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  • Landing on the Wrong Carrier July 3, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Landing on the Wrong Carrier

    This is the most bizarre aircraft carrier story of them all. It involves suitably enough a Japanese and an American aircraft carrier. May 7 1942 American and Japanese forces are fighting in the Coral Sea. Both American and Japanese planes have been flying off the flat-tops, hoping to hunt down the enemy’s ships. It was […]

    History Roundup 451 including Dog God Grave July 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 451 including Dog God Grave

    Today’s links follow. 1) Billy Kidd Madness: the law court 2) Lasers and Cathedrals: Gothic Europe 3) Frog Folk: Ohio 4) Phantom Letter Writer: US 5) 5,500 Old Fingerprint: Denmark 6) Canine Catacomb: Egypt 7) First Nation Sculpture rediscovered: Canada (beautiful) 8) Becoming an Extraterrestrial: Canada and from the archives 9) Shakespeare’s Lost Letters Other links: […]

    Daily History Picture: Unpacking Liberty July 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Unpacking Liberty

    On her way up…

    Review: Death of a Princess July 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Review: Death of a Princess

    Death of a Princess, a modest British television documentary, turned out to be the most expensive film ever made. It cost perhaps  a billion pounds and this was in 1980 when that kind of money could buy your three or four aircraft carriers. The piece, made for British television, tells the story of a nineteen-year-old Saudi […]

    Beachcombed 61 July 1, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 61

    Dear Reader, A hard but fun month of work, looking out over a garden in a blaze of flowers. Audit hell continues. Thanks, as always, to the multiple linkers: Amanda, Chris, Chris S, Joan, Ricardo, Wade and others. I’ve put the very best contributions below to the posts from this month. Thanks for all emails too […]

    History Roundup 450 including Lost Empire and Sad Names June 30, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 450 including Lost Empire and Sad Names

    Today’s links follow. 1) Hitler Resort: Germany 2) Land of Faery: North Wales 3) Richard III Musical: Broadway 4) Unfortunate Names: Oxford, UK 5) The Confederate Flag: US 6) Lost Empire: Burma 7) Privilege of a Historian: Library 8) Churchill’s Sex Life (or lack of): Britain and from the archives 9) False Armistice Other links: […]

    Daily History Picture: Mislanding June 30, 2015

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

    Plane comes down badly on aircraft carrier: did he survive?

    The Index Biography #19, Prize a Good Book June 30, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    The Index Biography #19, Prize a Good Book

    The Index Biography is a new form of biography pioneered by this blog and introduced in a previous post. The writer must find a biography of a famous individual from history, they must turn to the index and write down eight peripheral facts about the indivdual’s life. We offered up previously here Sheridan le Fanu and Joseph […]

    History Roundup 449 including Hitler’s Bed and the Marriage Mill June 29, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 449 including Hitler's Bed and the Marriage Mill

    Today’s links follow. 1) The Marriage Mill: New York 2) He Sleeps in Hitler’s Bed: Britain 3) Housetraining Dogs: the kennel 4) Sneeze History: the hospital 5) The Fight for World Heritage Status: UN 6) Napoleon and Men’s March Food: France and Victims 7) Innocent But Proven Guilty: Georgian England (Tissues Ready) 8) Penis Disorder: […]

    Hanging Jokes June 29, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Hanging Jokes

    Beach recently pointed out that were you to want to have a joke at someone’s expense it is probably not a good idea to involve poison. Similiarly strangehistory would advise against the use of nooses as these three sorry stories go to show. 20 Aug 1881: Last week a fatal practical joke was perpetrated at […]

    Daily History Picture: When the Bombs Drop June 29, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: When the Bombs Drop

      Rare shot of bombs coming down…  

    History Roundup 448 including Neanderthal Sex Secrets June 28, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 448 including Neanderthal Sex Secrets

    Today’s links follow. 1) Antikythera Ship Extension: Greece 2) Mukthi Body: India 3) Child Disappearance: Kentucky 4) Oldest Footprints: US 5) Vincent Van Gogh Photograph: France 6) Neanderthal Sex Secret: Prehistory 7) War Glyphs: Mayan World 8) Mad Room: Budapest and from the archives 9) Battle of the Somme in London Other links: researching pornography, […]

    Jumping Wild Men June 28, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Jumping Wild Men

    ***Dedicated to Mike Dash and Theo*** Beach has been having the time of his life looking at nineteenth-century Big Foot reports thanks to a very useful book by Chad Arment, Historical Bigfoot. All page numbers in the next paragraph come from that volume. What Beach loves about the book is that nineteenth-century Big Foot reports […]

    Daily History Picture: Lexington Planes June 28, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Lexington Planes

    Waiting to take off the USS Lexington…

    History Roundup 447 including the Bishop’s Fetus June 27, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 447 including the Bishop's Fetus

    Today’s links follow. 1) Neanderthals and Cossacks: Russia 2) New Roman Ship: Sardinia 3) Lost City: Syria 4) Caucasian a Dirty Word: Russia etc (already linked?) 5) Bishop’s Fetus: Norway 6) Scarborough Whirlwind: England 7) Tommy Knockers: Wales 8) Blowing Up Islands: Germany/Britain and from the archives 9) Column of Burning Snakes Other links: discipline […]

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