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  • Daily History Picture: The Harvest Mouse Pack? March 18, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: The Harvest Mouse Pack?

    Gable, Temple, Rooney and Garland

    Disturbingly Nude Victorian Mermaids March 18, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Disturbingly Nude Victorian Mermaids

    Nothing like a really beautiful mermaid, right: hair breezing sea blue blonde, scales shining with Brasso, tail whipping like a pike dropped in a bucket of acid? Well, yes, and Beach has previously celebrated the alluring mermaids of Venice: what some of his students would call ‘babes’. But he has been disturbed today by a […]

    History Roundup 355 including an Ancient Tsunami in Mexico March 17, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 355 including an Ancient Tsunami in Mexico

    Today’s links follow. 1) Michelangelo Sales Illegal: Vatican 2) African DNA: The US 3) Ancient Tsunami: Mexico 4) Jane Austen’s Aunt: India 5) ISIS Cyberattack: Colonial Williamsburg 6) Rat Parasites from Norway: New York! 7) Goodwin Wharton in Fairyland: England (and Beach’s take and again) 8) Amazing WW2 Manufacturing Stats: US 9) Keynes Bio: Britain […]

    Daily History Picture: Home to Frankfurt March 17, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Home to Frankfurt

    A terrible moment….

    The Oldest Phrase in the World March 17, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    The Oldest Phrase in the World

    Sentences are passed from mouth to mouth down through the ages: some of these that are both reckoned wisdom and that attain a particularly attractive form remain with us. A simple question now: what is the oldest sentence in continual use? First, some ground rules. The sentences in question cannot be overly general. For example, […]

    History Roundup 354 including Things That Change Shape in the Night March 16, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 354 including Things That Change Shape in the Night

    Today’s links follow. 1) Ghengis Khan’s Successors: Asia 2) Spider and Snake Battles: New York 3) Bunkers and Battlefields: Okinawa 4) Military Bikes: the Battlefield 5) Things That Change Shape in the Night: Japan 6) Berkley and Death Pangs: Ireland (late but interesting) 7) Damp Mystery: Vermont 8) 15 Cent Foods: England 9) The Anthropocene […]

    Daily History Picture: Flame Thrower Light March 16, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Flame Thrower Light

    Germans light their cigs with a flamethrower…

    Macarius and the World Soul March 16, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Uncategorized
    Macarius and the World Soul

    Nothing like a medieval eccentric, there are so few of them: this was an age, after all, when originality was neither enjoyed nor, all too often, tolerated. How about Macarius then, allegedly an Irish monk though that name – Greek? – doesn’t seem Gaelic or the kind of name that Gaels would adopt in their […]

    History Roundup 353 including Underage Sailors March 15, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 353 including Underage Sailors

    Today’s links follow. 1) Oldest Pretzel: Germany 2) Bad National Geographic: Honduras 3) Neanderthal Jewels: Kansas 4) Underage Sailors, WW1: Britain 5) St-Kilda Diaries: Scotland 6) Irish Scars: New York 7) Mystery Sculpture: Florida (fake?) 8) Ghost Elephant: US 9) Very Old Brain: York and from the archives 10) Zoological Soup and Aroused Pig Other […]

    Daily History Picture: Goodbye Adolf March 15, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Goodbye Adolf

    Hitler’s Last Picture, doesn’t look in a good mood.

    Preserving Foolish Enemies March 15, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Preserving Foolish Enemies

    A very speculative post. In war there may be something to be said, in strategic terms, let’s forget the tiresome debates around international law, for killing enemy leaders. Sometimes this is a simple decapitation strategy (American attempts to annihilate Sadam Hussein at the beginning of the Second Gulf War or earlier US targeted bombing on […]

    History Roundup 352 including Supermarket Mass Grave March 14, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 352 including Supermarket Mass Grave

    Today’s links follow. 1) Supermarket Mass Grave: Paris 2) Black History Month Photos: US 3) 18 Cent Taxes! Britain 4) Hair Sprouter: Kentucky 5) Hair Care, 1918: the Barber 6) Nature and Wonder: Grand Canyon 7) Massive Nazi Archive: Colorado! 8) Burning Library: Rome 9) Arsenic Immunity: Peru and from the archives 10) Great Balls […]

    Chamber Pot Enemies March 14, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Chamber Pot Enemies

    Chamber pots have been practically banished from modern western households but as late as the Second World War most families had a ceramic bowl that passed as a toilet; a potty for grownups with no running water in the house. These chamber pots were, of course, carefully decorated. Some of them were twee, some were […]

    History Roundup 351 including War Monsters March 13, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 351 including War Monsters

    Today’s links follow. 1) Walking from the US to Russia: the road 2) Spring Heel Jack: Britain 3) Elegy for Hatra: Iraq (heartbreaking) 4) First Americans: Oregon 5) Robert Bruce Come Lately: Scotland 6) Monsters and War: all over but particularly the ancient world 7) Italy’s Evil Island: Poveglia 8) Popularity Index: the world and […]

    Child Stealing and Bridge Building in Bosnia March 13, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Child Stealing and Bridge Building in Bosnia

    This story appeared in 1897 in the British newspapers, it circulated around the world appearing in New Zealand and Pennsylvania, as well, though it is one of those tales where there was no follow up: did it reflect facts on the ground or a desperate hack with nothing to write about? It related, in any […]

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