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  • Mongolian Ear Cutting September 24, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Mongolian Ear Cutting

    If you are going to carry out massacres then it is important to be able to count how many soldiers (and all too often civilians) that you are killing. From scalping in the American west to the Einsatzgruppen tally sheets on the Eastern Front in the Second World War military organizations have come up with all […]

    Irish Ghost with Erection September 23, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Irish Ghost with Erection

    There is a minority tradition about obscene ghosts: ghosts that stalk the living for sexual favours; or that even invade their beds. It is very difficult to know how common these ghosts were because prior to about 1970 it would have been just too much to write about them: paradoxically the source-starved middle ages and […]

    A Jack the Ripper Urban Legend September 22, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    A Jack the Ripper Urban Legend

    4 Aug 1941 (barely a month into Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union) this ‘funny story’ appeared in a London newspaper. Perhaps we should think of it as a bit of nostalgia from the times when knives not Nazi bombs were the most dangerous thing in the East End. During the scare caused by Jack […]

    History Roundup 901: War September 22, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 901: War

    Today’s links follow 1) From Civilian to Soldier: UK 2) Hero returns Home: Scotland 3) Red Cross and War: Hospital 4) Nazis and Disabled: Germany 5) Stealing a Submarine: Ocean Floor and from the archives 6) Maggie Walls and Witch Cobblers Other links: My guitar gently weeps Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail […]

    Daily History Picture: Burning Money September 22, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Burning Money

    German inflation crisis.

    The Hobgoblin Club September 21, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Hobgoblin Club

    It is 1891. You are living in a small Cornish village and your neighbours get jumpy every time they see a shadow (‘the ghost…’ etc) and talk darkly of Mother Jones being a witch. Well, in most British villages it was a question of sermons, railway timetables and opening parish schools. But in Ludgvan, close […]

    History Roundup 900: Crime and Confusion September 21, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 900: Crime and Confusion

    Today’s links follow 1) Revolting Murder: New York 2) Soviet Summer Sins: US 3) Ben’s Matrimonial Problems: America 4) Nail Magic: Scotland 5) The Mob! in Saratoga and from the archives 6) Caterina Sforza’s Skirt Other links: Harvest Home Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: Sword! September 21, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Sword!

    British marines break out at sword.

    History Roundup 899: Supernatural September 20, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 899: Supernatural

    Today’s links follow 1) Book Review: Ohio 2) Creepy Naked Women: Ireland 3) Folklore Dictionaries: the library 4)  Nazis and Magic: Germany 5) Creepy Clowns: the street and from the archives 6) Africa First Flier? Other links: Off drugs Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: British Balloon September 20, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: British Balloon

     

    History Roundup 898: Lost Things September 19, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 898: Lost Things

    Today’s links follow 1) Lost Languages: Egypt 2) Lost Dreams: Prehistory 3) Lost Sounds: London 4) Lost Loves: England 5) Lost Coins: UK and from the archives 6) Luftwaffe and Rabbits Other links: Fiasco: America in Iraq Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: Woman in a Bottle September 19, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Woman in a Bottle

    1956

    History Roundup 897: Legends and Urban Myths September 18, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 897: Legends and Urban Myths

    Today’s links follow 1) Cayman and Taxes: Caribbean 2) WW1 Tales: Western Front 3) Meat! US 4) Legends and History and Geology: India 5) Indian Urban Legends: Washington and from the archives 6) White Horses and Sex Other links: Maybe I’m Amazed Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: Blake Brings Light September 18, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Blake Brings Light

    A discovery of the summer. Love this.

    Mermaid Monday: Connomara Siren September 18, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Mermaid Monday: Connomara Siren

    Mermaid Monday continues with this gem from western Ireland Galway. The earliest record found so far dates to 22 Sep 1819, Saunder’s Newsletter, 2-3 with the title ‘Mermaid’. However, the originally allegedly (non vidi) appeared in the Galway Advertiser 19 Sep. Naturalists have hitherto doubted of the existence of mermaids and mermen; we have it […]

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