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  • The Fantasy and Folklore of All Hallows

    10/31/2013 6:13:05 PM PDT · by Borges · 15 replies
    Library of Congress ^ | 1982 | Jack Santino
    Halloween had its beginnings in an ancient, pre-Christian Celtic festival of the dead. The Celtic peoples, who were once found all over Europe, divided the year by four major holidays. According to their calendar, the year began on a day corresponding to November 1st on our present calendar. The date marked the beginning of winter. Since they were pastoral people, it was a time when cattle and sheep had to be moved to closer pastures and all livestock had to be secured for the winter months. Crops were harvested and stored. The date marked both an ending and a beginning...
  • Ponce De Leon Never Searched for the Fountain of Youth

    05/25/2013 5:47:56 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Smithsonian magazine ^ | June 2013 | Matthew Shaer
    The real story goes something like this: In 1511, messy political squabbling forced Ponce to surrender the governorship of Puerto Rico, an appointment he had held since 1509. As a consolation prize, King Ferdinand offered him Bimini, assuming the stalwart conquistador could finance an expedition and actually find it. J. Michael Francis, a historian at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg who has spent decades studying the Spanish colonies in the Americas , says no mention of a Fountain of Youth occurs in any known documents from Ponce’s lifetime, including contracts and other official correspondence with the Crown. In...
  • Lord of the Rings - Yearly Ritual

    12/26/2011 5:31:35 PM PST · by dagogo redux · 51 replies
    12/26/11 | dagogo redux
    Every year now for a number of years my wife and I watch the entire six disc extended version of the Lord of the Rings during the gloomy Northwest winter around the Thanksgiving-to New-Years time. It helps us through the winter gloom, but since Obama's election it also helps us maintain hope and courage. I grew up on Tolkien before he was well known, and it probably shaped me in ways I can scarcely appreciate. My wife on the other hand, from the Third World, had no inkling of Tolkien until this movie cycle came out. We are both very...
  • Charlie Pride: Choices (review)

    03/24/2011 9:25:52 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 21 replies
    Without doubt, Charley Pride is one of the most respected and successful personas in all of country music. After all, it was the three-time Grammy winner who made music history when his 1969 classic "All I Have To Offer You Is Me," bolted to the top of the US Country chart, making him the first African American in country music to land a No. 1 hit. To date, the multi-platinum selling Pride holds 36 No. 1 hits and has sold more than 70 million records (albums and singles combined). On March 8, 2011, Pride releases Choices (Music City Records), his...
  • 2,000-year-old Holy Thorn Tree of Glastonbury is cut down by vandals

    12/09/2010 4:17:16 PM PST · by penelopesire · 51 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 9th December 2010 | Luke Salkeld
    "Standing proudly on the side of an English hill, its religious roots go back 2,000 years. But a single night of vandalism has left an ancient site of pilgrimage in splinters. The Holy Thorn Tree of Glastonbury has been chopped down in what is being seen by some as a deliberately anti-Christian act. A feature of the skyline surrounding the Somerset town, the tree has been visited by thousands retracing the steps said to have been taken by Joseph of Arimathea, who some say was Jesus’ great uncle. Legend says it sprang from the staff of Joseph of Arimathea, the...
  • The 13th Century manuscript that shows Robin Hood and his Merry Men weren't so popular after all

    03/14/2009 7:48:20 AM PDT · by PotatoHeadMick · 70 replies · 2,162+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 14th March 2009 | Paul Sims
    Folklore holds that Robin Hood was a fearless outlaw loathed by the rich and loved by the poor. Fighting injustice and tyranny, his gallantry became the stuff of legend - and Hollywood movies. But according to a newly-discovered manuscript entry it appears that Robin and his Merry Men may not have been as popular as the stories would have us believe.Written in Latin and buried among the treasures of Eton's library, the 23 sparse words shed new light on the Sheriff of Nottingham's mortal foe. Translated, the 550-year-old note reads: 'Around this time, according to popular opinion, a certain outlaw...
  • ‘Legends of Wrestling’ Tour Rolls Into Bagram

    01/28/2008 4:18:54 PM PST · by SandRat · 15 replies · 777+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. George Welcome, USA
    BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan, Jan. 28, 2008 – When the “Legends of Wrestling” tour rolled in here Jan. 26, servicemembers and civilians gathered at the Morale, Welfare and Recreation clamshell to take part in the festivities. Army Pfc. Michael Grandi Jr., Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, holds the WCW Championship belt with wrestling greats (from left to right) Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, "The Mouth of the South" Jimmy Hart, Diamond Dallas Page, and Nicholai Volkoff during the "Legends of Wrestling" tour that came to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, Jan. 26, 2008. Photo by Spc. George Welcome,...
  • 7 Medical Myths Even Doctors Believe

