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  • Pheidippides: The Greek Who Met A God April 13, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Pheidippides: The Greek Who Met A God

    Pheidippides enters the history book because he could run fast and far, and because in 490 BC, with angry Persian immortals just outside their walls, the Athenians decided that they needed help. They looked for assistance in the most violent of all Greek polis, the Spartans to the south. Sparta, though, stood 150 miles from Athens […]

    History Roundup 378 including Missing Mystery Island April 12, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 378 including Missing Mystery Island

    Today’s links follow. 1) Racist Saved by Anti-Racist: US 2) Queen Vic’s Story: England 3) Banshees and Other Nasties: ireland 4) Civil War Slave Killed: US 5) Animal Telepathy: Britain 6) Tuanaki, Missing Mystery Island: Pacific 7) Coca Cola Ads: All over the world 8) TB Mummies: Rome and from the archives 9) Rhyming Violence […]

    Daily History Picture: Sad Burial April 12, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Sad Burial

    Netherlands, a Protestant, Catholic couple divided in death…

    Dangers of Treasure Hunting in Sixteenth-Century Devon April 12, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Dangers of Treasure Hunting in Sixteenth-Century Devon

    Ancient mounds and barrows evoked mixed feelings in your average yokel in the medieval and modern period. On the one hand you, might find treasure: gold, silver and coins from the Empire or even before. On the other, though, you were likely to get flattened by whatever dragon or spirit guarded the hole in question: […]

    History Roundup 377 including Dissected Alive and Women Bike Danger April 11, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 377 including Dissected Alive and Women Bike Danger

    Today’s links follow. 1) Deadliest War: Latin America 2) US Bomber Crew Dissected Alive: Japan 3) Bessie Shepard’s Murder: England 4) Bicycle Face: Britain and America (weird…) 5) Royal Sea Treasure: Hawaii 6) WW1 Graffiti: France 7) New Zealand Fairies: 8) History Eating Beatles: Britain and from the archives 9) Decapitation at Aitape (unpleasant) Other […]

    Espionage Commandments April 11, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Espionage Commandments

    Beach ran several years ago a series of spying commandments from the end of the Great War. He thought he would follow this up today with some espionage commandments from the Second World War. These come courtesy of Bernard James Barton or (aka ‘Killer’ Barton or John Barton), a twenty-four year-old British major who, in […]

    History Roundup 376 including Levitating Lawbooks April 10, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 376 including Levitating Lawbooks

    Today’s links follow. 1) Levitating Lawbooks: South Africa 2) Cold Northern Villa: Yorkshire 3) the Arthur Seat Coffins: Edinburgh 4) Nuking the US (comic): Carolinas (and our take) 5) How to Live Like a Victorian: Library 6) George Washington’s Gentleman Tips: US 7) Another Mac Cartoon on Richard III’s Burial: England 8) Nazi Lair: Argentina […]

    Daily History Picture: Einstein and the Indians April 10, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Einstein and the Indians

    By far the best Einstein picture I know…

    Book Eating in the Bible April 10, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Book Eating in the Bible

      ***Dedicated to KMH who came up with this link*** A recent post looked at Bible sandwiches, the idea of eating the Bible to cure yourself from ills or poison. The average reader might raise their eyebrows and wonder what the scriptural basis for that is. This was Beach’s residual-protestant reaction but, then, to his shock, […]

    History Roundup 375 including Unfaithful Royals April 9, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 375 including Unfaithful Royals

    Today’s links follow. 1) Richard III, Tyrant: UK (Polly Toynbee) 2) Waterloo Flags: Scotland 3) Unfaithful Royals: England 4) Family History Breakthrough: Not Ancestry 5) 19 Cent Serial Killer: Texas 6) Prince Philip Unzipped: Greece/England and from the archives 7) Last Scalping in History? Other links: Destroyed Snowden Laptop, Satie, Je te veux  

    Daily History Picture: Goodbye Zanjeer April 9, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Goodbye Zanjeer

    Zanjeer was a detection dog who saved tens of lives at Mumbai in 1993. He is honoured here with a full state funeral at his death in 2000.    

    Lenin Meets the Bandits April 9, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Lenin Meets the Bandits

    19 January 1919, a wonderful moment where Lenin almost got offed by the forces he had created. On this day, Lenin, Chabanov, his bodyguard, and Maria, Lenin’s sister were driving with bourgeos ostentation on the outskirts of Moscow. At a railway bridge they were stopped, however, by three armed men, that Lenin and Chabanov assumed were […]

    Daily History Picture: Brit-French Cheers April 8, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Brit-French Cheers

    Sharing a tea?

    Bible Sandwich April 8, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Bible Sandwich

    Would you eat a Bible? Unless under duress probably not. However, the Bible has long been resorted to as food particularly in charms. Bede, in the early eighth century, may give us the earliest version of this idea in the first chapter of the first book of the Ecclesiastical History. Noting that snakes cannot dwell […]

    History Roundup 374 including Mass Suicide in Lithuania April 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 374 including Mass Suicide in Lithuania

    Today’s links follow. 1) Silver Treasure: Bulgaria 2) Potato Populariser (Comic): Columbian Exchange 3) Young Girl Reading, Versions: France 4) Emoticon: US 5) Mass Suicide: Lithuania 6) Hobgoblin Classification: France 7) Psychic Schoolgirl: Roman Classroom 8) Late 18 Cent Ghost: England and from the archives 9) Aristotle and the Flatulent Earth Other links: Bigfoot Apocalypse, […]

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