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  • New History Books: The Cyclist February 26, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books

    Tim Moore, The Cyclist Who Went Out in the Cold

    Stories of riding behind and around the Iron Curtain.

    Immortal Meals #31: Molecular Gastronomy, 1910? February 26, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Immortal Meals #31: Molecular Gastronomy, 1910?

    In December 1910 a Dr. Stillman, head of the laboratory at the Stevens Institute of Technology, New York, decided to offer some lucky guests a synthetic meal: ‘On the side table were test tubes, bunsen burners, retorts, bottles of various reagents, and so forth.’ Do we glimpse here the beginning of molecular gastronomy? The menu […]

    New History Books: House of the Dead February 25, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: House of the Dead

    Daniel Beer, The House of the Dead Chilly Siberia before the Soviets.

    Prayer Book Marriage Spell February 25, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Prayer Book Marriage Spell

    Location: Magic spells for determining future husbands and wives are to be found throughout Britain. But spells usually involve church porches. This spell with a prayer book is only to be found in the English west country. Aim: To see your future spouse. Ingredients: table, fire, food, drink, prayer book, attractive partner. Method: West Country Spell […]

    History Roundup 781: Curious 19C Habits February 24, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 781: Curious 19C Habits

    Today’s links follow 1) Dining in the Pyramids: Egypt 2) Spanking Machines: Imagination 3) Self Electrocution: UK 4) Marrying Many: Pacific 5) Women Living Together: Wales 6) Victorian Breast Feeding Photographs: Studio (?!) and from the archives 6) Meteorite Weapons Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Irish Airman Forsees […]

    Daily History Picture: Faceless Buddha February 24, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Faceless Buddha

    The magnificent buddhas of Bamiyan

    Working Class Professors in the Nineteenth Century February 24, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Working Class Professors in the Nineteenth Century

    Imagine that you are born in the industrial heartlands of England to a working class family in the mid nineteenth-century. Aged six you are already sent out to earn a crust: let’s say you have to drive a donkey for a cruel master. You never get an education worth the name and still by your […]

    History Roundup 780: Grave Accounts February 23, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 780: Grave Accounts

    Today’s links follow 1) Boat Graves: China 2) Mass Grave: US 3) Magnus’ Face: Orkney 4) Mysterious Animal Burials: England 5) Full Boat Burial: Scotland and from the archives 6) Somers Affair Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Col Tempo Sai

    Daily History Picture: Cat Deities and Boxes February 23, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Cat Deities and Boxes

    Sorry…

    History Roundup 779: Supernatural Encounters February 22, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 779: Supernatural Encounters

    Today’s links follow 1) Ghosts and Country Music: US 2) Wollaton Gnomes: Britain 3) Fairy Tale Creatures: All Over 4) Churchill and Aliens: Outer Space 5) Devil: Cairo and from the archives 6) Last Zombie Burial? Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Is human evolution over?

    Daily History Picture: Selling Coats February 22, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Selling Coats

    Selling coats Danish style: Copenhagen 1936

    Victorian Urban Legends: Sewer Wealth February 21, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Victorian Urban Legends: Sewer Wealth

    Sewer stories… Several years ago a little German Jew, named Schwartz, believing that in the sewers of New York might be found many articles of value which had been lost, entered them, and for three days wandered through the labyrinth. He was very successful, picking up some 27,000 dols. worth of jewellery, spoons, forks, &c.; […]

    History Roundup 778: Animal Tales February 21, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 778: Animal Tales

    Today’s links follow 1) Electrocuting Animals: the lab 2) The Most Amazing Dog: Germany 3) Elephant Trunks and Trumpets: Medieval Europe 4) Rich Dogs: India 5) Hunting for the ‘Fox‘: Scotland and from the archives 6) Knights and Lightning Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Mending marriages with hallucinogens, Inspector […]

    Daily History Picture: Electric Fairy February 21, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Electric Fairy

    British exhibition in the 1950s. A fairy shows children how electrical appliances will transform the home…

    History Roundup 777: Curse Stories February 20, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 777: Curse Stories

    Today’s links follow 1) My Fatal Valentine: US 2) Black Pearl Earthquake: Pacific 3) Lincoln’s Pockets: US 4) Tute’s Curse: Egypt 5) Curse of the Monkey God: the Jungle 6) Cursed Poll: US and from the archives 7) Lost Saucy Roman History Book Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: […]

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