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  • Jan Ziska, the Human Drum? April 23, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    Jan Ziska, the Human Drum?

    One-eyed Jan Ziska was one of the wildest and the best of the generals of the late medieval religious wars. As a Hussite he defended his people, predominantly Czechs, from carnivorous Catholic neighbours and his enemies breathed a huge sigh of relief when, in 1424, JZ was struck down by the plague. However, one of […]

    History Roundup 75 including Hitler’s Secret Disease April 22, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 75 including Hitler's Secret Disease

    Today’s post is on last ww1 casualty 1) 3d WW1 Photos: Explosive! 2) Napoleonic Porn Film: from the archive but good 3) Hitler and his Secret Disease: Parkinsons? 4) Lincoln Assassination: in Police Blotter 5) Volvelles: Paper Computers! 6) Napoleonic Skeleton: in Hampshire! And from the Archives 7) The Maine Penny: My fave wrong place […]

    Last Casualty of the Great War? April 22, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Last Casualty of the Great War?

    The last death in the Great War took place, as is often the case with such conflagarations, long after most of those involved had put down their weapons. 21 June 1919, the German High Fleet had illegally scuttled itself at Scapa Flow in Orkney, the island group to the north of Britain. The aftermath was […]

    History Roundup 74 including CIA and Fat Chuckling Laugh April 21, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 74 including CIA and Fat Chuckling Laugh

    Today’s post is a remarkable photo recalling the realities of the American death penalty. Meanwhile, Mrs B continues to be ill so all shorter than I had hoped here… At least got to introduce the kids to the Muppet Show. 1) A Grave in Caanan: elite tomb 2) Mindblowing Underground Tunnels: Quinat Firaun 3) Good […]

    Image: Bloody Babs Says Goodbye to Tommy April 21, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Image: Bloody Babs Says Goodbye to Tommy

    Barbara Graham was executed by the State of California, June 3 1955, in the gas chamber at St Quentin: she had been found guilty of the murder of one Mabel Monahan, an elderly lady. There are some questions about her guilt. Perhaps we can lay this to rest, immediately, by noting that whether BG actually […]

    History Roundup 73 including Mayor Killing and Speeding Easter Bunny April 20, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 73 including Mayor Killing and Speeding Easter Bunny

    First of all, happy easter to all, second apologies for the missed roundup yesterday but Mrs B is not very well at the moment. Today’s post is on the fireboy! 1) Killing the Mayor of NY: 100 years ago 2) Roman Port Digging: Tuscany 3) Speeding Easter Bunny: newspaper clipping 4) MACM: A Strange Classical […]

    John Farkas: Fire Boy! April 20, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    John Farkas: Fire Boy!

    John Farkas’ name seems to have flared up very briefly in history and then to have died down again just as quickly. Many of the things associated with John (Janos?) were, let’s say, poltergeist tricks and not that remarkable. But what about the fire? Note that this newsreport dates to 1921 and appeared in the […]

    Flirty Fishing: Evangelical Prostitution April 19, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Contemporary
    Flirty Fishing: Evangelical Prostitution

    The Children of God were a rather silly American Christian group, born in 1968, that went, however, almost immediately off the rails, rode down the sidings and ended up chugging along in the blackest, grimiest ditches known to human experience. They specialized, for one, in unusual sexual practices. Some of these are too sordid to […]

    History Roundup 72 including Orange Peel and Ice Outlaws April 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 72 including Orange Peel and Ice Outlaws

    Today’s post on Pearl Harbor and Britain 1) Fairbanks and Chaplin: do the world war thing 2) Fixed Wrestling Match: in antiquity 3) Chinese Propaganda Posters: on the environment… (look out for orange peel) 4) Creepy Jesuses: in Spain 5) Just Doing My Job: photos late 19 c ny 6) European Slaves East: I’d like […]

    Britain and Pearl Harbor April 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Britain and Pearl Harbor

    The whole question of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor has been mired for years in conspiracy theories. There are, naturally, huge problems with said conspiracy theories not least the motive of the American leadership in allowing the destruction of an important part of their Pacific Fleet; it is not as if Japan was being […]

    History Roundup 71 including Parisian Prostitutes and Nebraskan Sods April 17, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 71 including Parisian Prostitutes and Nebraskan Sods

    Today’s post on madness in Fiume. 1) Some important wisdom on history: smashing stuff! 2) More on the Siberian Mummies: the Persian evidence seems practically nil 3) Eighteenth Century Kid’s Manners: ‘always bow at home’ 4) Predicting Lincoln’s Death: every which way 5) Disecting a Sod House: down Nebraska way 6) Chilean Mummy and Poison: […]

    Fiume under D’Annunzio: An Incubator of Evil April 17, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Fiume under D'Annunzio: An Incubator of Evil

    ***Dedicated to Ray G*** Everyone has dreamed of walking through Kublai Khan’s ice palaces or straying into the outer reaches of Dante’s paradise (after St Bernard has spoken) or, for those with a rural bent, strolling through the wood of Keats’ nightingale. But one early twentieth-century community spent the best part of eighteen months in […]

    History Roundup 70 including the Real Flood and Persians in Siberia April 16, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 70 including the Real Flood and Persians in Siberia

    Today’s post on Zombies in 19 cent England 1) Mystery Siberian Graveyard: from Persia? 2) Weird and Sinister WW1 Propaganda Postcard: yuk 3) Spirit Photography Fakes: 19 cent 4) Earliest Sign of Humans in Scotland: an axe 5) New York in 1946: Neon pictures 6) Clippers and Coiners: early modern England 7) The Real Flood: […]

    Headless Witch Zombies in Nineteenth-Century England! April 16, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Headless Witch Zombies in Nineteenth-Century England!

    Strangehistory has given some publicity in the past to the peculiar custom, found throughout the English-speaking world and beyond, of blood-letting to break witchcraft: the victim must draw blood from the witch, preferably from the face. It would be pointless to give yet another example of this barbarity. But though blood-letting features in the following […]

    History Roundup 69 including Florence’s Vomitorium April 15, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 69 including Florence's Vomitorium

    1) Early, Early Rome: 200 years older than thought 2) Mummy in CT Scanner: more insights 3) The Plumber and Babe: Will, Money and Madness 4) Zepplins Over Edinburgh: 1916 5) Vomitorium Found in Florence: under Palazzo Vecchio 6) New York Remembers the Titanic: monuments etc 7) Titanic Premonitions: from Haunted Ohio and from our […]

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