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  • Congress Passes 13th Amendment, 150 Years Ago

    01/31/2015 5:54:39 AM PST · by iowamark · 5 replies
    History Channel ^ | 1/30/2015 | Christopher Klein
    On January 31, 1865, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a constitutional amendment to abolish slavery in the United States. On the 150th anniversary of the vote, look back at the evolution of President Abraham Lincoln’s support for the 13th Amendment and his behind-the-scenes dealings to ensure its continued path to ratification. Although he believed slavery to be immoral, Abraham Lincoln was not an abolitionist when the Civil War broke out in 1861. The president’s stated goal in the early years of the war was strictly the preservation of the Union. Granting freedom from bondage to the nearly 4 million...
  • Ancient underwater forest discovered off Norfolk coast

    01/31/2015 4:49:37 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | 26 January 2015 Last updated at 00:28 GMT | Credit: The underwater diving footage is copyright and courtesy of Rob Spray and Dawn Watson
    Nature experts have discovered a remarkable submerged forest thousands of years old under the sea close to the Norfolk coast. The trees were part of an area known as 'Doggerland' which formed part of a much bigger area before it was flooded by the North Sea. It was once so vast that hunter-gatherers who lived in the vicinity could have walked to Germany across its land mass.
  • Arnold Johnson and his Orchestra "After My Laughter Came Tears"

    01/30/2015 7:10:53 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | 28 Feb 1928 | Arnold Johnson
    Arnold Johnson and his Orchestra play "After My Laughter Came Tears," recorded on February 28, 1928.
  • Corelli Christmas Concerto; Op.68 -- Freiburger Barockorchester

    01/30/2015 5:29:54 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 12 replies
    Youtube ^ | 30 Jan 15 | Arcangelo Corelli
    Op.68 -- Freiburger BarockorchesterI post this with a humble heart. It is one of the most beautiful things I have ever heard. I think it is as close to meeting heaven and Christ as I will get to on earth. 15:30 of talented, dedicated, wonderful musicians giving their all to a piece by Arcangelo Corelli (17 February 1653 – 8 January 1713)
  • 1906 Advance Steam Traction Engine - Jay Leno's Garage

    01/30/2015 1:44:51 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 16 replies
    youtube ^ | Sep 13, 2013 | Jay Leno's Garage
    1906 Advance Steam Traction Engine. Lovingly restored by Jay's friend Orman Rawlings, this 104-year-old steam-powered vehicle weighs 13 tons and clocks about 4 mph. If you need traction for your more rugged outdoor projects, this engine recently hauled a 55,000-pound sled!
  • After 150 years, Confederate submarine's hull again revealed

    01/30/2015 11:13:54 AM PST · by Kartographer · 66 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 1/30/15 | BRUCE SMITH
    A century and a half after it sank and a decade and a half after it was raised, scientists are finally getting a look at the hull of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley, the first sub in history to sink an enemy warship. What they find may finally solve the mystery of why the hand-cranked submarine sank during the Civil War. "It's like unwrapping a Christmas gift after 15 years. We have been wanting to do this for many years now," said Paul Mardikian, senior conservator on the Hunley project.
  • Just Call This Submachine Gun ‘The Annihilator’ (Thompson)

    01/30/2015 7:22:17 AM PST · by C19fan · 39 replies
    War is Boring ^ | January 29, 2015 | Paul Huard
    On Jan. 29, 1945, First Sgt. Leonard Funk, Jr. faced a determined German army officer ready to kill him with a pistol. Armed with a Thompson M1A1 submachine gun, the U.S. Army paratrooper had just led an assault against 15 houses occupied by German troops in Holzheim, Belgium. It was part of an operation by the 82nd Airborne Division to clear German soldiers from the area following the Battle of the Bulge. Leading a makeshift headquarters platoon of clerks, Funk and his unit captured 30 prisoners. He left them with several dozen more prisoners—under guard—and returned to the fight. While...
  • Rare, colorized photos of historical events

    01/29/2015 1:43:17 PM PST · by gorush · 42 replies
    LiveLeak ^ | unknown | unknown
    Rare, colorized photos of historical events. Full screen, sound on. These are fantastic.
  • Humans and Neandertals likely interbred in Middle East

