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The Earliest Moustache in History? February 14, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
The Earliest Moustache in History?

The strangest things survive in the strangest places. Take the separated moustache of antique Persia, which is sometimes found in ancient visual representations. Heading this post is a Roman sculpture of a dying Persian and, here below, is a Parthian woolen piece that somehow survived from the first century B.C. and which is kept in […]

History Roundup 12: Playing Music Off Sinner’s Bottom February 13, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Uncategorized
History Roundup 12: Playing Music Off Sinner's Bottom

Note that in Feburary, as an experiment, we’ll be releasing history links roundup most days at 12.00 GMT. If you want the proper post, on early submarine weapons (Greek Fire, gloves etc) then please click. 1) Music Notations on Sinner’s Bottom: my fave today, shame about the tune though, wouldn’t like to listen to that for eternity 2) […]

Submarine Weapons Before Torpedoes: Gloves, Javelins and Greek Fire February 13, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Submarine Weapons Before Torpedoes: Gloves, Javelins and Greek Fire

Even the first submarine pioneers recognised that there would be a military applications for crafts glidingly silently unnoticed under the water. But the question was how on earth do you get to blow up the enemy flagship? On land there was everything from machetes to canons, and rocks to catapults. But under the waves human […]

History Roundup 11: Kids, Drugs and Roman School February 12, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Uncategorized
History Roundup 11: Kids, Drugs and Roman School

Note that in February, as an experiment, we’ll be releasing history links roundup most days at 12.00 GMT. If you want the proper post, on Ukrainian Neopaganism and an exceptional new book then please click. 1) Kids, Drugs and School in Roman Egypt: A Greek crib? 2) George Clooney Saves Puppies from Nazis: loved the title 3) San […]

Review: Return of the Ancestral Gods February 12, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Medieval, Modern
Review: Return of the Ancestral Gods

When this blogger thinks ‘neo-paganism’: he conjures up images of well-meaning Wiccans dancing nude in the New Forest or Californian ‘fairies’ sitting earnestly in a circle around a lonely pine and talking gnomes. But neo-paganism is not a uniform phenomenon as Mariya Lesiv’s wonderful new book, The Return of the [Ukrainian] Ancestral Gods, shows all […]

History Roundup 10: Kidnapping and Fairy Funeral in Canada February 11, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Uncategorized
History Roundup 10: Kidnapping and Fairy Funeral in Canada

Note that in February, as an experiment, we’ll be releasing history links roundup most days at 12.00 GMT. If you want the proper post, on Korean water thieves then please click. 1) A Kidnapping and a Fairy Funeral in Atlantic Canada: solid fairy gold… 2) Why the west plays chess and the east plays go: fascinating but […]

A Beautiful Korean Water Thief February 11, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
A Beautiful Korean Water Thief

The clepsydra or water thief refers to clocks, typically used in ancient times and even the Middle Ages, that measured time through dropping water: e.g. 300 drips in an hour etc etc. By the European middle ages clepsydra were on their way out but in some other corners of the world they were continually refined […]

History Roundup 9: Century-Old New York Snow February 10, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Uncategorized
History Roundup 9: Century-Old New York Snow

Note that in Feburary, as an experiment, we’ll be releasing history links roundup most days at 12.00 GMT. If you want the proper post, on North American small pox then please click. 1) Century-old New York Snow: a blizzard and the first New York film 2) Kamikaze Aircraft on Display: One of the rare survivors at Yeovil […]

Small Pox: the Native American Version February 10, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Small Pox: the Native American Version

The greatest weapons that European colonists had at their disposal when they disembarked in the Americas in the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries were not their muskets or their swords or their armour. They were, of course, their viruses (and those of their animals) with which they inflicted (at least at first unknowingly) devestation on […]

History Roundup 8: The World’s Oldest Tax Returns! February 9, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Uncategorized
History Roundup 8: The World's Oldest Tax Returns!

Note that in Feburary, as an experiment, we’ll be releasing history links roundup most days at 12.00 GMT. If you want the proper post, on Magic Bathing then please click. 1) The World’s Oldest Tax Return: A mere 4000 years… 2) The Busy Afterlife of Mary Queen of Scots: will she never leave us in peace? 3) […]

Magic Bathing in the Far North February 9, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
Magic Bathing in the Far North

This was a story that came up in the search for nineteenth-century superstitions relating to Loch Ness. We are c. 1870. The lake in question is apparently Loch mo Naire (which might be the Serpent’s Lake or the Lake of Shame) aka Lochmanur just on the northern tip of Scotland. Dipping in the loch for […]

History Roundup 7: World’s Oldest Footprints in Norfolk?! February 8, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Uncategorized
History Roundup 7: World's Oldest Footprints in Norfolk?!

Note that for the next month, as an experiment, we’ll be releasing history links roundup most days at 12.00 GMT. If you want the proper post, on ww1 started early then please click. 1) 800,000 year old footprints from Britain! Norfolk and Africa… 2) Japanese Rock Ship: lovely images 3) Churchill memo on Tonypandy riots: for sale, ‘I do […]

Starting the First World War Early: The Three Virgins February 8, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Starting the First World War Early: The Three Virgins

Two years ago Strange History ran a post on the German who accidentally started WW2 five days too early by invading Poland with something resembling a Third Reich version of the A-Team. However, I’ve recently come across a story about the German who accidentally started WW1 a day early. The German in question was one […]

History Roundup 6: Wizard’s House Found February 7, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Uncategorized
History Roundup 6:  Wizard's House Found

Note that for the next month, as an experiment, we’ll be releasing history links roundup most days at 12.00 GMT. If you want the proper post, on glider pioneers then please click. 1) Necromancy, Incest and the Quakers: Neighbours from Hell 2) German TV Series on WW2: the trials of remembering 3) Human Sacrifice Makes Sense: kind […]

Britain’s First Glider: Charles Spencer February 7, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Britain's First Glider: Charles Spencer

***an important correction to this article from Nathaniel below*** In 1868 the Aeronautical Society put up a stand at the Crystal Palace exhibition and prepared to show the nation their wares. There were many of the usual suspects: a miniature version of Stringfellow’s aerial steam carriage, for example, and prizes for anyone who get a […]

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