jump to navigation
  • Immortal Meals 22#: Mesmerism Tea Party April 15, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Immortal Meals 22#: Mesmerism Tea Party

    This story combines three Beachcombing interests: first, mesmerism, and second, the practical joke framed, third, in an immortal meal, one that many readers would have killed to have attended. We are in the town of Hexham in the north of England in 1871. Mr Morgan, a professor of mesmerism has come to town to impress […]

    History Roundup 380 including 10 non-Amazing Discoveries April 14, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 380 including 10 non-Amazing Discoveries

    Today’s links follow. 1) 10 Non-Amazing Discoveries: the great Bad Archaeology is back… 2) Medieval Tunnel Turns Up: Ireland 3) Egyptian Glass: England! 4) Fake Civil War Photo? US 5) Agnodice the Handbag! Greece 6) Race Divides: US 7)’Dark Magician‘: Italy 8) Putin Closes Museum? Russia and from the archives 9) Great Republic of Rough […]

    Poison Jokes April 14, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Poison Jokes

    Strangehistory recently ran a post on death by joke and Beach was surprised by just how many late nineteenth-century joke victims died by poison. Perhaps the strangest thing is that anyone would ever even dream of bringing poison to a joke, after all you don’t load the gun you use for a fake duel, do […]

    Daily History Picture: Irish History April 14, 2015

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

    Loved this!

    History Roundup 379 including Ayn Rand and Stamps! April 13, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 379 including Ayn Rand and Stamps!

    Today’s links follow. 1) Magna Carta in 19 Cent: Lincoln (love liberty in cartoon) 2) Ghost Faces in Manuscript: Wales 3) Dead Soldier Identified: Waterloo! 4) Ayn Rand and Stamps! US 5) Lizzie Borden Grave Vandalised: US 6) A Cavalier Ghost: Britain 7) Mystery Dead Woman: Norway 8) Rollerskating and Sex Revolution: Victorian England! and from […]

    Daily History Picture: Gas Chambers April 13, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Gas Chambers

    Allegedly the walls of the gas chamber at Auschwitz. not been able to confirm…

    Pheidippides: The Greek Who Met A God April 13, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Pheidippides: The Greek Who Met A God

    Pheidippides enters the history book because he could run fast and far, and because in 490 BC, with angry Persian immortals just outside their walls, the Athenians decided that they needed help. They looked for assistance in the most violent of all Greek polis, the Spartans to the south. Sparta, though, stood 150 miles from Athens […]

    History Roundup 378 including Missing Mystery Island April 12, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 378 including Missing Mystery Island

    Today’s links follow. 1) Racist Saved by Anti-Racist: US 2) Queen Vic’s Story: England 3) Banshees and Other Nasties: ireland 4) Civil War Slave Killed: US 5) Animal Telepathy: Britain 6) Tuanaki, Missing Mystery Island: Pacific 7) Coca Cola Ads: All over the world 8) TB Mummies: Rome and from the archives 9) Rhyming Violence […]

    Daily History Picture: Sad Burial April 12, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Sad Burial

    Netherlands, a Protestant, Catholic couple divided in death…

    Dangers of Treasure Hunting in Sixteenth-Century Devon April 12, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Dangers of Treasure Hunting in Sixteenth-Century Devon

    Ancient mounds and barrows evoked mixed feelings in your average yokel in the medieval and modern period. On the one hand you, might find treasure: gold, silver and coins from the Empire or even before. On the other, though, you were likely to get flattened by whatever dragon or spirit guarded the hole in question: […]

    History Roundup 377 including Dissected Alive and Women Bike Danger April 11, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 377 including Dissected Alive and Women Bike Danger

    Today’s links follow. 1) Deadliest War: Latin America 2) US Bomber Crew Dissected Alive: Japan 3) Bessie Shepard’s Murder: England 4) Bicycle Face: Britain and America (weird…) 5) Royal Sea Treasure: Hawaii 6) WW1 Graffiti: France 7) New Zealand Fairies: 8) History Eating Beatles: Britain and from the archives 9) Decapitation at Aitape (unpleasant) Other […]

    Espionage Commandments April 11, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Espionage Commandments

    Beach ran several years ago a series of spying commandments from the end of the Great War. He thought he would follow this up today with some espionage commandments from the Second World War. These come courtesy of Bernard James Barton or (aka ‘Killer’ Barton or John Barton), a twenty-four year-old British major who, in […]

    History Roundup 376 including Levitating Lawbooks April 10, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 376 including Levitating Lawbooks

    Today’s links follow. 1) Levitating Lawbooks: South Africa 2) Cold Northern Villa: Yorkshire 3) the Arthur Seat Coffins: Edinburgh 4) Nuking the US (comic): Carolinas (and our take) 5) How to Live Like a Victorian: Library 6) George Washington’s Gentleman Tips: US 7) Another Mac Cartoon on Richard III’s Burial: England 8) Nazi Lair: Argentina […]

    Daily History Picture: Einstein and the Indians April 10, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Einstein and the Indians

    By far the best Einstein picture I know…

    Book Eating in the Bible April 10, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Book Eating in the Bible

      ***Dedicated to KMH who came up with this link*** A recent post looked at Bible sandwiches, the idea of eating the Bible to cure yourself from ills or poison. The average reader might raise their eyebrows and wonder what the scriptural basis for that is. This was Beach’s residual-protestant reaction but, then, to his shock, […]

    Page 20 of 176« First...10...1819202122...304050...Last »