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  • Index Biography #41: Prize a book April 30, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Index Biography #41: Prize a book

    ***Stephen C got this*** Scroll down for the answer*** 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 facts about the individual’s life. We offered up […]

    The Coalville Lioness April 29, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Coalville Lioness

    You wake up at 2.00 AM and you hear an eerie moaning outside in the garden. You get out of your bed and walk over to the window and lift the glass. The cold of an English winters rushes over you and there, in the dark, between the W.C. and the geraniums, you spot a moving […]

    History Roundup 823: Supernatural April 28, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 823: Supernatural

    Today’s links follow 1) Headless Ghost: Wiltshire 2) Beauty and Beast Danger! (Wow) 3) Plague Phantoms: All over… 4) Ghost House for Sale: New Orleans 5) Brownie: Scotland and from the archives 6) Facts, Myths and Jean McConville Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: They take it so seriously! […]

    The One Percent Victorian Style April 28, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Contemporary, Modern
    The One Percent Victorian Style

    A phrase that has recently gained more and more currency: even to the point where undergraduates shout it out in class discussion, is ‘the one percent’. It is an offhand, contemptuous way of referring to the internationally wealthy.* Beach was delighted, the other day, to come across, in a ghost story no less, to the […]

    Daily History Picture: First Beer April 28, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: First Beer

    A Sumerian recipe!

    History Roundup 822: Unusual Books and MS April 27, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 822: Unusual Books and MS

    Today’s links follow 1) New DoI: US 2) Poison Book: Michigan 3) Modern Gothic: Bookshop 4) Medical Breakthrough MS: England 5) Voynich Again: Russia and from the archives 6) Coins Out of Time Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Berlusconi political song

    Daily History Picture: Nazi Summers April 27, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Nazi Summers

    For the discerning Nazi child. EC writes, 28 Apr 2017: That is a still from Andrzej Wajda’s 1983 film A Love in Germany. See link:    

    History Roundup 821: Graves and Mystery Tunnels April 26, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 821: Graves and Mystery Tunnels

    Today’s links follow 1) Mysterious Tunnel: S. America 2) Street Bones: Philly 3) Surviving Ring: Poland 4) Mummy Collection: Egypt 5) Leonardo Relic: Italy and from the archives 6) Swearing Fetuses Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Obsessing this music

    Daily History Picture: Plane Down April 26, 2017

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

    The war in the Mediterranean Pacific 28 Apr 2017: Umbriel writes ‘While you’ve captioned your pic of this past 26 April as “The War in the Pacific”, I thought I recognized it as having been taken in the Mediterranean, and found copies on line confirming my recollection: It is, interestingly, a Spitfire in US colors […]

    History Roundup 820: Food Fun April 25, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 820: Food Fun

    Today’s links follow 1) Grand Army Eats: France 2) Vomitorium Myth: Ancient Rome 3) Gin Excess: UK 4) Wedding Cake History: the banquet 5) Potato out East: Japan and from the archives 6) Homemade Beer at the Vampire Inn Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Google screws up again, […]

    Daily History Picture: Handbagging Nazis April 25, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Handbagging Nazis

    Allegedly (how often we have to use this word with photos) the woman had been a victim of the Nazis. The photograph was taken in Sweden. Nathaniel to the rescue, 28 Apr 2017: This is the crucial link, which sounds authoritative.    

    Victorian Urban Legends: Music Boxes and Watch Sacks April 25, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Victorian Urban Legends: Music Boxes and Watch Sacks

    Truly Beach isn’t that interested in this ignorant-native story from India, but the comparison to what is evidently a home grown British urban legend: A good story of a thief comes from Calcutta. ‘The Native,’ as Miss Fox called Major B ‘s servant, stole a musical box, ignorant of its use, and fancying it contained […]

    Sampling the Supernatural April 25, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Sampling the Supernatural

    Anyone who has ever studied the supernatural will know that the way we look at the impossible changes from generation to generation and from place to place. For example, in the nineteenth century in the UK and in the US ghosts often dragged chains, as they had since antiquity: today they do not. In the […]

    History Roundup 819: Ancient World April 24, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 819: Ancient World

    Today’s links follow 1) Early Rock Art: Botswana 2) Egyptian Goddess in East: Israel 3) Lost City: Kansas 4) Mystery Skull: Museum display… 5) Mysterious Stone Structures: New England (sceptical chuckle) and from the archives 6) Cuckold’s Horns Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Midnight Sonata

    The 1883 Dundee Ghost Flap #3: Castoffs April 24, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The 1883 Dundee Ghost Flap #3: Castoffs

    Some peripheral reports from the 1883 Dundee ghost flap. Readers will remember that reports began in late 1882, and that they died out at the quarry in late Jan 1883, after an energetic policeman had intervened. 19 Feb 1883 a Dundee paper reported that the ghost had been caught. If this really was the or […]

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