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Very heavy standing stones may have been moved with a simple gutter and ball system - image

Neolithic engineers may have used ball bearings in the construction of Stonehenge, it was claimed today The same technique that allows vehicles and machinery to run smoothly today could have been used to transport the monument's massive standing stones more than 4,000 years ago, according to a new theory Scientists showed how balls placed in grooved wooden tracks would have allowed the easy movement of stones weighing many tons Some, the 'bluestones', weighed four tons each and were br

Gladys Ingle of the 13 BLACK CATS changes planes in mid-air - 1920's video

Gladys Ingle of the 13 BLACK CATS changes planes in mid-air to replace a lost wheel Those were the days, when wheels just fell off airplanes [flash=640x390]http://wwwyoutubecom/v/8oAzdbd0J2A[/flash]

The only video footage of RMS Titanic - video

The only video of the RMS Titanic, seemingly showing her as she is being fitted out RMS Titanic was the largest passenger steamship in the world when she set off on her maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York City on 10 April 1912 Four days into the crossing, at 23:40 on 14 April 1912, she struck an iceberg and sank at 2:20 the following morning, resulting in the deaths of 1,517 people in one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history An Olympic-class pas

The mysterious Albert Johnson who outran the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1931

Albert Johnson, known as the Mad Trapper of Rat River, was a fugitive whose actions eventually sparked off a huge manhunt in the Northwest Territories and Yukon in Northern Canada The event became a minor media circus as Johnson eluded the Royal Canadian Mounted Police RCMP team sent to take him into custody, which ended after a 150 mi 240 km foot chase and a shootout in which Johnson was fatally wounded on the Eagle River, Yukon To date they still don't know who he really was Alb

Paris flat untouched for 70 years - contained €2.1 million painting

Behind the door, under a thick layer of dust lay a treasure trove of turn-of-the-century objects including a painting by the 19th century Italian artist Giovanni Boldini The woman who owned the flat had left for the south of France before the Second World War and never returned But when she died recently aged 91, experts were tasked with drawing up an inventory of her possessions and homed in on the flat near the Trinité church in Paris between the Pigalle red light district and Opera

In 1969 Niagara Falls was turned off - images

For six months in 1969, Niagara Falls were turned off as the Army Corps of Engineers conducted a geological survey of the falls’ rock face, concerned that it was becoming destabilized by erosion and might not remain as a viable tourist attraction During the study period, the dried riverbed and shale was drip-irrigated by long pipes stretched across the gap, to maintain a stabilizing level of moisture Workers cleaned the former river-bottom of unwanted mosses and drilled test-cores in sear

Liver-Eating Johnson - chopped the leg off a Blackfoot warrior and ate it while fleeing to his friend

Rumors, legends, and campfire tales abound about Johnson Perhaps chief among them is this one: In 1847, his Native American wife was killed by Crow Indians, which prompted Johnson to embark on a 20-year vendetta against the tribe The legend says that he would cut out and eat the liver of each man killed This was an insult to Crow being that the Crow Indians used to eat the raw livers from their game because they believed it gave them the vitality of the animal that they ate In any case,

Roman Gladiators were Vegans who lived on Barley - video

Archeologists recently unearthed a burial site in Turkey containing the bodies of 60 Roman gladiators Tests to their remains led researchers to conclude that the gladiators all ate an exclusively-plant-based diet In fact, they used the word "vegan" to describe the gladiators In the following video John McDougall MD describes the new find on gladiators and pokes some fun at the biases of researchers -- who stretch to come up with explanations for why the most powerful fighters of the anc

How the ANC blew up the Koeberg Nuclear Power Plant in South Africa

David Beresford sheds light on the 1982 bombing of the Koeberg nuclear plant outside Cape Town It must have been the most audacious act of sabotage carried out by one man And yet the Truth and Reconciliation Commission devoted just 14 words to it in its seven-volume final report Even the ANC shows a reluctance, when evoking the glories of the struggle, to make much of the day it bombed the Koeberg nuclear power plant outside Cape Town It is almost as if it is too shocked by its audacit

Ascension Island was a barren rock until Charles Darwin organized the planting of vegetation

Two hundred years ago, Ascension Island was a barren volcanic edifice Today, its peaks are covered by lush tropical "cloud forest" What happened in the interim is the amazing story of how the architect of evolution, Kew Gardens and the Royal Navy conspired to build a fully functioning, but totally artificial ecosystem The tiny tropical island of Ascension is not easy to find It is incredibly remote, located 1,600km 1,000 miles from the coast of Africa and 2,250km 1,400 miles from S

Helldiver dive bomber lost in 1945 recovered from lake and to be restored

A rare World War II Helldiver dive bomber that crashed after its engine failed during a training exercise on May 28, 1945 has been found 85 feet below the surface of a San Diego reservoir The pilot and gunner aboard managed to ditch the craft and swim ashore to safety But the plane remained at the bottom of the lake, forgotten for six decades until it turned up last year on the angler's device Now private salvage divers have been slowly and gently clearing away the silt and mud coverin

Happy Birthday Annie Oalkey - 150 years old - Here is an 1894 video of her shooting

Annie Oakley was an American sharpshooter and exhibition shooter Oakley's amazing talent and timely rise to fame led to a starring role in Buffalo Bill's Wild West show, which propelled her to become the first American female superstar Using a 22 caliber rifle at 90 feet Oakley reputedly could split a playing card edge-on and put five or six more holes in it before it touched the ground In November 1, 1894, Oakley and Butler performed in Edison's Kinetoscope film, The "Little Sure

1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic sold for $30 Million - picture

A 1936 Bugatti that recently sold for more than $30 million went on display Tuesday at the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, Canada The museum says the 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic is one of only three ever made and was first purchased by Lord Victor Rothschild of London In 1939, it was sent back to the factory to be supercharged The owners have included Dr Peter Williamson, who bought the car in 1971 for $59,000 and restored it The car sold in May in a deal brokered by Goodi

Ship from 1853 found in good condition

Canadian archaeologists have found a British ship abandoned more than 150 years ago in the quest for the north-west passage, the fabled sea route across North America, the head of the team said Marc-Andre Bernier, Parks Canada's head of underwater archaeology, said the HMS Investigator was found in shallow water in Mercy Bay along the northern coast of Banks Island in Canada's western Arctic The ship had been abandoned in the ice in 1853 while trying to find the doomed earlier expedition

52,500 Roman coins found in a huge pot in England

The largest single hoard of Roman coins ever found in Britain has been unearthed on a farm near Frome in Somerset A total of 52,500 bronze and silver coins dating from the 3rd century AD – including the largest ever found set of coins minted by the self proclaimed emperor Carausius, who lasted seven years before he was murdered by his finance minister – were found by Dave Crisp, a hobby metal detectorist from Devizes, Wiltshire Crisp first dug up a fingernail-sized bronze coin only 30cm
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