    01/29/2015 1:26:30 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 71 replies
    Science ^ | 28 January 2015 | Michael Balter
    The discovery of a 55,000-year-old partial skull of a modern human in an Israeli cave, the first sighting of Homo sapiens in this time and place, offers skeletal evidence to support the idea that Neandertals and moderns mated in the Middle East between 50,000 and 60,000 years ago. What's more, the skull could belong to an ancestor of the modern humans who later swept across Europe and Asia and replaced the Neandertals. The find supports a raft of recent genetic studies. A 2010 analysis, for example, found that up to 2% of the genomes of today's Europeans and Asians consist...
  • Genghis Khan's genetic legacy has competition

    01/29/2015 1:19:28 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Nature ^ | 23 January 2015 | Ewen Callaway
    In addition to Genghis Khan and his male descendants, researchers have previously identified the founders of two other highly successful Y-chromosome lineages: one that began in China with Giocangga, a Qinq Dynasty ruler who died in 15823, and another belonging to the medieval Uí Néill dynasty in Ireland. Jobling's team made a systematic search for genetic founders by analysing the Y chromosomes of more than 5,000 men from 127 populations spanning Asia... because lots of data were available and there was already evidence of such lineages. The team identified 11 Y-chromosome sequences that were each shared by more than 20...
  • Priest tells of kamikaze pilot training during WWII

    01/29/2015 1:18:03 PM PST · by pabianice · 10 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 1/29/15 | Sumida
    Priest tells of training as kamikazi, human torpedo, and suicide bomber during WWII Naha, Okinawa, Dec. 9 at Camp Hansen, Okinawa. CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa — Paul Saneaki Nakamura prepared three times to carry out a suicide attack for Japan during World War II. It took the country’s near-death for him to find religion and become a priest. Nakamura recently shared his experiences — which included training as a kamikaze pilot, human torpedo and suicide bomber — with about 300 Marines at Camp Hansen to help them see war from a different perspective.
  • Found in Spain: traces of Hannibal's troops

    01/29/2015 12:59:42 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    The Local, Spain's news in English ^ | January 28, 2015 | Jessica Jones
    Spanish archaeology students have discovered a 2,200-year-old moat in what is now the Catalan town of Valls, filled with objects providing evidence of the presence of troops of the Carthaginian general Hannibal in the area. The moat, which surrounded the Iberian town of Vilar de Vals, contained coins and lead projectiles, researchers said in a statement. It is estimated the moat could have had a width of 40 metres (131 feet), a depth of five metres, and a length of nearly half a kilometre. Jaume Noguera from the Prehistory department at the University of Barcelona, and Jordi López, from the...
  • Thea Acshkenase, Auschwitz Survivor

    01/29/2015 12:31:50 PM PST · by pabianice
    Oral History Project ^ | 2/20/09 | Rodriguez
    Thea Aschkenase Auschwitz survivor, Worcester State College graduate, Commonwealth Corps volunteer "After five days, the train stopped and it said Auschwitz. There was a sign in Auschwitz “Work makes Free,” “Arbeit Macht Frei,” by which one assumes it’s a working camp. But it wasn’t. When we were marched into Auschwitz, there was this infamous Dr. Mengele, maybe you have heard of him, he did the experiments on people and he selected the people that entered Auschwitz and who would live and who would die. So we entered, my father, my brother, my mother and I, with no idea what was...
  • Exclusive: Secret tapes undermine Hillary Clinton on Libyan war

    01/29/2015 10:02:48 AM PST · by wtd · 41 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, January 28, 2015 | By Jeffrey Scott Shapiro and Kelly Riddell
    Exclusive: Secret tapes undermine Hillary Clinton on Libyan warJoint Chiefs, key lawmaker held own talks with Moammar Gadhafi regime First of three parts Top Pentagon officials and a senior Democrat in Congress so distrusted Secretary of State ...
  • Sons of Liberty: A Review

    01/29/2015 7:59:38 AM PST · by rktman · 34 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 1/29/2014 | Nelson Hultberg
    The History channel’s new miniseries, Sons of Liberty, will anger the purists and the prudes. But it will delight the swashbuckler in the rest of us. It is a big, bodacious screening with superb production values that covers the lead-up years to the American Revolution, 1765-1775. Yes, certain liberties are taken with some of the facts and events.
  • Anthropologists Have Mapped All 61 Tattoos On Ötzi The Iceman

