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  • Ben Franklin made up 200 terms for being wasted

    01/16/2018 3:00:35 AM PST · by beaversmom · 16 replies
    The NY Post ^ | December 30, 2017 | Larry Getlen
    Ben Franklin is often quoted as having said, “Beer is proof God loves us and wants us to be happy.” But he was actually talking about wine. In a 1779 letter to French artist Francois Morellet, Franklin began by stating, “In vino veritas . . . Truth is in wine.” He then continued to wax lyrical: “Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards. There it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.” The new book, “Stirring the Pot with Benjamin Franklin,” by...
  • A New Clue to the Mystery Disease That Once Killed Most of Mexico

    01/16/2018 6:08:19 AM PST · by C19fan · 29 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | January 15, 2018 | Sarah Zang
    In the decades after Hernn Corts invaded Mexico, one of the worst epidemics in human history swept through the new Spanish colony. A mysterious disease called cocolitzli appeared first in 1545 and then again in 1576, each time killing millions of the native population. From morning to sunset, wrote a Franciscan friar who witness the epidemic, the priests did nothing else but carry the dead bodies and throw them into the ditches. In less than a century, the number of people living in Mexico fell from an estimated 20 million to 2 million. Its a massive population loss. Really, its...
  • Maybe Rats Aren't to Blame for the Black Death

    01/15/2018 6:21:35 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 59 replies
    Nationak Geographic ^ | JANUARY 15, 2018 | Michael Greshko
    A provocative new study suggests that medieval plagues spread via fleas and lice on people.Rats have long been blamed for spreading the parasites that transmitted plague throughout medieval Europe and Asia, killing millions of people. Now, a provocative new study has modeled these long-ago outbreaks and suggests that the maligned rodents may not be the culprits after all. The study, published on Monday in the journal PNAS, instead points the finger at human parasitessuch as fleas and body licefor primarily spreading plague bacteria during the Second Pandemic, a series of devastating outbreaks that spanned from the 1300s to the early...
  • "We Shall Fight on the Beaches... We Shall Never Surrender" - Sir Winston Churchill

    09/21/2001 12:01:56 PM PDT · by StoneColdGOP · 30 replies · 5,973+ views
    The Winston Churchill Homepage ^ | June 4th, 1940 | Winston Churchill
    We Shall Fight on the Beaches June 4, 1940 House of Commons The position of the B.E.F (British Expeditionary Force) had now become critical. As a result of a most skillfully conducted retreat and German errors, the bulk of the British Forces reached the Dunkirk bridgehead. The peril facing the British nation was now suddenly and universally perceived. On May 26, "Operation Dynamo "--the evacuation from Dunkirk began. The seas remained absolutely calm. The Royal Air Force--bitterly maligned at the time by the Army--fought vehemently to deny the enemy the total air supremacy which would have wrecked the operation. At ...
  • Deciphered telegram reveals the genocide (Armenian Genocide documented)

    01/15/2018 2:21:01 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 26 replies
    AGOS ^ | 04.26.2017 | Taner Akcam
    Historian Taner Akçam decpihred the telegram by executive of Teşikilat-ı Mahsusa (Secret Organization) and Commitee of Union and Progress Bahaettin Şakir dated July 4, 1915. The telegram is about coordination of deportation and annihilation of Armenians. The letterhead on the telegram proves that it is indeed original.We have a telegram written by Bahaettin Şakir on July 4, 1915, which was sent to Governor Sabit Bey for delivering it to Elağız (Harput/Kharpet) Inspector of CUP Nazım Bey. The purpose of the telegram was to coordinate deportation and annihilation of Armenians. The telegram reads: “Are the Armenians who were deported from...
  • Giza Pyramid mystery chamber may hold Pharaohs 'meteorite throne'

    01/15/2018 10:10:37 AM PST · by Red Badger · 40 replies
    www.rt.com ^ | 14 Jan, 2018 07:53 | Staff
    A huge void discovered inside the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt late last year may hold an iron throne carved from meteorites, according to new analysis of ancient religious texts. Giulio Magli, Director of the Department of Mathematics and Professor of Archaeoastronomy at the Politecnico di Milano, studied the Pyramid Texts, religious writings carved into pyramid walls around 2400 BC. Based on his studies, Magli proposes that its possible the throne of Pharaoh Khufu or Cheops lies inside the chamber. ================================================================================================================================ Of course it would not be melted iron but meteoritic iron, that is, fallen from the...
  • On January 15, 1919, Boston's 2.3 million gallon molasses flood killed 21 people

