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When humans used to hibernate in winter

A human survival skill that we seem to have lost is the ability to hibernate throughout the European winter For months on end people would sleep and do little, a fascinating article on a survival strategy we seem to have forgotten Economists and bureaucrats who ventured out into the countryside after the Revolution were horrified to find that the work force disappeared between fall and spring The fields were deserted from Flanders to Provence Villages and even small towns were silent

Did Alexander the Greats soldiers meet Neanderthals?

Alexander The Greats soldiers encountered a group of people collectively known as the "Fish eaters" who were unique in their appearance as totally covered in hair and with fingernails like claws The place where they met these fish eaters is on an isolated part of coast of Pakistan, could these people have been Neanderthals The area where the people were encountered is still very isolated as shown from the Google maps link below Might there be remains of their society hidden under the s

The Lake Peigneur disaster - a 14 inch hole drained an entire lake - video

Early in the morning on November 21, 1980, twelve men decided to abandon their oil drilling rig on the suspicion that it was beginning to collapse beneath them They had been probing for oil under the floor of Lake Peigneur when their drill suddenly seized up at about 1,230 feet below the muddy surface, and they were unable free it In their attempts to work the drill loose, which is normally fairly easy at that shallow depth, the men heard a series of loud pops, just before the rig tilted

WW2 Spitfire discovered under 30 feet of peat in Ireland - image and video

A Second World War RAF Spitfire has been excavated from an Irish peat bog almost 70 years after it crash-landed Six machine guns and about 1,000 rounds of ammunition were also discovered by archaeologists searching the Inishowen Peninsula in Co Donegal The British fighter plane was piloted by an American, Roland "Bud" Wolf, who parachuted safely from the aircraft before it crashed in the bog in November 1941 The excavation was carried out as part of a BBC Northern Ireland programme

What will the typical American look like in the future? - from 1910

From a different reality to ours comes this 100 year old article on what Americans would look like in the future Apart from the absence of any other nationalities in the equation, the fact that they all basically come from the same root stock of Caucasian mean the nationalities could fit any of the faces They also didn't factor in fast food and TV either :

The world is becoming a more peaceful place - true! - a great read and video

Over the past century, violent images from World War II concentration camps, Cambodia, Rwanda, Darfur, Iraq, and many other times and places have been seared into our collective consciousness These images have led to a common belief that technology, centralized nation-states, and modern values have brought about unprecedented violence Here is a great video by Steven Pinker on the myth of violence http://wwwtedcom/talks/steven_pinker_on_the_myth_of_violencehtml [flash=600x489]http://

8000 year old skulls on stakes found in Sweden - image

Several human skulls found mounted on wooden stakes have been uncovered from a Stone Age lake bed in central Sweden in what is believed to be the first discovery of its kind anywhere in the world The mounted skulls were found with the stakes inserted the full length from the base to the top of the skull The skulls and other artifacts, including bones of wild animals, were recovered at the Kanaljorden excavation site in the town of Motala in central Sweden According to results from carbon-

The camel driver goes to America

This surprising story from 1961 covers the accidental invitation of Bashir Ahmad, an illiterate camel driver to America by the then Vice President Lyndon Johnson Fascinating Times certainly have changed, he would never get through security now In the course of his tour of Asia last spring, Vice President Lyndon Johnson stopped on a Pakistani roadside to greet an impoverished, illiterate camel-cart driver who had a grin as wide as his handlebar mustache A true Texan, the Vice President c

How the social mutation of the 1600's led to the rise of depression in modern society

Is depression a social, rather than exclusively medical condition Up until the 1600's people lived communally, locked into their social strata, seemingly content with their lot in society Then the birth of individualism happened, the concept of changing roles, and even the use of mirrors and fashion Beginning in England in the 17th century, the European world was stricken by what looks, in today's terms, like an epidemic of depression The disease attacked both young and old, plunging

Mars Bluff - the only place in the USA bombed with a nuclear weapon - video

Mars Bluff in Florence County, South Carolina is the only place in the USA to have been bombed with a nuclear weapon by the United States Air Force On March 11, 1958 a US Air Force B-47 Stratojet from the Hunter Air Force Base's 308th Bombardment Wing in Savannah, Georgia took off around 4:34 pm It was scheduled to fly to the United Kingdom for Operation Snow Flurry The plane was required to carry nuclear weapons in the event of war breaking out with the Soviet Union Air Force Ca

Nancy Wake, the great WW2 resistance leader had died

AFTER witnessing Hitler's early atrocities, Nancy Wake vowed to fight him any way she could She fought so well, she ended up on top of the Gestapo's wanted list, saved thousands of Allied lives, played a crucial role in D-Day and received France's highest military honour She was resourceful, cunning, feisty, brave and tough, once killing a German sentry with her bare hands "She is the most feminine woman I know until the fighting starts Then, she is like five men," one French col

WW2 Normandy invasion in color - video

Remarkable color video documentary taken just after the Normandy invasion in WW2 Well worth watching [flash=650x534]http://wwwliveleakcom/e/a9d_1233301847[/flash]

Ancient Greek humor - lead bullet has Take That on one side - image

Who says that Ancient Greeks don't have a sense of lethal humor The lead sling bullets above have a winged thunderbolt engraved on one side and the inscription "take that" on the other side! From [url=http://enwikipediaorg/wiki/File:Sling_bullets_BM_GR18427-28550_GR18515-711jpg]Here[/url]

What do the names of countries really mean - world map - image

This is a map showing the original meaning of the names of the countries Its actually really interesting Land of the Thunder Dragon - sounds a great place! However! Here is a more authoritative listing of the meaning of the names of countries http://enwikipediaorg/wiki/List_of_country-name_etymologies Good, and not so good, comments here http://wwwredditcom/r/pics/comments/j44zz/what_countries_are_named_after/ Here is a link to an online version that might be easier to read

A secret recording of a conversation with Hitler in Finland 1942 - video

A secretly taped conversation between Hitler and Carl Gustav Mannerheim recorded by a Finnish sound man of the Finnish radio, when Hitler visited Mannerheim on 4 June 1942, in a train wagon near the Finnish/Russian border The sound engineer had been on hand for their meeting to record their comments for public broadcasts, and had accidentally left his recording machine running That recording was in the Finnish Broadcasting Corporation's archives and had survived until being recently rele
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