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  • History Roundup 764: Fakes and Misunderstandings January 31, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 764: Fakes and Misunderstandings

    Today’s links follow 1) Fake Ghosts: New York 2) Fake Stone? Scotland 3) Fake Pirates: Seven Seas 4) Misunderstood King: England 5) Misunderstood Stonehenge: Britain and from the archives 6) Irish thumb kissing Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Everest Lie

    Daily History Picture: The Naturalist in His Study January 31, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: The Naturalist in His Study

    Love the alligator…

    Index Biography #38: Prize a book January 31, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Index Biography #38: Prize a book

    *** Susan M got this, scroll down for the answer: commiserations to Nate who came in second*** The Index Biography is a quiz pioneered by this blog and introduced in a previous post. The creator must find a biography of a famous individual from history, they must turn to the index and write down eight peripheral […]

    History Roundup 763: Animal Tales January 30, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 763: Animal Tales

    Today’s links follow 1) Cats and Ghosts: France 2) Animals in the Shadow of the Pyramids: Egypt 3) Explosive Whale Killing: Seven Seas 4) Buying Green Fish: UK 5) Cats in Orbit: Space and from the archives 6) Napoleon and the Devil Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: I’ll […]

    Daily History Picture: Returning Home from Woodstock January 30, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Returning Home from Woodstock

    Another iconic photograph, presumably staged… 23 Feb 2017: Bruce T ‘the latter started making the rounds about two years ago, it’s a phony. I was once picked up hitchhiking in the mid 70s by a group of guys who thought I was a topless girl. I had hair past my shoulders and was walking facing […]

    A Very Old Carp January 30, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    A Very Old Carp

    This is an uncommonly good fish story. It appears in a curious book entitled: Johann Heinrich Cohausen, Hermippus redivivus, or, The sage’s triumph over old age and the grave. If you want to achieve immortality you should probably give said book a read. In any case let’s move on to a centuries-old carp. It is not only the […]

    Hartlepool Wandering Jew January 29, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Hartlepool Wandering Jew

    This is the record of a Wandering Jew from Hartlepool in the north-east of England. The text is in dialect and a rather difficult dialect at that: it appeared in the Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail (24 Jul 1880), 4. ‘Did ya ivver knaw thot Wandering Jew cam tiv Hertlepol, sir,’ said an old man, a […]

    New History Books: God’s Generals January 28, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: God's Generals

    Richard A. Gabriel, God’s Generals Great idea but a problem when two of the three may not have even existed… Still, looking forward to digging up this one.

    Wandering Jew c. 1700 January 28, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Wandering Jew c. 1700

    In his Curious Myths of the Middle Ages Baring-Gould describes a Wandering Jew in England. This is his most interesting account of a modern encounter. About the end of the seventeenth century or the beginning of the eighteenth, an impostor, calling himself the Wandering Jew, attracted attention in England, and was listened to by the […]

    History Roundup 762: Five Photography Stories January 27, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 762: Five Photography Stories

    Today’s links follow 1) Spirit Photography: Lancashire 2) First Presidential Photograph: US 3) Prehistoric Selfie: Yorkshire (mmmm…) 4) First Selfie: US 5) Photographing Dreams: France and from the archives 6) Preferring Heaven to Hell Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Mummified Child

    New History Books: A Cabinet of Ancient Medical Curiosities January 27, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: A Cabinet of Ancient Medical Curiosities

    J.C.McKeown, A Cabinet of Ancient Medical Curiosities. This could be really good, fingers crossed….

    Cockney Wandering Jew January 27, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Cockney Wandering Jew

    Beach has recently been interesting himself with sightings of the Wandering Jew in modern times. A friend of this blog Filip Graliński has been himself looking and has found a remarkable Polish record relating to sightings of the Wandering Jew from just before the First World War. Beach, stung by his failure to find anything […]

    Daily History Picture: Caving with Candles January 27, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Caving with Candles

    And then the fairies blew all the candles out…

    History Roundup 761: Prehistoric and Archaeological Curiosities January 26, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 761: Prehistoric and Archaeological Curiosities

    Today’s links follow 1) When did first Americans arrive: Bering Strait 2) Massive New Monastic Graveyard: Sudan 3) Neanderthal Rock Collections! Croatia 4) Metaldetecting is Positive: the field 5) Sound Stones: Vietnam and from the archives 6) Ancient Chinese Automata Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: bella ciao

    Daily History Picture: Queen Mother Enjoys Blitz January 26, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Queen Mother Enjoys Blitz

    Coloured photo, queen and king out and about in blitzed out London.

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