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  • Victorian Urban Legends: Sewer Snakes September 25, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Victorian Urban Legends: Sewer Snakes

    The search for the original sewer dwelling creature continues. The first reference to sewer snakes comes from a British newspaper in 1888. It is agreeable to recall that, not long ago, a huge boa-constrictor was discovered in a Vienna sewer, the serpent having evidently escaped from a menagerie, and either taken refuge there from cold, […]

    New History Books: London in Fragments September 24, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: London in Fragments

    Ted Sandling: London in Fragments Father Thames gives up his treasures…

    Snowball Atrocities #5: Urban Legend Snowballs September 24, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Snowball Atrocities #5: Urban Legend Snowballs

    Beach recently ran across this marvelous nonsense: Probably the most remarkable manner of extinguishing fire has occurred at Boswell, a mining town in Pa., America. Hundreds of men, women, boys, and girls saved the town from destruction by throwing snowballs. The town says (the veracious chronicler) has no fire department and water is scarce. The […]

    History Roundup 698 including Bewitching Clocks September 23, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 698 including Bewitching Clocks

    Today’s links follow 1) Road Toll History! the highway 2) Nazi Time Capsule: Germany 3) Be A Georgian Time Traveller: UK 4) Bewitching Clocks: US 5) Poisons and Love Potions: the lab and from the archives 6) Great Art Survives the Allies Other links: schizophrenia as shamanism, should misogyny be a crime, Jen is introduced […]

    Daily History Picture: Siege of Tripoli September 23, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Siege of Tripoli

    The end of the crusader states: pity those in the walls….

    The Itza: the Last American Indian State September 23, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Itza: the Last American Indian State

    When did the last American Indian state fall to predatory Europeans? Well, you could argue that there are still some independent hunter-gatherer ‘states’ in the Amazon that have preserved their independence by virtue of jungle foliage. There was resistance among the plain Indians in the US as late as the 1920s (another post, another day). […]

    History Roundup 697 including Witches and Drugs September 22, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 697 including Witches and Drugs

    Today’s links follow 1) Sometimes Strange History of the Epipen: the Lab 2) Bizarre Baby Beliefs: the world 3) Fight damn it: Auction House 4) Ancient Advertising: the Med 5) Medieval Witches and Drugs: Lab and from the archives 6) King and Country Debate Other links: Friend Face (Facebook, why you shouldn’t do it…) https://youtu.be/j4o2PDwKdcA […]

    Daily History Picture: British Shell Shock? September 22, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: British Shell Shock?

    Or just a chance bad photograph which has been ‘reinterpreted’? James B, 29 Sep 2016: Beach the problem with photographs likes this, the problem with all photographs is that a moment of life is immortalized and we then interpret the moment. I suspect the guy was just caught in a maturing smile. A post of […]

    Sleeping with Dead Mom and Dad at Çatalhöyük September 22, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Prehistoric
    Sleeping with Dead Mom and Dad at Çatalhöyük

    It is late. You walk over to the reed bed and lie down and stare contentedly at the ceiling. The storm is brewing up outside, but the house is sturdy: no rain will wet your family. Outside are good neighbours and strong walls: no invaders will come. The kids are gently snoring off in the […]

    History Roundup 696 including Creepy Japanese Doll September 21, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 696 including Creepy Japanese Doll

    Today’s links follow 1) Paleo Diet Fun: the Lab 2) Gladiators: Rome 3) Diamond Portraits: the Gallery (or the attic) 4) The Ghosts of Antigonish: Canada 5) Creepy Doll: Japan and from the archives 6) When Churchill Almost Met Hitler Other links: Cultural Appropriation the Counter Attack, Jail for vegan parents in Italy (missed this); Irish […]

    Daily History Picture: Persian Monarch September 21, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Persian Monarch

    Shah Abbas: love the colour…

    How Fast Do Fairies Fly? September 21, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    How Fast Do Fairies Fly?

    This comes from a story told in the The Prince Edward Island Magazine (June 1902), which uniquely, gives us the evidence for fairy flight speed. We are in the Canadian Maritimes, on the eastern coast of Canada. Prince Edward Island (PEI) is one of the Canada’s most attractive provinces. By the twentieth century there was […]

    History Roundup 695 including Nazi Robot Ghosts September 20, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 695 including Nazi Robot Ghosts

    Today’s links follow 1) Courtesan and Spy: England 2) Flags in the Sky: US 3) Nazi Robot Ghosts: the TV 4) Banshee: Colorado! 5) Kremlin Stars: Russia and from the archives 6) Great War Organ Gun Other links: scientists answer big questions, Good morning Boys (Will Hay) strangehistorylinksATgmailDOTcom for consideration of links

    Daily History Picture: Civil War Photograph September 20, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Civil War Photograph

    Mississippi, master and slave

    Floating Islands (and the Loch Ness Monster) September 20, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    Floating Islands (and the Loch Ness Monster)

    Let’s talk floating islands. A few years ago Beach had a very gentle battle with a courteous Nessie writer Roland Watson. As a sceptic with folklore interests Beach was intrigued by many parts of Ronald’s argument, but one piece of new evidence that stood out was the claim that there was a floating island on Loch […]

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