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  • Daily History Picture: First British Mermaid? September 19, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: First British Mermaid?

    Coventina was a Romano-British goddess or undine associated with a well in the north of England.

    The Poison Duel 3#: Poison at Dawn in Virginia September 19, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Poison Duel 3#: Poison at Dawn in Virginia

    Throughout the poison duels series Beach has noted their essential lack of veracity: that is most seem to be made up or at least there is no respectable proof that they took place. Here, however, is one case that seems quite reliable. There was not, admittedly, a poison duel: but someone suggested such a duel […]

    History Roundup 207 including Taking Off the Iron Mask September 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 207 including Taking Off the Iron Mask

    Today’s links follow. 1) The Iron Mask Solved? France 2) Deadly Double Dice: US 3) Mughal Spheres: India 4) 8 Reasons Not to Get Married: 19 cent 5) Taking Down the New Ripper: UK 6) Neolithic Baby Cemetery: Egypt 7) Nalanda is Back: India 8) Men they couldn’t hang: and Strange History Take and from […]

    Daily History Picture: Tricking Medieval Tiger September 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Tricking Medieval Tiger

    Knight gives tiger mirror while stealing cub: early thirteenth century, Bestiary of the Second Family.

    Osama Bin Laden in the White House?! September 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Contemporary
    Osama Bin Laden in the White House?!

    This is a very improbable story that has just come out of the Italian gossip industry. It is unbelievable, incredible… but as its cast includes the world’s most famous building, an American president, Osama Bin Laden and an Italian singer with bizarre dress sense, Beach couldn’t resist flagging it up here. First, enter, from left […]

    History Roundup 206 including Jack the Clipper September 17, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 206 including Jack the Clipper

    Today’s links follow. 1) Jack the Clipper: US 2) Queen Victoria the Great: UK (and on Brown) 3) Persian Caligraphy: Middle East 4) Magna Carta Arrives: UK 5) When Labor Day Mattered: US 6) Psychedelic Psychiatry: UK 7) The Strange Disappearance of the Marlborough: New Zealand 8) Reagan and NSA: US and from the archives […]

    Daily History Picture: Ali is Angry September 17, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Ali is Angry

    Perhaps the most best picture of Muhammad Ali, towering over Sonny Liston

    The Poison Duel 2#: Crossing Poison Pills in Louisiana September 17, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Poison Duel 2#: Crossing Poison Pills in Louisiana

    The following story, reported in 1895, uses assumed names and starts in Louisiana, the cradle of the tall tale: be suspicious, be very suspicious. A man, de Vailliere, approaches a woman to learn that another, Armand, is interested in her. Armand feeling insulted offers a duel: but here brave de Vallierre feels himself on the […]

    History Roundup 205 including the Green Bike Murder September 16, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 205 including the Green Bike Murder

    Today’s post on last witch attack and links follow. 1) The Green Bike Murder: Deep England 2) Reading an Unreadable Map: Spain 3) ISIS Past (war tourism): Spain, France… 4) Front Towards Enemy: US 5) Kaleidoscopes: Scotland? 6) Crime in 1830s: London 7) Disney and Mother Issues: US 8) Amish and Violence: US and from […]

    Daily History Picture: Parisian Kids in Shock September 16, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Parisian Kids in Shock

    Children in Paris when the dragon is killed in a puppet show, 1963.

    Late Witch Attack, 1924 September 16, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Late Witch Attack, 1924

    ***This post is dedicated to Jill*** This blog has long had an interest in witchcraft from western Europe and particularly bizarre late examples of witchcraft including alleged human sacrifice in Britain during World War II and even some witch killings in the nineteenth century. Here is a case of late witchcraft scratching: it was sincerely […]

    History Roundup 204 including Leprosy and Spuds September 15, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 204 including Leprosy and Spuds

    Today’s links follow. 1) German Fanmail for British Pilot: UK 2) Leprosy and Spuds: France etc 3) Sir Walter Scott’s Writing Desk: Auction 4) Oldest Ship? Turkey 5) the Devil’s Beard and an English King: Germany 6) Spring Heel Jack Type Hero: Czech Republic 7) Chariot Riders in late 19 C: France 8) Chemistry and […]

    Daily History Picture: German Infantry at Ardennes September 15, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: German Infantry at Ardennes

    German Troops in Luxembourg just as the tide is turning…

    Love Goddess #11: Astarte’s Pierced Nipples September 15, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Love Goddess #11: Astarte's Pierced Nipples

    Astarte was one of those bitter-bitter eastern Mediterranean dieties, all smiles and pubic triangles until she wanted your elder son as a human sacrifice… Her name is arguably Punic and may have meant ‘womb’, but, again, fertility and bloodshed went together spectacularly well among the Phonecians so no baby rattles or wedding showers just yet. There […]

    History Roundup 203 including Crazy Kraken Legends September 14, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 203 including Crazy Kraken Legends

    Today’s links follow. 1) Mega Grandma Tomb: China 2) Crazy Kraken Tales: deep ocean 3) Filming the Start of the War: Poland 4) Early Relics and Silk: Germany 5) Selling Freedom Torch: Boston 6) Beetle Dress: wow 7) Bronze Age Wine Cellar: Israel 8) Ending War with Vacuum Cleaners: US and from the archives 9) […]

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