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  • Daily History Picture: Flags Won October 27, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Flags Won

    US Marines with captures trophies: Battle Cape Gloucester

    Crash Ghosts October 27, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Crash Ghosts

    In 2008 that hoary old newspaper of the British right, The Daily Telegraph, all cobwebs and fox hunting, included a fascinating piece on a car-crashing ghost. Here follows a very brief edited version: Paranormal researchers are investigating the sightings of a girl in Victorian dress on a road in the West Midlands, which locals say […]

    History Roundup 721 including World’s First Crossword October 26, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 721 including World's First Crossword

    Today’s links follow 1) Colonial Baby DNA: US 2) First Crossword: Smyrna 3) POW archives: US 4) Brick of the Day (!!!!!): I’m without words… 5) Hitler’s House: Austria and from the archives 6) Nazis and Child Murder Other links: International Trailer, Rogue One (Star Wars does 7 Samurai)

    Daily History Picture: Artillery Victims October 26, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Artillery Victims

    German artillery team caught, late Oct 1918, by British artillery.

    Tudor Sex Romps October 26, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Tudor Sex Romps

    The lovemaking of other ages is often obscured from us. A natural reticence, which the twenty-first century has largely given up on, draws a veil around medieval or Tudor sex. Our few exceptions include some rare pornographic accounts and a handful of legal descriptions where sex was getting someone in trouble and needed to be […]

    History Roundup 720 including Irish Giant Tribe October 25, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 720 including Irish Giant Tribe

    Today’s links follow 1) Florida’s First Archaeologist: US 2) Retro Sci Fi Art: the gallery 3) Early Chinese Pottery in the Americas: Mexico 4) Pity the Quintuplets: Canada 5) Gigantism: Ireland (intriguing) and from the archives 6) When cats killed men Other links: Pearl Harbor videos

    Daily History Picture: Lighting Up in Tripoli October 25, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Lighting Up in Tripoli

    Brit in Tripoli Jan 1943: six months later he’ll be in Italy.

    Victorian Urban Legends: Thames Crocodiles October 25, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Victorian Urban Legends: Thames Crocodiles

    There have been a few cases of crocodiles being found in the Thames. In 1897 and 1933 crocodiles were retrieved from the river: alive in the first case (two feet), and dead in the second (five feet). Note that there are also several modern claims that crocodiles have been seen on the river. However, what […]

    History Roundup 719 including Polish Giant and Wilde Sister October 24, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 719 including Polish Giant and Wilde Sister

    Today’s links follow 1) Ossian Poems Hoax? Ireland/Scotland 2) Clockwork Monk: the workshop 3) Killing Oscar’s Sister: Ireland 4) Oxford Martyrs Burning Slowly: Britain 5) Giantess: Poland and from the archives 6) Hebrew Invasion of Bedroom Other links: The Doolittle Raid

    Daily History Picture: Soviet Pianist October 24, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Soviet Pianist

    Soviet troops in Poland 1945

    Snowball Atrocities #6: Snowballs over Glasgow October 24, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Snowball Atrocities #6: Snowballs over Glasgow

    In Beach’s long and passionate searches through the annals of snowballing, he has come across many descriptions of mass snowball fights. However, this, from February 1865, is perhaps his favourite. It combines reckless youth, police brutality (to not from), and significant property damage: in short it is the essence of the Victorian snow-balling. Glasgow has […]

    New History Books: The March Against England October 23, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: The March Against England

    Robert Forczyk, We March Against England Anything about Operation Sea Lion grabs me…

    Fat Boy Blusters October 23, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Fat Boy Blusters

    The US bombing of Hiroshima went off, in operational terms, flawlessly. The bombing of Nagasaki was a different matter. For one thing, Nagasaki was not even the target: Fat Man was supposed to have been dropped on nearby Kokura but smoke from a conventional raid obscured the bombing run. Everything that could go wrong on […]

    Review: London Urban Legends October 22, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Medieval, Modern
    Review: London Urban Legends

    Scott Wood, London Urban Legends Urban legend junkies are perhaps the most attractive of all folklorists. Their brethren get obsessed with the minutiae of traditional culture: polkadots on dresses, superstitions about dandruff, dance rhythms… Alternatively, men and women of advanced years (who should know better) plunge into subjects that defy understanding, that are actually about not […]

    History Roundup 718 including Nazi Nuclear Weapons October 21, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 718 including Nazi Nuclear Weapons

    Today’s links follow 1) Nazi Nuclear Weapons: Germany 2) Murder Most Foul: Australia 3) A Hunting Accident: UK 4) Killer Coroner and the Peacock: US 5) Hitler Man and Myths: Germany and from the archives 6) Vision quest and blood loss Other links: War’s End (WW1) https://youtu.be/mkzM2zZSzAA

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