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  • 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

    Daily History Picture: Jungle Training October 21, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Jungle Training

    1942 US jungle training

    A Canadian Fairy Hole (with Wigwam) October 21, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    A Canadian Fairy Hole (with Wigwam)

    The Fairy Hole on Cape Breton in Nova Scotia is a huge cave on a mountain side, some twenty yards across. There are several videos on youtube that give some sense of what it is like inside and immediately outside. Beach was interested by this site because Fairy Hole is a common placename in England, particularly […]

    History Roundup 717 including New Gods and Spots of Blood October 20, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 717 including New Gods and Spots of Blood

    Today’s links follow 1) Teeth and the New Archaeology: Europe 2) Spots of Blood: Forteana 3) Fairy Story: Ireland 4) New Gods: Turkey 5) Worst President Ever: US and from the archives 6) Bloody Foreigners and English Other links: Another reason to hate spiders, PSB, the Other Side

    Daily History Picture: War Factory October 20, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: War Factory

    Mainly up for this extraordinary face…

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