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Head-hunting German Phrenologists August 9, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Head-hunting German Phrenologists

***This post was suggest by Invisible who shares though Beachcombing’s scepticism*** Before plunging into this modern story of head-hunting the reader should be warned. First, the quotations come from a contemporary nineteenth-century English ‘sketch’ (rather than translation) from the French: Jacques Peuchet, Mémoires tirés des Archives de la police de Paris, vol I, 161 ff. […]

Immortal Meals 4#: Eating a French King’s Heart June 17, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Immortal Meals 4#: Eating a French King's Heart

There are great men among great men (Plato, Galileo, Einstein…)  and great eccentrics among great eccentrics. For this second exclusive club Beachcombing’s candidates would include the charming and irrepressible William Buckland (obit 1856), Victorian geologist and zoophagist and, towards the end of his life, inmate in a mental asylum. Buckland – unlike his more mannered […]