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  • History Roundup 544 including Poltergeists, Witches and Fairies December 9, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 544 including Poltergeists, Witches and Fairies

    Today’s links follow. 1) Cat Familiar: Lapland 2) Theatre Ghosts: US 3) Amazon Warrior a Man: Siberia (whoops) 4) Poltergeists and Witches: Ireland 5) John Dee Fun: England 6) Fairies, Food and Witches: Ireland 7) When will the world end? statistics… and from the archives 8) Anne Frank and Ghost Weddings Other links: vegan pancakes, […]

    Daily History Picture: Old and Young December 8, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Old and Young

    Civil war veteran on the steps of a jet engine…

    History Roundup 543 including Spy Authors December 8, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 543 including Spy Authors

    Today’s links follow. 1) Georgian Circulating Library: England 2) Anesthesia History: the lab 3) Human-Neanderthal Love Child: Italy 4) FBI and 10 Authors: US 5) City Shots: Manhattan (amazing) 6) C.S. Lewis and Turkish Delight: the larder and from the archives 7) The Hindoestanen Other links: Russia’ sometimes frightening military hardware, Ghost of a Dog […]

    Magic Ritual Disaster, 1983 December 8, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Magic Ritual Disaster, 1983

    Greystone was a converted manor house in Wiltshire (UK) that Gareth Knight (pictured), perhaps the most celebrated post-war British ritualist, used for his magic. From 1977 to 1983 a series of rituals were carried out by Gareth to connect the upper with the lower world: the aim was to bring earth and the underworld back […]

    Daily History Picture: The Viking Method December 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: The Viking Method

    Apologies….

    History Roundup 542 including Buddha Balls December 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 542 including Buddha Balls

    Today’s links follow. 1) A Very Short Ghost Story: England 2) Our Dark Side and History: Pscyhology 3) Hidden Aztec Tomb, Getting Closer: Mexico 4) Buddha Balls: Japan 5) Embalmed Hearts and Science: the lab 6) Jordan vs Nazca Geoglyphs: the upper atmosphere and from the archives 7) Choking on Operation on Mincemeat Other links: […]

    The Army That Was Defeated by a River December 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    The Army That Was Defeated by a River

    There are good historical records of armies fighting animals, armies fighting frost bite (the Wehrmacht from 1941 onwards) and one doubtful case of an army accidentally fighting itself. But Beach has recently been reading about a remarkable instance of an army that fought a river, and lost. The year is 1221, the army in question […]

    New History Books: A Foot in the River December 6, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: A Foot in the River

    A Foot in the River: Felipe Fernandez-Armesto Intrigued by this one: always had good experiences of FFA, a fine combination of productive megalomania and wit

    Victorian Urban Legend: Eating Fido December 6, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Victorian Urban Legend: Eating Fido

    You all know the story. Young couple go out on their first date and decide to drive out to the twilight lake with a Kentucky Fried Chicken. They arrive and in the dark start chewing on the delicious white meat only for the girl to say that hers tastes strange. She takes a number of […]

    New History Books: Life and Death in the Andes December 5, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Life and Death in the Andes

    Life and Death in the Andes: On the Trail of Bandits, Heroes, and Revolutionaries: Kim MacQuarrie Always good to go south: the bandits got me…

    Why Experts Should Not Necessarily Be Trusted December 5, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    Why Experts Should Not Necessarily Be Trusted

    ‘He/she is an expert, he or she should know’: is one of the leitmotifs of the modern world, not least its particularly annoying variant ‘I’m an expert, I should know.’ In the good old days we were all knights, peasants, mothers or priests and so these claims rarely came up: save on, respectively, the battlefield, […]

    Daily History Picture: Shipwreck Coming December 4, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Shipwreck Coming

    Wilhelm Gustloff setting off, 1945: all will die. [should be ‘most will die’] 22 Dec 2015: Lanark writes in, The amazing thing about the Wilhelm Gustloff was that they didn’t all die… despite the ship being sunk in minus 18 degree temperatures in January in the Baltic. Over 1200 survivors were pulled from the water by three rescue ships […]

    History Roundup 541 including Cooking Kids December 4, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 541 including Cooking Kids

    Today’s links follow. 1) Ancient Gods on the Roof of the World: Tibet 2) Freemasons and the Titanic! UK 3) Cooking Kids: Mexico 4) Human Tool Innovation and Evolution: Prehistory 5) Revolution Era Building Back: US 6) Unicorns in the North: Scotland 7) Witch Who Brought Dead Back to Life: Ireland and from the archives […]

    Seneb the Egyptian Deneg December 4, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Seneb the Egyptian Deneg

    Seneb’s tomb in the Giza Necropolis offers the first realistic portrait in history of someone suffering from dwarfism. Seneb is sculpted seated to the left of his wife and where his feet would normally be shown coming down to the ground there are two of his three children; an unconventional touch. Size is often misleading […]

    Daily History Picture: Electrocution December 3, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Electrocution

    William Kemmler, first man legally executed in the chair

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