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History's Most Overlooked Mysteries
Live Science ^ | July 25, 2007 | Tuan C. Nguyen

Posted on 04/29/2012 7:17:10 AM PDT by wildbill

1. Disappearance of the Indus Valley Civilization With a culture that stretched from western India to Afghanistan and a population numbering over five million, the ancient Indus Valley people—India's oldest known civilization—were an impressive and apparently sanitary bronze-age bunch. The scale of their baffling and abrupt collapse rivals that of the great Mayan decline. But it wasn't until 1922 that excavations revealed a hygienically-advanced culture which maintained a sophisticated sewage drainage system and immaculate bathrooms. Strangely, there is no archaeological evidence of armies, slaves, social conflicts or other vices prevalent in ancient societies. Even to the very end, it seems, they kept it clean.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: catastrophism; godsgravesglyphs; harappan; historysmysteries; india; indus; indusvalley
Nine more neat mysteries of history with short precis of the reason why they are on the list.

You may have some other on your personal list, but that's part of the wonderful mystery of history.

1 posted on 04/29/2012 7:17:13 AM PDT by wildbill
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To: wildbill
Maybe it was a Rapture. Ever notice how a lot of tourists react to seeing some incredible structure dating back thousands of years? I've seen so many get off the bus or mini van take some pictures, smile in front of a camera, and get back on the bus because it's too hot outside or they check it off their list of things to do before lunch.
I say appreciate the past for it will repeat itself.
2 posted on 04/29/2012 7:27:06 AM PDT by shadeaud ( “Pray for Obama. Psalm 109:8”. Just doing my duty a Christian)
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To: wildbill

The more we know, the more we don’t know.


3 posted on 04/29/2012 7:38:34 AM PDT by ILS21R (John Locke: When the social contract is broken, the people must revolt.)
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To: wildbill

Mystery 1.1...How the current resident of the White House got to move in!!!


4 posted on 04/29/2012 7:40:53 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: ILS21R

The Unconscious/Incompetence model explains the different levels of understanding.


5 posted on 04/29/2012 7:43:57 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: wildbill
... excavations revealed a hygienically-advanced culture which maintained a sophisticated sewage drainage system and immaculate bathrooms.

They sure never made it to the Illinois Tollway.

6 posted on 04/29/2012 7:52:23 AM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: wildbill

``hygienically-advanced culture...

immaculate bathrooms...

Even to the very end, it seems, they kept it clean.

Sounds like hospital-clean to me-
and you know what runs rampant in hospitals?

STAPH


7 posted on 04/29/2012 7:52:33 AM PDT by bunkerhill7 (Industaph??? Who knew?)
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To: Don Corleone
Mystery 1.1...How the current resident of the White House got to move in!!!

If he had a moving truck it would look like this.

Let's make sure that it is in use again on Sunday, January 20, 2013.


8 posted on 04/29/2012 7:54:35 AM PDT by COUNTrecount (Barry...above his poi grade.)
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To: wildbill

I love this stuff. Thanks for posting!


9 posted on 04/29/2012 8:02:40 AM PDT by Student0165 ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." Barack Hussein Obama)
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To: wildbill

"Myseries? I can explain it all..."
10 posted on 04/29/2012 8:03:06 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: COUNTrecount
It would probably be this guy...
11 posted on 04/29/2012 8:12:55 AM PDT by Noumenon ("I tell you, gentlemen, we have a problem on our hands." Col. Nicholson-The Bridge on the River Qwai)
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To: bunkerhill7

Their secret to clean bathrooms evidently was never passed to the Chevron gas station down the street from me....


12 posted on 04/29/2012 8:13:04 AM PDT by nevergore ("It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.")
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To: wildbill

11. Why Socialism ALWAYS fails every time it is tried but is never discredited as a viable economic model.


13 posted on 04/29/2012 8:22:01 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: wildbill
The Carnac Stones If erecting Stonehenge seemed to have been a tremendous groan, think about how backbreaking it must have been the folks responsible for the Carnac stones.


14 posted on 04/29/2012 8:22:41 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: wildbill

I’m wondering if this one will ever make the list:
“Why did the History Channel Stop Doing History?”


15 posted on 04/29/2012 8:27:04 AM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: nevergore

The secret is bleach, frequently and mercilessly, in an impervious surfaced space, no vinyl, no wallpaper, no sheetrock. Nothing but smooth ceramic tile and gloss oil painted lime plaster walls, so you can hose it out if need be, and there is a need more often than you’d think in a public restroom. People are pigs, especially when they know they’re not going to be cleaning it up.

Oh, and ventilation, plenty of that, being enclosed with such an amount of chlorine fumes will make you see stars and pass out if you don’t get fresh air and quickly.

If a toilet seat is cracked or chipped, it’s going to harbor some nasty microorganisms regardless of how clean the rest of the restroom might be, don’t use it or carefully cover it before using.


16 posted on 04/29/2012 8:28:38 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: LS

“Why did the History Channel Stop Doing History?”

Answer:

1. A History program is hard to document and write and expensive to film if you use period sets and costumes.

2. Reality shows with human conflicts get higher ratings in our popular culture.

3.Cajun gator hunters and lumberjacks work cheap.

4. All of the above.

The correct answer is 4. All of the above.


17 posted on 04/29/2012 8:37:10 AM PDT by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: wildbill

I hate the journalism lists these days where you have to wait for each number on the list to load its separate page. I avoid them no matter how interesting they may seem.