    01/15/2018 6:32:51 AM PST · by harpygoddess · 34 replies
    http://vaviper.blogspot.com ^ | 01/15/2018 | Harpygoddess
    On January 15, 1919, a tank containing 2.3 million gallons of molasses weighing an estimated 26 million pounds burst open, unleashing a sticky flood onto Boston's North End. The 25-foot high wave of goo oozed over the streets at 35 miles per hour, crushing buildings in its wake and killing 21 people. The wave broke steel girders of the Boston Elevated Railway, almost swept a train off its tracks, knocked buildings off their foundations, and toppled electrical poles, the wires hissing and sparking as they fell into the brown flood. The Boston Globe reported that people 'were picked up and...
  • Remembering the Deadly London Beer Flood of 1814

    10/19/2014 4:14:23 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 46 replies
    Mental Floss ^ | October 17, 2014 | Nick Greene
    200 years ago today, one of history's most bizarre disasters befell London when a 15-foot wave of beer flooded an entire neighborhood and left eight people dead.The Horse Shoe Brewery on Tottenham Court Road in London boasted a massive 22-foot-tall vat that held some 160,000 gallons of dark porter. On October 17, 1814, one of the metal hoops meant to secure it snapped, and the wooden vat succumbed to the immense pressure of all that fermenting brew. The gushing beer smashed open the brewery's other vats, resulting in a raging sea of beer that burst forth from the building.Over one...
  • A Vast, 430-Year-Old World Map, Full of Places and Creatures, Real and Imagined

    01/09/2018 7:38:36 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 41 replies
    atlasobscura ^ | January 08, 2018 | Natasha Frost
    Monte envisaged the component maps60 in allbeing stitched together, and so left detailed instructions for how to turn them into one giant representation of the world, over nine feet in diameter. Included in the four volumes are also charts showing the lengths of days at different times of year and an extended geographical treatise on the world and cosmology. Unlike many modern maps, which use the Mercator projection from around the same time, his map shows the world from directly above the North Pole. Today, this perspective is known as the north polar azimuthal projection... Once assembled, the map shows...
  • The 250 year old kitchen of Thomas Jefferson's enslaved chef James Hemings

    01/10/2018 6:26:48 PM PST · by mairdie · 73 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10 January 2018 | Valerie Edwards
    Archaeologists have uncovered the 250-year-old kitchen of Thomas Jefferson's enslaved chef, James Hemings, who introduced mac and cheese and meringues into US culture. Hemings became the property of Thomas Jefferson in January of 1774 when he was just nine years old. His younger sister is Sally Hemings, who had six children believed to have been fathered by Jefferson after the death of his wife Martha Jefferson. Growing up, Hemings was one of Jefferson's favorite servants and even accompanied him to Paris, France, in 1784. In France, Hemings learned the art of French cookery and upon their return to America, he...
  • On January 10 in 49 B.C., Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon River

    01/10/2018 6:52:04 AM PST · by harpygoddess · 46 replies
    http://vaviper.blogspot.com ^ | 01/10/2018 | Harpygoddess
    Today is the anniversary of the day in 49 B.C. when Julius Caesar - noting, Iacta alea esto ("The die is cast") - crossed the Rubicon River with his legions to march on Rome in defiance of both the Senate and Roman law, which forbade any general from crossing the Rubicon and entering Italy proper with a standing army. To do so was treason. This tiny stream would reveal Caesar's intentions and mark the point of no return. Born around 100 B.C. into one of the oldest patrician families of the republic, Caesar began his political career as a member...
  • 18th Century one cent coin that was one of the first struck at the US Mint sells for $300,000

    01/06/2018 11:14:59 AM PST · by mairdie · 29 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5 January 2018 | AP
    When is a penny worth $300,000? When it's one of the first copper coins struck at the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia, in 1793. The annual Florida United Numismatists (FUN) convention is being held in Tampa this week, and three historic coins, including the pricey penny, went up for auction Thursday evening. Mark Borckardt, a senior numismatist with Heritage Auctions in Dallas, said the George Washington-era penny is one of about 500 in existence. The 63rd annual FUN Convention also features 'over 600 dealer booths, a competitive exhibit area, 15 educational programs' and a host of other activities. FUN describes itself...
  • Napoleon was the Best General Ever, and the Math Proves it.