    12/21/2007 7:24:50 AM PST · by Watershed · 87 replies · 577+ views
    livescience.com ^ | December 20, 2007 | Robert Roy Britt
    Popular culture is loaded with myths and half-truths. Most are harmless. But when doctors start believing medical myths, perhaps it's time to worry. In the British Medical Journal this week, researchers looked into several common misconceptions, from the belief that a person should drink eight glasses of water per day to the notion that reading in low light ruins your eyesight. "We got fired up about this because we knew that physicians accepted these beliefs and were passing this information along to their patients," said Dr. Aaron Carroll, assistant professor of pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine. "And...
  • Ancient coin contradicts legend of Cleopatra's beauty (Oooof! She looked like Ed Koch)

    02/14/2007 10:45:05 AM PST · by dead · 64 replies · 4,253+ views
    The image of Cleopatra on the silver denarius of dated to 32BC, being displayed t Newcastle University, Newcastle, England. Wednesday Feb. 14, 2007. So maybe Mark Antony loved Cleopatra for her mind. That is the conclusion drawn by academics at the University of Newcastle from a Roman denarius which depicts the celebrated queen of Egypt as a sharp-nosed, thin- lipped woman with a protruding chin. In short, a fair match for the hook-nosed, thick-necked Mark Antony on the obverse. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
  • Dispelling the Myths in James White's Legends: A Response

    02/13/2007 11:57:37 AM PST · by Titanites · 33 replies · 439+ views
    American Catholic Truth Society ^ | May 31, 2000 | Scott Windsor
    Catholic Legends Windsor's Response The large gap that exists between Roman Catholic historical scholarship and Roman Catholic apologists is a large one indeed. One often finds the historians admitting what the apologists will not regarding the truths of history that are so often utterly contradictory to later Roman dogmatic claims. This is especially true regarding such modern doctrinal developments as the Marian dogmas and the infallible Papacy. Over the past few years Roman Catholic apologists have been producing a great deal of written material of varying levels of quality. Books and magazines of this nature gain a wide audience....
  • Steve Ray Responds to James White’s: “Catholic Legends And How They Get Started”

    There is a weak new movement among a few misinformed Protestant apologists which attempts to quickly master the Church Fathers and twist them anachronistically (I love this word, especially since it is one of our critic’s favorite words) to fit their Protestant traditions and wishes. Many Protestant apologists, and often the anti-Catholics in complicity with them, simply parrot the likes of William “Bill” Webster, but Webster proves to be much better at it than the parrots. Funny thing how history repeats itself. The Papal antagonists of today are nothing new. This “patristic argumentation” against the papacy was done with much...
  • Dessie, the great grey, rides off into the sunset (Britain mourns death of a legend)

    11/14/2006 4:48:42 AM PST · by propertius · 10 replies · 740+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 14th Nov, 2006 | Neil Tweedies
    Just occasionally along comes a racehorse who makes his jockey appear like mere freight, an animal far more famous – to the non-racing fraternity at least – than the man riding on his back. Arkle was like that, and Red Rum. And Dessie – Desert Orchid, the superlative steeplechaser – who died yesterday at the age of 27. Weeping over the death of a racehorse is probably going too far, even for the anthropomorphic British. There was, however, genuine sadness at the news that a great character had passed away. The winner of the 1989 Cheltenham Gold Cup, one of...
  • Jersey Devil

    10/31/2006 5:45:29 AM PST · by genefromjersey · 4 replies · 339+ views
    10/31/06 | vanity
    JERSEY DEVIL 1 Deep in the Jersey Barrens Outside the town of Leeds There lived a lonely widd-errr- No man to tend her needs ! So, one All Hallows Evenin’ When the moon was pale and white She cried, “I’d let ol’ Satan himself Come share my bed tonight !” Chorus Keep to the middle of the trail,friend When the moon is pale an’ white An’ build up the fire in the ol’ campsite- The Devil walks tonight ! 2 Old Satan come a courtin’ Kept her dancin’ till the dawn: One year later to the day The Devil’s Child...
  • Recent News! They discover proof that Atlantis did not submerge complete but only one part...

    01/06/2005 11:36:29 AM PST · by Maria Fdez-Valmayor · 64 replies · 7,946+ views
    Atlantis News Agency. APP. EFE. AFP. Madrid. Spain. ^ | 01-06-2005 | Antonio Beltrán Martinez
    Recent News! They discover proof that Atlantis did not submerge complete but only one part...By Salvador Morales. Atlantis News Agency. Madrid, Spain. 01-06-2005. The Spanish investigator and scriptologist, Georgeos Diaz-Montexano, has discovered paleographical proofs that in fact the island or peninsula (Nêsos) denominated like Atlantis or Atlantic, it was divided in two parts below the sea. To date all atlantologists and students of the Timaeus and the Critias de Plato had thought that in texts of the Greek philosophist narrated the collapse of the all island or Atlantis peninsula, nevertheless, Georgeos Diaz-Montexano has reviewed the oldest texts known writings in...
  • Spanish investigators have discovered Atlantis's archaeological evidences...

