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  • History Roundup 955: Christmas Stuff December 12, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 955: Christmas Stuff

    Today’s links follow 1) Santa Claus’ Jaw Bone: Illinois 2) Elf on the Shelf: shops 3) Creepy Christmas Rituals: all over 4) Mince Pie History: UK 5) and, why not, upside down Christmas trees… and from the archives 6) Hitler and Lenin Play Chess Other links: midnight coffee Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail […]

    Daily History Picture: Sophia in the Garden December 12, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Sophia in the Garden

    Sophia Loren in the orchard.

    Katharine Briggs: Some Thoughts December 12, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Katharine Briggs: Some Thoughts

    Anyone who studies fairies, witches and the supernatural generally will have a simple series of thoughts about Katharine Briggs (1898-1980): gratitude for keeping the Folklore Society going over a rocky couple of decades; love of her marvelous books, including one of the great fairy novels; and an affection for that brooding severe child of Victorian […]

    History Roundup 954: Supernatural December 11, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 954: Supernatural

    Today’s links follow 1) Poltergeist Fun: Austria 2) Asp Ghost: Sea 3) Review of Hutton’s Witch: READ THE AUTHOR’S ANSWER 4) Tucked Up: US 5) Unicorn: Scotland and from the archives 6) Genocide on Wight Other links: Twelve years looking for a song; Excellent lecture on Italian-Ottoman war http://bobrowen.com/nymas/podcasts/Brian%20Sullivan%20-%20Italo-Ottoman%20War%201911-12%20320kbps.mp3 Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks […]

    Mermaid Monday: Mermaid Baby Found December 11, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Mermaid Monday: Mermaid Baby Found

    We are in Orkney 1898. The people of Staxigoe, a village about two miles from Wick, were much excited on Saturday when they discovered that a mermaid had been washed ashore. The head was wanting, but what remained left no doubt in the good folks’ minds that a genuine mermaid lay stretched before them. Body […]

    Daily History Picture: Owl and War December 11, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Owl and War

    Soviet soldier feeds owl.

    Lobasha, A Psychic Boy Detective December 10, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Lobasha, A Psychic Boy Detective

    Had something stolen? A close friend has been murdered? Or has there been a kidnapping in the family? Help unfortunately is not at hand. The FBI are busy with the Patriot Act, the A Team are lost in the Los Angeles Underground and Le Chevalier C. Auguste Dupin is regrettably fictional. However, do not despair for […]

    Victorian Urban Legend: Lady Vanishes December 9, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Victorian Urban Legend: Lady Vanishes

    This is a well known urban legend, but what is of great interest here is the documented splash it made in the UK and particularly at English dinner parties. We are in 1913 so not really Victorian England, but surely the content justifies its inclusion in the series? The tale, at least this variant of […]

    History Roundup 953: Miscellany December 8, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 953: Miscellany

    Today’s links follow 1) Mad Jack Churchill: UK 2) Viking Games: Scandinavia 3) Real Life Evangeline: US 4) Rock Storms: Ireland (the power…) 5) Cloud Names: the skies and from the archives 6) Mongol Elephants in America Other links: Hasta Luego Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: Stonehenge December 8, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Stonehenge

    A Blake image I had not seen before this summer.

    History Roundup 952: Animals December 7, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 952: Animals

    Today’s links follow 1) Pigeon Memorial: Paris 2) Prehistoric Camel: Asia 3) The Bonassus: England (amazing!) 4) Animal Imports: Sicily 5) Dogs and Men: Prehistory and from the archives 6) Bat Men and New York Other links: Copa Rota (Ramones) Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: Tattooing 1940s December 7, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Tattooing 1940s

    Dated 1940

    History Roundup 951: War and Invasions December 6, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 951: War and Invasions

    Today’s links follow 1) Caesar’s Invasion: England (major new evidence) 2) Human Rights Postwar: Europe 3) How to Write about Nazis: Journalism 4) Sausage War: Finland (our take) 5) Lost Sword: Bermuda and from the archives 6) A Hitlerian Invisible Library Other links: Battle of Mons Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT […]

    Daily History Picture: Heavy Seas December 6, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Heavy Seas

    USS Anzio

    Urban Legend: An Experiment in Transmission December 6, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    Urban Legend: An Experiment in Transmission

    How do urban legends spread and how quickly? The following is a suggestion for an experiment involving the creation and propagation of a new urban legend. First phase: a team creates a credible story and each member changes details but not narratives. Second phase: they, then, on a given day, release the story on an […]

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