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  • 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 […]

    Cornish Bear Monster? June 27, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Cornish Bear Monster?

    Strangehistory has given previously some space to the Cornish ‘Methodist metaphysician’ Samuel Drew (obit 1833). Last time Samuel Drew had been accused, almost certainly falsely by Wikipedia, of witnessing a ghost army. This time Samuel’s witnessing of the paranormal can be substantiated as it appeared in his biography, the author, his son, having apparently taken […]

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