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History Roundup 70 including the Real Flood and Persians in Siberia April 16, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
History Roundup 70 including the Real Flood and Persians in Siberia

Today’s post on Zombies in 19 cent England 1) Mystery Siberian Graveyard: from Persia? 2) Weird and Sinister WW1 Propaganda Postcard: yuk 3) Spirit Photography Fakes: 19 cent 4) Earliest Sign of Humans in Scotland: an axe 5) New York in 1946: Neon pictures 6) Clippers and Coiners: early modern England 7) The Real Flood: […]

Headless Witch Zombies in Nineteenth-Century England! April 16, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Headless Witch Zombies in Nineteenth-Century England!

Strangehistory has given some publicity in the past to the peculiar custom, found throughout the English-speaking world and beyond, of blood-letting to break witchcraft: the victim must draw blood from the witch, preferably from the face. It would be pointless to give yet another example of this barbarity. But though blood-letting features in the following […]

History Roundup 69 including Florence’s Vomitorium April 15, 2014

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History Roundup 69 including Florence's Vomitorium

1) Early, Early Rome: 200 years older than thought 2) Mummy in CT Scanner: more insights 3) The Plumber and Babe: Will, Money and Madness 4) Zepplins Over Edinburgh: 1916 5) Vomitorium Found in Florence: under Palazzo Vecchio 6) New York Remembers the Titanic: monuments etc 7) Titanic Premonitions: from Haunted Ohio and from our […]

8000 Year Old Memories in Oregon? April 15, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Prehistoric
8000 Year Old Memories in Oregon?

  ***Dedicated to Wade*** By happy chance I recently came across two different references to Crater Lake (Oregon). The most intriguing, given this blog’s longstanding coverage of oral transmission, is a memory (?) of the lake’s creation. Let’s start with the geology of the region: about 8000 years ago Mount Mazma erupted and created a […]

History Roundup 68 including RIP Jacques Le Goff April 14, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
History Roundup 68 including RIP Jacques Le Goff

Roundup of the strangest and most peculiar history stories: volume 68.

Who Built Offa’s Dyke? April 14, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
Who Built Offa's Dyke?

Offa’s Dyke is an important earthwork that runs along, very approximately, the English Welsh border. Its name comes from the little known (but apparently impressive) eighth-century Mercian king Offa (obit 796). The problem is that the dyke’s name may be a misnomer. Certainly, over the last generation there have been increasingly forceful attempts to wrest […]

History Roundup 67 including a Red Sub and Jesus’ Wife April 13, 2014

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History Roundup 67 including a Red Sub and Jesus' Wife

1) The Dangers of Lost City Searches: in the Amazon 2) Hidden Stone Communications? In Peru 3) The CIA Goes After a Red Sub: and mostly fails 4) Naming Time Square: 110 years ago 5) Jesus and Wife: Still open for debate 6) Mussolini and the Violin: for sale 7) Iron Age Mint: Britain 8) […]

The Spy Who Loved Me? Semen and Espionage April 13, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
The Spy Who Loved Me? Semen and Espionage

By WW2 Britain had the best spy and espionage service in the world: one that helped end the war in 1945 rather than 1946 or 1947. However, in WW1 it was still amateur hour. MI6 was just five years old when the guns of August thundered and there was a great deal of improvisation by […]

History Roundup 66 including Commie Scouts and Battlewinning Taxis April 12, 2014

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History Roundup 66 including Commie Scouts and Battlewinning Taxis

1) Scouts, Communists and MI5: only in Britain 2) Petroleum Tree Chart: vivid 3) Vienna, Salt and Cemeteries: inter alii Paracelsus 4) Taxis of the Marne: Legend or otherwise 5) Digging Up Durham Cathedral Kitchen: Food for thought 6) English Coin at Bannockburn: Scottish booty? 7) Bringing Music to the Trenches: Lena Ashwell 8) Egyptian […]

A Medieval Brass Robot and the Unutterable Name of God April 12, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
A Medieval Brass Robot and the Unutterable Name of God

This account is given by William of Malmesbury in one of his histories. It is interesting for many reasons, not least because it supposedly came from a doctor in his monastery, who told it to William, when the future historian was a boy. When I [William's informant] was seven years old despising the mean circumstances […]

History Roundup 65 including Brain Scoopers April 11, 2014

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History Roundup 65 including Brain Scoopers

Today’s post on rabies’ cures: migraine slowly abating and reading James Bond comics. 1) The Brain Scoopers: Egypt (see also our previous article on brain liquidation) 2) Clipping the Church: in Dark Dorset (our past examination of this ceremony further north) 3) Carambolo Treasure: and arguments in Spain 4) Scientific Racism: more 5) Alternative US: […]

Rabies and Dog’s Liver Cure April 11, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Rabies and Dog's Liver Cure

Rabies vanished from Britain in the very early twentieth century and bar some unlucky exceptions has not returned since: just 22 have died since 1902. But in the nineteenth century it was a serious menace and people, particularly children died on a fairly regular basis. Here is a rabies account from the 1860s and deep […]

History Roundup 64 including Latin WW1 April 10, 2014

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History Roundup 64 including Latin WW1

This is going to be short as in middle of migraine… However, today’s post on the nice American Civil War. 1) Writing to the Front: ww1 dedication 2) Fighting the Germans with Latin: in WW1 3) Volcano that Changed History: 1815 4) The Doll That Saw History Being Made: loved this 5) Baby Spontaneous Combustion? […]

The American Civil War: An Exceptionally Nice Conflict? April 10, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
The American Civil War: An Exceptionally Nice Conflict?

The American Civil War was a grim event: of this there should be no question. Perahps 400 thousand young men were killed, who would have contributed to the future of their country/countries. There was lasting bitterness, particularly in the South, where even today there are debates about Confederate Flags and northern culpability. For an outsider, […]

History Roundup 63 including Lethal Legals and Papal Guns April 9, 2014

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History Roundup 63 including Lethal Legals and Papal Guns

1) Practice Trenches: ww1 norfolk 2) Oldest Decimal Table: China 3) Interesting Marriages, Births etc: 1817 4) Lethal Legal Eagle: the danger of lawyers 5) Mongolian Shamanism: A surprising story 6) John Paul II Guns: At his birthplace 7) Hebridean Oracles: wild stuff and Kentucky 8) Farming to the Sofa: 6000 years of change on […]

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