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How parents parented during the middle ages - basically they gave them away

Around the year 1500, an assistant to the Venetian ambassador to England was struck by the strange attitude to parenting that he had encountered on his travels He wrote to his masters in Venice that the English kept their children at home "till the age of seven or nine at the utmost" but then "put them out, both males and females, to hard service in the houses of other people, binding them generally for another seven or nine years" The unfortunate children were sent away regardless of thei

50 People in the Bible Confirmed Archaeologically

Purdue University scholar Lawrence Mykytiuk lists 50 figures from the Hebrew Bible that have been confirmed archaeologically The 50-person chart i includes Israelite kings and Mesopotamian monarchs as well as lesser-known figures Mykytiuk writes that ďat least 50 people mentioned in the Bible have been identified in the archaeological record Their names appear in inscriptions written during the period described by the Bible and in most instances during or quite close to the lifetime of th

The Pyramids were originally beside a bustling port with sailors and soldiers - not a dry desert plateau

The remains of a bustling port and barracks for sailors or military troops have been discovered near the Giza Pyramids They were in use while the pyramids were being built about 4,500 years ago Blowing to shreds tons of alien theories The archaeologists have been excavating a city near the Giza Pyramids that dates mainly to the reign of the pharaoh Menkaure, who built the last pyramid at Giza Also near the pyramids they have been excavating a town, located close to a monument dedicated

Newly translated ancient Assyrian tablet describes the flood story with new detail

This fascinating article talks about the recent translation of the Flood story The author had discovered that the Simmonds cuneiform tablet henceforth known as the Ark Tablet was virtually an instruction manual for building an ark A must read http://wwwtelegraphcouk/culture/books/10574119/Noahs-Ark-the-facts-behind-the-Floodhtml

The strange stone spheres of Costa Rica

Was God playing marbles In the 1930s, workers from the United Fruit Company, were clearing land in the Diquis Valley and began unearthing large numbers of almost perfectly round stone spheres The largest of these apparently man-made balls was over two meters in diameter and weighed over 16 tons No one is sure exactly when or how they were made, or by whom, or for what reason, but according to University of Kansas archeologist John Hoopes: The balls were most likely made by reducing round

WW2 German flak towers - impenetrable sky towers

Like enormous fortressess or castles these huge structures dominated the major German cities during WW2 In many cvases they are still there, their bulk and size making the removal or adaption of them difficult After the RAF's raid on Berlin in 1940, Adolf Hitler ordered the construction of 3 massive flak towers to defend the capital from air attack The flak towers, the design of which Hitler took personal interest in and even made some sketches for, were constructed in a mere 6 months T

How the Dutch got their cycle paths - a lesson for the rest of the world - video

The Netherlands is well known for its excellent cycling infrastructure How did the Dutch get this network of bicycle paths Its amazing to see what Dutch roads looked like in the 70's and what the look like now More here http://bicycledutchwordpresscom/2011/10/20/how-the-dutch-got-their-cycling-infrastructure/ The most cycle friendly country in the world

A list of the believed root causes of insanity in an insane asylum in the late 1800's - image

Some of the strangest diagnoses for insanity that you could ever imagine 100 years from now they will be laughing at our diagnoses as well Imaginary Female Trouble Jealousy and Religion Masturbation and Syphilis Mental Excitement Novel Reading Political Excitement Fever and Loss of Law Suit Bad Whiskey Death of Sons in War Exposure and Quackery Fighting Fire Suppression of Menses Snuff Eating for 2 Years Gathering in the

98% complete dinosaur discovered with skin - image

The discovery of young, unnamed dinosaur fossils is rare, but on Wednesday researchers in southern German state of Bavaria announced they had uncovered an almost perfect specimen The flesh-eating member of the theropod subgroup, which walked on its hind legs, is among the best preserved specimens of its kind worldwide, said Oliver Rauhut, conservator of Bavaria's state paleontological and geological collections BSPG in Munich The fossil found in the central Bavarian community of Kelheim

WW2 Russian Pilot found preserved in his crashed plane

The body of Russian Pilot Sergeant Lazarev was recently found preserved in a bog, still in his crashed Hurricane fighter February, 21st, 1943 From the Soviet military air base in Chupa two P-40 fighters and five Hurricanes took flight in an operation with one of the Hurricanes piloted by Sergeant Lazarev At the same time German pilot Oberfeldwebel Rudolf Muller from 6/JG5 ' Expertenstaffel with his squad of the four of fighters Bf109G were escorting five Ju87D bombers, and entered to t

In WW1 a German submarine was sunk by a flying Lorry - image

On 19 August 1917 Submarine U-28 left Emden for the war on shipping in the Arctic Sea On 2nd September at 1155 am, the U-boat attacked the armed English steamer SS Olive Branch, 4649 t, carrying munitions from England for Arkhangelsk Since the steamer was not sunk by a torpedo hit, U-28 came to close range to finish her with gunfire The second shell hit the cargo of munitions, which detonated with an enormous explosion, whereby the U-boat was so badly damaged that it sank Some m

There is always someone spoiling the fun - How not to treat new students in 1495

"Statute Forbidding Any One to Annoy or Unduly Injure the Freshmen Each and every one attached to this university is forbidden to offend with insult, torment, harass, drench with water or urine, throw on or defile with dust or any filth, mock by whistling, cry at them with a terrifying voice, or dare to molest in any way whatsoever physically or severely, any, who are called freshmen, in the market, streets, courts, colleges and living houses, or any place whatsoever, and particularly in t

Icecream sodas were a controlled substance banned on Sunday

Icecream, soda, and some coloring, who could imagine it evoked such strong debate Icecream sodas were a controlled substance banned on Sunday So vendors left the soda out and just served icecream and called them "sundaes" The ice cream soda was invented in 1874 The new treat was a sensation, and soon soda fountains began selling ice cream sodas Icecream Sodas quickly became very popular, to such a degree that it was almost socially obligatory among teens, although many adults abhorr

Greater than the Pyramids, greater than the Sphinx was once the Egyptian Labyrinth - video

According to the 5th-century BC Greek historian Herodotus, who stated that he himself had seen the building, the Egyptian Labyrinth was a vast structure on the shores of a large lake located seven days' journey up the Nile from the Pyramids at Giza The temple was divided into twelve great courts and its walls were covered with sculpture, and a large pyramid decorated with colossal figures was connected to it by a subterranean passage Herodotus emphatically presents the building as a marv

The first road traffic death - hit by a car travelling at the tremendous speed of 4mph

Traffic accidents really haven't changed, Young man, hotted up car, fast speed, talking to a pretty girl, runs over a hapless pedestrian Arrest of the first hoon 1896 First Road Traffic Death 17th August 1896 Crystal Palace, London, UK Bridget Driscoll was a 44-year old mother with two children who had come to London with her teenage daughter and a friend to watch a dancing display The crash occurred on a terrace in the grounds of Crystal Palace in London, and while the driver was
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