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  • History Roundup 441 including Impossible Japanese Wolves June 21, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 441 including Impossible Japanese Wolves

    Today’s links follow. 1) Bad Mormon Marriages: Utah 2) Romans out East: India 3) Hitler Escaped (!!): the Bunker 4) Waterloo in Lego: Playroom (video) 5) Washday Blues: Georgian England 6) Big Crypto Birds: US 7) Unsolved Murder Fun: Canada 8) Mysterious Wolves: Japan and from the archives 9) Unicorns in Arabia Other links: child […]

    Udder Snakes June 21, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Udder Snakes

    One of the most curious legends, one that this blogger cannot even begin to account for, is the idea that some animals and particularly snakes and reptiles like to take milk directly from a cow’s udder. Here is a selection of some of these legends. It goes without saying that there is no truth in […]

    Daily History Picture: Listen to the Animal Bishop June 21, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Listen to the Animal Bishop

    Would you trust the bishop? Christian beware.

    History Roundup 440 including Sky Visions and Vampire Horrors June 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 440 including Sky Visions and Vampire Horrors

    Today’s links follow. 1) Freaky Mother: Indiana 2) Vampire Horrors: Carolinas 3) History Playmobil: the kids’ room 4) Scythian Tattoos: in China… 5) Anne Frank on Film: Amsterdam 6) Lady Godiva: Britain 7) Beauty Tips: Ancient Rome 8) Sky Vision: Boston and from the archives 9) A Hitlerian Invisible Library Other links: What happens when […]

    Emperor Stars in Anti-Colonial Play June 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Emperor Stars in Anti-Colonial Play

    Puyu (obit 1967) has gone down in history as the last Chinese emperor, not including of course Mao and his successors, and what a life he had. Brought up in the Forbidden Palace he was perhaps the most spoilt boy in the world: having servants beaten for a whim; this perhaps made up for the […]

    History Roundup 439 including Phantom Pigs and Lost Gardens June 19, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 439 including Phantom Pigs and Lost Gardens

    Today’s links follow. 1) Clairvoyant Vision: Waterloo 2) A Battle Child: Waterloo 3) Ghost Called in Divorce Case: Boston 4) Phantom Pigs: Chilterns (and look out for sewer pigs) 5) Economic Bunk: Ancient Greece 6) Ambition’s Charnel House: Waterloo 7) Hanging Gardens: Babylon 8) Atlantis in… Greece and from the archives 9) Latin or Celtic […]

    Daily History Picture: Water Jousting June 19, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Water Jousting

    1930s? Looks like fun

    You Have Only Your Chains to Lose (Unless You Are African) June 19, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    You Have Only Your Chains to Lose (Unless You Are African)

    Karl Marx was a prolific author. The complete works of Marx and (his companion) Engels run to an almost unbelievable fifty volumes (including letters). In these volumes Marx said many clever things, some wise things, a good deal of stupid things, and some utterly, utterly bonkers things. Beach has recently been enjoying a selection of […]

    History Roundup 438 including European DNA Origins Again June 18, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 438 including European DNA Origins Again

    Today’s links follow. 1) 370 Gallons A Second: Roman Empire 2) Named for Victory: England 3) European DNA Origins: the Lab 4) Wrong Wreck: Lake Michigan 5) Possessions of Mental Patients Checking In: US 6) Patton’s Revolver: Auction House 7) Bach Comes Home: Germany 8) Burnt Bones: Macedonia and from the archives 9) The Mystery […]

    Daily History Picture: Weighing the soul June 18, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Weighing the soul

    Going down…

    Irish Sheep Boy June 18, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Irish Sheep Boy

    Many years ago Beach ran a post on an Irish cow man, which seemed to have come out of a ‘Celtic’ wonder tale. What though about the Irish sheep boy, reported by the Dutch doctor Nicholas Tulp (pictured) (obit 1674)? The sheep boy had somehow ended up in Amsterdam. Note that in what follows Beach […]

    History Roundup 437 including Viking Antibiotics June 17, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 437 including Viking Antibiotics

    Today’s links follow. 1) Viking Antibiotics: The Far North 2) Medieval Ships Underground: Estonia 3) 450 Dead Babies: Athens 4) Ten Signs Middle Aged: Medieval World 5) Stalagmites and Caves: Scotland 6) What Happened to Charles Bravo: Britain 7) Runnymede Pageant 1934: England 8) Waist Trainer: the Wardrobe and from the archives 9) Image: First […]

    Daily History Picture: Headless Duel June 17, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Headless Duel

    Where to even begin…

    Enemy Gives Medal for Ship Sinking June 17, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Enemy Gives Medal for Ship Sinking

    There are very occasional instances of enemy officials reporting on the gallantry and heroism of opposite numbers. The Irish Captain Roope of the HMS Glowworm was, for example, given his Victoria cross in part because of the testimony of a German captain, Heye, whose ship had been rammed by Roope in 1940. However, there is […]

    History Roundup 436 including Map Secrets from Yale June 16, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 436 including Map Secrets from Yale

    Today’s links follow. 1) Waterloo Beyond the Tomb: 2) Gladiator Graffiti: Turkey 3) Map Secrets: Yale 4) Storms of Past: the Lab 5) POW Camp Reborn: Scotland 6) Custom Coins: Bulgaria 7) Hellenic Undead: Greece 8) Bronze Age Surprises: China and from the archives 9) Off the Beaten Track in the Classics Other links: Surviving […]

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