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  • Bodies in Elm, 1760? May 6, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Bodies in Elm, 1760?

    Beach has recently been searching for records of bodies within trees. There is a lot ill-informed nonsense about such tree burials (in a living tree) as being part of a British magical tradition. Here is one quoted reference from the Gentleman’s Magazine, 30 (1760), pp. 346. The problem is that the text does not live […]

    History Roundup 827: Strange Traditions and Artifacts May 5, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 827: Strange Traditions and Artifacts

    Today’s links follow 1) Sheela-na-Gig: Ireland 2) Solid Gold Bongs: Asia 3) Chimney Sweep Traditions: London 4) Nazi Board Games: Germany 5) Medieval Beer Bread: Kitchen (bit old but got enthused) and from the archives 6) How Big Are Fairies Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Sacred Heart Singers […]

    Daily History Picture: Stoning Stephen May 5, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Stoning Stephen

    The society where this picture this manuscript was illuminated clearly had an embarrassing lack of experience with actual stoning…

    History Roundup 826: Supernatural Shenanigans May 4, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 826: Supernatural Shenanigans

    Today’s links follow 1) Curse of the Setons: Scotland 2) Witches and Walpurgis Night: the Imagination 3) Fliers: the skies 4) Ghost Bridge Problems: US 5) Gothic Revival: Ireland and from the archives 6) Egyptologist Meets Cat Goddess Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: In the Court of the […]

    Daily History Picture: German Uboat at Hastings May 4, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: German Uboat at Hastings

    Presumably the same uboat as a couple of weeks ago… She came afloat as she was being towed away for scrap.

    Evans Wentz and Sex May 4, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Evans Wentz and Sex

    Beach has had talked about Walter and his thesis, Walter and the fairies, Walter and money, now is it is time for Walter with no clothes on: Walter Yeeling Evans Wentz’s sexual habits.  At this point we better recite the ritual ‘not that there is anything wrong with that’. Beach has absolutely no interest in […]

    History Roundup 825: Historical Literature May 3, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 825: Historical Literature

    Today’s links follow 1) Ancient Comedy: Rome 2) Feelings: Ancient/Med 3) Fake Shakespeare: London 4) Solo Shakespeare: Library 5) Dirty Linen: England and from the archives 6) Marjorana’s Disappearance Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: you are too focussed on you!!! Fearless, Pink Floyd

    Daily History Picture: Parade May 3, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Parade

    Sudeten Germans forces to walk past SS victims….

    Evans Wentz and Money May 3, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Evans Wentz and Money

    Regular readers will know that over the years Beach has confessed to a fascination for Walter Yeeling Evans Wentz, the American mystic and sometime fairy writer. Beach is interested, above all, in Walter and the fairies. However, there are a number of other aspects of Evans Wentz’s life that are intriguing and that help to […]

    History Roundup 824: Animal Tales May 2, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 824: Animal Tales

    Today’s links follow 1) Horse DNA: Central Asia 2) Dog DNA: the kennel… 3) Wartime Cats: Everywhere 4) Subcontinent Dogs: India (bloody European dogs etc) 5) Bat Monster: US and from the archives 6) The Island of the Damned Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Drunk TED talks (love […]

    Daily History Picture: Austrian Suicides May 2, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Austrian Suicides

    Russian soldiers inspect public suicides in Vienna at ‘liberation’.

    Evans Wentz’s Quest for Fairies May 2, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Evans Wentz's Quest for Fairies

    Beach has recently become interested in Walter Yeeling Evans Wentz (or Evans-Wentz as he became)* the American mystic who in his late twenties and early thirties researched Breton, British and Irish fairies, before running off to India to become a guru. Many readers will know Evans Wentz for his Fairy Faith In Celtic Countries, the […]

    Beachcombed 83 May 1, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 83

    Dear Reader, semester winding down and lots of sleep. Evidently some dream poison to sweat out. There follow the most interesting words sent in to StrangeHistory. Thanks to all contributors and linkers… Enjoy May and live and prosper. Beach A Duel in the Middle of Battle: Fred finds a Japanese-German sword fight and Bruce speculates… […]

    Index Biography #41: Prize a book April 30, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Index Biography #41: Prize a book

    ***Stephen C got this*** Scroll down for the answer*** The Index Biography is a quiz pioneered by this blog and introduced in a previous post. The creator must find a biography of a famous individual from history, they must turn to the index and write down eight peripheral facts about the individual’s life. We offered up […]

    The Coalville Lioness April 29, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Coalville Lioness

    You wake up at 2.00 AM and you hear an eerie moaning outside in the garden. You get out of your bed and walk over to the window and lift the glass. The cold of an English winters rushes over you and there, in the dark, between the W.C. and the geraniums, you spot a moving […]

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