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  • Daily History Picture: Water Jousting June 19, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Water Jousting

    1930s? Looks like fun

    You Have Only Your Chains to Lose (Unless You Are African) June 19, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    You Have Only Your Chains to Lose (Unless You Are African)

    Karl Marx was a prolific author. The complete works of Marx and (his companion) Engels run to an almost unbelievable fifty volumes (including letters). In these volumes Marx said many clever things, some wise things, a good deal of stupid things, and some utterly, utterly bonkers things. Beach has recently been enjoying a selection of […]

    History Roundup 438 including European DNA Origins Again June 18, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 438 including European DNA Origins Again

    Today’s links follow. 1) 370 Gallons A Second: Roman Empire 2) Named for Victory: England 3) European DNA Origins: the Lab 4) Wrong Wreck: Lake Michigan 5) Possessions of Mental Patients Checking In: US 6) Patton’s Revolver: Auction House 7) Bach Comes Home: Germany 8) Burnt Bones: Macedonia and from the archives 9) The Mystery […]

    Daily History Picture: Weighing the soul June 18, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Weighing the soul

    Going down…

    Irish Sheep Boy June 18, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Irish Sheep Boy

    Many years ago Beach ran a post on an Irish cow man, which seemed to have come out of a ‘Celtic’ wonder tale. What though about the Irish sheep boy, reported by the Dutch doctor Nicholas Tulp (pictured) (obit 1674)? The sheep boy had somehow ended up in Amsterdam. Note that in what follows Beach […]

    History Roundup 437 including Viking Antibiotics June 17, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 437 including Viking Antibiotics

    Today’s links follow. 1) Viking Antibiotics: The Far North 2) Medieval Ships Underground: Estonia 3) 450 Dead Babies: Athens 4) Ten Signs Middle Aged: Medieval World 5) Stalagmites and Caves: Scotland 6) What Happened to Charles Bravo: Britain 7) Runnymede Pageant 1934: England 8) Waist Trainer: the Wardrobe and from the archives 9) Image: First […]

    Daily History Picture: Headless Duel June 17, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Headless Duel

    Where to even begin…

    Enemy Gives Medal for Ship Sinking June 17, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Enemy Gives Medal for Ship Sinking

    There are very occasional instances of enemy officials reporting on the gallantry and heroism of opposite numbers. The Irish Captain Roope of the HMS Glowworm was, for example, given his Victoria cross in part because of the testimony of a German captain, Heye, whose ship had been rammed by Roope in 1940. However, there is […]

    History Roundup 436 including Map Secrets from Yale June 16, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 436 including Map Secrets from Yale

    Today’s links follow. 1) Waterloo Beyond the Tomb: 2) Gladiator Graffiti: Turkey 3) Map Secrets: Yale 4) Storms of Past: the Lab 5) POW Camp Reborn: Scotland 6) Custom Coins: Bulgaria 7) Hellenic Undead: Greece 8) Bronze Age Surprises: China and from the archives 9) Off the Beaten Track in the Classics Other links: Surviving […]

    The Longest Snake in the World June 16, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    The Longest Snake in the World

    British newspapers gave a couple of acres of space between 1800 and 2000 to ‘monster snakes’ discovered in this or that corner of the Green & Pleasant land. Typically a vicar in Devon had found an adder that measured two and a half feet long… However, leaving the shores of Britain behind there were better […]

    Daily History Picture: Whisky About to Be Destroyed June 16, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Whisky About to Be Destroyed

    Prohibition era

    History Roundup 436 including Shell Grove Mystery June 15, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 436 including Shell Grove Mystery

    Today’s links follow. 1) Woman’s Soccer (Early): the Pitch 2) Tom and Jerry History: TV 3) Ancient Hair Styles Recreated: Brilliant!!!! 4) The Margate Grove Mystery: Britain 5) Washington’s Hair: US 6) Queen Vics’ Kids’ Book: Britain 7) Physicist and Dimensions: Germany 8) Crape Threats: US and from the archives 9) Dual Death of Harold II […]

    Bastard Names June 15, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Bastard Names

    One of the least attractive aspects of organized morality is the scapegoating of children for the sins of their parents. Those who grew up with the Bible will remember the dread words: ‘The Lord is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he […]

    Daily History Picture: Winged Fairies June 15, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Winged Fairies

    Early 19 cent. First Winged fairies in a book?

    History Roundup 435 including Amber Room Dreams June 14, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 435 including Amber Room Dreams

    Today’s links follow. 1) The Original Coca Cola Bottle: US 2) Weird Village: Wales 3) Robert Kirk and the Fairies: Scotland 4) Workhouse Horrors: London 5) Amber Room Dreams: Russia 6) Coming Back from the Dead: Vermont 7) Golden Oarfish Mystery: Vietnam 8) Kitchener’s Death at Sea: Britain and from the archives 9) The Soccer War […]

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