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  • History Roundup 99 including Ghost Towns, Ghosts with Muskets and Ghost Bison May 20, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 99 including Ghost Towns, Ghosts with Muskets and Ghost Bison

    Today’s post on the Kaiser in Holland: and the links… 1) Lost Village on the Border: Scotland 2) WW1, Eight Million Life Stories: almost as many as the deaths 3) Torpedo on Mainstreet: great election story 4) Soviet Ghost Town: Arctic Circle 5) Killer Aristocrat: 19 Cent France 6) Iron Magic in the Carrib: 18 […]

    Review: The Ex Kaiser in Exile May 20, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Review: The Ex Kaiser in Exile

    In 1918 as Germany began to implode, Wilhelm II, Kaiser and perhaps the individual most responsible for the war, crossed the border into the Netherlands, took up residence there and then abdicated. He would live in the Netherlands (which had of course been neutral for the previous four years) until his death in 1941. In […]

    History Roundup 98 including Witches, Werewolves and Worms May 19, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 98 including Witches, Werewolves and Worms

    Today’s post is on witches killing children with nose bleeds in Mexico. Today’s links, meanwhile: 1) Werewolf Trial! Chalons, 1598 2) Oldest Tool Making Site in Americas: 13500 BC 3) Massive Roman Camp in Germany: 18 hectares! 4) Red Baron: Epic Photos 5) Egyptian Child Star: in her tomb 6) Burning Witches in Switzerland: ‘The […]

    The Fortune Teller and the Children Tax May 19, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Fortune Teller and the Children Tax

    This appeared in a news report from 1888 A remarkable trial has been opened in the city of Mexico [i.e. Mexico City]. During the past year an old woman, living in a little town near the capital, has been exacting a monthly tax trom the fathers of families to prevent her from taking the lives […]

    History Roundup 97 including Phantom Dog Unearthed and Virgil and Vikings May 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 97 including Phantom Dog Unearthed and Virgil and Vikings

    Today’s post defending the Dark Ages and today’s links follow: 1) Piltdown Revisited: at the Appendix 2) Thames Shipwreck: and dangers of climate change 3) Ripper Expert RIP: Sugden 4) Masks: Venice, carnival etc 5) Prehistoric Galloway: Scotland 6) Roman Station discovered: in Bulgaria! 7) Was Shuck Real? monster body found 8) Virgil and 9/11: […]

    In Defence of the Dark Ages May 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval
    In Defence of the Dark Ages

    The Dark Ages is a much despised term for the period from the collapse of the Roman Empire to the tailing off of Viking raids in the tenth and eleventh centuries and the arrival of a new stability in Europe. Most historians agree that the period deserves a name, in other words it stands out […]

    History Roundup 96 including Circular Jails, Caryatids and Chinese Exclusion May 17, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 96 including Circular Jails, Caryatids and Chinese Exclusion

    Today post on swearing fetuses. Today’s links, meanwhile… 1) Circular Prisons: 23 hours alone 2) Sickles, Murderer and War Hero: 19 Cent Disgrace to Daring 3) Those Lovely Vandals: more thebarbarianswerenotreallybarbarians 4) Telescope in Delft: 17 century 5) Bezoars: I can’t stomach this stuff, but it is interesting 6) The Malahide Murders: 1926 (go to […]

    Swearing Fetuses and the English Sausage Seller May 17, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Swearing Fetuses and the English Sausage Seller

    A nasty little episode from the late 1860s and London with a most curious annex. A sausage seller gets roughed up by a group of young London Jews, after saying something anti-semitic. This led to a trial. When his wife or ‘missus’ was called into the witness box though, something rather peculiar happened. To corroborate […]

    History Roundup 95 including Gibbs’ Guts, Georgian Graves and Globes May 16, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 95 including Gibbs' Guts, Georgian Graves and Globes

    Today’s post on Cuckolds. 1) George Gibbs and Guts: 17 cent suicide 2) Hitler Albums: looted art 3) More on that Mexican Skeleton: first American? 4) Remote Viewing in the Cold War: ! 5) Globe Collection: pictures all 6) How Germany Saw WW1: British Museum 7) Bras in Space: making suits 8) Newton’s Secret Papers: […]

    The Cuckold’s Horns May 16, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    The Cuckold's Horns

    ***Thanks to Ricardo and Neil for help with this post*** The cuckold’s horns is a sign, usually indicated by two fingers placed over the head, of a man whose wife has been unfaithful. In many countries – not least the UK, see photo – the actual symbolism has been forgotten and only the offence remains. […]

    History Roundup 94 including Washington’s Whisky and Magic Mushrooms May 15, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 94 including Washington's Whisky and Magic Mushrooms

      Today’s post on strange uses for telegraph wires in 19 century Iran. Job for this afternoon choosing baby name. Short list: Cecilia, Emily, Fiore and Sarah. 1) Washington and Whisky: so much for George’s retirement 2) The Santa Maria Found? Please, God… 3) Clairon’s Banshee: actress, France 4) Another Zodiac Killer: another son tells […]

    Telegraph Wire and Oasis Jewellery May 15, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Telegraph Wire and Oasis Jewellery

    Governments and multi-nationals have long had problems with locals (particularly criminally-inclined locals) stealing their wire. Most collectors get out their pliers because, say, copper is worth a lot of money. But in the early years of electricity and telegraph wire there were other reasons for stealing: more principled and practical reasons. Take Thomas Stevens’ description […]

    History Roundup 93 including Dracula’s Digs and Circus Cemetery May 14, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 93 including Dracula's Digs and Circus Cemetery

    Today’s post on ancient German unicorns (or reindeers?) 1) The First DC Protest March: for jobs 2) Dracula’s Castle: for sale! 3) Virginian Stones: predate Stonehenge? 4) Circus Grave: animals and train crash 5) Vindolanda Tablets: new finds? 6) Phoenicians in the New World: an attempt to prove it 7) Hunters to Herders: how fast […]

    Caesar and a German Unicorn? May 14, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Caesar and a German Unicorn?

    Karl Shuker has recently put up a post on an ancient cryptoid: the Hercynian Unicorn. KS, always interesting, quotes the work of a German author Markus Bühler (whose work I’ve not read), suggesting that we are dealing with a ‘freak deer’ across the Rhine. However, before conjuring up abberant creatures to explain curious antique references, […]

    History Roundup 92 including Mapping Miracles, Monuments and MER May 13, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 92 including Mapping Miracles, Monuments and MER

      Today’s post is on the Vampire Inn. Today’s link meanwhile… 1) Hercynian Unicorn: hope to write a supplement to this 2) White House Evacuation in Cuban Missile Crisis: chilling stuff 3) Zeno and Middle East Respiration Epidemic: ! 4) Washington Monument and its Cranks: the misunderstood elevator shaft 5) Mapping Miracle Stories: ASNaC project […]

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