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  • Mexican Indians Glow in the Dark August 11, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Mexican Indians Glow in the Dark

    ***thanks to Borky for the material behind this post*** The Pueblo revolt of 1680 took place in what is the Rio Grande. It was a well planned operation on the part of the local Indians against their Spanish overlords, who had dominated the territory for almost a century previously. Led by a mysterious medicine man […]

    History Roundup 171 including Black Dog Fat and Witch Pardons August 10, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 171 including Black Dog Fat and Witch Pardons

    Today’s post is on the liberation of little Luxembourg and today’s links follow. 1) Looking Down a Well in Chianti: 15 cents of history 2) Black Dogs and Medicine: dog fat… 3) 14 Cent Polynesian Settlement: New Zealand 4) The Balloon Riot: 1864 5) First Motorised Lawnmower: Restored 6) Ancient Chemical Warfare: A. Mayor (quality […]

    Prince Jean Comes Home August 10, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Prince Jean Comes Home

    One of the great pictures of the liberation of Europe: from one of Europe’s least known states. Luxembourg, the tiny country, caught in a threeway squash between Germany, Belgium and France, straddling the most contested line in modern history, was never going to have an easy twentieth century. It was occupied immediately by the Germans in WW1 and […]

    History Roundup 170 including Flamethrower Fun August 9, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 170 including Flamethrower Fun

    Today’s post is on an unlikely meeting in medieval Tunisia and today’s links follow. 1) Helmand’s Golden Age: BBC 2) Bouvine! the most important battle you’ve never heard of 3) Hitler Celebrating WW1: Fake!!! 4) Rare Revolt Coins: free Judea! 5) Petticoat Duel: 1792 6) Danville Frog Rain: not the first time 7) Making a Flamethrower: ww1 […]

    Strange Encounter in Ninth-Century Tunisia August 9, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Strange Encounter in Ninth-Century Tunisia

    In the late ninth century A.D. a curious encounter took place in Islamic Tunisia, an encounter between outsiders. On the one hand, there was the Jewish community of Kairouan, living now under Arab rule, but with its roots stretching back to Roman times and perhaps beyond. On the other, was a foreigner named Eldad Ben […]

    History Roundup 169 including American Nazi Summer Camp August 8, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 169 including American Nazi Summer Camp

    Today’s post is on some Indian cobblers and today’s links follow. 1) The Kitchener Poster: would you have said no… 2) American Boys: Nazi Summer Camp 3) Sassoon’s Diary: free online 4) I built the world’s first jet airliner: short video 5) Flores Man: down’s syndrome? 6) Monsters and Christianity: what do do with them? 7) Spartans vs […]

    The Cherokees’ Mediterranean Origins!? August 8, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    The Cherokees' Mediterranean Origins!?

    Bizarrists must always be thankful for the Atlantic Ocean, because it has offered us some of the craziest history theories of the last two hundred years. Welsh Indians in Florida, Indians in Ireland, Gaels in Newfoundland, Vikings everywhere, the Chinese in New England building lighthouses, Babylonians in California,  Atlantis in Bolivia… Most of this is […]

    History Roundup 168 including Wedding Day Hell and Wild Woman August 7, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 168 including Wedding Day Hell and Wild Woman

    Today’s post is on a prophetic poster and today’s links follow. 1) The Greatest Library in the World: the building of (missed this sorry) 2) A Wild Woman Loose: in the woods of Ohio! 3) Horrible Weddings: amazing pictures 4) Solomon Islanders Who Saved Kennedy: thank or weep? 5) Viking Sword from the Future! metalurgy 6) Europe’s […]

    Prophetic German Poster, 1918 August 7, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Prophetic German Poster, 1918

    Great War posters are often, say it quietly, not very good. Nations had just not had enough experience at propagandizing young men when war broke in 1914 and even the best poster makers – the Americans? – still put out plenty of numbers that would make advertising execs pale today. However, the combatant states learnt and […]

    History Roundups 167 including Mazes August 6, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundups 167 including Mazes

    Today’s post is on Hergé and today’s links follow. 1) Toilet Exhibition: lots of bad puns 2) History of Mazes: Smithsonian 3) Killing King George III: Margaret Nicholson 4) History of 3d Printing: there’s a Tintin book… 5) Heligan Garden Exhibition: beautiful WW1 commemoration 6) WW1 Still Matters in the Middle East: ISIS etc 7) Seedy […]

    Review: The Adventures of Hergé August 6, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Review: The Adventures of Hergé

    Georges ‘Hergé’ Rémi (obit 1983) was an exceptional draughtsman who published, between 1930 and 1976, twenty three comic books that contained the essence of the short twentieth century. It was all there: continental totalitarianism, arms dealing, South American dictatorships, the death of colonialism, the Cold War, Arab nationalism, the internatonal drug trade and the battle […]

    History Roundups 166 including Jailing Journalists August 5, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundups 166 including Jailing Journalists

    Today’s post is on Roman Theatrical Killings and today’s links follow. 1) Tracing Ancient Atherosclerosis: smoke inhalation? 2) History of Tennis Posters: hundred years ago 3) Merovingian Necropolis: 300 Graves! 4) New Roman Altars: Cumbria 5) Inventory of Soldier’s Uniform: Last thousand years UK (cute) 6) History of a Bridge: India 7) Jailing Journalists: New […]

    Roman Killing Theatre August 5, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Roman Killing Theatre

    The Romans, as is well known, had a particular genius for killing and for all their precious disgust at human sacrifice (the Empire banned human sacrifice wherever they found it) gladiatorial displays, occasional acts of genocide and public executions were all to the good. The most unusual aspect of Roman public executions was the willingness […]

    History Roundups 165 including Strange Victorian Sports August 4, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundups 165 including Strange Victorian Sports

      Today’s post is on animal sacrifices in Christianity and today’s links follow. 1) WW1 Superimposed photographs: then/now, favourite link today 2) The Gentle Quilin: China (our take on the same with giraffes) 3) Big Ears and Taghairm: Celtic freakery 4) Strange Victorian Sports: Bee racing etc 5) Fighting at Sea in WW1: UK coming […]

    Animal Sacrifices in Christianity?! August 4, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval, Modern
    Animal Sacrifices in Christianity?!

    Christians don’t sacrifice animals, do they? There is some uncomfortable stuff to do with sacrificing Christ in the mass: particularly if you believe in transubstantiation. But that’s a man/god. Yes, Christians routinely kill animals either directly or as consumers: the growth of vegetarianism in the west in the last century has nothing to do with […]

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