Category Archives: History

THE HISTORICAL RESEARCH BEHIND MONTY PYTHON’S ATTACK BUNNY.

THE HISTORICAL RESEARCH BEHIND MONTY PYTHON’S ATTACK BUNNY. The dangerousminds post also mentions the killer bunny in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It occurs to me that Terry Jones, one of the Pythons, is a medieval scholar (the author … Continue reading

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GIANT MEDIEVAL ATTACK RABBITS.

GIANT MEDIEVAL ATTACK RABBITS. I posted here at the end of 2016 about medieval knights fighting snails. Here at the dangerousminds website is a collection of illustrations from medieval manuscripts of giant attack bunnies wreaking havoc. (link via instant pundit). … Continue reading

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OCTOMORE—THE WORLD’S MOST HEAVILY PEATED SINGLE MALT.

OCTOMORE—THE WORLD’S MOST HEAVILY PEATED SINGLE MALT. Yesterday’s post wrote about Andrew Jefford’s predictions for Octomore, whose 2002 run was still anticipated. Here is the current proud boast about Octomore on the Bruichladdich website: “OCTOMORE SUPER HEAVILY PEATED WHISKY. IT … Continue reading

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THE BRUICHLADDICH DISTILLERY.

THE BRUICHLADDICH DISTILLERY. I am really pleased with the pingback from a distillery on the Isle of Islay. Andrew Jefford in his book PEAT SMOKE AND SPIRIT says that Bruichladdich is pronounced Bruch-LADDY “with a susurrant ‘ch’ as in ‘loch’”. … Continue reading

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“A BRIEF HISTORY OF CASKS, PART ONE” (PINGBACK).

“A BRIEF HISTORY OF CASKS, PART ONE” (PINGBACK). The blog just got a pingback from the Bruichladdich Distillery website. The Bruichladdich Distillery identifies itself as “Progressive Hibridean Distillers since 1881”. The pingback is in an article by Harry Glennon Anderson, … Continue reading

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BEFORE THE “THE WAR ON PIRATES”.

BEFORE THE “WAR ON PIRATES”. Hanna ‘s article is based on his book PIRATE NESTS AND THE RISE OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE, 1570-1740. Hanna’s world of pirates seeking to get enough money to retire to an honorable place in society … Continue reading

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PIRATES WHO JUST WANTED TO FIND A PLACE IN THE HIGHER REACHES OF COLONIAL SOCIETY.

PIRATES WHO JUST WANTED TO FIND A PLACE IN THE HIGHER REACHES OF COLONIAL SOCIETY. I posted here about Professor Peter Leeson’s economic theory of piracy. Leeson’s 18th century pirates “set up their own early versions of constitutional democracy, complete … Continue reading

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HAS A SECOND VIKING SETTLEMENT IN NORTH AMERICA BEEN FOUND?

HAS A SECOND VIKING SETTLEMENT IN NORTH AMERICA BEEN FOUND? Nick sent me this article by Sarah Laskow on the Atlas Obscura site about how satellite imagery may have located a second Viking settlement site in North America. The first … Continue reading

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WHY THE PARTHENON HAS LASTED FOR CENTURIES.

WHY THE PARTHENON HAS LASTED FOR CENTURIES. The Parthenon in Rome has already lasted 1800 years. It is made of concrete, but Tim Harford offers an additional explanation for why it has survived when so many Roman buildings have not. … Continue reading

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IN PRAISE OF CONCRETE.

IN PRAISE OF CONCRETE. This article by Tim Harford on the BBC website is entitled: “The Hidden Strengths of Unloved Concrete” (link via Marginal Revolution). It is part of a BBC series “50 Things That Made the Modern Economy”. Harford … Continue reading

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