Cursed car and Roman coins
The book Matt Salusbury was trying to remember, entitled ‘Strange’ something [ Ft354:70
71], was Stranger than Science by Frank Edwards (Pan, London 1959), now available as a pdf download. I remember as a child reading it, including the tale of Franz Joseph’s cursed car being destroyed in an air raid. Good to read that it is still in one piece in a Viennese museum.
• As for Roman coins being found on Okinawa [ Ft350:13], perhaps not surprising. The Japanese, and Ryuku kingdoms of Okinawa, traded with China and Southeast Asia, which areas traded with India, which had trading links with Arabs and Romans. Coins might have spread, perhaps not as currency, but as amulets, jewellery, or sources of precious metal. Raymond Vickers Birkby, West Yorkshire