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  • History Roundup 109 including Anal Smoke Blowing and Oldest Trousers June 2, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 109 including Anal Smoke Blowing and Oldest Trousers

    Today’s post on dragons in Devon and today’s links 1) Oldest Trousers: 3000 years 2) Decoding Anglo-Saxon Art: possible? 3) Stealing Clothes from the Grave: monks…. 4) Berlin Exhibition for WW1: striking pictures 4) Information Destruction through History: nice graphic 5) 7800 Year Old Settlement: Bulgaria 6) Blowing Smoke Up Anus: the medical science behind […]

    Dragons in Sixteenth-Century Devon? June 2, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    Dragons in Sixteenth-Century Devon?

    Challacombe is a small village to the west of Exmoor in Devon in the south-west of the UK. On the edge of the moor there are many ‘hillocks of earth and stones, cast up anciently in large quantity’, i.e. prehistoric burial mounds. So far so normal, this is a classic landscape in a marginal agricultural area, that […]

    Beachcombed 48 June 1, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 48

    May is the laziest month. Exhaustion after the semester, a chance to relax… Watch some of the amazingly good American TV shows out there. Read comics. Potter in the garden. Waste time. Well, it was good but now it has come to the end. Hope to do some hard writing in the next three months […]

    History Roundup 108 including Mystery Mayan Ash and Dog Bites Mammoth May 31, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 108 including Mystery Mayan Ash and Dog Bites Mammoth

    Today’s post is the Index Prize (already won by Dennis) and today’s links… 1) More Portuguese First in Australia: ‘a boy stumbled upon…’ 2) Queen Victoria’s Book Plate: majestic 3) The Longitude Prize: and win ten million 4) Mystery Mayan Ash: how to explain Mayan pottery 5) Urethral Syringe for Veneral Diseases: all rusty… 6) […]

    The Index Biography #7 Prize = a Good Book May 31, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    The Index Biography #7 Prize = a Good Book

    ***Dennis M from Newfoundland got this, spool down for the answer*** The Index Biography is a new form of biography pioneered by this blog and introduced in a previous post. The creator must find a biography of a famous individual from history, they must turn to the index and write down eight peripheral facts about the […]

    History Roundup 107 including Fuselages, Four-Foot Combs and Fish Sauce May 30, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 107 including Fuselages, Four-Foot Combs and Fish Sauce

    Today’s post on islands and diseases. Today’s links, meanwhile… 1) How to be a Beauty: 18 cent 2) Iron Age Village: under Scottish town 3) The Problem with Roman Fish Sauce: Garum! 4) 600 Year Old Astronomical Sketch: comes to life 5) Buy Hess’ Fuselage: late profit 6) Four Feet Combs: Argentina 7) Richard III […]

    Islands, Epidemics and Local Knowledge May 30, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    Islands, Epidemics and Local Knowledge

    Human beings have immune systems. These immune systems are supposed to protect us from illnesses. Usually the immune system is up to the job, but every so often a new virus comes along that can skip around all defences with fatal consequences. The ‘new’ Black Death, for example, killed perhaps a third of medieval Europeans […]

    History Roundup 106 including God’s Footsteps and Earliest False Tooth May 29, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 106 including God's Footsteps and Earliest False Tooth

    Today’s post is on historic Barbie and the links… 1) Faking Roman Coins: in antiquity 2) Crusade Seal: Jerusalem 3) Immigrant Architecture: Rare success? 4) American Whaling: Moby Dick stuff 5) Treasure Trove Problems: Prison for divers? 6) Hidden Mary: weird face 7) God’s Footsteps: spectacular picture 8) Earliest False Tooth! Britain 9) Blood Drinking […]

    Historical Barbies: Warning Shallow Post! May 29, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Ancient, Contemporary, Medieval, Modern, Prehistoric
    Historical Barbies: Warning Shallow Post!

    Barbie  is an American doll that has been marketed across the globe since 1959 and that was based on an earlier German ‘sexy’ doll Bild Lilli (another post, another day). Barbie was, of course, an instant success and continues to outsell all rivals – there is a Barbie doll purchased every three seconds somewhere in the world – […]

    History Roundup 105 including American Ogham and Human Zoos May 28, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 105 including American Ogham and Human Zoos

    Today’s post is on Johnny Norton, Electric boy. And the links… 1) Can’t Fight, Hate Khaki: great WW1 story 2) Ogham Allegations in the New World: Barry Fell redux 3) Chile Mummy: oldest from the Americas 4) Jazz Age Bohemian Dinner: oh to have been there 5) What Does ‘Discovery’ Mean in the Archives: nice […]

    Johnny Norton: Electric Boy! May 28, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Johnny Norton: Electric Boy!

    Electriticy proved endlessly fascinating to the general public in the second half of the nineteenth century. Take the electric boy, Johnny Norton. Johnny gave off constant electricity from his body, so much so that if you went up and shook his hand you would receive a shock. Nor was this just a spark after walking […]

    History Roundup 104 including Creepy Caves and THE DELUGE May 27, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 104 including Creepy Caves and THE DELUGE

    Today’s post on Rommel on a motorbike. And the links… 1) Weird Amusement Rides: The Deluge!!! 2) How the Caribbean Destroyed Scotland: Darien 3) Viking Age Finds: Eden Valley 4) Creepy Caves: Peru 5) Suspended Animation: St. Louis 6) Rich Finds at Land’s End: forget Indiana Jones though And from the archive… 7) Swedish Husbands […]

    Rommel in the Shenandoah?! May 27, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Rommel in the Shenandoah?!

    Every so often a reader writes in with a great story told brilliantly where I just cut and paste. Cue the following tale from Michael Dunn. I’ve put Michael comments/elaboration in italics (tweaking typos etc) and just added a few thoughts of my own in normal text. This story involves a prominent figure in a […]

    History Roundup 103 including Solway Spaceman and When Roosevelt Met Lincoln May 26, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 103 including Solway Spaceman and When Roosevelt Met Lincoln

    Today’s post on the non discovery of shuck, today’s links… 1) Solway Spaceman: UFO, fairy, ghost or photographic glitch 2) Vikings Making a Fast Buck on Climate Change: who else… 3) Laying Transatlantic Cable, 1959: short film 4) Search for Earliest Menstrual Pad: fourth century (and presumably much older) 5) The Real Downton Abbey: Healing… […]

    The Non-Discovery of Shuck May 26, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    The Non-Discovery of Shuck

    Shuck (aka shock) was a demonic hound that haunted much of East Anglia in the early modern period: and in the absence of satisfactory ancient and medieval records may have been running around with blazing red saucer sized eyes, since the time when the druids were the new kids on the Neolithic block. However, in […]

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