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  • Dwarfknapped! July 23, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Dwarfknapped!

    This weird little passage comes from the thirteenth century Ynglinga saga. It is mainly about the mythic Norse past. But it also includes one of our earliest representatives of a dvergr or dwarf: in this case a rock fairy. The human victim, a Swedish king, is drunk and things don’t end particularly well. Sveigdir went […]

    Buried Standing Up July 22, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval, Modern
    Buried Standing Up

    In the rusty old filing cabinet that provides fodder for this blog there is somewhere a file on men being buried upright. However, Beach has failed to find said file for the last three years, so despairing he hands the problem over to his readers. Famous or not so famous people from history who decided […]

    The Monster of Leavenworth, Kansas July 21, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Monster of Leavenworth, Kansas

    ***Thanks to Roberto for this tale*** This is a nasty little story from nineteenth-century Kansas. We are in Leavenworth in that state and enter Mrs. Green, note a suspiciously generic name. Mrs. Green is a midwife, a profession that has had many ups and downs at the hands of doctors, feminists, journalists (nota bene), witch-hunters […]

    History Roundup 881: Prehistory July 21, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 881: Prehistory

    Today’s links follow 1) Crabs and Lice in Mummies: the tomb 2) Getting Drunk in Prehistory: around the fire 3) Prehistoric Sounds: landscapes 4) Otzi Axe: Alps 5) St Columba’s Cell: Scotland (medieval but let’s squeeze this one in) and from the archives 6) White Horse Sex Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail […]

    Daily History Picture: Fainted July 21, 2017

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

    1965 London

    History Roundup 880: Lost and Found July 20, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 880: Lost and Found

    Today’s links follow 1) Ruins: out there… 2) Flying Carriages: England 3) Roman fleet Diploma: UK 4) Vietnam Veteran: US 5) Redcoat Holdouts: the hills (love this) and from the archives 6) Irish Fairies in New Hampshire Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: OSE

    Daily History Picture: 1970s Party July 20, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: 1970s Party

    Now in their late 60s?

    History Roundup 879: Supernatural July 19, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 879: Supernatural

    Today’s links follow 1) Fairy Kiss: Ireland 2) White Lady: Germany 3) Gold Goblin: Wales (our take) 4) War Ghosts: Vietnam 5) Why People See Ghosts: the Brain and from the archives 6) Luftwaffe Rabbit Killers Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Bill Evans live

    Daily History Picture: Eagle and Plane July 19, 2017

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

    Early plane legends, guessing that this never happened.

    History Roundup 878: Special People July 18, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 878: Special People

    Today’s links follow 1) Old Flo: London 2) Werewolf Love: Greece 3) Ethel Cromwell: England 4) Sarah Trimmer: UK 5) Madame de Stael: and from the archives 6) Africa’s First Flier Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: The OSS

    Daily History Picture: Destination Italy July 18, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Destination Italy

    Early 1990s boat from Albania for Italy: the beginning of the migrant crisis.

    History Roundup 877: Art July 17, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 877: Art

    Today’s links follow 1) Michelangelo’s Lost Drawings: Florence 2) Medieval Pigments: Cornell 3) New Raphael: Rome 4) Music Knives: Renaissance 5) Sacred Art: Florence and from the archives 6) Half priest half fish Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Louis Leakey (nice old style documentary)

    Daily History Picture: Atomium Under Construction July 17, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Atomium Under Construction

    Brussels

    The Ghost, the Dynamite and the Fever July 17, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    The Ghost, the Dynamite and the Fever

    This is weird little story from Barnoldswick on the border between Lancashire and the North Riding. The year is 1928. Barnoldswick is affected by a ghost scare which has broken out like a fever among the schoolchildren of the town. The use of ‘fever’ is interesting thinking of that wonderful book by Robert E. Bartholomew […]

    Did You Hear the One About the Ring… July 16, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    Did You Hear the One About the Ring...

    Curious about ring legends? This blogger recently went through the international folklore indexes in search of rings so you don’t have to: you can waste a lot of time there… Yes, he found the boring old chestnuts: ring found in fish; ring cut from corpse etc. etc. But there are also some marvelously bizarre and […]

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