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  • Daily History Picture: Swear Words March 9, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Swear Words

    Fighting for Monty Python

    History Roundup 605 including a new Will O The Wisp March 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 605 including a new Will O The Wisp

    Today’s links follow. 1) Drilling Teeth: Prehistory 2) Will O The Wisp and a Strange Stone: Derbyshire, UK 3) 18 Cent Laptops: US 4) Making Stonehenge: in Austria… 5) Humans and Dog Love: Prehistory 6) Georgian Love and Marriage: UK and from the archives 7) Wandering Jew in Burnley Other links: Taste of  Your Tears

    Daily History Picture: Human Plague March 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Human Plague

    ‘The case in Illinois was lab-associated….’

    An Urban Legend: The Vanishing Car March 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    An Urban Legend: The Vanishing Car

    This is a very exciting ghost story, because it seems to be an early version of the most famous (and at least to this blogger) the most satisfying modern urban legend: the vanishing hitchhiker: hitchiker picked up who it later transpires was a ghost. Admittedly the story is turned on its head: the driver and […]

    History Roundup 604 including Henry VIII’s Brain Damage March 7, 2016

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    History Roundup 604 including Henry VIII's Brain Damage

    Today’s links follow. 1) Neanderthal Fire Making: Prehistory 2) Custer Defending Indians? US 3) New Ancient Bar: France 4) Henry VIII and Brain Damage: England 5) Pocahontas Mystery: US 6) Modern Witchcraft: Colorado! and from the archives 7) Digges and an Early Telescope Other links: The value of vellum, Penny Lane

    Daily History Picture: German Trench March 7, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: German Trench

    Dig deep…

    Ergot Madness in Historians March 7, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Contemporary, Medieval, Modern
    Ergot Madness in Historians

    Ergot is a fungus that grows on some crops, particularly rye, and is most common in northern temporal climes. When ingested by humans or animals it can cause hallucinations, temporary neurological disorders and circulation difficulties including burning limbs and, in serious cases, gangrene: there are records of peasants who lost all four limbs to ergot poisoning […]

    New History Books: Wings of Empire March 6, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Wings of Empire

    Barry Renfrew, Wings of Empire Perhaps the single book I’m most looking forward to…

    Late Somerset Witch Caught as Rabbit March 6, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Late Somerset Witch Caught as Rabbit

    Beach has long tradition of posts of unusual nineteenth-century accounts of the survival of witchcraft in Britain and Ireland. Here is one from Bridgewater, Somerset (the south-west), which appeared in Notes and Queries in 1853. A cottager, who does not live five minutes’ walk from my house, found his pig seized with a strange and […]

    New History Books: Invincible Beast March 5, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Invincible Beast

    Matthew, Invincible Beast The most deadly rugby scrum in history…

    Dreaming Death: Early Registration of Death March 5, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Dreaming Death: Early Registration of Death

    This appeared in the newspaper as ‘an extraordinary hallucination’: Beach had very tentatively put it in his list of Victorian urban legends until he verified the existence of Sheriff Balfour. It could alternatively be sure bloody chance; or a murder case (if you close your eyes and squint at it from an unusual angle): any views […]

    History Roundup 603 including Hidden Tut Treasure March 4, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 603 including Hidden Tut Treasure

    Today’s links follow. 1) Living in WW2 Today: Britain (terrifying) 2) New Tut Treasures? Egypt 3) Heartbreak Archaeological Remains: Syria 4) Ford and East German Reply: US 5) Stolen Duelling Pistols: UK 6) Invading the North: Scotland and from the archives 7) Ginx’s baby Other links: Sheffield Ghosts, You Can Sleep While I Drive

    Daily History Picture: Communist Dies March 4, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Communist Dies

    Execution of a communist in Munich 1919. I’ve always had problems believing this picture… Everyone seems to be posing.  

    The Earliest Cargo Cult? March 4, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Earliest Cargo Cult?

    Cargo cults are Melanesian religious movements centred on the ability of the colonial powers to bring the kind of trinkets that fill shopping malls and dollar stores to the some of the virgin corners of the earth. The first references to cargo cults, the Vailala Madness, which began in 1919, for example, saw Papuans preach […]

    History Roundup 602 including Smelly Ghosts March 3, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 602 including Smelly Ghosts

    Today’s links follow. 1) Smelly Ghost: US 2) Bad Bulge: Hollywood 3) Sex in the Senate: US 4) Perpetual Motion: Germany 5) Black Murderess: US 6) English 500 Years Ago, What It Sounded Like: UK 7) Snakes Live Within You: Ancient Med and from the archives 8) Talking Dog and King’s Fellow Other links: Zen […]

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