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  • The Greater Irish Rattlesnake? October 14, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    The Greater Irish Rattlesnake?

    Irish children are brought up with the attractive lie that St Patrick drove all snakes from the country when he arrived in Ireland in the fifth century. Certainly there are no indigenous snakes in Ireland, but over the years small snake populations have been established; not least in the Irish boom when snakes became prestige […]

    History Roundup 228 including Visceral Haunting October 13, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 228 including Visceral Haunting

    Today’s links follow. 1) Eve’s Closest Dead Relative: Africa 2) Beer from 19 Cent: Ocean floor 3) Oldest Cave Art? Indonesia 4) Haunted Body Parts: US 5) What Happened to Oliver’s Head: England 6) Digging for Freedom Beneath the Wall: Berlin 7) Stray Dogs to Space Heroes: Soviet Union 8) Sex vs God, How America Got […]

    Daily History Picture: Lights Up At Nuremburg October 13, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Lights Up At Nuremburg

    The Nazi faithful salute the fuhrer at Nuremberg.

    Did Joan of Ark see Fairies? October 13, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Did Joan of Ark see Fairies?

    Anyone who has ever read a book on Joan of Ark will know that the English-hater was supposed to have had some kind of relations with fairies. But what exactly were those relations? The trial at which Joan battled for her life in 1431 included a long list of charges against the Maid. Some of these […]

    History Roundup 227 including Slave Altar October 12, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 227 including  Slave Altar

    Today’s post is on poison duel and animals and today’s links follow. 1) Most Far Flung War Graves: distant places 2) Finding Philip: Greece 3) Mysterious Slave Altar: Maryland 4) Playing Hitler: US 5) Scottish Fairies Thesis: Virginia! 6) Scanning Descartes’ Skull: France 7) Hitler Back from the Dead: something called Tinder 8) Where Columbus REALLY […]

    Daily History Picture: Evacuating Saigon October 12, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Evacuating Saigon

    The last helicopter leaves Saigon: the US ‘occupation’ is over; the hell of war is over, a new hell awaits the inhabitants…  

    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 […]

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