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  • Index Biography #46: Prize a book September 30, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Index Biography #46: Prize a book

    Well done, Ashlyn, 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 previously […]

    History Roundup 906: Curiousities September 29, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 906: Curiousities

    Today’s links follow 1) Mysterious Royal Pregnancies: England 2) Front Food: War 3) Bomber Cat: London 4) Insulting the US: North Korea 5) Terrifying Rabbits in Film: small but interesting and from the archives 6) Population Games and Fantasies Other links: Marriage Proposal Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Fireball in Perthshire? September 29, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Fireball in Perthshire?

    ***dedicated to Roberto*** This story is Perthshire in northern Scotland. It was recorded in 1906 after the even more striking account of the Sutherland fire ball. Late on Saturday night in autumn some seventy years ago, friends of the present writer were engaged in bringing in and stacking their corn. The day had been fine […]

    Daily History Picture: Young Clintons September 29, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Young Clintons

    The cool kids at Yale

    Victorian Urban Legends: The Spanish Mayor September 28, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Victorian Urban Legends: The Spanish Mayor

    This story comes from a Spanish correspondent to a Victorian newspaper. This then, if as Beach suspects it is, an urban legend is a Spanish urban legend: note that it is a very old story, versions can be found in many different countries. From Arragon there is a curious story, which, if true, is rather […]

    History Roundup 905: Prehistory and Antiquity September 28, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 905: Prehistory and Antiquity

    Today’s links follow 1) Mystic Earthquake Architecture: Greece 2) Trouser Customs: Roman Empire 3) New DNA Studies: Africa 4) Lead Pipe Poison: Roman Empire 5) Ship Graveyard: Black Sea and from the archives 6) Skraelings and Demons Other links: Shipwrecks in Black Sea Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: The Senate September 28, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: The Senate

    Cicero speaks against Catiline.

    History Roundup 904: Graves and Deaths September 27, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 904: Graves and Deaths

    Today’s links follow 1) Talked to Death by Friends: US 2) Porpoise Grave: Channel Islands [weird] 3) Everyday Heroes‘ Die: London [would love to visit this] 4) Nuclear Hero Dies: Russia 5) New Viking Grave: Norway and from the archives 6) Hildegard’s Headaches Other links: Soviet Union in Afghanistan (starts slow but fascinating) Any links to […]

    Daily History Picture: Decapitation September 27, 2017

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

    Cicero, looking strangely like a monk, dies.

    History Roundup 903: Crime September 26, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 903: Crime

    Today’s links follow 1) Jack the Ink Slinger: New York 2) Serial Killer Grave: Dallas 3) Holocaust Hero Murdered? Soviet Union 4) Violent City: Medieval London 5) Policing New York: US and from the archives 6) Eleanor’s Lovers Other links: Jane Mayer on the War on Terror Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail […]

    Daily History Picture: Early Fairy Wings September 26, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Early Fairy Wings

    Actually a sylph, but 1714

    Teething and the Black Tramp September 26, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Teething and the Black Tramp

    Beach stumbled on the following unlikely superstition. He has never come across anything like it before. The story apparently came out of Exeter in south-western England: 1839. On Monday, as a negro convicted of vagrancy was about being locked up, a servant came into the office, and stating that she came from an opulent tradesman […]

    History Roundup 902: Supernatural Stories September 25, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 902: Supernatural Stories

    Today’s links follow 1) Haunted Mill: Britain 2) Ghost Ship: Cornwall 3) Golem in UK: London [fiction but fascinating] 4) Abducted by Fairies: Cornwall 5) Nazis and Supernatural: Germany and from the archives 6) Agony and the Dentists Other links: Captain Fantastic (good film just watched) Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT […]

    Daily History Picture: Anti-Fascist Lecturer September 25, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Anti-Fascist Lecturer

    Charlotte Despard in 1933, veteran of the anti-suffragette movement, taking on new enemies.

    Mermaid Monday: Ulster Mermaid 1814 September 25, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Mermaid Monday: Ulster Mermaid 1814

    It is Mermaid Monday and here is an Ulster mermaid from the early nineteenth century. Sir, l beg leave to inform you, for the benefit of the curious, that I am happy that have it in my power to set the public mind at rest, respecting the existence of this wonderful animal, having been so […]

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