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  • Index Biography #44: Prize a book July 31, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Index Biography #44: Prize a book

    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 previously here Sheridan le Fanu and Joseph Stalin (he of ripe […]

    Gaston Ouvrieu and Blindfold Driving July 30, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Gaston Ouvrieu and Blindfold Driving

    A delightful end of month story. Our hero is Gaston Ouvrieu who, in 1917, received a serious injury while serving in the French army. When he woke up in hospital he was alleged to be able to read the minds of other patients, as the doctor took his pulse: Ouvrieu needed this ‘telegraph’ effect for […]

    Immortal Meals #34: Picnic Under the Vicar’s Oak July 29, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    Immortal Meals #34: Picnic Under the Vicar's Oak

    Norwood was a rural area to the south of London that was sucked into the metropolis in the mid, late nineteenth century. If you want to go and imagine where the nightingale once sang and where Surrey farmers shot rabbits, head off for the mean streets around Crystal Palace, sit down and weep. ‘This is the […]

    Daily History Picture: On the Way to Woodstock July 29, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: On the Way to Woodstock

    Parking conventions die in the late 1960s.

    History Roundup 886: Medicine July 28, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 886: Medicine

    Today’s links follow 1) Syphilis Hell: England 2) Universal Healthcare? US 3) Memories of Medicine Taste: Childhood 4) CSections and Souls: the west and from the archives 6) Cave Art Cobblers Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Democracy and social media (listened to this five times)

    The Digital Abyss July 28, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    The Digital Abyss

    Beach has, this summer, been chasing a ‘neglected’ legend and to do so he and a series of friends and colleagues have ransacked the planet’s digital archives: from Mexico to New Zealand, from Ireland to Russia. Two observations. First, the difference in coverage from country to country is now dramatic: if you want to look for […]

    History Roundup 885: Curiosities July 27, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 885: Curiosities

    Today’s links follow 1) Wild Men: Asia 2) Mad Book Seller? UK (not history but…) 3) Cheetah on Tour: England 4) Bomb Unluckiness: US 5) Murder Ring: New York and from the archives 6) Christian Orgies Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Popper and Falsification

    Kitchener Survives: The Insurance Policy July 27, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Kitchener Survives: The Insurance Policy

    The claim that Lord Kitchener had survived death seems to have been well established by December 1916. By 1917 the story rumbled through the spring and summer building up a head of steam until it quite unexpectedly entered the real world. In early September 1917 Lloyds opened an insurance policy, really a bet, that Kitchener […]

    Daily History Picture: Youngest Abraham Lincoln July 27, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Youngest Abraham Lincoln

    Earliest surviving photograph.

    History Roundup 884: Death July 26, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 884: Death

    Today’s links follow 1)  Death for Insult: US 2) Recreate Viking Funeral: Comic Con 3) Death of Ann Hoon: England 4) O.J.Simpson Memories: US 5) Lighthouse Murder: Scotland and from the archives 6) Giving Birth in a Coffin Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Marne 1918, return match

    Daily History Picture: Early Underwater Photograph July 26, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Early Underwater Photograph

    Allegedly the first taken underwater. 31 Jul 2017, Nathaniel writes: According to this link, probably not the first underwater photograph, but very possibly the first underwater portrait.

    History Roundup 883: Prehistoric Questions July 25, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 883: Prehistoric Questions

    Today’s links follow 1) Old Booze: the first breweries 2) All Those Languages: Prehistoric roots of… 3) More Neanderthal and Human Mixing: Africa? 4) End of European Ice Age: love graphic… 5) Dinosaur Art: Fantasy and from the archives 6) St Andrews and Scythia Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other […]

    Daily History Picture: Smoke in the Ashes July 25, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Smoke in the Ashes

    “March 16, 1945: A U.S. Marine approaches a Japanese soldier on Iwo Jima, Japan during World War II. The Japanese soldier was buried for 1 1/2 days in this shell hole playing dead and ready with a live grenade inches away from his hand. The Marines feared he might be further booby trapped underneath his […]

    History Roundup 882: Some Supernatural! July 24, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 882: Some Supernatural!

    Today’s links follow 1) Phantom Carriage: Vermont 2) Kalinga Ghost: Philippines 3) Supernatural Rappings: US 4) Napoleon and Pyramids: Egypt (our take on the same) 5) Folk Healing: London and from the archives 6) Dauphin’s Heart Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Brilliant lecture on the Marne

    Daily History Picture: No White People July 24, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: No White People

    Memphis Zoo

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