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  • New History Books: Beethoven’s Skull December 3, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books

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    Tim Rayborn, Beethoven’s Skull: weird stories form classical music….

    Salamander Experiments in Rome December 3, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Salamander Experiments in Rome

    A short note today from a curious book entitled Salamandrologia published in 1683 in Nuremberg, about, of course, Salamanders, p. 116, the mythical fire dwelling lizard: it is a surprisingly long work and worth browsing through. Here is one fragment. It would be good to trace the original down in Italian, German or Latin. It […]

    Child Murder in a London Church? December 2, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Child Murder in a London Church?

    This is an extraordinary story about child murder in a London church. In fact, the real story here – thinking of this site’s interest in urban legend and rumour – is the power of a freak event involving bodies to whip a working class area into a frenzy, but we’ll get to that…. In August […]

    Beachcombed 78 December 1, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 78

    Crikey, well this has been another dramatic month… Beach has been in intense contract negotiations and will now leave his old institute and go and work in another one: he was given an offer he could not refuse and 72 hours to decide, the next three days were a sort of gnawing hell. Many times […]

    History Roundup 744 including Merlin’s Cave November 30, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 744 including Merlin's Cave

    1) Selfie Destroys Statue: Lisbon 2) Shakespeare Writes for One Theatre: Stage 3) Merlin’s Cave: London 4) US Chips, Soviet Disaster: Cold War 5) Hoard of Islamic Silver: Scandinavia and from the archives 6) Astarte’s Pierced Nipples Other links: Lost Princess (bless her) Don’t believe this for a second, though sure the SA family sincere, […]

    Daily History Picture: German Cameraman November 30, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: German Cameraman

    This German war correspondent hidden behind a Russian tank in 1942 when there were still good things to report.

    Index Biography #36: Prize a book November 30, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Index Biography #36: Prize a book

    ***Melissa got this, scroll down for the result*** 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 […]

    History Roundup 743 including Oldest Dentures and Oldest Alphabet November 29, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 743 including Oldest Dentures and Oldest Alphabet

    1) Asian Robin Hood’s Grave: Siberia 2) Thinking Man: Israel 3) World’s Oldest Dentures: Italy 4) New Inscriptions: Black Desert 5) Oldest Alphabet: Hebrew and from the archives 6) Earliest Written Reference to Britannia Other links: Del Amitri, Driving with the Brakes On (a song about abortion)

    Daily History Picture: Bombers Back November 29, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Bombers Back

    British and Dominion bombers back from a raid over Germany, 2 March 1944

    Immortal Meals #30: Avendaño’s Anxious Banquet November 29, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Immortal Meals #30: Avendaño's Anxious Banquet

    Imagine going to a banquet and not being sure if you are to eat or be eaten. Welcome to the world of Andrés de Avendaño y Loyola, a seventeenth-century Franciscan who walked into the territory of the Itza (a forgotten kingdom previously celebrated on this blog) in 1696. Avendaño was brave. Many other missionaries had […]

    History Roundup 742 including Druggy Dinner and Eating a Mammoth November 28, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 742 including Druggy Dinner and Eating a Mammoth

    1) Druggy Dinner Party: Scotland 2) Early Domesticated Turkeys: Mexico 3) Unusual Alcohol from History: Prehistory and on 4) World’s Oldest Beer Yeast: Australia 5) Eating a Mammoth: Prehistory and from the archives 6) First Funeral Wreath Other links:  [in contract negotiations this week]

    Daily History Picture: Giant Typewriter November 28, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Giant Typewriter

    Asinine typewriter at New York Trade Fair 1940: note text…

    Victorian Urban Legend: Pickpocket Death November 28, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Victorian Urban Legend: Pickpocket Death

    Beach has taken great joy over the years in celebrating the Victorian pickpocket. This figure, a positive urban legend magnet, offers a lot of fun to the casual reader. Here is a particularly nice story, the hero (or antagonist?) is Mr White a good and honest preacher. He has been told that a man is dying […]

    New History Books: Able Archer 83 November 27, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Able Archer 83

    Nate Jones, Able Archer 83, when NATO almost scared the politburo into World War III.

    The Battle of the Three Kings November 27, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    The Battle of the Three Kings

    The Battle of Alcácer Quibir (the Battle of the Three Kings), fought in Morocco in 1578, was a freaky melee. It involved Sebastian of Portugal (obit 1578) and his Arabic patsy Abu Abdallah Mohammed II Saadi (obit 1578), the old sultan of Morocco, who both fought against Abu Abdallah’s uncle, the new sultan of Morocco, […]

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