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  • Daily History Picture: Steve Jobs and Bill Gates May 10, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Steve Jobs and Bill Gates

    Seems remarkably insincere… ‘So, Bill,…’

    History Roundup 829: Crime Cuttings May 9, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 829: Crime Cuttings

    Today’s links follow 1) Brain Crimes: Germany 2) Lincoln’s Assassination Recorded: US 3) Skeleton Confessions: ! 4) Hay Poisoner: Review 5) Marriage Naughtiness: England and from the archives 6) Power and Ageing (curious what Trump will look like) Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Carrie Poppy on the paranormal

    Daily History Picture: Steve Jobs and IBM May 9, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Steve Jobs and IBM

    BFF

    History Roundup 828: Fairies’ Fables May 8, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 828: Fairies' Fables

    Today’s links follow 1) Hidden Desires of Celtic Fairies: the west 2) Exciting new Troll book: the north 3) Fairies in the Forest: the south 4) Anglo-Saxon Elves: the heptarchy 5) Rediscovered Evans Wentz Fairy Interview, 1912: the archives and from the archives 6) Modern Animal Sacrifices in Britain Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks […]

    White Man at Daratoleh May 8, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    White Man at Daratoleh

    22 April 1903 a British column was attacked at Daratoleh (Somali) by dervishes: the British, as so often happened in Africa, were vastly outnumbered and the Imperial troops did the only sensible thing they could in these circumstances. They formed into a square and put their maxims to best use. Superior weapons did for superior […]

    Daily History Picture: Stonehenge from the Air May 8, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Stonehenge from the Air

    In 1906…

    Greek Hot Air Balloon? May 7, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Greek Hot Air Balloon?

    This little tale appears in a vaguely sceptical Aulus Gellius, whose Attic Nights provides some very enjoyable reading for those wishing to travel back into the ancient world. that which Archytas the Pythagorean [obit 347 BC] is said to have devised and accomplished ought to seem no less marvellous, but yet not wholly absurd. For […]

    Bodies in Elm, 1760? May 6, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Bodies in Elm, 1760?

    Beach has recently been searching for records of bodies within trees. There is a lot ill-informed nonsense about such tree burials (in a living tree) as being part of a British magical tradition. Here is one quoted reference from the Gentleman’s Magazine, 30 (1760), pp. 346. The problem is that the text does not live […]

    History Roundup 827: Strange Traditions and Artifacts May 5, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 827: Strange Traditions and Artifacts

    Today’s links follow 1) Sheela-na-Gig: Ireland 2) Solid Gold Bongs: Asia 3) Chimney Sweep Traditions: London 4) Nazi Board Games: Germany 5) Medieval Beer Bread: Kitchen (bit old but got enthused) and from the archives 6) How Big Are Fairies Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Sacred Heart Singers […]

    Daily History Picture: Stoning Stephen May 5, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Stoning Stephen

    The society where this picture this manuscript was illuminated clearly had an embarrassing lack of experience with actual stoning…

    History Roundup 826: Supernatural Shenanigans May 4, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 826: Supernatural Shenanigans

    Today’s links follow 1) Curse of the Setons: Scotland 2) Witches and Walpurgis Night: the Imagination 3) Fliers: the skies 4) Ghost Bridge Problems: US 5) Gothic Revival: Ireland and from the archives 6) Egyptologist Meets Cat Goddess Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: In the Court of the […]

    Daily History Picture: German Uboat at Hastings May 4, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: German Uboat at Hastings

    Presumably the same uboat as a couple of weeks ago… She came afloat as she was being towed away for scrap.

    Evans Wentz and Sex May 4, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Evans Wentz and Sex

    Beach has had talked about Walter and his thesis, Walter and the fairies, Walter and money, now is it is time for Walter with no clothes on: Walter Yeeling Evans Wentz’s sexual habits.  At this point we better recite the ritual ‘not that there is anything wrong with that’. Beach has absolutely no interest in […]

    History Roundup 825: Historical Literature May 3, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 825: Historical Literature

    Today’s links follow 1) Ancient Comedy: Rome 2) Feelings: Ancient/Med 3) Fake Shakespeare: London 4) Solo Shakespeare: Library 5) Dirty Linen: England and from the archives 6) Marjorana’s Disappearance Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: you are too focussed on you!!! Fearless, Pink Floyd

    Daily History Picture: Parade May 3, 2017

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

    Sudeten Germans forces to walk past SS victims….

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