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  • Daily History Picture: Irish Warband September 13, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Irish Warband

    Irish warriors prepare to fight the English. Note the blessing… Late sixteenth century.

    History Roundup 893: Food September 12, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 893: Food

    Today’s links follow 1) Eating Clay, Vomiting Insects: Ireland 2) 18C Food: Malta 3) Food Containment and Ritual: Israel 4) Oldest Wine: Sicily 5) Food History Experiments: site I’d not come across before and from the archives 6) Admiral and Nazi Cobblers Other links: Grain matters Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT […]

    Daily History Picture: WW1 German Planes Over Pyramids September 12, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: WW1 German Planes Over Pyramids

    In awe of this picture. James H. 29 Sep 2017, has found the same orientation. Love this. Leif, 1 Nov 2017: At the sight of this photo, Dr. Beachcombing was overcome with awe. We were overcome with suspicion. 100 years ago, film exposures were far to slow to capture a propellor in rotation, so when […]

    The Somercotes Ghost September 12, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    The Somercotes Ghost

    An interesting ghost scare from 1930. Somercotes is a village in Derbyshire. The first report is from 9 Jul 1930. The Somercotes ghost, which caused a big scare four years ago, has apparently not been laid. This early report has proved untraceable, though in the midst of the following crisis a local confesses to having […]

    History Roundup 892: Supernatural September 11, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 892: Supernatural

    Today’s links follow 1) Dangerous Supernatural Rooster: Switzerland 2) Fairy Science: All over 3) Mine Warning: Nevada 4) Horror Film: India 5) Ghosts and History: New England and from the archives 6) Mermaids and Binocs Other links: Yiddish ghosts (love this, 7 minutes) Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: Oldest Toy? September 11, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Oldest Toy?

    Turkey: made 7500 years ago. Kate writes in, 29 Sep 2017: If that little toy cart was really made 7,500 years ago, wouldn’t it predate the invention of the wheel by about 2,000 years? That doesn’t seem right. Kate has a point…

    Mermaid Monday: Creepy Mermaid Writes September 11, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Mermaid Monday: Creepy Mermaid Writes

    It is the single most important mermaid sighting of them all, because it is the Babylonian creation myth (or part of the same). Our source is Berossus, a Chaldean historian, writing in the Greek tradition of history: a Herodotus wannabe, in the third century B.C. In one of the surviving fragments of his book (which […]

    And If Your Sister Was About to Be Raped…? September 10, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    And If Your Sister Was About to Be Raped...?

    When the insufferable Lytton Strachey was asked, in WW1, what he would do if he saw a German trying to violate his sister, he responded ‘I would try and get between them.’ Strachey gave this answer in a legal setting. He wanted to be certified as a pacifist and Beach was curious about the question, […]

    Thomas Lucy and Shakespeare’s Lost Ballad September 9, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Thomas Lucy and Shakespeare's Lost Ballad

    Most Shakespeare scholars believe that Shakespeare’s first plays were written in about 1590, a couple of years before the sonnets: Shakespeare would have been 26. But there must have been earlier attempts, now lost apprenticeships in prose and poetry, where Shakespeare learnt his art. It is just possible that we get a distant echo of […]

    History Roundup 891: Tech September 8, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 891: Tech

    Today’s links follow 1) Math Pioneers: Babylonia (important) 2) Late 19C Technology: UK 3) Darwin’s Destiny: Britain 4) Modern Pyramid: Detroit! 5) 18C Doctors: East Anglia and from the archives 6) Charles I and Cromwell Other links: Billy Connolly Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Super Swimmer Shoots Arrow Down September 8, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Super Swimmer Shoots Arrow Down

    Here is a remarkable feat of arms recorded as a poem on an inscription, put up in AD 118 on the banks of the Danube by a Roman soldier, Soranus. Given that this is a public statement of the feat, we can assume that it actually happened. This is I, once the best known of […]

    Daily History Picture: Chocolate Riot September 8, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Chocolate Riot

    1953 sweet rationing ends in the UK

    Sutherland Fire Ball September 7, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Sutherland Fire Ball

    ***dedicated to Roberto*** This appeared in Blackwood’s Magazine under the title ‘A Southron in Sutherland’, Sutherland being a Scottish county. The year of publication was 1906: the year of the experience was 1882. An unusually vivid account of a fire ball of some kind. Note the way that it rises out of the road. In […]

    History Roundup 890: Animals September 7, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 890: Animals

    Today’s links follow 1) Elephant Misconceptions: Europe (best read this week) 2) Hell’s Squids: the Med 3) Dog Hell: Chicago 4) Animal Images: looking forward to reading about this in a couple of years… 5) Eating Dogs: Eurasia and from the archives 6) Shakespeare Road Trip Other links: Bizarre object in Atlantic Any links to […]

    Daily History Picture: 1920s US September 7, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: 1920s US

    Loved the kid.

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