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  • History Roundup 635 including Mysterious Naked Woman Carving April 21, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 635 including Mysterious Naked Woman Carving

    Today’s links follow. 1) Mysterious Naked Woman Carving: Scotland 2) Baby Ghost: US 3) Terrifying Demon Carving: Dominican Republic 4) Wine Fortunes: Roman Empire 5) Bohemian Britain Born: London 6) Sonar and the Ship Wreck: US and from the archives 7) A Jewish Hitler Other links: All Lit Up (Drunken Commentary on pre-war Royal Navy): […]

    Daily History Picture: Aretha Franklin Magnificent April 20, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Aretha Franklin Magnificent

    No date…

    Is St Francis’ Horn Egyptian? April 20, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Is St Francis' Horn Egyptian?

    A medieval ivory horn is pictured with two mysterious wooden rods, which look like nunchaku, but were actually ‘silence sticks’, banged together before a sermon. The horn is kept at Assisi among the most precious relics of St Francis (obit 1226), because this horn, says tradition, was brought back by Francis from Egypt as a […]

    History Roundup 634 including Disappearing Island April 20, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 634 including Disappearing Island

    Today’s links follow. 1) Literacy Rates in the Ancient World: Judah (15-20 percent?) 2) Animal Life After Chernobyl: Ukraine 3) Dealing with Bad Dogs: Somerset, UK 4) Glass Kilns: Israel 5) Disappearing Island, 1878: Ireland 6) Mansfield Museum: Ohio and from the archives 7) Human Trousers in Iceland Other links: Cloud Herding, Porn and Religion, […]

    Daily History Picture: Medical Operations Medieval Style April 19, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Medical Operations Medieval Style

    Note Hemorrhoids, bottom left.  

    History Roundup 633 including Sugar Wars and Woodland Sphere in Bosnia April 19, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 633 including Sugar Wars and Woodland Sphere in Bosnia

    Today’s links follow. 1) Spirals Solved from Space: Peru 2) The Sugar Wars: UK/USA (our take on some of the same) 3) Defending the Soulbury Stone: England (amazing photograph) 4) Inuit Cartography: Canada 5) Weird Sphere in Woodland: Bosnia 6) 19 Cent Burn Out: the Clinic and from the archives 7) Brought Up By A […]

    The Republic of the Seven Islands April 19, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Republic of the Seven Islands

    A thalassocracy is a sea power, a realm built around the sea. The word is sometimes used to refer to maritime superpowers, like the British and French empires, but is more typically employed for chains of islands governed by a single king or council. Historical examples include Tondo; or some of the Viking polities from […]

    Daily History Picture: Early Fake Guns April 18, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Early Fake Guns

    The French build fake wooden guns in the Great War

    A Mediumistic Maid April 18, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    A Mediumistic Maid

    There is the need for a collection of all Arthur Conan Doyle’s gadding around in his ‘psychic’ years. And when that time comes Strange History will have several stories to offer up: sometimes ACD turns up as an expert on the spot, at other times the press use ACD as an expert or talking head. […]

    History Roundup 632 including Deliberately Drowning Pilgrims April 18, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 632 including Deliberately Drowning Pilgrims

    Today’s links follow. 1) Original Fake Nessie Found: Scotland 2) 13 Yr Old Veteran: US 3) Surratt’s Ghost: US 4) Buddhist Drowning Pilgrims: Japan 5) Monogamy and STDs: Prehistory 6) Volcano that Shadowed the World: the Pacific and from the archives 7) An Exceptionally Nice Civil War Other links: Soviets Fight in Afghanistan

    New History Books: Ireland’s Exiled Children April 17, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Ireland's Exiled Children

    Schmuhl, Ireland’s Exiled Children, the American connections and the Easter Rising…

    Weird Chinese Painters April 17, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Weird Chinese Painters

    Modern painters have used blood and vomit as paints and penis, breasts and even eyes as brushes. However, the medieval Chinese sometimes gave the modern paper-tearers a run for their money. Wang Hsia (obit 805), for example, was known as ‘ink-flinger Wang’. He would, first, get drunk, second, hurl ink at his surfaces, third, smear […]

    New History Books: Cartographic Japan April 16, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Cartographic Japan

    Love Maps, love Japan? Wigen, Cartographic Japan.

    The Hare that Got Away April 16, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Hare that Got Away

    Here is a short paragraph from the late nineteenth century about Pendle in Lancashire. He who visits Pendle will yet find that charms are generally resorted to amongst the lower classes; that there are hares, which in their persuasion, never can be caught, and which survive only to baffle and confound the huntsman; that each […]

    History Roundup 631 including First American Serial Killer April 15, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 631 including First American Serial Killer

    Today’s links follow. 1) Leech Imposture: France 2) Surviving Hanging: Scotland 3) First Serial Killer: US 4) Killed Photographs: mainly US 5) Mardi Gras Origins: New Orleans (our own take) 6) Devil Woman: India and from the archives 7) Book Eating in the Bible Other links: Best Midland/North UK Folklore Site; Jesus He Knows Me

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