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  • Bosom Serpent Curses October 8, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Bosom Serpent Curses

    We have looked here before on several occasions at the bosom serpent, the notion that certain animals and particularly reptiles and amphibians could dwell in the stomach or elsewhere in the human body after entering through the nose, mouth or in some rarefied cases the vagina. Usually you get bosom-serpented because you have it coming […]

    History Roundup 500 including Sex with Statues October 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 500 including Sex with Statues

    Today’s links follow. 1) Seeing Centaurs: Britain 2) Sex with Statues: Greece 3) Lunar Eclipse Myths: Skies 4) Northern European Mummies: Britain 5) Choosing Civil Servants: China 6) Copper Well: Wales and from the archives 7) Magonia: Cloud Land Other links: exterrestial parties, sublime violin

    Daily History Picture: HIV/Aids Poster October 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: HIV/Aids Poster

    South African HIV wars

    What Makes a Good Historian? October 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    What Makes a Good Historian?

    What makes a good historian? Here are a few thoughts that have come up in reading and conversation. A good historian is someone who reads so much in his or her period that they can anticipate what this or that writer will write next. (The present blogger having published on several different periods recognizes this phenomenon well. […]

    History Roundup 499 including Basque DNA October 6, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 499 including Basque DNA

    Today’s links follow. 1) Human Skull Amulet: Denmark 2) Basque DNA: Pyrenees 3) Black Cat Witches: UK 4) Freak Birth Lies: US 5) Where Were the Lewis Chessmen Made: Iceland? 6) Planned Parenthood and the Klu Klux Klan: US and from the archives 7) Medieval Air Battles Other links: Naked capitalism, Passenger, Let Her Go

    Daily History Picture: Finnish Ski Troops October 6, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Finnish Ski Troops

    Winter War

    Ghost Pills! October 6, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Ghost Pills!

    How do you get rid of supernatural worries: call the priest, the alienist or the local bobby? Why no, you buy a tube of nineteenth-century vitamin pill, of course! This at least was the solution offered by one Irish newspaper in 1840. The belief in supernatural appearances has generally prevailed during the superstitious ages has […]

    History Roundup 498 including Georgian Bling October 5, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 498 including Georgian Bling

    Today’s links follow. 1) Amazing Silver Belt: Bulgaria 2) Georgian Bling: England 3) More Palmyra: Syria 4) Coffin Plate Capers: US 5) Armless Magician: London 6) Hitler and Drugs: Germany and from the archives 7) Running Naked in 19 Cent Other links: Sitting standing tests (when will you die?), Send in the Clowns

    Daily History Picture: First Light October 5, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: First Light

    An old favourite…

    Review: The New Civilisation? October 5, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Review: The New Civilisation?

    Paul Flewers, The New Civilisation? Understanding Stalin’s Soviet Union, 1929-1941 (2008) There is a strip in Tintin in the Land of the Soviets (1930), where the intrepid boy reporter spies out some British leftists who are visiting ‘the new civilization’: the Soviet Union about five years after Stalin had ascended the blood steps to the iron throne. […]

    New History Books: Fighting Nazi Occupation October 4, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Fighting Nazi Occupation

    Britain plans should the worst come to the worst: Fighting Nazi Occupation

    Victorian Urban Legends: Bodies in Trees October 4, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Victorian Urban Legends: Bodies in Trees

    Kay Massingill has recently offered to readers of Forteana Exchange a series of body in tree stories. The earliest seems to be this one from 1873 and they carry on into the 1920s. The tale typically has it that someone, perhaps escaping from danger, climbs into a tree, then cannot get out. That brings us to […]

    The Longest Ancient Snakes October 3, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    The Longest Ancient Snakes

    How long were the longest ancient snakes? In 2004, Richard Stothers published a fascinating article ‘Ancient Scientific Basis of the ‘Great Serpent’ from Historical Evidence’, Isis 95, 220-238. Among many other bits of ancient flotsam and jetsom Stothers brought together a list of the longest snakes recorded in antiquity. The following snakes need to be looked […]

    History Roundup 497 including Plane Ramming and Goblin Orgy October 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 497 including Plane Ramming and Goblin Orgy

    Today’s links follow. 1) Lloyds Lose History: UK 2) New Gilgamesh Tablet: Library 3) Goblin Orgy: US 4) Plane Ramming: Japan 5) An Irregular Marriage: England 6) When Eggs Cost 90 Dollars: California and from the archives 7) Nazi Fairies Other links: psychic tests, the feminist minister and Saudi Arabia, Kate Wolf, Close to You

    Daily History Picture: Finnish Catapult October 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Finnish Catapult

    I tried this once with stones, I would not like to try it with grenades…

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