Monday, December 02, 2013
Uncovering New England’s Viking connections
The Hub might seem to be a strange place to honor a medieval Icelandic-born adventurer, but for centuries New Englanders have theorized that Erikson led a thriving Viking settlement here around 1000 AD, more than six centuries before the Mayflower set sail.
The Lake Monsters of America
Cool map from Atlas Obscura.
4,000 year old skull discovery shows young women were sacrificed in ancient China
The skulls were found in what appears to have been a mass grave at the Shimao Ruins, the site of a neolithic stone city in the northern province of Shaanxi.
Strange Creature Spotted In The Mekong River
Interesting. With crappy video.
Sunday, December 01, 2013
Is this the oldest theater in the United States?
Newly discovered photos may prove that a small-town Kansas theater is the oldest in the US.
A Polish coffin company uses models to model their models. With behind the scenes video.
The Mystery of Dimes Appearing From Nowhere and Other Strange Phenomenon
Stories about dimes appearing mysteriously are common around the world, even in places where dimes are not used as money.
REVERSE-ENGINEERING A GENIUS (HAS A VERMEER MYSTERY BEEN SOLVED?)
David Hockney and others have speculated—controversially—that a camera obscura could have helped the Dutch painter Vermeer achieve his photo-realistic effects in the 1600s. But no one understood exactly how such a device might actually have been used to paint masterpieces. An inventor in Texas—the subject of a new documentary by the magicians Penn & Teller—may have solved the riddle.
A renowned computer scientist and inventor, Kurzweil, 65, decided decades ago that mortality wasn't for him. He didn't have to die, and he wasn't going to, if he could help it.
Egyptian authorities are in uproar after two German students scraped away some ancient writing to "prove" the Great Pyramids are 20,000 years old.
Was King Arthur Scottish?
Scotland may have a new, ancient celebrity to call its own, according to an amateur historian.
Monday, November 25, 2013
A corespondent of the Wichita Eagle
writes as follows:
On the south side of the Smoky Hill river, ten miles west of the present site of Ellsworth, and near Cedar Bluff, is a cave in the sandstone rock, where in 1860 the writer discovered on the side of the cave, among ancient hieroglyphics and nearly overgrown with moss, the name and date, "TVREDORE, 1786," neatly cut in Roman characters. This name was supposed to have been cut in the rock by one of a party of Spaniards who in the latter part of the last century attempted to reach the Missouri river from the ancient Spanish settlements in New Mexico, to treat with Missouri Indians and found a Catholic mission. Their motives being misunderstood, the party were ambushed when near their destination and entirely destroyed.
-Neosho County Journal
(Kansas), September 14, 1872
Friday, November 08, 2013
New hammerhead shark species discovered