    01/29/2015 7:56:36 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 79 replies
    By using an innovative non-invasive photographic technique, European researchers have managed to locate and map the extensive set of tattoos on the exquisitely preserved remains of Ötzi the Iceman. Remarkably, they even found a previously unknown tattoo on his ribcage. Ötzi's frozen remains were discovered by two German tourists in the Ötzal Alps on the border between Austria and Italy in 1991. He lived around 3,300 BCE and represents Europe's oldest natural human mummy. Because he was so well preserved in ice, he has provided anthropologists with a slew of information about Copper Age (or Chalcolithic) humans. ... It's worth...
  • Unraveling the Nature and Identity of the Green Man

    01/28/2015 5:53:57 PM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 20 replies
    Ancient-Origins.net ^ | January 28, 2015 | Ryan Stone
    An enigma spanning thousands of years, the Green Man is a symbol of mysterious origin and history. Permeating various religious faiths and cultures, the Green Man has survived countless transformations and cultural diversities, enduring in the same relative physical form to this day. Although specifics about his beginnings and his worship are not fully known, due in large part to how far back and to what initial cultures he can be traced to, it is a testament to the widespread reach of his character that he is still remembered and worshipped to this day. The Green Man is most highly...
  • Spying 101-#2 Soviet Spy Training Towns

    01/28/2015 5:21:54 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 11 replies
    T.A. MacLagan Debut Author ^ | January 21, 2015 | T.A. MacLagan
    So here it is…drumroll…spying factoid #2…Spying was big business during the Cold War and was deemed important enough by the Soviets for them to construct exact replicas of small U.S. towns within their borders in order to properly train their spies. One such town was Vinnytsia in what is now Ukraine. In these towns, spies in training would buy groceries from a 7-Eleven, watch U.S. television and talk only in English. Once their training was complete, many would head to places like Finland to see if they could pass as Americans before finally being stationed in the States. From my...
  • Red Nightmare (1962)

    01/28/2015 3:12:16 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 24 replies
    YouTube ^ | Uploaded on Oct 3, 2011 | Department of Defense / Warner Brothers
    Jack Webb (Dragnet) plays a Rod Serling-like role as he introduces us to Jerry Donovan -- an average guy who shrugs off his inconvenient, civic responsibilities. Jerry "wakes up" in a communist-controlled town, where he's the only American left. This film was produced for the Defense Department by studio mogul Jack L Warner and stars many Warner Brothers stock actors -- including Jack Kelly (Maverick), Robert Conrad (Wild Wild West) and Andrew Duggan. At the time, Jack L. Warner was very staunch anti-Communist, even though he released a pro-Communist feature film, Mission to Moscow, in 1943. Producer: Department of Defense...
  • Charles Townes, 99, inventor of laser, dies

    01/28/2015 2:20:17 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    CBS News ^ | 01/28/2015 | Gregory Bull
    BERKELEY, Calif. - Charles Townes, professor emeritus of physics at the University of California, Berkeley who shared the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for his invention of the laser died Tuesday, according to Berkeley's website. Townes, 99, had been in failing health and passed away en route to the hospital. "The passing away of Professor Charles Townes today marks the end of an era," said astrophysicist Reinhard Genzel, a colleague and professor of physics at UC Berkeley. "He was one of the most important experimental physicists of the last century." In 1951, Townes was seated on a park bench in...
  • A Voyage through Time on the Canal du Midi

    01/28/2015 1:35:08 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    France Today ^ | October 19, 2014 | Florence Derrick
    ...Pierre-Paul Riquet, the man behind one of the 17th century's greatest works of engineering -- and some say, works of art -- remains in Vauban's shadow, despite his life's accomplishment, which was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. This 150-mile long waterway was once known as the Canal Royal en Languedoc, for good reason. French revolutionaries may have removed the 'royal' from its title in 1789, yet this is a canal which remains fit for a king. Dappled sunlight streams onto its emerald-green water from between the leaves of the 42,000 plane and oak trees which line...
  • On 29th anniversary of Challenger disaster, NASA's day of remembrance