    01/05/2018 9:50:10 AM PST · by C19fan · 190 replies
    Towards Data Science ^ | December 4. 2017 | Ethan Arsht
    Like Hannibal, I wanted to rank powerful leaders in the history of warfare. Unlike Hannibal, I sought to use data to determine a generals abilities, rather than specific accounts of generals achievements. The result is a system for ranking every prominent commander in military history.
  • The mummified child who was killed by hepatitis 500 years ago (tr)

    01/04/2018 11:47:36 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 14 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Jan 04, 2018 | Phoebe Weston
    A medieval child whose mummified body was thought to show the earliest known case of smallpox was really suffering from hepatitis, scientists say. DNA analysis of the 16th century remains, found in the Basilica of Saint Domenico Maggiore in Naples, revealed the child was infected with an ancient strain of the hepatitis B virus (HBV). The team believe their findings could help shed new light on the ancient origins of the disease which, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), kills 1.5 million people a year. Previous scientific analysis of the 16th century remains - which did not include DNA...
  • Secrets of real-life Game of Thrones to finally be revealed in 15th-century scroll

    01/04/2018 9:31:22 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 24 replies
    NY Post ^ | Jan 04, 2018 | Ally Foster
    A team of British scientists are set to make the trip to New Zealand this month, all in the hopes of unlocking the secrets hidden in a 600-year-old scroll. The 15th-century English manuscript, known as the Canterbury Roll, is the only genealogical scroll in the whole southern hemisphere, making it an extremely unique and prized artifact. Despite being in the care of the University of Canterbury (UC) for over a century, experts believe they are yet to uncover all of the scrolls hidden meanings. UC Senior Lecturer Dr. Chris Jones says it is crazy that no one really knows about...
  • New Scanning Technique Allows Researchers to Read Words on Mummy Waste Wrap

    01/04/2018 3:32:11 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Phys.org ^ | January 3, 2018 | Bob Yirka
    Researchers have known for many years that workers in ancient Egypt recycled papyrus for different purposes -- one particular use was creating decorated boxes into which mummies were placed. Papyrus scraps were glued together using paste and plaster, similar to modern paper-mch projects... The technique involved using a digital imaging method that interpreted light bounced back from a subject. Prior research had shown that the pigment in ink used by the ancient Egyptians over 2000 years ago could fluoresce under the proper infrared filter. By using such filters with digital imaging technology, the team was able to see the ink...
  • 'Floating' stone pond on the side of a Mexican volcano revealed to be a 1,000 year old model [tr]

    01/03/2018 9:57:49 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 16 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Jankuary 4, 2018 | MARK PRIGG
    'Floating' stone pond on the side of a Mexican volcano revealed to be a 1,000 year old model of the universe Remnants of the stone 'tetzacualco' were in the center of a natural pond Found below Iztaccihuatl volcano at an elevation of nearly 13,000 feet Believed stones appeared to 'float' on the surface to show the universe
  • Another president hated the media even more than Trump does

    01/03/2018 1:57:13 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 17 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Jan 03, 2018 | J. Mark Powell
    My favorite quote is from legendary attorney Clarence Darrow. History repeats itself. Thats one of the things thats wrong with history. Want proof? Consider the perpetual shouting match between President Trump and the news media where they scream Fake news! and Collusion! at each other. Its unpleasant, undignified, and unseemly. Its also unoriginal. Because their tiff is nothing compared to the rocky relationship shared by Americas longest-serving president and the reporters who covered him. Journalists of the 1930s and 40s willingly hid the extent of President Franklin Roosevelts physical disability. True, Americans knew hed been paralyzed by polio. But news...
  • Rare, 2,700-year-old clay seal discovered in Jerusalem

    01/01/2018 3:47:23 PM PST · by SJackson · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | Caleb Parke | Caleb Parke
    Israeli archaeologists made a rare discovery in the Western Wall Plaza, unearthing a 2,700-year-old clay seal impression that experts say belonged to a biblical governor of Jerusalem. The artifact, as first reported by Reuters, is inscribed in an ancient Hebrew script belonging to the governor of the city and was likely attached to a shipment or sent as a souvenir on behalf of the governor, the most prominent local position held in Jerusalem at the time, the Israel Antiquities Authority said. The impression, the size of a small coin, depicts two standing men, facing each other in a mirror-like manner...
  • 1st-Temple-period seal exposed in Kotel Plaza excavations

    12/31/2017 11:45:44 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 27 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/1/18
    The Israel Antiquities Authority announced on Monday that a unique stamped piece of clay from the First Temple period, inscribed in ancient Hebrew script, was unearthed in the authority excavations in the Western Wall Plaza in Jerusalem's Old City. The artifact originally belonged to the governor of the city of Jerusalem the most prominent local position to be held in Jerusalem of 2700 years ago. According to the excavator, Dr. Shlomit Weksler-Bdolah, "the Bible mentions two governors of Jerusalem, and this finding thus reveals that such a position was actually held by someone in the city some 2700 years...