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  • The Poison Duel 8#: Animal Poison Duels October 12, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Poison Duel 8#: Animal Poison Duels

    Thanks to Chris from Haunted Ohio Books for pointing out a dimension of the poison duel that Beach had recklessly passed by: poison duel by animal. First, the tarantula duel from 1887 courtesy of Chris Grand Forks [North Dakota] Daily Herald 20 September 1887: p. 3 A Toledo (O) special dispatch says: Particulars of a […]

    History Roundup 226 including A Legendary River October 11, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 226 including A Legendary River

    Today’s links follow. 1) Female Jewish Pilot: Soviet Union 2) Vikings Vain: no surprise here 3) Salem Before Salem: US 4) Pen from Poe’s Coffin: US 5) Map Mistake at Waterloo: Lowlands 6) Local Communities Saving Buildings: UK 7) Cataloguing Medieval Doodles: Europe 8) The Saraswati River, Did It Exist: Greater India and from the […]

    Very Late Witch Case from Norfolk, 1941 October 11, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Very Late Witch Case from Norfolk, 1941

    This blog has long taken pleasure in noting late cases of witchcraft from Britain and Ireland. From time to time Beach announces, in arrogance, that this case or other was absolutely the latest: just last month it was an assault on a witch from 1924 from Devon. However, the following remarkable case seems to make […]

    History Roundup 225 including Archive of Mysterious Animals October 10, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 225 including Archive of Mysterious Animals

    Today’s links follow. 1) Woops, I Just Dropped A Nuclear Bomb: Soviet Union 2) Ash in Europe: Alaska 3) Long Lost Archive of Mysterious Animals: a treat… 4) History of the Gondola: Venice (video) 5) Georgian Recipes: UK 6) Glasgow Poverty c. 1970: Scotland 7) The Big Hairs Return: Great picture 8) Amazon Poem: UK and […]

    Daily History Picture: Bison Skulls October 10, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Bison Skulls

    Manifest destiny: US hunters have wiped out the most important inhabitants of the west, the buffalo

    Immortal Meals 17#: Eating with Attila October 10, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Immortal Meals 17#: Eating with Attila

    From about 400 to about 1200 there are pitifully few western witness accounts: almost all experiences are filtered through poetry, hagiography, or legal documents. We don’t really see scenes or meet characters: there are names and there are gilded set pieces (a wedding, a miracle, a battle). This makes the exceptions so much more exciting… […]

    History Roundup 224 including Why’s This Man Smiling October 9, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 224 including Why's This Man Smiling

    Today’s post is on a poison duel story and today’s links follow. 1) Why’s this Man Smiling: US (old but absolutely brilliant and horrible) 2) Nazi’s Plans fore South America: Britain, US and Germany 3) Visions of Julia at her Wake: US 4) Witch Girl: Italy 5) Ancient Ritual Bath and Australians: Turkey 6) Barn Hide-away: Maine […]

    Daily History Picture: Assault in Mississipi October 9, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Assault in Mississipi

    One of the most famous images from the Civil Rights movement. As always with these shots, it is the grinning buffoons who make it. Memories of a bully crowds post.  

    The Poison Duel 7#: Molever vs Mullins October 9, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Poison Duel 7#: Molever vs Mullins

    To add to the Poison Duels series here is another fictional story. This time from the Sunderland Daily Echo 17 July 1895, but taken originally from Tit Bit 21 July 1894. Beach loved it and found it more satisfying than the other poison duel set in Germany. Other Poison Duel fictions? Drbeachcombing AT yahoo DOT com There were […]

    Daily History Picture: The Owl and the Magpie October 8, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: The Owl and the Magpie

    The owl and the magpie in a luscious medieval miniature. What about the other birds? what is the parable here?      

    Killing Fidel October 8, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Killing Fidel

    The 1975 Church Committee looked at rogue or extreme CIA activities and took a particular interest in the decision in the late 1950s and early 1960s to kill foreign heads of state, who were deemed unfriendly to US interests. Chief of these was, of course, Fidel Castro, a man who had both succeeded in making […]

    History Roundup 223 including Blackberry Legends October 7, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 223 including Blackberry Legends

    Today’s links follow. 1) Getting Tudor Music Back: UK 2) Gender Equality in the Neolithic Revolution: Turkey 3) X-Raying the Land: Wales 4) Incredible Early Image of Christ: Spain 5) Blackberry Legends: UK 6) Well Preserved German Bomber: Croatia 7) St Evona and the Devil: Brittany 8) Rogue Metal Detectors: all over the bloody place […]

    Daily History Picture: The Death of Mansur al-Hallaj October 7, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: The Death of Mansur al-Hallaj

      Persia’s Socratean moment as Persian mystic Mansur al-Hallaj is killed in Baghdad 922

    Drilling Out Demons in Nineteenth-Century France October 7, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Drilling Out Demons in Nineteenth-Century France

    Folie a deux was once used by psychologists to describe shared madness. Not just one person, but two or three or many more experience the same unreasonable convictions. Strange History wants to offer a short series of cases of shared madness within households, i.e. people living together, typically families. It should be noted that for […]

    History Roundup 222 including Mystery Danish Castle October 6, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 222 including Mystery Danish Castle

    Today’s links follow. 1) Mystery Castle: Denmark 2) Kids and Museums: Everywhere 3) Climate Pushes Human Settlement: Ancient Pacific 4) WW1 Snaps: UK 5) The Joy of Counterfactuals: review 6) Ritual Site: Poland 7) Arsenic is a Girl’s Best Friend: France 8) 3D Translation of Hittite: Turkey 9) Most Intriguing Historical Lists: Everywhere and from […]

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