    01/28/2015 9:26:48 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    A wreath-laying ceremony was planned at Arlington National Cemetery, to be followed by remembrance events at several NASA locations, including the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The tributes also honor the three astronauts -- including the first American spacewalker, Ed White -- who were killed on Jan. 27, 1967, when a fire broke out in the Apollo 1 capsule during a pre-launch test, and those aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia, which in 2003 broke apart upon reentry from space and streaked across the sky over Texas engulfed in flames. The seven members...
  • I saw the true Church of God

    01/27/2015 2:57:37 PM PST · by ravenwolf · 42 replies
    my own | 1/27/2015 | randwolf
    Mathew 18 1 AT that hour the disciples came to Jesus, saying: Who thinkest thou is the greater in the kingdom of heaven? 2 And Jesus calling unto him a little child, set him in the midst of them, 3 And said: Amen I say to you, unless you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, he is the greater in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And he that shall receive one such little child in my name, receiveth me. 6...
  • Top Nazi Hunter: Eastern Europe Rewrote the Holocaust

    01/27/2015 11:21:02 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    INN ^ | 1/27/2015, 8:13 PM | Benny Toker, Ari Yashar
    Dr. Efraim Zuroff, the head Nazi hunter at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, told Arutz Sheva on Tuesday in time for International Holocaust Memorial Day that the battle over the Holocaust lives on—and is being waged on the field of public memory. According to Zuroff, aside from the widespread scourge of Holocaust denial, a new phenomenon has reared its head recently in eastern Europe, where there are attempts to minimize the genocidal horrors committed against the Jewish people and revise history. “This phenomenon should worry the state of Israel and the Foreign Ministry,” emphasized Zuroff. “In post-Communist eastern Europe, they’re trying...
  • 48 Years Ago Today - Apollo I Fire and the Deaths of Grissom, White, and Chaffee

    01/27/2015 2:45:48 AM PST · by Ready4Freddy · 45 replies
    Jan 27, 2015 | Own
    January 27, 1967 The Apollo I fire R.I.P.
  • Merkel: 'We must not forget'

    01/27/2015 2:04:09 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 14 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | January 26, 2015 | Deutsche Welle
    Speaking at a memorial service on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the infamous death camp, Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Auschwitz was a symbol of the Holocaust, the "collapse of civilization" perpetrated by Nazi Germany. "We must not forget," the chancellor said. "We owe that to the many millions of victims."
  • The Smartest Person Who Ever Lived

    01/26/2015 8:10:21 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 154 replies
    RCS ^ | 01/26/2015 | Alex B. Berezow
    Who was the smartest person to ever live? There are certainly many worthy contenders. Today, the very name of "Einstein" is synonymous with genius. Others may suggest Stephen Hawking. Those who appreciate literature and music may proffer William Shakespeare or Ludwig van Beethoven. Historians may recommend Benjamin Franklin. Before I submit my own suggestion, we must first discuss what we even mean by smart. Colloquially, we routinely interchange the words smart and intelligent, but they are not necessarily the same thing. There is an ongoing debate among psychologists, neuroscientists, and artificial intelligence experts on what intelligence actually is, but for...
  • The children of Auschwitz: On the eve of the 70th anniversary of its liberation...

    01/26/2015 7:41:52 PM PST · by Morgana · 25 replies
    dailymail.com ^ | 26 January 2015 | Robert Hardman for the Daily Mail
    FULL TITLE: The children of Auschwitz: On the eve of the 70th anniversary of its liberation, Jews who appeared as youngsters in photograph taken at the concentration camp join those revisiting their past Too bewildered and dehumanised to show any emotion, a dozen young faces peer out from a world beyond comprehension. Witnesses to unfathomable depths of human savagery, these are among the last occupants of history’s most infamous slaughterhouse. To stand in the Arctic chill of Auschwitz today, it seems extraordinary that anyone survived what unfolded here. Yet, astonishingly, most of the people in this photograph – taken exactly...
  • Untouched for decades: Photographer takes amazing series of images of perfectly preserved home

    01/26/2015 4:59:19 PM PST · by lowbridge · 44 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | january 26, 2015 | Khaleda Rahman 
    With polished silverware still in the kitchen drawers and outdated toiletries sitting on a dusty dressing table, these incredible photographs show a perfectly preserved home that was abandoned by its owners decades ago. From the retro patterned wallpaper to the well out-of-date food in the pantry, the dilapidated home in Ontario, Canada, is a remarkable time capsule. An urban explorer called Dave made the stunning discovery while he was looking at abandoned properties in his home province - and documented his findings on his website Freaktography.  'The sight upon entering this house was eerie, breath-taking and weird,' he said. 'There is...
  • Audie Murphy’s single handed battle, kills 50, holds line -

