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  • The Tower Monster #1: The Witness Account July 15, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Tower Monster #1: The Witness Account

    There follows the single most interesting ghost story Beach has ever read. Perhaps part of its fascination is that it is not clear that it is a ghost story: though something bizarre is certainly going on. In any case, all began when in 1860, in the tenth volume (new series) of Notes and Queries  K.B […]

    Victorian Urban Legends: Snuff Poisoning? July 14, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Victorian Urban Legends: Snuff Poisoning?

    No not the cinematic kind of snuff! This story appeared in 1870 and enjoyed wide circulation in all British newspapers. A Wolverhampton contemporary records what seems to be a new trick upon railway travellers. The other day, a passenger from Wolverhampton to Bilston, after having been drawn into conversation by couple of respectable looking fellow-travellers, […]

    Daily History Picture: Nixon and Robo-Cop July 14, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Nixon and Robo-Cop

      Dickie looks genuinely thrilled! Great picture.

    Daily History Picture: Tsar’s Last Photograph July 13, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Tsar's Last Photograph

    Poor old Nicholas. He has the weight of the world on his shoulders.  

    Ghost Cars July 13, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Ghost Cars

    There is lots of interesting burbling about technology and ghosts. How long does it need for a new technology to become hauntable? When will the first call centres or internet hubs get their poltergeists? To us today that wonderful Dickens story ‘The Signal Man’ is a straightforward ghost tale. But part of its daring back in […]

    History Roundup 460 including Oldest Video July 12, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 460 including Oldest Video

    Today’s links follow. 1) Oldest Video: Britain 2) Parthenon as Fort Knox: Greece 3) Horror in Room 1046: US 4) Her Majesty’s Rat Catcher: UK 5) Civil War Images: US 6) Mystery Mummy: Egypt 7) Dreyfus Static: France 8) Slaves Quarters Excavated: US and from the archives 9) Purring: Lancashire kick boxing Other links: Head […]

    Daily History Picture: Plane Collision July 12, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Plane Collision

      Those daring men in their flying machines: on the Russian front

    Review: Urban Legends July 12, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Review: Urban Legends

    Jan Harold Brunvand is the Urban Legend man, he has been writing books, since 1981 on modern folklore narratives, those curious stories that get passed from relative stranger to relative stranger or that are discussed earnestly at sleepovers among close friends. Three years ago JHB brought out his most important compendium yet, The Encyclopedia of Urban […]

    History Roundup 459 including Cursing Witches July 11, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 459 including Cursing Witches

    Today’s links follow. 1) Stony matlock folklore: UK 2) Disguised Bunkers: Switzerland 3) Oldest Playable Harpsichord: the concert hall 4) Archaeologists to Bannockburn: Scotland 5) Order a Spirit: UK 6) Chess in War: the west 7) Cursing Witches: Channel Isles 8) Ibn Whom: Arab World and from the archives 9) Fifteenth Century ET Phone Home […]

    Seventeen Bodies in a Well: A Norwich Mystery July 11, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Seventeen Bodies in a Well: A Norwich Mystery

    The picture above is a horrific one. The bodies of seventeen individuals, eleven of them children (the youngest two years of age) who were, at some point in the Middle Ages (dating 1150-1300), thrown down a well in the East Anglian town of Norwich.  The bodies were discovered in 2004 and various years of careful […]

    History Roundup 458 including A Georgian Miser July 10, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 458 including A Georgian Miser

    Today’s links follow. 1) Prehistoric Diet: Spain 2) The Georgian Miser, the Daughter and His Lover: England 3) US Sun Cream Burials: Britain 4) Viking Hut Surprise: Iceland 5) The Phantom of Route 40: US 6) 3 Ancestral Tribes: Western Civilisation 7) New Legionary Camp: Israel 8) Unusual Bequests: and from the archives 9) An Early […]

    Daily History Picture: Medieval Autopsy July 10, 2015

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

      Well, actually it is supposed to be Nero and his mother, but this could be the King in Camelot CSI.

    Roman Octopus: Sewer Gator or Godzilla? July 10, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Roman Octopus: Sewer Gator or Godzilla?

    What is the earliest instance of an exotic animal (gator etc) in a sewer? Well, go online and you will read about New York legends from the 1920s and some isolated cases from other cities in the US from the second half of the nineteenth century. But a couple of years ago, in a fascinating […]

    Where Are the Gods of the Modern World? July 10, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Contemporary, Medieval, Modern, Prehistoric
    Where Are the Gods of the Modern World?

    Forget the Iron Age, the Nuclear Age, the Internet Age. There are three periods of human endeavor: nomadic hunter-gathering before history; agriculture, which began about 8000 BC and ended in most parts of the west in the last one hundred and fifty years (when a majority of citizens had left the land); then finally industrial […]

    History Roundup 457 including Pompeii Myths July 9, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 457 including Pompeii Myths

    Today’s links follow. 1) Independence Handprint: US 2) Goebbels the Truth: Germany 3) Pompeii Myths: Italy 4) Recovering Corpse from Gettysburg: US 5) Democratic Devils: across the universe… 6) 18 Cent Bigamy: Britain 7) Nobel Medal for Sale: Auction House 8) Hitler and Parkinsons: Germany and from the archives 9) Elephant in Eighth-Century Honduras Other […]

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