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  • History Roundup 101 including Mormon Alphabets and Trojans vs the Pyramids May 23, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 101 including Mormon Alphabets and Trojans vs the Pyramids

    Today’s post is on the science of being pixy-led whereas today’s links are… 1) Trojans vs Egyptians!? Just possibly 2) Mormon Alphabet: Deseret, new to me… 3) High Court Keeps Richard III in Leicester: where he belongs! 4) Norman Victim? Lewes Skeleton 5) Titanic Survivor a Fake: Two-year old drowned 6) GeoPhysical Testing of the […]

    Science, Neurology and Being Misled by Fairies May 23, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Science, Neurology and Being Misled by Fairies

    All European fairy traditions have two features: kidnapped children (the changeling tradition) and misled travellers (the pixy-led tradition). Being pixy-led (a Cornish or Devon term originally but one that has come to apply to a much wider area) varies in different parts of the continent. But typically, it unwinds as follows. A man or a woman […]

    History Roundup 100 including Statues, (Human) Sacrifice and Saharan Art May 22, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 100 including Statues, (Human) Sacrifice and Saharan Art

    Things are tense here as the link function is down for some reason. While we are trying to resolve this I’ve put up links in word and hoped they carry over. Fingers crossed. So today’s post is on a duel in a battlefield, whereas today’s links… 1) Human Spear Sacrifice: in Salford! 2) More on […]

    A Duel in the Middle of a Battle! May 22, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    A Duel in the Middle of a Battle!

    Du ***Thanks to Chris S for sending this story in*** Attentive readers may have noted that StrangeHistory has recently been indulging in duel stories.  Today’s duel comes from the American Civil War and involves a confederate and a union soldier. Of course, the first reaction to any such story is the sheer redundance of this […]

    Slaughter Hounds in Celtic Ireland May 21, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval
    Slaughter Hounds in Celtic Ireland

    A recent story on the supposed archaeological discovery of shuck – [sorry can’t give links, wordpress playing up] – has set me thinking about large violent dogs in history, the way that ancient and medieval peoples used these animals and one particularly evil-sounding example: the Irish archu or slaughter hound. First, though, some background. Dogs, of […]

    History Roundup 99 including Ghost Towns, Ghosts with Muskets and Ghost Bison May 20, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 99 including Ghost Towns, Ghosts with Muskets and Ghost Bison

    Today’s post on the Kaiser in Holland: and the links… 1) Lost Village on the Border: Scotland 2) WW1, Eight Million Life Stories: almost as many as the deaths 3) Torpedo on Mainstreet: great election story 4) Soviet Ghost Town: Arctic Circle 5) Killer Aristocrat: 19 Cent France 6) Iron Magic in the Carrib: 18 […]

    Review: The Ex Kaiser in Exile May 20, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Review: The Ex Kaiser in Exile

    In 1918 as Germany began to implode, Wilhelm II, Kaiser and perhaps the individual most responsible for the war, crossed the border into the Netherlands, took up residence there and then abdicated. He would live in the Netherlands (which had of course been neutral for the previous four years) until his death in 1941. In […]

    History Roundup 98 including Witches, Werewolves and Worms May 19, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 98 including Witches, Werewolves and Worms

    Today’s post is on witches killing children with nose bleeds in Mexico. Today’s links, meanwhile: 1) Werewolf Trial! Chalons, 1598 2) Oldest Tool Making Site in Americas: 13500 BC 3) Massive Roman Camp in Germany: 18 hectares! 4) Red Baron: Epic Photos 5) Egyptian Child Star: in her tomb 6) Burning Witches in Switzerland: ‘The […]

    The Fortune Teller and the Children Tax May 19, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Fortune Teller and the Children Tax

    This appeared in a news report from 1888 A remarkable trial has been opened in the city of Mexico [i.e. Mexico City]. During the past year an old woman, living in a little town near the capital, has been exacting a monthly tax trom the fathers of families to prevent her from taking the lives […]

    History Roundup 97 including Phantom Dog Unearthed and Virgil and Vikings May 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 97 including Phantom Dog Unearthed and Virgil and Vikings

    Today’s post defending the Dark Ages and today’s links follow: 1) Piltdown Revisited: at the Appendix 2) Thames Shipwreck: and dangers of climate change 3) Ripper Expert RIP: Sugden 4) Masks: Venice, carnival etc 5) Prehistoric Galloway: Scotland 6) Roman Station discovered: in Bulgaria! 7) Was Shuck Real? monster body found 8) Virgil and 9/11: […]

    In Defence of the Dark Ages May 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval
    In Defence of the Dark Ages

    The Dark Ages is a much despised term for the period from the collapse of the Roman Empire to the tailing off of Viking raids in the tenth and eleventh centuries and the arrival of a new stability in Europe. Most historians agree that the period deserves a name, in other words it stands out […]

    History Roundup 96 including Circular Jails, Caryatids and Chinese Exclusion May 17, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 96 including Circular Jails, Caryatids and Chinese Exclusion

    Today post on swearing fetuses. Today’s links, meanwhile… 1) Circular Prisons: 23 hours alone 2) Sickles, Murderer and War Hero: 19 Cent Disgrace to Daring 3) Those Lovely Vandals: more thebarbarianswerenotreallybarbarians 4) Telescope in Delft: 17 century 5) Bezoars: I can’t stomach this stuff, but it is interesting 6) The Malahide Murders: 1926 (go to […]

    Swearing Fetuses and the English Sausage Seller May 17, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Swearing Fetuses and the English Sausage Seller

    A nasty little episode from the late 1860s and London with a most curious annex. A sausage seller gets roughed up by a group of young London Jews, after saying something anti-semitic. This led to a trial. When his wife or ‘missus’ was called into the witness box though, something rather peculiar happened. To corroborate […]

    History Roundup 95 including Gibbs’ Guts, Georgian Graves and Globes May 16, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 95 including Gibbs' Guts, Georgian Graves and Globes

    Today’s post on Cuckolds. 1) George Gibbs and Guts: 17 cent suicide 2) Hitler Albums: looted art 3) More on that Mexican Skeleton: first American? 4) Remote Viewing in the Cold War: ! 5) Globe Collection: pictures all 6) How Germany Saw WW1: British Museum 7) Bras in Space: making suits 8) Newton’s Secret Papers: […]

    The Cuckold’s Horns May 16, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    The Cuckold's Horns

    ***Thanks to Ricardo and Neil for help with this post*** The cuckold’s horns is a sign, usually indicated by two fingers placed over the head, of a man whose wife has been unfaithful. In many countries – not least the UK, see photo – the actual symbolism has been forgotten and only the offence remains. […]

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