    01/26/2015 2:49:21 PM PST · by virgil283 · 115 replies
    ww2today.com ^ | 1/26/2015
    today 26 Jan 1944-"Lieutenant Murphy ordered his men to withdraw to a prepared position in a woods while he remained forward at his command post and continued to give fire directions to the artillery by telephone. Behind him to his right one of our tank destroyers received a direct hit and began to burn. Its crew withdrew to the woods. Lieutenant Murphy continued to direct artillery fire which killed large numbers of the advancing enemy infantry. With the enemy tanks abreast of his position, Lieutenant Murphy climbed on the burning tank destroyer which was in danger of blowing up any...
  • St. Joan of Arc & the Truth about Snipers & Why Tyrants like Hitler Always Hate Them

    01/26/2015 1:29:37 PM PST · by poetbdk · 32 replies
    Maid of Heaven Foundation ^ | 1-26-15 | Ben D. Kennedy
    St. Joan of Arc & the Truth about Snipers & Why Tyrants like Hitler Always Hate Them In recent days I have been amazed and sickened by some of the vicious comments I have heard directed at Chris Kyle, the soldier portrayed in the new movie American Sniper, and I felt I could help people better understand the truth about snipers and why they are so feared and hated by the kind of people making the negative comments.  In St. Joan of Arc’s army soldiers that functioned as snipers were as important to her military success as they are...
  • Army of One: Only one survivor of WWII's Kwajalein battle fit enough to return for 71st anniversary

    01/26/2015 10:18:51 AM PST · by Kartographer · 36 replies
    syracuse.com ^ | 1/26/15 | Michelle Breidenbach
    Don Fida, of Syracuse, visits the small boomerang-shaped Pacific island in his sleep. He remembers the way 22,000 soldiers of the 7th Infantry Division emptied a ship onto Kwajalein and worked their way across the 2.5-mile island, killing close to 5,000 Japanese and losing 177 of their own. He can picture the way a Japanese soldier crawled out of a bunker waving the underwear of a young American nurse who had been held, "worse than hostage," as he puts it. Fida said his unit rescued the woman, draped her with the clothes of a dead soldier and escorted her onto...
  • Voices of the Revolution: The Five Riders [Four + One]

    01/26/2015 1:01:46 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    Constitution Facts ^ | Oak Hill Publishing
    ...Paul Revere, born in Boston in 1734... After the death of his father in 1754, Paul enlisted in the provincial army to fight in the French and Indian War... When the war was over, he returned to Boston to take over his father's silversmith business, only to fall into financial difficulties during the Stamp Act of 1765. Frustrated by this gave him cause to join the Sons of Liberty... On the night of April 18, 1775, Joseph Warren sent Revere to send the signal to Charlestown that the British troops were on the move... His journey ended in Lexington where...
  • Italy seizes more than 5,000 looted antiquities in record haul

    01/25/2015 1:33:45 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    France24 ^ | 22 January 2015 | AFP
    The Italian government on Wednesday said police had seized more than 5,000 ancient artefacts in a record 45-million-euro haul after dismantling a Swiss-Italian trafficking ring. Culture Minister Dario Franceschini said it was the country's "largest discovery yet" of looted works and consisted of 5,361 pieces, including vases, jewellery, frescoes and bronze statues, all dating from the 8th century BC to the 3rd century AD. The archaeological treasures came from illegal digs across Italy and "will be returned to where they were found", the minister told reporters. Police said the items were worth around 45 million euros ($52 million) and were...
  • Mani and the Persian Kings

    01/25/2015 1:00:02 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    Patheos ^ | January 25, 2015 | Philip Jenkins
    It is astonishing that scholars of religion refer so little to the Manichaean faith, which in its day -- roughly from the third century AD through the fourteenth century -- was a fully fledged world religion, which interacted with Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Zoroastrianism and Judaism. At various times, its adherents could be found across the whole of Eurasia, from France to China. It also created a substantial body of scriptures and commentaries, most of which are now lost. Manichaeanism (Manichaeism) is, I believe, the only example of a world religion that has arisen and then vanished entirely, seemingly without trace....
  • (Vanity)SCHINDLER'S LIST, 1/125 8 pm eastern on AHC

