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  • Mermaid Monday: Creepy Mermaid Writes September 11, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Mermaid Monday: Creepy Mermaid Writes

    It is the single most important mermaid sighting of them all, because it is the Babylonian creation myth (or part of the same). Our source is Berossus, a Chaldean historian, writing in the Greek tradition of history: a Herodotus wannabe, in the third century B.C. In one of the surviving fragments of his book (which […]

    And If Your Sister Was About to Be Raped…? September 10, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    And If Your Sister Was About to Be Raped...?

    When the insufferable Lytton Strachey was asked, in WW1, what he would do if he saw a German trying to violate his sister, he responded ‘I would try and get between them.’ Strachey gave this answer in a legal setting. He wanted to be certified as a pacifist and Beach was curious about the question, […]

    Thomas Lucy and Shakespeare’s Lost Ballad September 9, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Thomas Lucy and Shakespeare's Lost Ballad

    Most Shakespeare scholars believe that Shakespeare’s first plays were written in about 1590, a couple of years before the sonnets: Shakespeare would have been 26. But there must have been earlier attempts, now lost apprenticeships in prose and poetry, where Shakespeare learnt his art. It is just possible that we get a distant echo of […]

    History Roundup 891: Tech September 8, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 891: Tech

    Today’s links follow 1) Math Pioneers: Babylonia (important) 2) Late 19C Technology: UK 3) Darwin’s Destiny: Britain 4) Modern Pyramid: Detroit! 5) 18C Doctors: East Anglia and from the archives 6) Charles I and Cromwell Other links: Billy Connolly Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Super Swimmer Shoots Arrow Down September 8, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Super Swimmer Shoots Arrow Down

    Here is a remarkable feat of arms recorded as a poem on an inscription, put up in AD 118 on the banks of the Danube by a Roman soldier, Soranus. Given that this is a public statement of the feat, we can assume that it actually happened. This is I, once the best known of […]

    Daily History Picture: Chocolate Riot September 8, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Chocolate Riot

    1953 sweet rationing ends in the UK

    Sutherland Fire Ball September 7, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Sutherland Fire Ball

    ***dedicated to Roberto*** This appeared in Blackwood’s Magazine under the title ‘A Southron in Sutherland’, Sutherland being a Scottish county. The year of publication was 1906: the year of the experience was 1882. An unusually vivid account of a fire ball of some kind. Note the way that it rises out of the road. In […]

    History Roundup 890: Animals September 7, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 890: Animals

    Today’s links follow 1) Elephant Misconceptions: Europe (best read this week) 2) Hell’s Squids: the Med 3) Dog Hell: Chicago 4) Animal Images: looking forward to reading about this in a couple of years… 5) Eating Dogs: Eurasia and from the archives 6) Shakespeare Road Trip Other links: Bizarre object in Atlantic Any links to […]

    Daily History Picture: 1920s US September 7, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: 1920s US

    Loved the kid.

    History Roundup 889: Battle, Violence and War September 6, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 889: Battle, Violence and War

    Today’s links follow 1) When Orwell Met Hitler: Germany 2) Bread and War: Europe 3) Violence in England: London 4) Child Soldiers: Poland 5) Mata Hari: Europe and from the archives 6) Female Flyting Other links: NDEs and American Veterans Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: English Fighting in Ireland September 6, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: English Fighting in Ireland

    Note the decapitated head: 1578 Image of Ireland

    History Roundup 888: Graves September 5, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 888: Graves

    Today’s links follow 1) Frozen Animals: Siberia 2) Literary Giant Grave: China 3) Archaeology of Mass Graves: note choose read free online option 4) Pyramid Graves: Peru 5) Pre-Mortem Amputations: Portugal and from the archives 6) Flight in 17C Warsaw Other links: Looking for planet 9, Renaissance advertising Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT […]

    Daily History Picture: 50th Division in Normandy September 5, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: 50th Division in Normandy

    British troops breaking out…

    History Roundup 887: The Supenatural (Welcome Back) September 4, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 887: The Supenatural (Welcome Back)

    Today’s links follow 1) Sky Battle: the Netherlands 2) Doll’s Ghost: US 3) Cursed Tree: Mexico 4) Creepy Fairies: UK 5) Loch Ness Ghost: Scotland and from the archives 6) Head Hunting German Phrenologists Other links: American Marines in Korea Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Mermaid Monday: Mermaids at Mombasa September 4, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Mermaid Monday: Mermaids at Mombasa

    African mermaids from 1825. It is one of those bulletins from ‘foreign climes’ that provided British newspapers with so much of their copy in the 1700s and through much of the nineteenth century. Note how the mermaids are just slipped in, like the silly item at the end of the news. Aug. 1. The Espiegle, 18, […]

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