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  • History Roundup 105 including American Ogham and Human Zoos May 28, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 105 including American Ogham and Human Zoos

    Today’s post is on Johnny Norton, Electric boy. And the links… 1) Can’t Fight, Hate Khaki: great WW1 story 2) Ogham Allegations in the New World: Barry Fell redux 3) Chile Mummy: oldest from the Americas 4) Jazz Age Bohemian Dinner: oh to have been there 5) What Does ‘Discovery’ Mean in the Archives: nice […]

    Johnny Norton: Electric Boy! May 28, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Johnny Norton: Electric Boy!

    Electriticy proved endlessly fascinating to the general public in the second half of the nineteenth century. Take the electric boy, Johnny Norton. Johnny gave off constant electricity from his body, so much so that if you went up and shook his hand you would receive a shock. Nor was this just a spark after walking […]

    History Roundup 104 including Creepy Caves and THE DELUGE May 27, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 104 including Creepy Caves and THE DELUGE

    Today’s post on Rommel on a motorbike. And the links… 1) Weird Amusement Rides: The Deluge!!! 2) How the Caribbean Destroyed Scotland: Darien 3) Viking Age Finds: Eden Valley 4) Creepy Caves: Peru 5) Suspended Animation: St. Louis 6) Rich Finds at Land’s End: forget Indiana Jones though And from the archive… 7) Swedish Husbands […]

    Rommel in the Shenandoah?! May 27, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Rommel in the Shenandoah?!

    Every so often a reader writes in with a great story told brilliantly where I just cut and paste. Cue the following tale from Michael Dunn. I’ve put Michael comments/elaboration in italics (tweaking typos etc) and just added a few thoughts of my own in normal text. This story involves a prominent figure in a […]

    History Roundup 103 including Solway Spaceman and When Roosevelt Met Lincoln May 26, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 103 including Solway Spaceman and When Roosevelt Met Lincoln

    Today’s post on the non discovery of shuck, today’s links… 1) Solway Spaceman: UFO, fairy, ghost or photographic glitch 2) Vikings Making a Fast Buck on Climate Change: who else… 3) Laying Transatlantic Cable, 1959: short film 4) Search for Earliest Menstrual Pad: fourth century (and presumably much older) 5) The Real Downton Abbey: Healing… […]

    The Non-Discovery of Shuck May 26, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    The Non-Discovery of Shuck

    Shuck (aka shock) was a demonic hound that haunted much of East Anglia in the early modern period: and in the absence of satisfactory ancient and medieval records may have been running around with blazing red saucer sized eyes, since the time when the druids were the new kids on the Neolithic block. However, in […]

    History Roundup 102 including Mummy in Monastery and Hitler in Liverpool May 25, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 102 including Mummy in Monastery and Hitler in Liverpool

    Today’s post on lactating fountains and today’s links follow 1) Maryport Fort: Gallic wines and Spanish olive oil in Scotland 2) Science of WW1 Planes: top speed 74 mph 3) Egyptian Mummy in Italian Monastery: wth! 4) In Search of Tenea: lost Greek City 5) The Prince of Metal Detectors: ping… 6) World’s Oldest Golf […]

    Love Goddess #10: Lactating German Virtues May 25, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    Love Goddess #10: Lactating German Virtues

    Another love goddess, though this time from Germany. If you go to Nuremberg and make sure you don’t get distracted by recent traumatic events there (trials, fire storms etc) you will discover a beautiful medievalish city in the heart of Bavaria. On the edge of Lorenzer Platz you will find perhaps the most curious fountain in Western […]

    Religious Mania at Torrox May 24, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Religious Mania at Torrox

    Every so often rural communities take on acts of high religious eccentricity. There was, for example, Datten in Germany where in 1901 a fit of dancing mania broke out (another post another day). There was the case at Kherson in Ukraine in 1896-1897 of a religion sect allowing its members to be buried alive (wth! […]

    History Roundup 101 including Mormon Alphabets and Trojans vs the Pyramids May 23, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 101 including Mormon Alphabets and Trojans vs the Pyramids

    Today’s post is on the science of being pixy-led whereas today’s links are… 1) Trojans vs Egyptians!? Just possibly 2) Mormon Alphabet: Deseret, new to me… 3) High Court Keeps Richard III in Leicester: where he belongs! 4) Norman Victim? Lewes Skeleton 5) Titanic Survivor a Fake: Two-year old drowned 6) GeoPhysical Testing of the […]

    Science, Neurology and Being Misled by Fairies May 23, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Science, Neurology and Being Misled by Fairies

    All European fairy traditions have two features: kidnapped children (the changeling tradition) and misled travellers (the pixy-led tradition). Being pixy-led (a Cornish or Devon term originally but one that has come to apply to a much wider area) varies in different parts of the continent. But typically, it unwinds as follows. A man or a woman […]

    History Roundup 100 including Statues, (Human) Sacrifice and Saharan Art May 22, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 100 including Statues, (Human) Sacrifice and Saharan Art

    Things are tense here as the link function is down for some reason. While we are trying to resolve this I’ve put up links in word and hoped they carry over. Fingers crossed. So today’s post is on a duel in a battlefield, whereas today’s links… 1) Human Spear Sacrifice: in Salford! 2) More on […]

    A Duel in the Middle of a Battle! May 22, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    A Duel in the Middle of a Battle!

    Du ***Thanks to Chris S for sending this story in*** Attentive readers may have noted that StrangeHistory has recently been indulging in duel stories.  Today’s duel comes from the American Civil War and involves a confederate and a union soldier. Of course, the first reaction to any such story is the sheer redundance of this […]

    Slaughter Hounds in Celtic Ireland May 21, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval
    Slaughter Hounds in Celtic Ireland

    A recent story on the supposed archaeological discovery of shuck – [sorry can’t give links, wordpress playing up] – has set me thinking about large violent dogs in history, the way that ancient and medieval peoples used these animals and one particularly evil-sounding example: the Irish archu or slaughter hound. First, though, some background. Dogs, of […]

    History Roundup 99 including Ghost Towns, Ghosts with Muskets and Ghost Bison May 20, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 99 including Ghost Towns, Ghosts with Muskets and Ghost Bison

    Today’s post on the Kaiser in Holland: and the links… 1) Lost Village on the Border: Scotland 2) WW1, Eight Million Life Stories: almost as many as the deaths 3) Torpedo on Mainstreet: great election story 4) Soviet Ghost Town: Arctic Circle 5) Killer Aristocrat: 19 Cent France 6) Iron Magic in the Carrib: 18 […]

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