Category Archives: History

BENEVENTUM.

BENEVENTUM. The wikipedia entry for the Appian Way describes how the Appian Way was extended 35 miles past Capua to a place the Samnites called “Maloenton” (or, apparently, “Maleventum”). Pyrrhus had said about an earlier battle in the Samnite Wars, … Continue reading

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VICTOR HUGO AT THE BARRICADES (SPOILER ALERT).

VICTOR HUGO AT THE BARRICADES (SPOILER ALERT). Les Miserables is a great musical. Several of the great scenes take place at a barricade that some students have erected in the uprising of 1832. The musical and Hugo’s book are sympathetic … Continue reading

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FLAVOR NOTES FOR BOG BUTTER.

FLAVOR NOTES FOR BOG BUTTER. Joshua Levine article discusses the speculation that bog dwellers must have known that a bog would preserve a body buried in it because they made a practice of burying large amounts of butter in bogs. … Continue reading

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IDENTIFYING ANCIENT DNA IN MUD.

IDENTIFYING ANCIENT DNA IN MUD. This article by Michael Le Page on the New Scientist website offers hope for a new archaeological tool. Scientists have had some success in looking for the DNA of early humans in ancient sediments in … Continue reading

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EFFORTS TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT BOG BODIES.

EFFORTS TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT BOG BODIES. The title of Joshua Levine’s article is optimistic: “Europe’s Famed Bog Bodies Are Starting to Reveal Their Secrets.” However, the secrets and mysteries remain. The article describes ingenious efforts which have led … Continue reading

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THE UNCANNY NATURE OF BOGS.

THE UNCANNY NATURE OF BOGS. I posted here about how I believe that my Danish and Irish ancestors were bog people. I also believe that they lived in bogs because this was land that nobody else wanted. I had not … Continue reading

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OGDEN NASH AND BASEBALL HISTORY.

OGDEN NASH AND BASEBALL HISTORY. One reason that being part of a league with a history is appealing is that baseball fans generally love the history of baseball. As an example of the interest in baseball history of fans who … Continue reading

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PLAYING BASEBALL USING 19TH CENTURY RULES.

PLAYING BASEBALL USING 19TH CENTURY RULES. In addition to the display board, our league keeps the same categories that we started with in the first couple years. The league still has severe limits on substitution that originated when we the … Continue reading

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THE OLDEST FANTASY BASEBALL LEAGUE BEGINS ITS NEW SEASON.

THE OLDEST FANTASY BASEBALL LEAGUE BEGINS ITS NEW SEASON. I have posted most years about when the oldest rotisserie baseball league begins its new season. Here is one of those posts that describes the league. I always enjoy the comments … Continue reading

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THE ETIQUETTE OF EATING PEAS (COMMENT).

THE ETIQUETTE OF EATING PEAS (COMMENT). In his comment, “Milton” asked: “What was the origin of eating peas with a knife?” I did some looking on Google without getting a definitive answer. It must go back some years because it … Continue reading

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