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1 posted on 02/19/2008 9:19:55 AM PST by BradtotheBone
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To: BradtotheBone

One of my favorite stories.


2 posted on 02/19/2008 9:21:44 AM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: BradtotheBone

To see the eclipse, some people would go outdoors, but most will read about it on the Internet. Maybe somebody will post an image.


3 posted on 02/19/2008 9:22:54 AM PST by RightWhale (Clam down! avoid ataque de nervosa)
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To: BradtotheBone

“He called the native leaders and warned them if they did not cooperate, he would make the Moon disappear from the sky the following night.”

Ah Columbus... a masterful politician... lying, lying, lying to get what he wanted...


4 posted on 02/19/2008 9:22:56 AM PST by SilvieWaldorfMD (Hard lesson learned in the 1980's: "Never perm and dye your hair at the same time!")
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To: BradtotheBone

To bad Bobby didn’t have an almanac on that fateful canoe trip down the Cahulawassee...


9 posted on 02/19/2008 9:47:53 AM PST by Hatteras
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12 posted on 02/19/2008 10:09:37 AM PST by robomatik (h)
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You see, it was the eclipse.
It came into my mind in the nick of time, how Columbus,
or Cortez, or one of those people, played an eclipse as
a saving trump once, on some savages, and I saw my chance.
I could play it myself, now, and it wouldn’t be any
plagiarism, either, because I should get it in nearly
a thousand years ahead of those parties.

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
MARK TWAIN


14 posted on 02/19/2008 10:29:26 AM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (McCain, Huckabee will send a self-abused stomped elephant to the DRNC.)
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To: BradtotheBone
In many cultures the local mystics were the calendar keepers. And this was one of the main reasons.

Imagine if some guy said “Tomorrow the sun (or moon) will be covered with a shadow; it will be an omen that the world will end. But don’t worry. I know what to do. You need to appease the angry gods with much gold and your virgin daughters (delivered to the intermediary to the Gods...ME!). Once the gold and virgins are delivered I will ask the Gods for intercession and the shadow will be removed from the sun (or moon).”

You might think he is full of it at first. But loe and behold the shadow comes, you give him what he wants, he does his mumbo jumbo and the shadow is removed. -

17 posted on 02/19/2008 11:04:29 AM PST by allmendream ("A Lyger is pretty much my favorite animal."NapoleonD)
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Another eclipse with historical significance was the lunar eclipse of August 27, 413 B.C., during the Peloponnesian War. The Athenians had been about to abandon their siege of Syracuse, but the eclipse led their superstitious general Nicias to consult the soothsayers, who told him they must wait 27 days before moving. The Syracusans forced a battle before the 27 days were up, but the delay may have made the difference in the final outcome of the campaign—the Athenian forces were all killed or captured...a total disaster.


18 posted on 02/19/2008 11:12:42 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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"The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come" -Acts 2:20

Sorry, couldn't resist

19 posted on 02/19/2008 5:04:31 PM PST by americanophile
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23 posted on 09/15/2009 8:19:30 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: BradtotheBone

BUMP!


24 posted on 09/15/2009 8:52:42 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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This trick would not have worked on the Mayans or Aztecs since they had the lunar eclipse already predicted in their almanacs.


25 posted on 09/16/2009 6:30:33 AM PDT by Nikas777 (En touto nika, "In this, be victorious")
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