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  • History Roundup 42 including the Telesme and Corpse Furniture March 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 42 including the Telesme and Corpse Furniture

      Today’s post is on a human drum. 1) More on Macedonian Royal Tombs: excitement mounts 2) Latrine Diggings: Denmark 3) The Telesme: a luxury in 19 cent hotels 4) Death at Ireland’s Eye: Nasty Stuff 5) Corpse Furniture: some of it surviving? 6) Worst Storm in England’s History: 1703 7) Gold vs Archaeology: guess who […]

    Human Drum at Rennes March 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Human Drum at Rennes

    ***Thanks to Tokyobling for putting me onto this story and too many others like it*** Had a pretty disturbing week looking at the use of human skins in witchcraft and book covers: things that Beach, in his alloyed innocence, just didn’t realize existed. However, of all the human skin stories I ran across the strangest […]

    History Roundup 41 including Iron Lungs and Secret Corridors March 17, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 41 including Iron Lungs and Secret Corridors

    Massive rush today, sorry. this morning’s post was on disease, the Vikings and the Americas (loads of email to put up this evening): 1) Secret Corridor Under Carrickfergus: it’s Victorian!!! 2) 1500 Year Coffin in Distant Asia: Inner Mongolia 3) An Irish Iron Lung: no comment 4) How Native Americans Colonised the Americas: via linguistic […]

    Why Didn’t the Vikings Bring Disease to the Americas? March 17, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Why Didn't the Vikings Bring Disease to the Americas?

    It is well known that viruses proved absolutely essential in the colonization of the Americas. Unlike in Africa and Asia native populations died on a massive scale as they came into contact with viruses from animals and people, viruses that had been blunted by human immune systems over several thousand years in Europe. By some […]

    History Roundup 40 including Communist Bears and Spanked Wives March 16, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 40 including Communist Bears and Spanked Wives

    Today’s post is on unofficial law and order. Dull, melancholy day here, hope your Sunday better. 1) the Magician Killed by Autopsy: chilling 2) 1.8 Million Pounds Wasted? The Warren Cup as forgery 3) Spanked Wives: Judge sentences wife… 4) Communist Bears: shipped in the Cold War? 5) The Second Earl of Rochester: the most […]

    Unofficial Law and Order March 16, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Unofficial Law and Order

    Beach has recently been researching out in the bogs of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Ireland so far beyond the pale that children are occasionally incinerated as changelings and there is one alleged case of a legal agent being stoned to death! This was a traditional rural society ruled over as much by priests as by the […]

    History Roundup 39: Tony and the Radicals March 15, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 39: Tony and the Radicals

    Today’s post on the world bizarrest erotica (Israeli Holocaust smut) 1) An Ancient Indian Mint: dug up 2) The Spirograph: history and kids’ toys 3) Maine Sea Serpent: 1779 and on 4) England’s Swastikas: from the BBC 5) In Search of the Episcopus Marinus: the sea bishop 6) Fire Fighting Cat: New York 7) The […]

    The Stalags: Israeli Holocaust Erotica March 15, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    The Stalags: Israeli Holocaust Erotica

    Literature has some pretty bizarre dust balls under the bed – roadkill cookbooks, Marxist-Leninist poetry… – but there are few things that compete with the so-called ‘stalags’, Israeli erotica based around Nazi murder camps. In the late 1960s Israel was experiencing holocaust delerium: sweating out the killing of six million Jewish Europeans just two decades […]

    History Roundup 38 including Bagdad Battery and Florida DNA March 14, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 38 including Bagdad Battery and Florida DNA

    1) Peking Man and Fire: harvesting or making? 2) A Florida DNA Teaser: where did they come from 3) New Solution for Bagdad Battery: a medical device? 4) First Free Vet in NY: Bowery Boys 5) Boy and Woman in Tiny Cave: in Ireland 6) Anglo-Saxon Royal Village: in East Anglia 7) Late Witches in […]

    British Truth and American Lies? March 14, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    British Truth and American Lies?

    If you look through the American press from the 1800s you will sometimes come across outrageous stories about ghostly happenings, about strange sightings and about impossible creatures. The most famous example of this is, of course, the moon hoax of 1835. In Britain you have similarly outrageous stories about, say, fairy encounters, about sea serpents […]

    History Roundup 37 including Viper Wine March 13, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 37 including Viper Wine

    Ill baby day here so little time to write but post is Molotov and Outer Mongolia 1) Van Gogh and Rehersals: getting it right? 2) Treasures from the Forbidden City: Beautiful wild art 3) Therapy and Greek Tombstones: facial expressions apparently 4) Viper Wine: insane and new for me 5) Staffordshire Hoard: all together 6) […]

    Molotov, Poetic Justice and Outer Mongolia March 13, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Molotov, Poetic Justice and Outer Mongolia

    There is always some fun seeing people placed in hells of their own making, hells that they amply deserve. Of course, there is the whole ‘live by the sword, die by the sword’ thing: Samuel K. Doe, president of Liberia being tortured to death on celluloid; Gaddafi meeting his end in a culvert (‘God forbids […]

    History Roundup 36 including the Earliest Wand March 12, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 36 including the Earliest Wand

    Today’s post witch ducking and three in a bed 1) Earliest Wand: 10,000 years 2) Versailles Trimmings: A mystery 3) Centaurs: The Last Stand 4) Mona Lisa Madness: she was a feminist who wanted to reform the Catholic Church 5) 6000 Year Old Crown: Dead Sea, beautiful 6) Pocket Globe: 18 Century Other links: escaping […]

    Witch Ducking and Three in a Bed March 12, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Witch Ducking and Three in a Bed

    This may not be the last witch killing in Britain, that seems to have taken place some months before. But this is my candidate for the last attempted witch ducking in the UK in 1880! Susan Sharpe, the ‘witch’ apparently brought the case to court because she was frightened that the local community, or elements […]

    History Roundup 35 including Mysterious Caves and Monk in Cliff March 11, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 35 including Mysterious Caves and Monk in Cliff

    Today’s post is on a remarkable WW1 letter. 1) Automata: thoughts on… 2) Omens in the Ancient World: an overview 3) The worst actor in history: Robert Coates 4) Monk Found in Cliff: Wales 5) Mysterious Caves: Chile 6) Forgotten WW1 Training Ground: Hampshire 7) Pre-pre History: skulls in Georgia 8) Bones Turn Up in […]

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