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  • History Roundup 748 including Titanic Dogs and Molasses Flood December 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 748 including Titanic Dogs and Molasses Flood

    Today’s links follow 1) Bomber House: Airfield 2) Unusual Family: US 3) Dogs on the Titanic: the Atlantic 4) Molasses Tsunami: Boston 5) Freaky Gourd: US and from the archives 6) 8000 Year Old Memories in Oregon Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Some Nick Drake Songs

    Daily History Picture: Troops in Reich Wreckage December 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Troops in Reich Wreckage

    British paras in Lower Saxony: the end of the iron dream

    Queen Victoria, Baby-Killer! December 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Queen Victoria, Baby-Killer!

    Beach has to satisfy himself with a very short post today, not because he doesn’t have time but because he has not the slightest idea how to deal with the material at hand. Great consternation, says the Bedford Times [unable to get the original], has prevailed amongst certain classes at Luton, from rumour that the […]

    History Roundup 747 including Burnt Bread and Dead Cats December 7, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 747 including Burnt Bread and Dead Cats

    Today’s links follow 1) Burnt Bread: Italy 2) Origins Glass: Egypt 3) Drawing Palmyra: Syria 4) Cat Cemetery: Egypt 5) Paleo Diet for Pets: ?!? and from the archives 6) Nessie as Biker Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Crimea Doc (dry but good)

    Daily History Picture: Lauren and Harry December 7, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Lauren and Harry

    Lauren Bacall was so stunningly beautiful…

    Misruled by the Planets and Unfound by Bread December 7, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Misruled by the Planets and Unfound by Bread

    This is the kind of tragic little story that is worth absorbing, because it shows how certain superstitions survived deep into the nineteenth century in the UK and the strange mélange of learned with popular superstition. Let us start with Sarah Evelyn Walker, 24 and a governess, daughter of a farmer from Everdon (Northamptonshire) the […]

    History Roundup 746 including Renaissance Cantos, Food and Lies December 6, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 746 including Renaissance Cantos, Food and Lies

    Today’s links follow 1) Strange Renaissance Dishes: Italy 2) Renaissance Clothes Diary: Germany 3) The Missing Cantos: Italy 4) The new Renaissance Man: Israel? 5) Medici Lies: Italy and from the archives 6) Last death of Great War Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Six Day War

    Daily History Picture: Giant Centipede and GI December 6, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Giant Centipede and GI

    It’s not just Vietcong in the jungles of ‘Nam. Photo dated 1967.

    Beware the Shutterkin! December 6, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Beware the Shutterkin!

    Beach has previously given examples of bosom serpents, the idea that animals, particularly snakes can live within the human body. But consider the following freaky description. What is this thing? The quotation comes from the Athenian Oracle (II, 380) where reader’s questions were answered. Whence proceeds the Shutterkin? Physicians have imputed this Shutterkin (which resembles […]

    History Roundup 745 including Hating Emperors and Kidnapping Horses December 5, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 745 including Hating Emperors and Kidnapping Horses

    Today’s links follow 1) Winter in the Capital: London 2) Why Beach hates Napoleon: the battlefield 3) Anti Suffragette Cats: the voting booth 4) Kidnapping Shergar: UK 5) Missing Sash: US and from the archives 6) Who Built Offa’s Dyke Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: June Tabor, Strange […]

    Daily History Picture: Pugilistic Parson December 5, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Pugilistic Parson

    A British newspaper story from 1870, enjoyed the flying mortar board: go Anglicans, go!

    Review: Hitler’s Forgotten Children December 5, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Review: Hitler's Forgotten Children

    Lebensborn is a Nazi word to place side by side with such Teutonic charmers as Einsatzgruppen, Lebensraum and Endlösung. The Lebensborn or Life’s Fount was a scheme to breed a hundred million blond supermen and their hand maidens. It had various reflexes: sex between consenting Aryans was encouraged, against conventional Christian morality; Aryan women siring children […]

    New History Books: Hitler’s Religion December 4, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Hitler's Religion

    Richard Weikart, Hitler’s Religion: apparently Hitler was a pantheist. It would make sense…

    Murder Will Out: Unusual Bleeding Corpses December 4, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Murder Will Out: Unusual Bleeding Corpses

    This passage comes from one of Beach’s recent favourites (for which he must thank Mike G), the Athenian Mercury. The AM was a late seventeenth-century journal that has been described as the first advice column in history. Readers would write in questions and the editors, a cabal of level-headed Londoners, would then do their best to […]

    New History Books: Beethoven’s Skull December 3, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Beethoven's Skull

    Tim Rayborn, Beethoven’s Skull: weird stories form classical music….

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