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  • Mermaid Monday: A Mad Mermaid? December 4, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Mermaid Monday: A Mad Mermaid?

    Nice mermaid story from 1886 (anon). A young man comes across a mermaid in Aberdeen harbour. Interestingly the experience ended in a police court. The latest ‘mermaid’ story is a local one. It evolved itself in the Aberdeen Police Court on Monday this wise: About seven o’clock Sunday a young son of the sea who […]

    Victorian Urban Legend: The Missing Clock December 3, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Victorian Urban Legend: The Missing Clock

    This story came out in the Pall Mall Gazette, in early January 1885. It has that sharp cordite smell of urban legend and is, truly, as the journalist says, ‘an amusing story’. Massive kudos to anyone who can send in other nineteenth or twentieth century examples: drbeachcombing AT gmail DOT com An amusing story reaches us […]

    New Book: Magical Folk December 2, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Medieval, Modern
    New Book: Magical Folk

    Beach is happy to announce that just two days ago Gibson Square released Magical Folk: British and Irish Fairies (a topic close to the heart of many readers of this blog). The book is choc full of fairy experts and includes three chapters on European emigrant fairies in the New World. The authors are: Magical […]

    Beachcombed 90 December 1, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Uncategorized
    Beachcombed 90

    Dear Reader, November a pleasant month after the hell of October (ever forget): lots of writing and proofreading. Thanks for all good wishes. There follow the most interesting words sent in to StrangeHistory. Thanks to all contributors and linkers… Beach Big Brother Urban Legends: Filip G with some great East bloch examples… Cruiser Tank: NH gives […]

    Daily History Picture: Owl Beauty November 30, 2017

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

    Delightful fragment from an illuminated manuscript

    Index Biography #48: Prize a book November 30, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Index Biography #48: Prize a book

    ***Invisible gets it – scroll down for answer*** The Index Biography is a quiz 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 individual’s life. We offered up previously […]

    History Roundup 948: Potpourri November 29, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 948: Potpourri

    Today’s links follow 1) Turkey Weapons: US 2) Digital Research and Art: Libraries 3) Hanging Women: England 4) Whale Story: Greenland 5) Weird Objects: US and from the archives 6) Prospero and the Etruscans Other links: How Bill Gates Reads Books Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: US Nazi Rally November 29, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: US Nazi Rally

    US Nazi rally at Madison Square Gardens, 1939.

    Islam: a Warlike Religion? November 29, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval, Modern
    Islam: a Warlike Religion?

    As part of Europe’s culture wars and as part of the continuing ‘War on Terror’ we in the west are constantly talking about Islam. Among these debates there is the question of Islam’s supposedly violent nature. Unlikely couplings of bearded prophet types and bespectacled intellectuals discuss lines from the Koran. There are even surreal exchanges where […]

    History Roundup 947: Supernatural November 28, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 947: Supernatural

    Today’s links follow 1) Pacific Folklore: Hawaii 2) Cellini’s Hell: Florence 3) Fairy Fun: All Over 4) Freaky Fire: Greece 5) Cottingley Photographs: UK and from the archives 6) Total Eclipse Other links: The Mermaid (beautiful) Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: Marilyn Kicks Off November 28, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Marilyn Kicks Off

    US vs Israel soccer match

    Big Brother Urban Legends November 28, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Big Brother Urban Legends

    The three great totalitarian states that dominated Europe in the 1930s were the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. Did these have their own urban legends? Of course. But what were they? Beach wants only to open one obvious form of totalitarian urban legend: what he will provisionally call ‘the big brother story’. Now, […]

    History Roundup 946: Archaeology November 27, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 946: Archaeology

    Today’s links follow 1) Mosaic: Byzantine 2) Technology and Archaeology: Computers 3) Iron Age Treats: England 4) Archaeology of Genocide: Poland 5) War and Archaeology: Iraq and from the archives 6) Diodorus’ Island Other links: Murmuration of starlings (been trampolining to this) Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: Improvised Shovel November 27, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Improvised Shovel

    German helmet made into a shovel… Hard times.

    Mermaid Monday: Stoning Mermaids November 27, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Mermaid Monday: Stoning Mermaids

    This brief account was published in the press in 1827 (Anon). Within these last two or three days there have been several mermaids seen on the rocks at Trenance, in the parish of Mawgan. I will state the particulars at length, as I have been enabled to collect them, and which are from undoubted authority, […]

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