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  • Beachcombed 76 October 1, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed

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    Dear Reader, What a month. A phantom pregnancy (farce and fear), watching a five year old start school (tragedy), and lots of book editing (the highlight?), then there has been the fun of the American elections and new students (outstanding classes). There follow the c. 10000 most interesting words sent in to StrangeHistory. Thanks to all contributors and linkers…

    Have a great October!

    Beach

    Bosom Lizards in Ireland: Davide Ermacora on Irish bosom snakes…

    Bottomless Pit in the Californian Desert: Ruth, KMH and Bruce T on the dreadful Manson…

    British Shell Shock: Scepticism from several readers…

    Earliest Optography: The great Filip G has trumped me by ten years…

    Floating Islands: Various readers with various islands…

    Gaelic-Speaking Russians in 1914: Lewis gives us some hard monoglot figures…

    How Fast Do Fairies Fly?: Ruth in WA invoking ET…

    Italians in the Wind: Judith from Zenobia on young Italians at foreign universities….

    Paleo Family Planning Today? Malcolm S on numbers of children…

    Remembering the Strips: Ruth B remembers rolling buffalo…

    Sewer Snakes: KMH on rattlesnakes…

    Shaman’s Apprenticeship: Norm K and Floodmouse on that crucial ten percent…

    Stephen King and the Source of Bye Bye Man? Hyperborean and Jerr on other possible sources…

    Strange Labrador Monster: Peter Muise from New England Folklore on a parallel from the south…

    The Itza: Louis on another hold out further to the south…

    The King and Country Debate: Bruce T on mass media…

    The Red Hand: Southern Man with still more data…

    The Rights and Wrongs of Killing Mussolini: Bruce T with a fine polemic for…

    Tripadvisor Ghosts: Chris from Haunted Ohio Books on pre-knowledge….

    Urban Legend Snowballs: Bruce T on rainfall and snowfall…

    Zombie Contagion: Jerr and Leif on Night of the Living Dead…

    History Roundup 703 including Scroll Decoded September 30, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 703 including Scroll Decoded

    Today’s links follow 1) Dearest Georgy: England 2) Museum Body: US 3) Carnegie’s Libraries: All over 4) Scroll Decoded: Israel 5) New Rock Carving Discovery: Scotland and from the archives 6) Italy’s World War Disaster Other links: fighting in Italian parliament strangehistorylinksATgmailDOTcom for consideration of links

    Index Biography #34: Prize a book September 30, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Index Biography #34: Prize a book

    ***Congrats to Melissa for getting this one*** The Index Biography is a new form of biography pioneered by this blog and introduced in a previous post. The creator must find a biography of a famous individual from history, they must turn to the index and write down eight peripheral facts about the individual’s life. We offered […]

    History Roundup 702 including Roman Showers and Drone Archaeologists September 29, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 702 including Roman Showers and Drone Archaeologists

    Today’s links follow 1) White King: Kenya 2) Afro-Creole Spiritualists: the Americas 3) Roman Showers: the Empire 4) Drone Archaeologists: Italy 5) 10 Non-Existent Places: the globe and from the archives 6) Joan’s Voices Other links: shaman’s last apprentice strangehistorylinksATgmailDOTcom for consideration of links

    Daily History Picture: Civil War Skulls September 29, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Civil War Skulls

    Sometime after the Battle of the Wilderness…

    Pook’s Hill and Kipling September 29, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Pook's Hill and Kipling

    There are two versions of the history of Pook’s Hill: the official version; and the official-official version. First, the official version. Kipling wrote in the Edwardian period a book for his children about English history: Puck of Pook’s Hill, published in 1906. A fairy, Puck, introduces Kipling’s two children to the marvelous wonders of the […]

    History Roundup 701 including Fairy Blasts September 28, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 701 including Fairy Blasts

    Today’s links follow 1) Michaelangelo’s hidden pictures: Florence 2) Joe Reap: US 3) Fairy Blast: Ireland etc 4) Soviets Map US: Washington 5) Coloured Statues: Greece and from the archives 6) Sunk three times in an hour Other links: interesting British illegal killings in the six counties strangehistorylinksATgmailDOTcom for consideration of links

    Daily History Picture: Skating in Early 1800s September 28, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Skating in Early 1800s

    Love the ‘Dangerous’ and the little girl…

    The Unquiet Dead September 28, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    The Unquiet Dead

    The unquiet dead. One put his head on a railway line and was decapitated by an obliging train. One was stabbed between twenty and thirty times by her ex boyfriend. The third was drowned in a canoeing accident late one night. These three incidents are the closest that Beach has come to violent death. Happily […]

    History Roundup 700 including Atom Bombs and Fire Pillars September 27, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 700 including Atom Bombs and Fire Pillars

    Today’s links follow 1) Five Men Watch Exploding Atom Bomb: …. 2) Fire Pillar: Egypt 3) Bible from Plato! Ancient Med 4) Listen to Otzi: Alps 5) George Washington and the Donkey: US and from the archives 6) Roman adventures in Ethiopia Other links: Mumford and Sons, I’m on Fire strangehistorylinksATgmailDOTcom for consideration of links

    Daily History Picture: Knights of the Circumference September 27, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Knights of the Circumference

    Bit weak, but it appealed…

    A Goat, A Man and Two Prostitutes September 27, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    A Goat, A Man and Two Prostitutes

    Beach recently ran across this sordid but fascinating episode in Otis, Prostitution in Medieval Society (71). Those of a sensitive disposition might just want to go and do the washing up now. Those who are determined to read on prepare yourselves… Significant, too, is the Venetian court register that records, in the trial of a […]

    History Roundup 699 including Ancient Cats and Dogs September 26, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 699 including Ancient Cats and Dogs

    Today’s links follow 1) Ancient Dogs Hunters? Japan 2) World’s Most Ancient Population: Australia 3) Colourised Photos: US 4) Disabled Grave: US (reminded me of this) 5) Ancient Cat Journeys: all over… and from the archives 6) Written gibberish and magic Other links: ghost riders, something so fascinatingly kitsch about DO staring at Jacob strangehistorylinksATgmailDOTcom […]

    Daily History Picture: Siegfried Sassoon Autograph Copy September 26, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Siegfried Sassoon Autograph Copy

    ‘Good morning! Good morning’ the general said

    Alabama Treasure Ghosts September 26, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Alabama Treasure Ghosts

    Some enjoyable treasure ghosts from the deep south… Though  this tract is now largely cleared and settled, these  traditions and ghost stories are still told and  believed by the negroes, Creoles, and ignorant  whites, Poinquinette, an old Creole fisherman and  a repository of interesting lore, has related some  of his personal encounters with the Magazine […]

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