Proof that Hitler wasn’t fully equipped?; Rebel flag and teachable moments; latest on Tut; some macabre; big discovery in Pensacola; figgy pudding & Christmas ghosts

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I’m just going to put this one out there for you good people without any comment: a German historian has uncovered what he believes to be proof  of the rumor that Hitler had only one testicle.

In the face of protests against their banning of the Rebel flag, the Christiansburg, Virginia school board has decided to create some new local history classes. That seems like a good idea, but I have to wonder, shouldn’t their preexistent US history classes already make students aware of the Confederacy’s connection to slavery? Perhaps they need to take a look at how the Civil War is already being taught there.

And while we are on symbols of the Confederacy: the debate down in New Orleans is far from over. A lawsuit has been filed to stop the removal of the monuments, and protestors of the decision have stepped up their efforts to stop the “erasing of history.” UGH. I am SO TIRED of hearing people say that the removal of these types of things is “erasing history.” NO IT IS NOT, and is in fact much the opposite. It is an attempt to be more honest about our past, not to try and erase it.

So what’s the latest on the ongoing project involving King Tut’s tomb? His wet nurse may in fact have been his sister.

And while we are on tombs, how about some macabre?: Researchers have uncovered some graves in Poland in which the deceased were apparently seen by their contemporaries as either vampires, or demon possessed.  Weird stuff.

And while we are on archeology: down in Pensacola, Florida, a local professor happened to stumble onto the site of a Spanish fort from 1559. It is in the middle of a residential neighborhood, and appears to be a major find. The property owners are about to build a new house over the site!!

And for my holiday-season posting for today: Smithsonian offers up a history lesson on “figgy pudding.” We sing about it in Christmas carols, but exactly what is it? It is “a treat that neither contains figs, nor is a pudding in the American sense” and has “a long, delicious history—one dating back to at least the 17th century.”

And here’s another: one line from the Christmas classic song “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” tells us that  along with general merriment, the season should always include “scary ghost stories.” So, how about a look at “Christmas ghost stories: A history of seasonal spine-chillers.” Yes, please.

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2 thoughts on “Proof that Hitler wasn’t fully equipped?; Rebel flag and teachable moments; latest on Tut; some macabre; big discovery in Pensacola; figgy pudding & Christmas ghosts

  1. I am SO TIRED of hearing people say that the removal of these types of things is “erasing history.”

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    It sure seems to me that virtually everyone who shrieks about “erasing history” are folks who, themselves, have no understanding about how history actually gets written. You see it sometimes when people insist that history is a collections of “facts,” and things like context or interpretation are clever tricks used by wicked or malevolent academics to twist reality. For such folks, who don’t distinguish between events of the past and our understanding of them, the past is fixed and immovable. For them, monuments are history.

    No, I don’t know what to do about that.

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