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Fastest Marchers July 8, 2013

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Contemporary, Medieval, Modern
Fastest Marchers

How far can the average person walk in a day? Most of us walk about three miles an hour, which should mean that, if we didn’t develop blisters or stitch and if a man with jack boots had a pistol at our head, we could probably manage between thirty and forty miles a day. But […]

An Elephant Invades Italy in 1936 July 24, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Contemporary
An Elephant Invades Italy in 1936

                                Night four of Beachcombing’s Elephant week extravaganza is taken up by Richard Halliburton’s attempt to cross the Alps in 1936 on the back of an African elephant. Halliburton, a fun kind of fellow, managed to hire (and insure!) an […]