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  • A Pre-Christian Custom in Eighteenth-Century Scotland? April 26, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    A Pre-Christian Custom in Eighteenth-Century Scotland?

    A recent article on Chris’  Haunted Ohio Books quoted an eighteenth-century source for an unusual form of Scottish divination: the whole passage (from Martin Martin, obit 1718) is well worth reading, as is Chris’ thoughts on the same. But one bit particularly stood out: it relates to the Hebrides. The second way of consulting the […]

    History Roundup 78 including Blood Stains and Storm Archaeologists April 25, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 78 including Blood Stains and Storm Archaeologists

    Today’s post on late white Indians in Brazil. Then: 1) Mourning Ring: Turns up… 2) Buy Your Part of the Space Race: Soviet capsule 3) New WW1 Comic: Afro-Americans in the trenches 4) Einstein’s Brain: Wanderings of 5) Why Archaeologists Love Storms: Ireland 6) Antarctic History: and ice chippings 7) Rouse and Design: Remembering a […]

    White Indians in Brazil, 1953? April 25, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    White Indians in Brazil, 1953?

    In the long and painful relations between settling Europeans and indigenous American peoples there often came moments when genes were exchanged. Sometimes this took place because of love at the fringes of each society, sometimes it took place after rape, and in some cases children or babies from one society found themselves brought up by […]

    History Roundup 77 including Island California and Camel Libraries April 24, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 77 including Island California and Camel Libraries

    1) 17 cent Intervention in Scottish Referendum: the king speaks! 2) California an Island: old maps speak 3) Message in a Baltic Bottle: just over a century… 4) Toy Axes and Neanderthals: did they play? 5) Original French Colonial Homes: Louisiana 6) Ghost Wife: 18 Cent Painting 7) Shakespeare’s Dictionary:Annotated! 8) Lead Poisoning in Ancient […]

    Nessie as Biker and the Exorcism of the Loch April 24, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Nessie as Biker and the Exorcism of the Loch

    Ted Holiday was a Fortean researcher who died in 1979 and who was particularly associated with research into Nessie. His intellectual development (or regression from some perspectives) saw him change from: a believer in a physical Nessie (albeit with the mystery creature starring as a large slug rather than a dinosaur); to believing, instead, in […]

    History Roundup 76 including NATO UFOs and Betelgeuse! April 23, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 76 including  NATO UFOs and Betelgeuse!

    Today’s post continues the search for a human drum 1) NATO and UFOs: 1952 2) Little House on Prairie: Mother Daughter Team 3) Bronze Age Stew: appetizing? 4) Pacifist War Hero: VC as well 5) Nice Aboriginal Astronomy Story: Betelgeuse! 6) Back to the Maypole: in Yorkshire 7) Lewis Carroll and Fame: he hated it […]

    Jan Ziska, the Human Drum? April 23, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    Jan Ziska, the Human Drum?

    One-eyed Jan Ziska was one of the wildest and the best of the generals of the late medieval religious wars. As a Hussite he defended his people, predominantly Czechs, from carnivorous Catholic neighbours and his enemies breathed a huge sigh of relief when, in 1424, JZ was struck down by the plague. However, one of […]

    History Roundup 75 including Hitler’s Secret Disease April 22, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 75 including Hitler's Secret Disease

    Today’s post is on last ww1 casualty 1) 3d WW1 Photos: Explosive! 2) Napoleonic Porn Film: from the archive but good 3) Hitler and his Secret Disease: Parkinsons? 4) Lincoln Assassination: in Police Blotter 5) Volvelles: Paper Computers! 6) Napoleonic Skeleton: in Hampshire! And from the Archives 7) The Maine Penny: My fave wrong place […]

    Last Casualty of the Great War? April 22, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Last Casualty of the Great War?

    The last death in the Great War took place, as is often the case with such conflagarations, long after most of those involved had put down their weapons. 21 June 1919, the German High Fleet had illegally scuttled itself at Scapa Flow in Orkney, the island group to the north of Britain. The aftermath was […]

    History Roundup 74 including CIA and Fat Chuckling Laugh April 21, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 74 including CIA and Fat Chuckling Laugh

    Today’s post is a remarkable photo recalling the realities of the American death penalty. Meanwhile, Mrs B continues to be ill so all shorter than I had hoped here… At least got to introduce the kids to the Muppet Show. 1) A Grave in Caanan: elite tomb 2) Mindblowing Underground Tunnels: Quinat Firaun 3) Good […]

    Image: Bloody Babs Says Goodbye to Tommy April 21, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Image: Bloody Babs Says Goodbye to Tommy

    Barbara Graham was executed by the State of California, June 3 1955, in the gas chamber at St Quentin: she had been found guilty of the murder of one Mabel Monahan, an elderly lady. There are some questions about her guilt. Perhaps we can lay this to rest, immediately, by noting that whether BG actually […]

    History Roundup 73 including Mayor Killing and Speeding Easter Bunny April 20, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 73 including Mayor Killing and Speeding Easter Bunny

    First of all, happy easter to all, second apologies for the missed roundup yesterday but Mrs B is not very well at the moment. Today’s post is on the fireboy! 1) Killing the Mayor of NY: 100 years ago 2) Roman Port Digging: Tuscany 3) Speeding Easter Bunny: newspaper clipping 4) MACM: A Strange Classical […]

    John Farkas: Fire Boy! April 20, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    John Farkas: Fire Boy!

    John Farkas’ name seems to have flared up very briefly in history and then to have died down again just as quickly. Many of the things associated with John (Janos?) were, let’s say, poltergeist tricks and not that remarkable. But what about the fire? Note that this newsreport dates to 1921 and appeared in the […]

    Flirty Fishing: Evangelical Prostitution April 19, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Contemporary
    Flirty Fishing: Evangelical Prostitution

    The Children of God were a rather silly American Christian group, born in 1968, that went, however, almost immediately off the rails, rode down the sidings and ended up chugging along in the blackest, grimiest ditches known to human experience. They specialized, for one, in unusual sexual practices. Some of these are too sordid to […]

    History Roundup 72 including Orange Peel and Ice Outlaws April 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 72 including Orange Peel and Ice Outlaws

    Today’s post on Pearl Harbor and Britain 1) Fairbanks and Chaplin: do the world war thing 2) Fixed Wrestling Match: in antiquity 3) Chinese Propaganda Posters: on the environment… (look out for orange peel) 4) Creepy Jesuses: in Spain 5) Just Doing My Job: photos late 19 c ny 6) European Slaves East: I’d like […]

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