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  • 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 […]

    Blue Bottoms and Samurai in 17 C. Spain June 24, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Modern
    Blue Bottoms and Samurai in 17 C. Spain

    ***This story came from Invisible for which many thanks*** In 1613 a group of Japanese soldiers and diplomats undertook an extraordinary journey that would end with blue spots on the bottoms of babies in Andalucia (Spain). The diplomatic group was led by a northern aristocrat, Hasekura Tsunetaka and a crew of 180 under HT sailed the Pacific landing […]

    History Roundup 129 including Dracula’s Grave and Oldest Circumcision Image June 22, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 129 including Dracula's Grave and Oldest Circumcision Image

    Today’s post on a starvation duel and today’s links follow 1) Conan Doyle Speaking to the Dead: a letter 2) Dracula’s Grave Found: in Italy?!! 3) 5 Historic Myths: video 4) Mystery Behind the Blue Room: Picasso 5) From Turrets to Toilets: ‘the throne room’ 6) Sold Mein Kampf: now in trouble 7) Chinese Decoy […]

    Starving Duel in Idaho June 22, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Starving Duel in Idaho

    By the nineteenth century duels were falling out of fashion. The state typically prosecuted and even the girl (or very occasionally the boy) who were argued over resented the fact that blood was going to be spilt on their behalf. There came, then, an interesting rash of fighting duels without weapons: because there was some legal […]

    History Roundup 128 including Sandstorm Army and Clock King June 21, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 128 including Sandstorm Army and Clock King

    Today’s post a lost John Wayne film and today’s links follow: 1) Sandstorm Persian Army Mystery Solved? Defeated!? 2) Extraordinary WW1 Postcards: France 3) Gaelic Archive: Edinburgh 4) King Ferdinand and the Clocks: video 5) Volunteer Stumbles on 400 Year Old Bible: Australia 6) Fire Worship Temple: Peru 7) Ur Treasures in Bristol! ?! 8) […]

    Burning Libraries: The Oregon Trail June 21, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Burning Libraries: The Oregon Trail

    The Oregon Trail is one of those endless low budget cowboy flicks that were trundled out in the 1930s: the original action films with moral certainty and moral scenery; oh and it also had John Wayne, one of seven cowboy movies he made in 1936. The IMBD database includes the following description. U.S. Army Captain John Delmont […]

    History Roundup 127 including the Balcony and the Battle June 20, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 127 including the Balcony and the Battle

    Today’s post is on being buried in a fish: today’s links, meanwhile… 1) Westerner in Tibet: sorry screwed up this link yesterday! 2) Burzahom Neolithic Site: India 3) The Balcony and Battle: medieval origins 4) Yukon Treasures and Ice Melt: Odd barnyardy smell… 5) Carnuntum: Earliest Roman Levels 6) Nearly Neanderthal: Slow rise of the big […]

    Buried In a Fish’s Belly June 20, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Buried In a Fish's Belly

    This is an almost unbelievable story that made a splash in the UK in the late May of 1833. We quote one G.S.Gowing who was the owner of a ship, but who was not a witness. On Monday last, the 20th inst., a fishing vessel belonging to Lowestoft [Norfolk], Robert Gowing master, engaged in the […]

    History Roundup 126 including Stonehenge and Loud Music June 19, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 126 including Stonehenge and Loud Music

    Today’s post is on an ape in Iron Age Ireland 1) New Dig at Jamestown: bigger and better than thought? 2) More Richard III Burial Rows: 500 year old letter for the defence 3) Stonehenge and Loud Music: acoustics… 4) Official UFO Sightings: courtesy of NSA 5) Fairy-Like Orbs: 19 cent 6) Western Tibetan: Alexander […]

    African Ape in Iron Age Ireland? June 19, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Prehistoric
    African Ape in Iron Age Ireland?

    So here’s a teaser. The Barbary ape is an African primate whose only toehold on the European continent is at Gibraltar, where a tiny population has survived into modern times. How, then, did a Barbary Ape get to Co Armagh in Northern Ireland in the Iron Age? Archaeologists have waxed lyrical over the find of […]

    History Roundup 125 including Caucasus Dolmens and Ontario’s Beast Men June 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 125 including Caucasus Dolmens and Ontario's Beast Men

    1) The Grand Republic: sister of the Slocum 2) Magna Carta and British Values: History Today 3) Caucasus Dolmens: Mystery of 4) Ancient Healing: Modern Wisdom? 5) Waterloo Ring: Remembering the Defeat of Napoleon 6) Ontario’s Beast Man! ?? 7) Medical Riot: NY 8) Super Acoustics: altering consciousness and from the archive 9) Burning a […]

    Do Fairies Hate Lawnmowers? June 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Contemporary, Modern
    Do Fairies Hate Lawnmowers?

    Boggart Hole Clough is a nook, a small valley within the Manchester connurbation that has miraculously remained without housing development or industry. Its name should immediately excite those interested in fairylore as the boggart is a northern solitary fairy: note that there have been several boggart posts on strangehistory including boggart catching, a misplaced Calderdale […]

    History Roundup 124 including Lots of Richard III June 17, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 124 including Lots of Richard III

    Today’s post on a Euro-Asian-African caliphate and here are the links… 1) The Price of Richard III in Court: almost 200,000 pounds 2) Richard’s Relative Makes Coffin: 17 generations later 3) Richard III Design for Grave: not bad… 4) Elixir of Long Life: recreating early modern shysterism 5) John Brown and Digging: ! 6) Human […]

    ISIS and Their Historical Caliphate Cobblers June 17, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Medieval
    ISIS and Their Historical Caliphate Cobblers

    ***Dedicated to Ricardo and his Missus*** ISIS is a group of Islamists who have recently made it on the news by taking over a quarter of Iraq and an adjacent and not insignificant area of poor mutilated Syria. Flick through ISIS news reports and most will involve atrocity stories including decapitation, crucifixion and human bonfires: […]

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