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  • Daily History Picture: Mickey Mouse Club May 26, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Mickey Mouse Club

    When Mickey ruled: the 1930s.  

    Execution by Dogs? May 26, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Contemporary, Medieval, Modern
    Execution by Dogs?

    North Korea is a frequent source of joy for bizarrists: if not for the poor wretched put upon people who live there. For example, last month Beach wrote up the Indian custom of death by cannon, only to be trumped by Kim Jong-un who had just executed his minister of defence with an anti-aircraft gun. This got Beach […]

    History Roundup 417 including Tome Raiders May 25, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 417 including Tome Raiders

    Today’s links follow. 1) Pacts with Devil Doesn’t Work Out: England 2) Letter to Sorge, WW2 Greatest Spy: Japan 3) Stop the Tome Raiders: Libraries of the World Unite 4) Unexpected Medieval Hospital: York 5) Necromantic Fun: Germany 6) Phantom Tombstones: UK 7) Far Travelled Bronze Age Girl: Denmark 8) Pistol Duelling: US and from […]

    Daily History Picture: WW1 Crater May 25, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: WW1 Crater

    This picture is from Messines, Flanders, 1917. A massive crater created by 19 British mines under German positions. ‘The Image Works’. The blast was allegedly heard in London: memories of the audible Somme bombardment.

    Contacting Mars in the Late Nineteenth Century May 25, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Contacting Mars in the Late Nineteenth Century

    In the nineteenth century humans noted a series of unusual lights from different planets and moons. In the very late nineteenth century some speculated that these lights might be attempts to contact the earth: we have previously looked at an example involving the moon and Charles Fort. This was particularly true with the sighting of […]

    History Roundup 416 including Unicorns on the Ark May 24, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 416 including Unicorns on the Ark

    Today’s links follow. 1) Live Longer in Town than in Country: Roman Britain 2) New Shakespeare Song and its Rude: England 3) The Doomsday Monument: Georgia 4) Getting Rid of Worst Shakespeare: Britain (idiot?) 5) Nazi Injustice PhD Granted: Germany 6) James I, Sorcery, Treachery and Murder: Britain 7) Get the Unicorns on the Ark: MS […]

    Death by Bell Ringing May 24, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    Death by Bell Ringing

    In a moment of divine madness, a couple of years ago, Beach asked a question about knights and lightning: basically were sardine cans on horsebacks with long lances natural lightning rods? He has been inspired today to ask another lightning question. The following passage is taken from Wikipedia page on bell-ringers, one of Wiks less […]

    Daily History Picture: Family Murdered May 24, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Family Murdered

    Killing the brothers one by one: disturbing middle ages.

    History Roundup 415 including Tongue Pulling the Dead May 23, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 415 including Tongue Pulling the Dead

    Today’s links follow. 1) Want 100,000, Find This Eagle: US 2) More on Leprosy Spread: Euro-Asia 3) Be Careful Graverobbing: US 4) Tongue Pulling the Dead: France 5) Waterloo Heroics: Scotland 6) Farming Gave Lighter Bones: Prehistory 7) Eternal Flames: the Ancient Med 8) Chats with Dead Elizabethans: England and from the archives 9) The Treasure […]

    A Poxy Invasion of Europe: 1340s May 23, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    A Poxy Invasion of Europe: 1340s

    So here’s the thing. A month ago StrangeHistory put up a post asking what would have happened had Europeans arrived in the New World in the fifteenth and sixteenth century without viruses being involved. The question was would Europeans have managed to conquer American real estate? There were lots of interesting answers from readers: all […]

    History Roundup 414 including Lost Temple Found and Viking Dragon May 22, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 414 including Lost Temple Found and Viking Dragon

    Today’s links follow. 1) Goddesses and Barrels: England 2) Double Floor Houses 6000 BC: Bulgaria 3) Mason Violence: US 4) Viking Dragon: Scandinavia 5) Long Lost Temple Found: Egypt 6) Our Few Bronze Age Fathers: Europe 7) Butter Sculptures: US (WOW) 8) Great Georgian Painter: England and from the archives 9) English as She is Spoke Other […]

    Daily History Picture: French Special Forces May 22, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    Daily History Picture: French Special Forces

    French SAS forces in the Western Desert, WW2.

    Credulity and Animal Lore in Italy May 22, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Modern
    Credulity and Animal Lore in Italy

    Beach has recently been enjoying serpent folklore. This study has led him to question, as often happens to inadequate human beings when new information comes along, ‘facts’ that has been fed him in his time living in Italy: almost a decade now. Here are six involving reptiles and their relatives. Some of these Beach discounted […]

    History Roundup 413 including Torture Archaeology May 21, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 413 including Torture Archaeology

    Today’s links follow. 1) Shakespeare’s First Portrait: England 2) Torture Archaeology: Andes 3) Impossible Oral Memories: Australia 4) A Dying Language: Scandinavia 5) Invitation to a Beheading: Germany 6) Raising the Georgia: US 7) Nazi Horse Sculptures Turn Up: Germany 8) The Blomberg Mystery: US/UK and from the archives 9) Dowsing for Submarines Other links: […]

    Daily History Picture: Medieval Mind May 21, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Medieval Mind

    The Gothic brain mapped

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