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Cannibalism and Syphilis December 16, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
Cannibalism and Syphilis

Syphilis (unless, of course, you have the misfortune to be a sufferer) is one of the most interesting of illnesses. Historians still, for example, argue about whether it crossed from Europe to the Americas or whether, on the contrary, it was a gift from the New to the Old World: the balance of opinion seems […]

French Kisses, Guinea Pigs and the Spanish vice November 13, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
French Kisses, Guinea Pigs and the Spanish vice

Beachcombing had a terrifying dream last night. A great voice told him to find a bizarre story on turkeys, presumably one of the last shadows of his recent obsession with birds? Beachcombing has decided, however, not to do so because his subconscious has, frankly, been getting on his nerves in the last weeks. Instead, Beachombing is going to look at […]