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  • Three Wellingtons To Rule Them All and Hair Jewellery July 2, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Three Wellingtons To Rule Them All and Hair Jewellery

      I came across this story while looking into the history of magic rings. It is some, shall we say, marginalia, written into the back of a volume that was subsequently scanned by Google. This is not the first time I’ve come across an intriguing reference on an online scan, but this one begged more […]

    Beachcombed 49 July 1, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 49

    Dear Reader, just finished my single summer course and now have two free-ish months for writing. Mrs B’s nausea has receded: we found that ripe melons somehow work for her. The baby is almost at six months, by the end of July it will be ‘viable’: serious kicking began last week. Little and Tiny Miss […]

    History Roundup 136 including Birch Bark Letters and Strange Saguenay June 30, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 136 including Birch Bark Letters and Strange Saguenay

    Today’s post index quiz (just claimed by Gary) and today’s links 1) Birch Bark Letters: Russia 2) Selling Beagle’s Chronometer: memories of Darwin 3) Dress for Strutting Men in the 18 Cent: Peacock clothes 4) New WW1 Photos: look out for the dead plane 5) Killing Franz Ferdinand: the plotting, the chaos (and check out […]

    Index Biography #8 June 30, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Index Biography #8

    The Index Biography is a new form of biography pioneered by this blog and introduced in a previous post. The creator must find a biography of a famous individual from history, they must turn to the index and write down eight peripheral facts about the individual’s life. We offered up previously here Sheridan le Fanu and Joseph […]

    History Roundup 135 including Fake Founder and Meteorite Fragments June 29, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 135 including Fake Founder and Meteorite Fragments

    1) Stonehenge Cowboy Builders: according to ‘historians’ 2) Chicago Gang Map: 1931 3) Colliseum Medieval Bazaar: ? 4) Fake Founder Quotes: A site rather than a post but fun 5) Mother’s Letter to Soldier Son: WW1 6) Revolutionary Sisters and the Spirit of Demosthenes: US 19 cent 7) J.M Barrie’s Grave Desecrated! Peter Pan’s creator 8) […]

    Review: Seven Myths About Education June 29, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    Review: Seven Myths About Education

    There is a lovely story from a successful scholarship school in New York. When the head was asked how he had managed to keep standards so high at his institution, when other nearby schools had lost their edge, he replied that it was simple. Every time a new instruction from the Department of Educaton or […]

    History Roundup 134 including Khazar Judaism Myths June 28, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 134 including Khazar Judaism Myths

    Today’s post is on the Tennis Court Battle (1944, India) and here are the links… 1) If Archduke Ferdinand had lived: short video 2) WMDs versus Conventional Weapons: the gory truth 3) Antler Axe and German Trade: boggy Denmark 4) The Khazars Convert to Judaism: or did they!!!! 5) Temples of Trade: NY 6) Poor […]

    Fighting Over a Tennis Court June 28, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Fighting Over a Tennis Court

    Battles have been fought in some odd places: in sewers, on iced lakes, in factories, across impossibly high mountains… But a battle on a tennis court is surely unique? Other strange examples: drbeachcombing AT yahoo DOT com The scrap in question took place in April 1944 at the bungalow at Kohima and was one of […]

    History Roundup 133 including Lightning Daguerreotypes and Peruvian Quipus June 27, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 133 including Lightning Daguerreotypes and Peruvian Quipus

    Today’s post on ghost perceptions. And today’s links… 1) Quipus in Peru: can they translate?! 2) Good Advice for Subservient Girl: folded 3) Lightning Daguerreotypes: amazing concept 4) Uncovering WW1 Soldiers: a hundred years on 5) Roman Column and Religious Controversy: NY 6) Griffin has been found?!: French ship in NAmerica 7) Taft and his […]

    Ghost Universals and Human Universals June 27, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Ancient, Contemporary, Medieval, Modern
    Ghost Universals and Human Universals

    Let’s say that your neighbour meets a ghost. What will they typically see/hear/experience other than a human form: a floater, strange clanking, glowing body parts, missing body parts? We might guess one or the other from this list, but there is no need to guess. There are statistics out there (or data amenable to statistics) […]

    History Roundup 132 including Neanderthal Feces and Swiss Glaciers June 26, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 132 including Neanderthal Feces and Swiss Glaciers

    1) World’s Oldest Masks: Israel 2) Neanderthal Feces: veggies 3) Swiss Glaciers and Archaeology: melting 4) WW1 Painting They Had to Ban: Britain 5) Digital Music and the Invasion of Egypt: Napoleon 6) Exhuming 19 C History: Washington 7) Beyond the Plunder: Misunderstood pirates 8) Scottish Ghost Story: WW1 cemetery 9) Very Old DNA: interview […]

    Romans and Matron Poisoners: 190 Killed June 26, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Romans and Matron Poisoners: 190 Killed

    331 BC was a very bad year in Rome. Livy (obit 17 AD) is our only record for the catastrophe. I include here an online translation from 8, 18 (with some slight changes) and the Latin as I hate translating ‘the Padovan’. The foremost men in the State were being attacked by the same illness, […]

    History Roundup 131 including Wives Wearing Breeches and Woodhenge June 25, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 131 including Wives Wearing Breeches and Woodhenge

    Today’s post is on a Welsh miracle boy: and today’s links 1) Norwegians Give Up On Midsummer! but luckily the Swedes and Danes… 2) Lightning Freaks: Beware hoops 3) Looted Nazi Tapestry Goes Home: thanks to Sheffield University! 4) Looking for Woodhenge: in Ohio 5) Bronze Age Chariot Burial: photos 6) Science of Government: NY […]

    Boy Genius Washed Up from Shipwreck In Wales? June 25, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Boy Genius Washed Up from Shipwreck In Wales?

      ***thanks to Wade and Andy who sent this amazing story in** Consider the following tale. Two young children are found in mysterious circumstances without their parents: they look different from the locals and speak another language. They are adopted by a family in the neighbourhood. One child dies but the other prospers and shows […]

    History Roundup 130 including Blinking Child Mummy June 24, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 130 including Blinking Child Mummy

    Today’s post on 17 cent Japanese in Spain (and their descendants) and here are today’s links. 1) Mummy Eye Mystery: Haunted or Optical Illusion in Sicily 2) Ancient Cave Paintings: Gilf Kebir Desert 3) The Origins of Plymouth: New England 4) Napoleon’s Canons Found: by Russian divers 5) Back to Megiddo: the crown jewel of […]

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