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  • 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 […]

    Homemade Beer at the Vampire Inn May 13, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Homemade Beer at the Vampire Inn

    Every so often, as your eye is running down the columns of documents past, you run into an unlooked for detail that you just can’t leave alone. It happened to me a week ago when I was checking through the records of bankrupt British businesses from 1869 (as you do). In that year on Hampton […]

    History Roundup 91 including 3d Monalisa and Cannibals and Pain May 12, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 91 including 3d Monalisa and Cannibals and Pain

    1) Mummified fetus: Ancient Egypt, now in Wales 2) Writing Home from Dachau: ‘it is difficult to know where to begin…’ 3) The History of Pain: grin and bear it 4) The Only Civilian Casualty at Gettysburg: kneading dough 5) Restoring the Hunley: almost time 6) 3D Mona Lisa: all photos 7) Hat in the […]

    Father Degan and the Dancers May 12, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Father Degan and the Dancers

    Recently came across this beautiful list of dancing advice, which reminds me of the kind of manners post I love from the two nerdy history girls. I wanted to make gentle fun of this, but it seems that the author, a priest, had a certain amount of common sense and lacked the easy dogamatism of […]

    History Roundup 90 including Suitcases, Tonics and Great War UFOs May 11, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 90 including Suitcases, Tonics and Great War UFOs

    Today’s post is on Doggerbank (a forgotten kingdom) and today’s link follow here: 1) Ancient Greek Reprogaming the Brain: ! 2) UFOS and British Military: 1915! [in two parts] 3) 1000 Buddhist Statues: found in caves 4) Mothers Write to Lincoln: Mother’s Day is here again 5) A Tablet Computer Found in Turkish Dig: well […]

    In Search of Doggerbank: The Island of the Damned May 11, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Prehistoric
    In Search of Doggerbank: The Island of the Damned

    Most countries have a lost realm that nationals can get teary eyed about: Italians beating their chest over Istria, the Spanish spitting blood for (and all too often on) Gibraltar, even Islamists weeping about the orange trees of Granada. Britain is no exception: the difference is that the UK’s lost territory was not taken by […]

    History Roundup 89 including Bat Kingdom and Gothic Guides May 10, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 89 including Bat Kingdom and Gothic Guides

    Today’s post is on ageing and power and today’s links follow: 1) Cleaning the NY Obelisk: with lasers 2) We’ve found the Bat Kingdom: Meso-America 3) Digging at the Bottom of a Lake: Huron 4) Hunter-Gatherers and Settled Folks in Scandinavia: DNA study 5) Guide to Gothic: OUTSTANDINGLY good graphic from the Guardian 6) Letters […]

    Power and Ageing: Blair, Bush, Clinton, Obama and Thatcher May 10, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Power and Ageing: Blair, Bush, Clinton, Obama and Thatcher

    It is well known that power corrupts but what does power do for the ageing process? To judge by President Obama’s rapidly whiting hair (and kudos for not getting out the dye too often) then there is nothing more likely to make you old before your time than to be in charge of a major […]

    History Roundup 88 including Burning Beer and Nile Nosh May 9, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 88 including Burning Beer and Nile Nosh

    Today’s post is on a love goddess. And our links… 1) Unbelievably Sexist Ads: love the burn the beer 2) Spanish American War: Amazing photos 3) War is Over: Picture from the summer of 1945 4) Neanderthals Never Die: they just lose their body hair and buy condos 5) Scandalous Priapic Picture: Poussin 6) Funeral […]

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