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  • War Heroes’ Bones for Manure in Scotland September 17, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    War Heroes' Bones for Manure in Scotland

    We have seen on this site, several times, urban legends about body parts being used in industrial production: fat for glass or telegraph wires; body parts for soap, something, of course, found too in the First World War. The following story is a not so elaborate practical joke but the attitudes behind it suggest that […]

    The Origins of Jill the Ripper September 16, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Origins of Jill the Ripper

    There has long been a minority opinion that Jack the Ripper was a woman: the so-called ‘Jill the Ripper theory’. It is often said that the theory begins with William Douglas Steward, Jack The Ripper: A New Theory in 1939. Steward established to his own satisfaction, that Jill was a deranged midwife. But Steward was […]

    1816 Flight Attempt in Paris September 15, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    1816 Flight Attempt in Paris

    Prepare to be humiliated. Your name is Guillaume, the years is 1816, and you have convinced yourself that it is possible to fly with wings attached to your puny arms. Yes, this is the age of balloons, but surely man can climb into the sky practically unassisted? Now you are in a great tradition, a […]

    History Roundup 896: Archaeology September 15, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 896: Archaeology

    Today’s links follow 1) Prince in the Ground: Siberia 2) Neanderthal Technology: Prehistory 3) New Luxor Tomb: Egypt 4) Amateur’s Mosaic Finding: UK 5) Digging Up Edison: US and from the archives 6) Lincoln and the Angels Other links: The Faun Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: Trans-Atlantic Spelling September 15, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Trans-Atlantic Spelling

    Sorry…

    Annie Kidnapped by the Fairies September 14, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Annie Kidnapped by the Fairies

    A very short post today as Beach has to deal with some pesky leprechauns. Annie McIntire, a venerable county Derry woman, has a sublime faith in the fairies. When being examined at a meeting of the Limavady Pension Committee as to her age, she fixed the time of her birth as Hallowe’en in 1839 giving […]

    History Roundup 895: Unusual Customs and Places September 14, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 895: Unusual Customs and Places

    Today’s links follow 1) Sea Silk: Italy 2) Savage Slavery: Senegal 3) Faked Civil War Photos: US 4) Penis Slicing: Paris 5) Slang: England and from the archives 6) Jesus in Japan Other links: Niall Ferguson interview (better on Kissinger than on Brexit etc) Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: Monsters September 14, 2017

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

    This was allegedly born in Kracow.

    History Roundup 894: Eccentrics September 13, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 894: Eccentrics

    Today’s links follow 1) Alfred Wintle: Britain 2) Emperor of San Francisco: Us 3) Caroline: UK 4) Tesla: follow link too… and from the archives 5) Mermaids Ahoy Other links: Queen Victoria’s Letters Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: Irish Warband September 13, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Irish Warband

    Irish warriors prepare to fight the English. Note the blessing… Late sixteenth century.

    History Roundup 893: Food September 12, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 893: Food

    Today’s links follow 1) Eating Clay, Vomiting Insects: Ireland 2) 18C Food: Malta 3) Food Containment and Ritual: Israel 4) Oldest Wine: Sicily 5) Food History Experiments: site I’d not come across before and from the archives 6) Admiral and Nazi Cobblers Other links: Grain matters Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT […]

    Daily History Picture: WW1 German Planes Over Pyramids September 12, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: WW1 German Planes Over Pyramids

    In awe of this picture. James H. 29 Sep 2017, has found the same orientation. Love this. Leif, 1 Nov 2017: At the sight of this photo, Dr. Beachcombing was overcome with awe. We were overcome with suspicion. 100 years ago, film exposures were far to slow to capture a propellor in rotation, so when […]

    The Somercotes Ghost September 12, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    The Somercotes Ghost

    An interesting ghost scare from 1930. Somercotes is a village in Derbyshire. The first report is from 9 Jul 1930. The Somercotes ghost, which caused a big scare four years ago, has apparently not been laid. This early report has proved untraceable, though in the midst of the following crisis a local confesses to having […]

    History Roundup 892: Supernatural September 11, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 892: Supernatural

    Today’s links follow 1) Dangerous Supernatural Rooster: Switzerland 2) Fairy Science: All over 3) Mine Warning: Nevada 4) Horror Film: India 5) Ghosts and History: New England and from the archives 6) Mermaids and Binocs Other links: Yiddish ghosts (love this, 7 minutes) Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: Oldest Toy? September 11, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Oldest Toy?

    Turkey: made 7500 years ago. Kate writes in, 29 Sep 2017: If that little toy cart was really made 7,500 years ago, wouldn’t it predate the invention of the wheel by about 2,000 years? That doesn’t seem right. Kate has a point…

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