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  • Index Biography #11 September 30, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Index Biography #11

    *** Peter G wins this. The wife with same name gave away… For answer spool down*** 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 […]

    History Roundup 216 including Arm Wrestling History September 29, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 216 including Arm Wrestling History

    Today’s links follow. 1) Bringing Mithras Back: London 2) Clever Museum Video: Hamilton 3) Marriage Bust Ups in the 1800s: UK 4) The Most Famous Arm Wrestling Match in History: US 5) Amazing Gold from Stonehenge: UK 6) Potty Training Through Time: the west 7) Into the Trenches in Red and Green: WW1 8) Digging Up […]

    Daily History Picture: Fat and Slim September 29, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Fat and Slim

    A photograph from the 1890s showing a side-show couple: fat boy and slim boy boxing.

    The First Funeral Wreath, c. 60,000 B.C.? September 29, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Prehistoric
    The First Funeral Wreath, c. 60,000 B.C.?

    Archaeology is an extremely vague art and the greatest danger its practitioners face is the temptation of joining chance findings together to create imaginary narratives. Take the first flower funeral in history. In 1960 Ralph Solecki, a US archaeologist, excavated a Neanderthal grave in Iraq in the famous Shanidar Cave: one of several Neanderthal graves […]

    History Roundup 215 including Modern Midwest Witchcraft September 28, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 215 including Modern Midwest Witchcraft

    Today’s post is on the bear that almost started a nuclear war and today’s links follow. 1) Nail Polish History: France et alia 2) Uncolonised Map: Africa (fascinating) 3) Modern Witchcraft: midwest US 4) More on Amazon Names: Scythian? 5) Golfing Ghost: Scotland 6) The Sex Doll: US and Europe 7) Fossil Faeces: South America 8) Vaporising […]

    Did a Minnesota Bear Almost Cause World War III? September 28, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Did a Minnesota Bear Almost Cause World War III?

    The story is often told because it is a thrilling and terrifying one. In the midst of the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 a bear triggered an alarm at a US base leading personnel to believe that their airfield was under attack by Soviet saboteurs. US nuclear bombers on the airfield were scrambled and were […]

    Daily History Picture: Blitzed Books September 27, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Blitzed Books

    A bookshop hit by German bombs, Britain, 1940.

    The Poison Duel 5#: Poison Dominoes in Poland September 27, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Poison Duel 5#: Poison Dominoes in Poland

    The poison duel is dramatic enough: two men with two glasses before them, one poison, one not. Both swig at the same time. But just imagine now, instead, that you add dominoes into the mix. Yes, dominoes… Perhaps only death by lawn bowling or tiddlewinks could be more exciting. This story dates to 1882 when […]

    History Roundup 214 including the Last of the Mitfords September 26, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 214 including the Last of the Mitfords

    Today’s post is on change and humanity and today’s links follow. 1) Last of the Mitfords: UK (sister of one of the few women to sleep with Hitler) 2) New Geoglyphs: Kazakhstan 3) Amazon Names on Vase Amidst Nonsense: Greece 4) Nazi Counterfeiters: US and Germany 5) Augustus’ Rooms! Italy 6) Problems of Archaeology in […]

    Daily History Picture: Medieval Circumcision September 26, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Medieval Circumcision

    The earliest European picture of cirumcision? Oh for anaesthetic or laughing gas.

    Human Knowledge of Change September 26, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Contemporary, Medieval, Modern, Prehistoric
    Human Knowledge of Change

    Humanity began its long escape from the seasons about 10000 years ago when the Neolithic Revolution saw a nomadic primate named homo sapiens start to settle, grow plants, drink beer and domesticate animals. Though some of our cousins in the Amazon rainforest and the Pacific still keep up an essentially natural animal existence, most of […]

    History Roundup 213 including Beyond Weird GIFS September 25, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 213 including Beyond Weird GIFS

    Today’s links follow. 1) Beyond Weird Gifs: all over 2) Great Western Railway Uncovered: UK 3) New Female Statues: Greece 4) Inuit Folklore and Franklin: Canada 5) Greenwood Cemetery Explored: US 6) The World’s Oldest Beehive: Scotland and from the archives 7) Marco Polo meets a dragon Other links: the obama divorce myth, stephen king’s […]

    Daily History Picture: Wedding Bells and Goebbels September 25, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    Daily History Picture: Wedding Bells and Goebbels

    Goebbels marries the dreadful Magda, Hitler the best man walking behind, 1931.

    An Invisible Library Among the Fairies September 25, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    An Invisible Library Among the Fairies

    Imagine that you have just been captured by the pixies. You are dragged down into one of the underground prisons and thrown into a dim room. However, while banging your fists on the now locked door you see that there is at least one distraction: a rich volume balanced on a circular stand ‘as one sometimes […]

    History Roundup 212 including Flowers in Battle September 24, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 212 including Flowers in Battle

    Today’s links follow. 1) Ancients Who Lived for 200 Years: all over 2) Strange Family Review: Guardian 3) Botany War: WW1 4) Historic Ghost Ship: California 5) Abandoned Villages from the Air: England 6) Mass Hysteria Weirdness: all over and from the archives 7) Licking Knives and Blind Mice Other links: ig nobel, when journalists […]

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