans-Atlantic Spelling September 15, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Trans-Atlantic Spelling

    Sorry…

    Annie Kidnapped by the Fairies September 14, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Annie Kidnapped by the Fairies

    A very short post today as Beach has to deal with some pesky leprechauns. Annie McIntire, a venerable county Derry woman, has a sublime faith in the fairies. When being examined at a meeting of the Limavady Pension Committee as to her age, she fixed the time of her birth as Hallowe’en in 1839 giving […]

    History Roundup 895: Unusual Customs and Places September 14, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 895: Unusual Customs and Places

    Today’s links follow 1) Sea Silk: Italy 2) Savage Slavery: Senegal 3) Faked Civil War Photos: US 4) Penis Slicing: Paris 5) Slang: England and from the archives 6) Jesus in Japan Other links: Niall Ferguson interview (better on Kissinger than on Brexit etc) Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: Monsters September 14, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Monsters

    This was allegedly born in Kracow.

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