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  • Mermaid Monday: Mermaid in Berlin October 9, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Mermaid Monday: Mermaid in Berlin

    Bit of a melancholy mermaid story this week that has, sorry, little to do with mermaids and nothing to do with the sea. The following story has been published at Berlin under quasi-official sanction [those Prussians!]: ‘On the 15th, the wife of a painter in Old Schonhaus Street, brought into the world a most wonderful […]

    Best Ghost Story: Paris Station Ghost October 8, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Best Ghost Story: Paris Station Ghost

    This is one of the very best ghost stories: partly because of how its written; partly because of how difficult it is to explain away. The author is Shane Leslie, an Irish member of the British establishment in the 1920s and 1930s, a cousin of Churchill and a witty and delightfully gossipy talker. He had […]

    Flight Hoaxes at Norwich October 7, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Flight Hoaxes at Norwich

    Beach recently came across this remarkable hoax from Norwich UK from 1826. The public are respectfully informed that Signor Carlo Grain Villecrop [these sound like foreign names made up by an English writer], the celebrated Swiss Mountain-flyer, from Geneva, and Mont Blanc, is just arrived in this city, and will exhibit, with Tyrolese pole, fifty feet […]

    History Roundup 911: Remarkable People, Remarkable Acts October 6, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 911: Remarkable People, Remarkable Acts

    Today’s links follow 1) Pirate Queen: Morocco 2) Caroline to England: Brunswick 3) Woman Without a Face: Australia 4) Royal Toilet: Korea 5) Human Slippers: US and from the archives 6) UFO in Palazzo Vecchio Other links: Moon River Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: Benign Swastikas October 6, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Benign Swastikas

    Edmonton, Canada, ice hockey team: before the Nazis dishonoured the swastika.

    History Roundup 910: Supernatural and Mysteries October 5, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 910: Supernatural and Mysteries

    Today’s links follow 1) Medieval Superstition: Britain 2) Bell Freakery: the Church Tower 3) Neanderthal DNA: in the Americas… 4) Vampire Memories: Romania 5) UFO Landing: Britain and from the archives 6) Bierce’s Second Act Other links: Secret Garden Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: Dunkirk Evac October 5, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Dunkirk Evac

    Notice the captured German helmet.

    The Scholar Who Went with the Fairies October 5, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    The Scholar Who Went with the Fairies

    Peter Alderson Smith is an English scholar who in 1987 wrote a really very good book on Irish fairies: W. B. Yeats and the Tribes of Danu. In the middle of the book there is one of these passages where you think: what?!? Beach to help inattentive readers has italicized the relevant clause. Note that […]

    History Roundup 909: Prehistoric and Medieval Art October 4, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 909: Prehistoric and Medieval Art

    Today’s links follow 1) Cave Paintings: Caves 2) Cave Painter Truths: Caves 3) Petroglyph Marvel: Norway 4) Rude Graffiti: UK 5) Beyond Kells: Ireland and from the archives 6) Chris Columbus’ Origins Other links: Mongol lecture https://youtu.be/D9yKUFUPI7U Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: Train Fairies October 4, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Train Fairies

    This is from Andrews, Ulster Folklore.

    History Roundup 908: Crime and Mystery October 3, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 908: Crime and Mystery

    Today’s links follow 1) Diving Mystery: Australia (creepy this one) 2) Stealing Ashes: the Cemetery 3) Infestation: Scandinavia 4) Beer Wars: Chicago 5) Bad Nuns: Church and from the archives 6) Half Mermaid, Half Priest Other links: I’ll Stand By You Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: Remembering Cats October 3, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Remembering Cats

    Loved this, remembering a cat.

    History Roundup 907: War October 2, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 907: War

    Today’s links follow 1) German Fantasy Invasion: UK 2) Mystery Submarine: Belgium 3) Viking Sword: Ireland (remarkable) 4) Thirty Year War: Europe 5) Nazi Photos: Germany and from the archives 6) Irish Fairies in New Hampshire Other links: Genghis Khan Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: Death of Cornish October 2, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Death of Cornish

    A tragic map: it was all over by 1800, pace Cornish nationalists…

    Mermaid Monday: Mermaids Off Islay October 2, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Mermaid Monday: Mermaids Off Islay

    Here is a mermaid story from the Scottish islands 1857 (Anon 1857). The declaration of two fishermen on the Argyleshire coast appears in the Shipping Gazette. They say: ‘We the undersigned, do declare that on Thursday last, the 4th June 1857, when on our way to the fishing station, Lochindaal, in a boat, and when […]

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