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  • History Roundup 73 including Mayor Killing and Speeding Easter Bunny April 20, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 73 including Mayor Killing and Speeding Easter Bunny

    First of all, happy easter to all, second apologies for the missed roundup yesterday but Mrs B is not very well at the moment. Today’s post is on the fireboy! 1) Killing the Mayor of NY: 100 years ago 2) Roman Port Digging: Tuscany 3) Speeding Easter Bunny: newspaper clipping 4) MACM: A Strange Classical […]

    John Farkas: Fire Boy! April 20, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    John Farkas: Fire Boy!

    John Farkas’ name seems to have flared up very briefly in history and then to have died down again just as quickly. Many of the things associated with John (Janos?) were, let’s say, poltergeist tricks and not that remarkable. But what about the fire? Note that this newsreport dates to 1921 and appeared in the […]

    Flirty Fishing: Evangelical Prostitution April 19, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Contemporary
    Flirty Fishing: Evangelical Prostitution

    The Children of God were a rather silly American Christian group, born in 1968, that went, however, almost immediately off the rails, rode down the sidings and ended up chugging along in the blackest, grimiest ditches known to human experience. They specialized, for one, in unusual sexual practices. Some of these are too sordid to […]

    History Roundup 72 including Orange Peel and Ice Outlaws April 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 72 including Orange Peel and Ice Outlaws

    Today’s post on Pearl Harbor and Britain 1) Fairbanks and Chaplin: do the world war thing 2) Fixed Wrestling Match: in antiquity 3) Chinese Propaganda Posters: on the environment… (look out for orange peel) 4) Creepy Jesuses: in Spain 5) Just Doing My Job: photos late 19 c ny 6) European Slaves East: I’d like […]

    Britain and Pearl Harbor April 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Britain and Pearl Harbor

    The whole question of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor has been mired for years in conspiracy theories. There are, naturally, huge problems with said conspiracy theories not least the motive of the American leadership in allowing the destruction of an important part of their Pacific Fleet; it is not as if Japan was being […]

    History Roundup 71 including Parisian Prostitutes and Nebraskan Sods April 17, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 71 including Parisian Prostitutes and Nebraskan Sods

    Today’s post on madness in Fiume. 1) Some important wisdom on history: smashing stuff! 2) More on the Siberian Mummies: the Persian evidence seems practically nil 3) Eighteenth Century Kid’s Manners: ‘always bow at home’ 4) Predicting Lincoln’s Death: every which way 5) Disecting a Sod House: down Nebraska way 6) Chilean Mummy and Poison: […]

    Fiume under D’Annunzio: An Incubator of Evil April 17, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Fiume under D'Annunzio: An Incubator of Evil

    ***Dedicated to Ray G*** Everyone has dreamed of walking through Kublai Khan’s ice palaces or straying into the outer reaches of Dante’s paradise (after St Bernard has spoken) or, for those with a rural bent, strolling through the wood of Keats’ nightingale. But one early twentieth-century community spent the best part of eighteen months in […]

    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

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    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

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    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 […]

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