    01/25/2015 7:38:41 AM PST · by cripplecreek · 29 replies
    free republic /tv ^ | 1/25/15 | cripplecreek
    Tonight on AHC (American Heroes Channel)will show Schindler's List at 8 pm. In addition AHC and Discovery will simulcast the one hour documentary ONE DAY IN AUSCHWITZ on Sunday, January 25 at 12 PM ET.
  • You Bet Your Life radio show 1/25/50

    01/25/2015 2:23:03 AM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | 25 Jan 1950 | Groucho Marx
    Groucho meets a single librarian and a young policeman, a television expert and a housewife, and an auctioneer and a square dance caller.
  • Ancient red numbers discovered on Colosseum: Restorers find marks indicating sectors of stadium

    01/24/2015 3:48:35 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    Wanted in Rome ^ | January 22, 2015 | unattributed
    Traces of painted red numbers have been discovered during the ongoing restoration of the Colosseum, indicating various sectors of the amphitheatre similar to the seating system employed by today's stadiums. The numbers were painted on the arches of the Colosseum to guide visitors to their respective stands, according to their social class. Describing it as an "exceptional discovery", the monument's director Rossella Rea said that restorers had not expected the painted numbers to have survived. The director of the restoration project Cinzia Conti said the discovery proved the delicacy of the water-powered process, which removes dirt and smog residue but...
  • Cats Are Finally Getting Geneticists' Attention

    01/24/2015 3:27:14 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 42 replies
    January 15, 2015 ^ | January 15, 2015 | Carl Engelking
    Consumer doggie DNA testing is old hat at this point, having been around since 2007. But cat-lovers who wish to decipher their pet's breed are out of luck -- no such tests exist for felines. That fact reflects the state of the underlying science. Since the first full dog genome was sequenced ten years ago, geneticists have identified hundreds of genes behind canine diseases and physical traits. By comparison, just a handful of such genes have been identified in cats. But a group of geneticists is working to close this gap by sequencing 99 domestic cats. This week the researchers...
  • Scan finds new tattoos on 5300-year-old Iceman

    01/24/2015 3:22:29 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    redOrbit ^ | January 22, 2015 | Aaron Deter-Wolf
    A new study has used advanced imaging techniques to identify previously unknown tattoos on the ribcage of the 5300-year old man known as Ötzi, bringing his total number of tattoos to 61... Thanks to more than two decades of analysis, scientists arguably know more about Ötzi's health and final days than those of any other ancient human. He died at around 45 years of age after being shot in the back with a stone-tipped arrow and bludgeoned. In the 12 hours preceding his death he climbed into the mountains from an Italian valley, and ate a last meal consisting of...
  • 'I have everything in my life because of him': Poignant moment Holocaust survivor salutes

    01/24/2015 2:12:32 PM PST · by lowbridge · 18 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | january 21, 2015 | allan hall
    This is the poignant moment when a man rescued from the hell he endured at the hands of the Nazis met his saviour and gave him a salute almost 70 years later. Joshua Kaufman first saluted his rescuer Daniel Gillespie. Then he kissed his hand and finally, he fell to his feet, exclaiming: 'I have wanted to do this for 70 years. I love you, I love you so much...'. Kaufman, now 87, was a 'walking corpse' on April 29 1945 when U.S. Army soldier Gillespie, 89, marched in with his comrades to liberate the charnel house that was the...
  • World's fastest archer Lars Anderson debunks Hollywood archery myths

    01/24/2015 5:34:10 AM PST · by Plainsman · 54 replies
    International Business Times ^ | January 23, 2015 | Adam Justice
    For thousands of years, the bow and arrow was used for war. Those days are long gone, and most people today only know of archery through TV and movies. However, as the Danish archer Lars Andersen has proved, Hollywood archery has very little to do with actual war archery. Lars Andersen originally started using bow and arrow to fight in pretend battles during Larps (live action role play) events, where he played a soldier in a medieval-inspired army. While Larps can be about anything – the Danish/Polish Harry Potter inspired larp College of Wizardry (cowlarp.com) recently got world-wide media attention...
  • Paul Specht & Orchestra "Ten Little Miles From Town"