18 posted on 04/29/2012 8:44:30 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: LS

Ive been wondering the same thing for the past year or so. hell they could just change the name to “The Discovery Channel”.


19 posted on 04/29/2012 8:54:57 AM PDT by Americanexpat (Everytime I see that guy's face ot)
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To: wildbill; SunkenCiv

Pinging Sunken Civ! Not sure if this qualifies for your ping list, but you may find this personally interesting!


20 posted on 04/29/2012 9:10:49 AM PDT by TEXOKIE
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To: wildbill

(1) The aliens came to take them home. Duh.


21 posted on 04/29/2012 9:39:31 AM PDT by Thorliveshere
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To: wildbill

I wonder if the Indus decline coincided with the appearance of the Aryans? Or did the Aryans come to fill a void left by their decline?


22 posted on 04/29/2012 9:51:18 AM PDT by DManA
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To: wildbill

For later


23 posted on 04/29/2012 9:51:53 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: LS

LOL!


24 posted on 04/29/2012 9:57:18 AM PDT by TEXOKIE
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To: Noumenon

Thanks. Kane and I laughed our butts off at that. Looks like he’s local to us, too in the 708..


25 posted on 04/29/2012 10:02:50 AM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Rebelbase

Yeah.... what is with this guy’s hair. Doesn’t he realize how much of a douche bag he looks like. I saw him and thought “gee, the makeup people really hate him.” Then I realized that he wanted his hair like that... really bizarre.


26 posted on 04/29/2012 10:05:23 AM PDT by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat they sh#t on.)
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To: Yaelle

They need to boost their clickthrough counts.


27 posted on 04/29/2012 11:20:27 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama continued to sponsor Jeremiah Wright after he said "G.D. AMERIKKA!"Where's the outrage?)
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To: Rebelbase
"Myseries? I can explain it all..."

I would like to see him start by 'splainin' why he can't afford a 5 cent comb.

28 posted on 04/29/2012 2:01:41 PM PDT by bigheadfred (MY PET TAPEWORM (OBIWAN) IS AN INSANE MILITARY HATING LEFTIST)
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To: Americanexpat
They could rename the History Channel the History-Free Channel.

One of the items on the list is the Lost City of Helike. That is less mysterious than some of the others--its destruction can be dated to 373 B.C.

Plato's myth of Atlantis appears in two of his dialogues, the Timaeus and the Critias, which appear to be among his later works, probably later than the Republic. It's hard to determine when any of Plato's works was written but a date around 374 seems to be favored by some scholars for the Republic, so Plato could be writing about Atlantis after the destruction of Helike.

29 posted on 04/29/2012 2:09:22 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Americanexpat
They could rename the History Channel the History-Free Channel.

One of the items on the list is the Lost City of Helike. That is less mysterious than some of the others--its destruction can be dated to 373 B.C.

Plato's myth of Atlantis appears in two of his dialogues, the Timaeus and the Critias, which appear to be among his later works, probably later than the Republic. It's hard to determine when any of Plato's works was written but a date around 374 seems to be favored by some scholars for the Republic, so Plato could be writing about Atlantis after the destruction of Helike.

30 posted on 04/29/2012 2:20:29 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Don Corleone
Mystery 1.1...How the current resident of the White House got to move in!!!

What's mysterious about that? A bunch of people have been brainwashed, through decades of equivocation that have erased the distinction between races and cultures, into believing that if a culture is primarily embraced by people of a certain race, an attack on that culture is an attack on that race, and also that an attack on one of that culture's heroes is an attack on the culture and by extension the race. Since it's wrong to attack people based on race, it is by extension wrong to attack someone who is revered by a culture that is primarily associated with a certain race.

31 posted on 04/29/2012 2:52:57 PM PDT by supercat (Renounce Covetousness.)
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To: 75thOVI; agrace; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aragorn; aristotleman; Avoiding_Sulla; ...

Thanks wildbill (topic and FReepmail), StayAt HomeMother (FReepmail), and TEXOKIE (ping). One of *those* topics, in part.




32 posted on 04/29/2012 4:47:19 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: wildbill; StayAt HomeMother; TEXOKIE; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Wow, that's a lot of pings, thanks wildbill (topic and FReepmail), StayAt HomeMother (FReepmail), and TEXOKIE (ping)!

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


33 posted on 04/29/2012 4:51:00 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: wildbill

I gotta go look and see if Judge Crater is on the list!


34 posted on 04/29/2012 4:57:37 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: DManA
The yDNA of most Europeans have its origins in this region.

See here.

35 posted on 04/29/2012 5:52:41 PM PDT by blam
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To: Lurker

“In my yard - I don’t care!”

Bound to be a lost civilization in there somewhere.


36 posted on 04/29/2012 8:58:53 PM PDT by Noumenon ("I tell you, gentlemen, we have a problem on our hands." Col. Nicholson-The Bridge on the River Qwai)
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To: wildbill

Plus, their ratings have never been higher.


37 posted on 04/29/2012 10:17:28 PM PDT by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks; ILS21R

Far too many live un-examined lives. The absence of curiosity is very curious to me.


38 posted on 04/30/2012 6:21:45 AM PDT by killermosquito (Buffalo, Detroit (and eventually France) is what you get when liberalism runs its course.)
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To: wildbill; All

The disappearance of the Indus valley civilization isn’t a mystery at all. The rivers upon which they depended shifted course (earthquakes being a likely culprit there), and their cities were left without a water supply.


39 posted on 04/30/2012 6:33:46 AM PDT by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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