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  • History Roundup 802: Weird Customs March 29, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups

    Today’s links follow

    1) Selling Husband: US

    2) Woman in Black and Criminals: the streets

    3) Mole Fortune Telling: our take on the same (someone should do a doctorate, there is a lot of stuff…)

    4) Unusual Forms of Telegraph: France

    5) Early Vaccines: not the lab

    and from the archives

    6) Buried in a Fish

    Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Other links: One of the great human stories, colonising the Pacific islands

    Daily History Picture: Young Stalin March 29, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Young Stalin

    Such a nice young fellow.

    In Search of the Anomaly Gap, 1700-1800 March 29, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    In Search of the Anomaly Gap, 1700-1800

    Beach has noted before on this site the way that in the enlightenment there is an ‘anomaly gap’. It becomes, from about 1700 to 1800, unfashionable to speak about the paranormal, even in jesting terms. Actually this is a very approximate rule. In Beach’s experience some forms of the supernatural are acceptable. For instance, ghosts […]

    History Roundup 801: War Tales March 28, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 801: War Tales

    Today’s links follow 1) Germany’s Greatest Success in WW1: Africa 2) Cold War Escape: Japan 3) Native American Carvings in WW1: France 4) Psychic Cold War: US 5) Crossword Coincidences: UK and from the archives 6) Ancient or Modern Soldiers More Likely to Die? Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: […]

    Daily History Picture: Snogging Death March 28, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Snogging Death

    The horror…

    Nude Ghosts March 28, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Nude Ghosts

    We looked recently at the phenomenon of ghost larks, young men and women, pretending to be ghosts for various motives. On that occasion the sub category of nude ghosts were missed out entirely, but as bizarre history is an exercise in completion here goes. An interesting number of ‘ghosts’ turned out to be local streakers. […]

    History Roundup 800: Supernatural Shenanigans March 27, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 800: Supernatural Shenanigans

    Today’s links follow 1) Vapour Man: US 2) A Demon Who Saved His Soul: Syria 3) Bottle Ghost: Italy 4) Great Cursed Ghost Family: Wales 5) Haunted Pubs: UK and from the archives 6) Why Did the Axis Fight the US? Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Genesis, Supper’s […]

    Daily History Picture: End of the World March 27, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: End of the World

    St John (right) peers into the future…

    A Green Stranger or Angel or Fairy? March 27, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    A Green Stranger or Angel or Fairy?

    Lots of supernatural creatures from the Green Knight to aliens are green: and the general, though by no means universal opinion of folklorists has been that green is for vegetation. Here is one reference from the late 17C* that has  confused Beach. We are in Westmorland in north-west England and this is from a one […]

    New History Books: Milton, Churchill’s Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare March 26, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Milton, Churchill's Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare

    Giles Milton, Churchill’s Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare Another British brains vs Nazi brawn?

    Review: The Lost Story of the William & Mary March 26, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Review: The Lost Story of the William & Mary

    There is a new series of history books, products of the internet age, that have amateur historians putting together works that are, often, better than those by professional historians. The reason for the success of these amateurs is simple. They concentrate on contemporary sources, sources that are now increasingly available online for those ready to […]

    New History Books: Bosworth, Claretta: Mussolini’s Last Lover March 25, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Bosworth, Claretta: Mussolini's Last Lover

    R. J. B. Bosworth, Claretta Mussolini’s Last Lover Really the woman of Mussolini’s life. This is the book that Beach most wants to read this month…

    Victorian Urban Legends: Wellington’s Breeches March 25, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Victorian Urban Legends: Wellington's Breeches

    Nice 19C story. Mrs. Loudon was lately in the neighbourhood of Strathsfieldsaye, and being always anxious to visit spots remarkable for fine specimens of the vegetable world, and hearing that she was likely to gratify her taste at the gardens of the Duke of Wellington, she wrote to His Grace, conveying her special desire to […]

    History Roundup 799: Water, Water… March 24, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 799: Water, Water...

    Today’s links follow 1) Taking the Waters: Buxton 2) Visiting the Titanic: Ocean bottom 3) Water Wonderworld: San Francisco 4) Tides: Bookstore 5) Dam! China and from the archives 6) Ghost Horror! Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Dambusters

    Daily History Picture: George Tames the Dragon March 24, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: George Tames the Dragon

    Kill a dragon, yes; tell stories about him; but please don’t ever turn him into a dog…

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