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  • History Roundup 121 including Mummy Brown and History of Toilets June 14, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 121 including Mummy Brown and History of Toilets

    Today’s post is on seven-headed monsters and today’s heroes are HOLLAND 1) Mummy Brown: the best of mortuary paint 2) Brief History of Soccer: and again HOLLAND 3) History of Toilets: disappointing lack of pictures 4) Papa’s Coming to Get You: dying with dad 5) Slocum Disaster: grim picture 6) Digging at WW2 Level in POW Camp: […]

    Prodigious Portrait of a Seven-Headed Monster June 14, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Prodigious Portrait of a Seven-Headed Monster

    This peculiar creature appeared in a seventeenth-century English pamphlet. The pamphlet limits itself to two pages and tells a simple story. The true Portraiture of a prodigious Monster, taken in the Mountains of Zardana [in Syria]. the following Description whereof was sent to Madrid, Octob. 20, 1654, and from thence to Don Olonzo de Cardines, […]

    History Roundup 120 including Nuking the Carolinas June 13, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 120 including Nuking the Carolinas

    Today’s post on a 12 Night Orgy and now our links… 1) Whoops, Apocalypse: When the US almost nuked the Carolinas 2) Friday 13: why unlucky 3) Killing People with Molten Gold: there are better ways to go 4) Screw China and Keep the South Sea: Philipines use old maps 5) Whatever Happened to Little Albert: […]

    Immortal Meals #14: Food Orgy on Twelfth Night June 13, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Immortal Meals #14: Food Orgy on Twelfth Night

    From long before the times of Trimalchio there have been extraordinarily sumptuous banquets. These died away with the shriveling of economic possibilities in the early Middle Ages but then returned with avengeance in the fourteenth and fifteenth century. A British contribution to the category of exaggerated banquets and one for the immortal meal tag was […]

    History Roundup 119 including Historical Hawaian Fairies June 12, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 119 including Historical Hawaian Fairies

    1) Understanding Women: 1912 2) Crumbling Atlantic Wall: on the DDay coast 3) More Historical Fairies? this time Hawaii 4) Getting the Banshee Wrong: discuss 5) Cannibalism: prehistoric Siberia 6) Chinese Curse on Ship: Vanished Banker 7) Losing a Thousand Year Old Manuscript: for 34 years 8) Homes for Heroes: on an Irish Island 9) […]

    First Blood in the Great War? June 12, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    First Blood in the Great War?

    Lieutenant Albert Mayer of the fifth Baden Mounted Jäger Regiment brought seven German cavalry onto a ridge at Jonchery to the south-east of Belfort close to the French German border. On this ridge the riders ran into representatives of the forty-fourth Infantry Regiment, who had come to intercept them, and fighting broke out. Mayer smashed […]

    History Roundup 118 including Van Gogh’s Ear and Electoral Terrorism June 11, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 118 including Van Gogh's Ear and Electoral Terrorism

    1) Urban Legends about Churchill and Fleming: from Snopes, good stuff 2) Government Yeti Hunting Guidelines: precious, there were three 3) Pre-Columbian Hoard: Guatemala 4) Mausoleum of Romulus Reopens: after twenty years 5) Living Replica of Van Gogh’s Ear: errr 6) City of the Little People: Fairies in Iran? 7) Demon Tobacco: smoking naughtiness 8) […]

    Were Ancient or Modern Soldiers More Likely to Die? June 11, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Contemporary, Medieval, Modern
    Were Ancient or Modern Soldiers More Likely to Die?

    Soldier, forget principle, forget country, forget pride, forget hate: your one aim is to survive, with or without your legs. Now ask yourself this: given that you want, at all costs, to live would you prefer to fight in WW2 battle or a battle in the Punic wars in antiquity? Perhaps the first thing to […]

    History Roundup 117 including Punching Prehistory and Greek Love Letters June 10, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 117 including Punching Prehistory and Greek Love Letters

    Today’s post is on last meals and today’s links follow: 1) Backwards Headline: wronged Corrigan 2) Who Killed Howard: New Zealand 3) Human Face Made for Punching: 5 million BC 4) First Farmers were Sailors: Swimming and settlement 5) Letters from the Dead: better than phonecalls 6) Ceredigion Monastery Dioscovered: ‘incredibly important’ 7) 19 Cent […]

    Last Meals of US Condemned June 10, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Contemporary, Modern
    Last Meals of US Condemned

    A book on the history of the last meal (including attempts to intoxicate the soon to be executed) would be a fascinating one. Not least is the rather poor taste in banning the custom in some states in the US, that seems an unnecessary act of spite to criminals living their difficult last hours. There […]

    History Roundup 116 including Gaelic Ghosts and Gentleman Gambling June 9, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 116 including Gaelic Ghosts and Gentleman Gambling

    Today’s post on magic mushrooms and fairies and here are today’s links 1) The Diamond Shipwreck: southern Africa 2) Mummified Kappa: Japanese water beast 3) Ghosts and Fairies: Ireland 4) Victorian Comics: at the British Library 5) California Buried Coins: the auction 6) Smell Like a Viking: York 7) Gambling in London Clubs: Lose like […]

    Hallucinogenic Fairies on the Isle of Wight? June 9, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Hallucinogenic Fairies on the Isle of Wight?

    There are fairy-dead counties in England, counties from which no or few fairy legends survive, particularly in the south-east. At the top of the league table is fairyless Kent, but not far behind is the Isle of Wight. To the best of my knowledge there is only one nineteenth century-legend (and nothing before) and that […]

    History Roundup 115 including Hippy Archaeology and a Boiled Head June 8, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 115 including Hippy Archaeology and a Boiled Head

    Today’s post is on Google books and scandal and here are today’s links 1) Post Combat Interviews from DDay: brutal 2) Modern Maps: Origins 3) Mystery Flood: Blame the servant 4) Penny Farthing Clubs: photos 5) Automated Drinking Game: video 6) Coin Mint and Afterlife: Leicester 7) The Archaeology of Hippie Communes: Vinyls dug up! […]

    Problems Accessing Google Books Outside the US? June 8, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    Problems Accessing Google Books Outside the US?

    There is a lot to be said in favour of Google Books, but there is also an awful lot to be said against: the appalling meta-data (I was once shown a book with ‘the Holy Trinity’ as author); the dismal quality of scanning (perhaps one in two books are ‘imperfect’); the permission or rather lack […]

    History Roundup 114 including the Ripper’s Home and Hunches and Hearses June 7, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 114 including the Ripper's Home and Hunches and Hearses

    Today’s post on the Axis vs the US and today’s posts… 1) Lacadaemon as Atlantis: part two 2) Ghostly Lady and Lost Pub: for cow pokes 3) Convict Homes Undug: Australia 4) First German Soldier Captured on DDay: 18 years old 5) We’ve Found Jack the Ripper’s… House 6) Looking for Amelia: under the waves […]

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