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German Naturalists, Electric Eels and Horse Fishing December 8, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
German Naturalists, Electric Eels and Horse Fishing

Beachcombing mixes and matches his posts. If Beachcombing gets carried away with a theme – he has to confess to an Atlantis itch this week – then he tries to let at least a few days pass before he returns to that subject. However, every so often the excitement gets too much for him and he […]

The Crocodile, the Dog and the Wardrobe December 3, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
The Crocodile, the Dog and the Wardrobe

Beachcombing always enjoys the passion with which nineteenth-century naturalists captured and then observed their prey, from sugaring early gas lamps to taking out the rifle whenever a rare bird flew into their garden. He particularly enjoyed this passage (just sent in by a correspondent) from the works of that German polymath Alexander von Humboldt (1859), […]

The Parrots of the Atures November 2, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
The Parrots of the Atures

  Since beginning this blog five months ago Beachcombing has noticed a monotonous pattern. He takes out a long-treasured fragment of bizarre history, all fired up to write a cracking whiz-bang post. And then, when he comes to triple-check the facts, he discovers that the event never happened – that it was based on a misunderstanding […]