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  • Exploding Pipes March 20, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Exploding Pipes

    Bored, got nothing to do? Here’s a thought. Why not blind a friend for a lark? There are a couple score newspaper stories from 1850-1950 of workmen, companions and complete strangers giving victims pipes that have been doctored with gunpowder. Typically the smoker puts a match to the shag of tobacco, takes a deep breath and […]

    New History Books: McCarthy, Confederate Waterloo March 19, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: McCarthy, Confederate Waterloo

    Michael J. McCarthy, Confederate Waterloo Honestly, I’m going to get this just to learn more about Pickett’s long lunch…

    The Eternal Mystic March 19, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Contemporary, Medieval, Modern
    The Eternal Mystic

    Beach is eternally worried about mystics, people who have or believe that they have paranormal powers. Where do they come from? What do they mean? Most studies of ‘mystics’ put them in a historical tradition. The Cunning Man in the English or, for that matter, New England countryside in the 1700s draws on Christianity, Anglo-Saxon […]

    New History Books: Rydell, The Book Thieves March 18, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Rydell, The Book Thieves

    Anders Rydell, The Book Thieves: The Nazi Looting of Europe’s Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance Nazis, libraries… what’s not to like?

    The Train, the Turnip, the Knife and the Girl March 18, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Train, the Turnip, the Knife and the Girl

    A busy day today so here is a little 19C story: A practical joke of a strange kind was played recently on a young lady travelling in first class railway carriage in the West Riding of Yorkshire…. She had the carriage to herself until, at the station from which the train had a long run […]

    Vulva Bread Spell March 17, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    Vulva Bread Spell

    Location: this spell seems to have been used throughout the west Midlands and North of England. Aim: to seduce a man or to cement a sexual relationship with a man. Ingredients: flour, water, salt, a good sense of rhythm and an ample backside. Method (i) young woman makes bread (ii) when the bread is ready […]

    History Roundup 794: Images and Reconstructions March 17, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 794: Images and Reconstructions

    Today’s links follow 1) The Boston Massacre: the US 2) Black on black: the gallery… 3) The Hen Images: California 4) Rome Remade: Virtual Italy 5) Lost UK Paintings: US… and from the archives 6) Ten Stupidest Duels in History Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Learning Italian (no […]

    Daily History Picture: First of the Few March 17, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: First of the Few

    Iconic picture from First of the Few. Three surviving spitfires flying towards the sun.

    Victorian Urban Legend: The Egg Ring March 16, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Victorian Urban Legend: The Egg Ring

    Beach has recently been looking at ring stories in his quest for Victorian urban legends. Here is one that sounds simply impossible: though if any poultry experts want to contradict: drbeachcombing AT yahoo DOT com A doctor, residing in Moringa, in Australia, writes to the Revue Sanitaire to solicit the attention of naturalists to the […]

    History Roundup 793: Supernatural Thoughts March 16, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 793: Supernatural Thoughts

    Today’s links follow 1) Haunted Statue: Russia 2) Faeries and Fairy Books: the library 3) Tiny Crafts and Tiny Pilots: the sky 4) Killer Trees: the wood 5) Telephone Boggart: South Africa and from the archives 6) Treasure Dragon Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Re-emergence of the fair […]

    Daily History Picture: Sniper Training March 16, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Sniper Training

    Soviet’s practice for the German advance: Soviet officer and partisan child. Goes without saying that neither are likely to have survived the war….

    Snakes and Sleeping Humans March 15, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    Snakes and Sleeping Humans

    Beach has been wondering more about the legend of snakes as milk stealers: the satisfyingly bizarre idea that snakes suck milk both from nursing mother’s breasts and from cows’ and other ruminants’ udders. Beach has given examples of this belief and also speculated about the origins of this belief: was the idea Paleolithic or Neolithic […]

    History Roundup 792: Religious Stories March 15, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 792: Religious Stories

    Today’s links follow 1) Genghis and God: Eurasia (tywkiwdbi is a great site, been too long) 2) Skeleton in Priest Hole: UK 3) Priest Ghostbuster: Wales 4) Neanderthals Meet God (drugs): the mouth 5) Asian Dolmen? Middle East and from the archives 6) Great War Begins in Restaurant Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT […]

    Daily History Picture: Manuscript Blob March 15, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Manuscript Blob

    Watch that spider…

    History Roundup 791: Love? March 14, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 791: Love?

    Today’s links follow 1) Finding Wife with Tacs: US 2) Hat Kisses: the gardens or boulevard… 3) Buried hand in hand: London 4) Washington and the Courtesan’s Sister: US 5) Fallen Women: London and from the archives 6) Fighting Over a Tennis Court Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: […]

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