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  • Victorian Urban Legends: Bodies in Trees October 4, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Victorian Urban Legends: Bodies in Trees

    Kay Massingill has recently offered to readers of Forteana Exchange a series of body in tree stories. The earliest seems to be this one from 1873 and they carry on into the 1920s. The tale typically has it that someone, perhaps escaping from danger, climbs into a tree, then cannot get out. That brings us to […]

    The Longest Ancient Snakes October 3, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    The Longest Ancient Snakes

    How long were the longest ancient snakes? In 2004, Richard Stothers published a fascinating article ‘Ancient Scientific Basis of the ‘Great Serpent’ from Historical Evidence’, Isis 95, 220-238. Among many other bits of ancient flotsam and jetsom Stothers brought together a list of the longest snakes recorded in antiquity. The following snakes need to be looked […]

    History Roundup 497 including Plane Ramming and Goblin Orgy October 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 497 including Plane Ramming and Goblin Orgy

    Today’s links follow. 1) Lloyds Lose History: UK 2) New Gilgamesh Tablet: Library 3) Goblin Orgy: US 4) Plane Ramming: Japan 5) An Irregular Marriage: England 6) When Eggs Cost 90 Dollars: California and from the archives 7) Nazi Fairies Other links: psychic tests, the feminist minister and Saudi Arabia, Kate Wolf, Close to You

    Daily History Picture: Finnish Catapult October 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Finnish Catapult

    I tried this once with stones, I would not like to try it with grenades…

    Gentlemanly Soldiers October 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Gentlemanly Soldiers

    There are lots of different types of soldiers but today Beach wants to put aside the cowards, the sadists, the pragmatists, the survivors and concentrate on perhaps one of the few attractive categories: the gentleman soldier. The cult of the gentleman soldier began amongst the European aristocracy in the middle ages, its values were embodied […]

    Beachcombed 64 October 1, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 64

    Dear Reader, thanks for all the emails and communications. This month two obstacles. First, despite being pre-programmed the blog posts were not visible to all readers from 20-30 September. No idea why! they are there now: for some of you were there all the time. Second, agonising toothache kept me away from the computer for […]

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