    01/23/2015 10:22:22 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | 23 Jan 2015 | Paul Specht
    Paul Specht and his Orchestra play "Ten Little Miles From Town." Recorded in New York on September 13, 1928.
  • 10 reasons Edinburgh is the best place to celebrate Burns Night

    01/23/2015 9:27:25 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 22 replies
    http://Metro.co.uk ^ | Friday 23 Jan 2015 | Ali Liddy
    http://metro.co.uk/2015/01/23/10-reasons-edinburgh-is-the-best-place-to-celebrate-burns-night-5029499/
  • Archery Quite Unlike Any Other (video)

    01/23/2015 7:04:55 PM PST · by servo1969 · 40 replies
    TruthRevolt.org ^ | 1-23-2015 | Yehuda Remer
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEG-ly9tQGk Danish archer Lars Andersen might be the most accomplished archer of our time. Not because of any awards or medals, but purely because of what he has accomplished by studying ancient texts and paintings. Andersen posted a video on Friday attempting to disprove the Hollywood myth of archery. Not only that, he explains how the art of archery is lost on today's archers because a majority of them stand still and aim at their target rather than be able to run, shoot, and hit their targets while also being able to shoot rapidly. Andersen says that the ultimate feat...
  • Archaeologists May Have Found the Oldest Copy of One of the Gospels-(A mummy's mask)

    01/23/2015 12:03:21 PM PST · by virgil283 · 8 replies
    tatler ^ | January 21, 2015 | Chris Queen
    "New technology that allows scientists to remove the glue from the masks of mummies without damaging the ink on the paper used to make the mask has yielded an exciting discovery: a piece of papyrus that may contain the oldest known copy of one of the gospels. The finding, a fragment of the Gospel of Mark, which dates back to the year 90, is one of several fascinating texts that archaeologists are discovering in the masks of mummies. This first-century gospel fragment was written on a sheet of papyrus that was later reused to create a mask that was worn...
  • Papyrus Found in Mummy Mask May Hold Oldest Known Gospel Text

    01/23/2015 9:20:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Tech Times ^ | 01/23/2015 | By James Maynard
    The Gospel of Mark has been discovered written on a tiny fragment of ancient papyrus, found within a mummy mask. During the era when the mask was created, papyrus was expensive, and the religious text was reused to create the decorative wear for the mummy. This discovery could represent the oldest gospel text ever found by archaeologists. The oldest samples of Christian scripture date from the Second Century of the Common Era. Pharaohs and wealthy individuals were often adorned with mummy masks made of gold and precious materials. Masks for people from lower economic classes were often manufactured from papyrus,...
  • On this day in 1968.

    01/23/2015 7:48:46 AM PST · by LouAvul · 28 replies
    North Korea seized the USS Pueblo and accused the crew of spying. The crew was released 11 months later. NK, however, kept the vessel.
  • Forty Years Ago Today, I Became An American Citizen

    01/23/2015 4:06:11 AM PST · by Tennessee Nana · 52 replies
    Self | January 23, 2015 | Tennssee Nana
    On January 23, 1975, in a courthouse in Portland, OR, I sat with many other grateful immigrants and listened as a local judge, himself the son of immigrants fron Eastern Europe, congratulated us and expounded on our new responsibilities as American citizens. He was as teary eyed as we were. Among our group was an 80 year old Jew from Poland. She had escaped with her family during the 1930s and had raised her children in America to be good citizens and to prosper. She cried and kept saying "Thank you" and we cried with her. Her attorney grandson explained...
  • The extraordinary story of Columba Bush as Jeb bids to make her the first Hispanic first lady

    01/22/2015 11:36:08 AM PST · by dennisw · 47 replies
    dailymail. ^ | Jan 22 | By Nick Fagge In Leon, Mexico
    EXCLUSIVE: An illegal immigrant, warring parents and a bitter rift with the father she did not see for 40 years – extraordinary story of Columba Bush as her husband bids to make her the first Hispanic first lady Columba Bush was born and raised in Leon, 250 miles outside Mexico City, where she met Jeb Bush and married him when she was 20 Her father was born to a peasant family and entered America illegally to work He had a stormy marriage to her mother and the couple divorced – but Columba's account differs from his and his relatives' in...