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  • New History Books: Kosher USA May 21, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Kosher USA

    Horowitz, Kosher USA (Columbia University Press) Food history is always good and some of the manipulations described in the blurb got my curiosity going.

    Iberian Hedgehog Graves May 21, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Iberian Hedgehog Graves

    Aristotle writes in his Politics (7, 2) that ‘among the Iberians, a warring people, they fix obeliskoi in the earth around a man’s grave corresponding to the number that they have killed’. This is a much quoted sentence and one that has caused some confusion over the years because of the translation and mistranslation of obeliskoi. […]

    History Roundup 655 including Cannibal Castle May 20, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 655 including Cannibal Castle

    Today’s links follow. 1) Lead Poisoning: Rum Cellars 2) UFO Broadcast: US 3) Cannibal Castle for Sale: Scotland 4) Miscarried Baby in Mummy: Egypt 5) Civil War Nursing: US 6) Humans Killing Human: Prehistory and Beyond and from the archives 7) Fish Killed Emperor Other links: Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow

    Daily History Picture: Killing Knight? May 20, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Killing Knight?

    Not sure what is going on here, but my guess is a peasant is finishing off a knight, possible with the knight’s sword. 23 May 2016, lots of emails pointing out what should have been obvious. This is David on Goliath. D’oh. E.g. Tarcangel: Your May 20, 2016 drawing of a “peasant killing a knight” […]

    Irish Phoenix (1897)? May 20, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Irish Phoenix (1897)?

    Beach likes to think that he presents an interesting series of monsters to the international anomalist, folklore horror and ghost community. But he has one regret. In largely limiting himself to British and Irish newspapers the range of fauna is often fairly modest, certainly when compared to the marvelous stuff that appears in some American […]

    History Roundup 654 including Thirsty Ghosts May 19, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 654 including Thirsty Ghosts

    Today’s links follow. 1) Mad Old Eva Peron: Argentina 2) Thirsty Ghosts: the Larder 3) Revolutionary War Mystery: US 4) Arabian Ice Age: the Deserts 5) Napoleonic Treasure in Bookshop: Australia 6) Atomic Heart: the lab (Christ!) and from the archives 7) Preserving Foolish Enemies Other links: Somme Footage

    Daily History Picture: The Big Three May 19, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: The Big Three

    The other big three, Wilson, Clemenceau, Lloyd George: would you put the future of Europe in their hands?

    Vivid African Execution May 19, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern

      There follows a particularly vivid description of an African execution/sacrifice of a witch. The witness, Paul B. Du Chaillu (obit 1903) was describing his travels in West Africa in the 1850s: Du Chaillu has gone down in history as the first westerner to see gorillas (though there is Hanno…) Here he instead he learns […]

    History Roundup 653 including Medieval Warrior Meets Drone May 18, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 653 including Medieval Warrior Meets Drone

    Today’s links follow. 1) Viking Parliament (the thugs): Scotland 2) Modern Mummy Relations: the Lab 3) A Cave and a Tablet: Near East 4) Language of Farmers vs Nomads: Dictionary 5) ‘Weeping Virgin Ends in Tears‘: France 6) Nefertiti Still Missing: Egypt and from the archives 7) Chamber Pot Enemies Other links: Medieval Warrior Meets […]

    Daily History Picture: Saintly Man May 18, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Saintly Man

    Unexciting title but this thirteenth century MS has something

    Neither Ghosts, Nor Bogeys, Nor Heat, Nor Gloom: Postoffice Workers and the Paranormal May 18, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Neither Ghosts, Nor Bogeys, Nor Heat, Nor Gloom: Postoffice Workers and the Paranormal

    Beach came across this reference to postal messengers being delayed the inference being that this was because of a fear of Derbyshire bogeys: we are near the ivy-covered village of Longnor in the deep Peaks (UK 1874). For the guidance of our friends and neighbours we learn that our post-messenger will for the future be […]

    History Roundup 652 including Graves on Runways May 17, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 652 including Graves on Runways

    Today’s links follow. 1) World War Zero: Ancient Med 2) Prehuman Ink: the page 3) Graves on Airport Runways: US 4) Jewish Community Indian Roots: Israel 5) Mom and Dad the Russian Spies: US 6) Plague Village: England 7) Pre-Clovis Americans: Florida and from the archives 8) Child Stealing and Bridge Building Other links: Grit and […]

    Daily History Picture: More Russian Snipers in Skirts May 17, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: More Russian Snipers in Skirts

    Shiver….

    What Language is Closest to English? May 17, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Contemporary, Medieval
    What Language is Closest to English?

    English is a Germanic language and its closest living relation should be one of the Continental Germanic tongues, German, Dutch and the like. However, try speaking English to a German who knows no English, or try understanding German (with just English) and you will find that they are very distant relations. An Italian listening to Spanish: or […]

    History Roundup 651 including British Museum in the Blitz May 16, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 651 including British Museum in the Blitz

    Today’s links follow. 1) Rival Garden of Eden: Near East 2) Nuclear Targets: EuroAsia 3) Stone Age Technology Cuts Better: Australia 4) British Museum in the Blitz: London 5) The Survival of John Wilkes Booth: US 6) Loch Ness Sightings: Scotland and from the archives 7) He was my Emperor Other links: Peer reviewing your […]

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