Cursed car and Ro­man coins

Fortean Times - - Letters -

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

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