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  • Faking History on the Internet #2: Fairies Dug Up in Ireland! December 7, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Faking History on the Internet #2: Fairies Dug Up in Ireland!

    Beach is really getting into all these fake history news-stories on the internet: the champions of which are the generic sounding worldnewsdailyreport, the malodorous yet strangely attractive offspring of National Enquirer rutted with the History Channel. We have reported one of their previous fictions and have an especial joy now in spreading the word that […]

    History Roundup 274 including Wife Selling December 6, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 274 including Wife Selling

    Today’s links follow. 1) Eating Well in the Mines? Holy Land 2) Da Vinci’s Chinese Mum? Italy 3) Wife Selling: England (Strangehistory post on this) 4) Murder by Math: Greece 5) Mummifying Yourself to Death: Japan 6) Bronze Age Collapse: Ireland 7) Spirit Baby: Iowa 8) Fungi Ancient and Modern: leafmould 9) Amazing Submarine Story: […]

    Was Leonardo’s Mother a Slave (Chinese or Otherwise)? December 6, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    Was Leonardo's Mother a Slave (Chinese or Otherwise)?

    Madness on the internet in the last few days with the announcement that Leonardo da Vinci’s mother was a Chinese slave and that she is the Mona Lisa. Many readers will have stumbled upon this theory and enjoyed its improbability, but they may not know that there has been almost ten years of similar theories […]

    History Roundup 273 including Mrs Guppy the Snow Queen December 5, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 273 including Mrs Guppy the Snow Queen

    Today’s links follow. 1) Deciphering Spells: Egypt 2) Divine Advertising: Libya 3) Paganini’s Corpse: France, Italy 4) A Real Sherlock Holmes: Manchester 5) Medical Blackmail: London 6) Mrs Guppy The Snow Queen: UK 7) Churchill’s Funeral Carriage Restored: 8) Golden Fleece Mysteries: Black Sea 9) Letters we Lost: the alphabet and from the archives 9) […]

    Daily History Picture: Boiler Blow Up December 5, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Boiler Blow Up

      Early train disaster, the fear of travelling by rail in the early nineteenth century.

    An Early Icelandic Fairy December 5, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    An Early Icelandic Fairy

    Iceland has often featured on this blog for two reasons: first, because it is a part of the formula by which the thuggish Vikings made it to the New World five centuries before Columbus; and, second, because it retains in its traditions some particularly old pagan customs, customs that have been absorbed or overlaid by […]

    History Roundup 272 including Outrageous Benjamin Franklin December 4, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 272 including Outrageous Benjamin Franklin

    Today’s links follow. 1) Van Gogh Murdered: Implausible but… 2) Trap Door to Time Capsule: Liverpool 3) Dangers of Travelling by Chaise: Highway 4) Lady of Elche: Spain 5) Invasion Fundraising: Scotland 6) Outrageous Benjamin Franklin Stunts: US 7) Tommy Food: the front 8) Beneath the Great War: Trenches and from the archives 9) Nationalising […]

    Daily History Picture: Heads Turn for Kim Nowak December 4, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Heads Turn for Kim Nowak

    Ignore the movie star, Kim Nowak, as she sits and look at the faces in the dining car, 1956

    Persians and Romans at the Ends of the Earth December 4, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Persians and Romans at the Ends of the Earth

    The story is a simple one. A Roman and a Persian arrive by boat at the same time in a foreign port. Both are taken off to see the king (suggesting that the visitors were actually dignitaries) and the king decides to provoke them ‘Which of your kings is the greater and the more powerful?’ Of course, […]

    History Roundup 271 including Brilliant Lost Picture Story December 3, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 271 including Brilliant Lost Picture Story

    Today’s links follow. 1) Genetic Surprise: Easter Island 2) Antique Musical Instruments Back to Life: US 3) An Uppity Woman: Mycenea 4) Vintage Mug Shots: Australia 5) Vampire Film: Serbia 6) Chamberlain Did the Right Thing? Britain (documentary debate) 7) Archaeological Life in Cartoon: China 8) Hitler’s Favourite Dictator: Turkey 9) Lost Picture Found: US […]

    Daily History Picture: The Last British Battleship Scrapped December 3, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: The Last British Battleship Scrapped

    HMS Vanguard goes on its last voyage towards the scrapyard, 1960. It took two years to break her up.

    Interview: The Quack Doctor December 3, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Interview: The Quack Doctor

    Caroline Rance set up her website, The Quack Doctor, in 2009 as a way of cataloguing historical medical advertisements and stories of health fraud. Since then, her book The Quack Doctor: Historical Remedies for All Your Ills has been published by The History Press and she also recently compiled a pocket trivia compendium, What the […]

    The King and Country Debate: Oxford 1933 December 2, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    The King and Country Debate: Oxford 1933

    It is remembered as ‘the King and Country Debate’, the most famous student debate in history. 9 February 1933 Oxford Union (the students of Oxford University in contentious mode) undertook to discuss the proposal ‘that this House will in no circumstances fight for its King and Country’. The expectations were that the proposal would be brushed […]

    Daily History Picture: German POWs after Verdun December 2, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: German POWs after Verdun

    German soldiers being stripped as they begin prison life in France

    Daily History Picture: Medieval Rabbit Kills! December 2, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Medieval Rabbit Kills!

    Unknown medieval manuscript: Watership Down goes horribly wrong as an executioner rabbit takes out a knight in slow motion

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