    11/25/2004 6:49:34 PM PST · by Maria Fdez-Valmayor · 38 replies · 12,309+ views
    Atlantis News's Agency (C.O.S.S.) ^ | 11-25-2004 | Antonio Beltrán Martinez
    Spanish investigators have discovered Atlantis's archaeological evidences... Atlantis = Iberia. Atlantis in Gibraltar and Ibero-Morrocian. The Georgeo's theories (I Part) Extracts the Georgeo's theories an hipotesis. (Forum Atlantis-Rising 2001-2004)Official website of the Georgeos's tehories (in spanish)http://Atlantis.sitio.nethttp://Atlantis.miarroba.comhttp://Georgeos-Diaz.sitio.net Spanish investigators have discovered archaeological evidences underneath the sea, near the coasts of Gibraltar, that could belong to the Atlantic civilization described by Plato with the name of Atlantis and that the Greek philosopher located exactly in front of the Columns of Hercules (Straits of Gibraltar), next to the region of Gadeira (Cadiz, Andalusia) and of the Atlas (Morocco). The first findings were...
  • Holy Grail Riddle Solution 'To Be Revealed'

    11/24/2004 11:03:39 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 203 replies · 5,344+ views
    Scotsman ^ | Nov. 24, 2003 | Katherine Haddon
    A team of Second World War codebreakers was today poised to reveal the solution to a cryptic 18th century riddle which is rumoured to reveal the location of the Holy Grail. Oliver Lawn and his wife Sheila, the leaders of the team, are now in their 80s but were posted at the codebreaking centre at Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire, during the Second World War. The couple, who worked on cracking the Enigma code, have spent the last seven months deciphering the significance of a sequence of letters on the Shepherd’s Monument in the Shugborough Estate in Staffordshire. The marble slab, located...
  • The Truth About An Epic Tale Of Love, War And Greed (Troy)

    03/25/2004 12:03:11 PM PST · by blam · 17 replies · 1,304+ views
    The truth about an epic tale of love, war and greed (Filed: 24/03/2004) The legend of Troy has an enduring grip on the imagination. Aidan Laverty talks to the scientists who say they have proved that a siege really took place It's one of the greatest stories ever; the tale of a war fought over the love of Helen, the most beautiful woman in the world. Now as Hollywood breathes fresh life into the myth, archaeologists have uncovered new evidence from the site of Troy that brings us closer than ever to the truth behind this ancient legend. City scan:...
  • Man admits: I was 'Bigfoot'

    03/09/2004 11:48:14 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 55 replies · 1,396+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Wednesday, March 10, 2004
    HOAXBUSTERSMan admits: I was 'Bigfoot'Says famed footage depicts him in gorilla costume Posted: March 10, 20041:00 a.m. Eastern © 2004 WorldNetDaily.com Thirty-six years after the fact, Bob Heironimus' conscience finally caught up with him: He confessed to having donned a gorilla costume and appearing in the famous 1967 footage of Bigfoot. 1967 footage of alleged 'Bigfoot' creature "It's time people knew it was a hoax," Heironimus told the Washington Post. For decades, the grainy film clip has fueled study and speculation about the existence of a large mysterious creature in the Pacific Northwest. "It's time to let this thing go," he told...
  • Tuscan 'Excalibur' Mystery To Be Unearthed

    03/02/2004 7:24:15 PM PST · by blam · 88 replies · 1,553+ views
    Discovery ^ | 3-1-2004 | Rossella Lorenzi
    Tuscan 'Excalibur' Mystery to be Unearthed By Rossella Lorenzi, Discovery News The Sword in The Stone March 1, 2004 — Archaeological digging might soon unveil the mystery surrounding a sword buried in a Gothic abbey in Tuscany, Italian researchers announced. Known as the "sword in the stone," the Tuscan "Excalibur" is said to have been plunged into a rock in 1180 by Galgano Guidotti, a medieval knight who renounced war and worldly goods to become a hermit. Built in Galgano's memory, the evocative Gothic abbey at Montesiepi, near the city of Siena, still preserves the sword in a little chapel....
  • The Atlantis between Spain and Morocco. The Expedition Revealing discoveries.

    10/30/2003 12:36:28 PM PST · by Maria Fdez-Valmayor · 20 replies · 16,570+ views
    The Atlantis between Spain and Morocco Revealing discoveries  Expedition: "The Ibero-Marroqui Atlantis '"   By Maria Fdez-Valmayor  A Scientific Expedition has started off at the end of this summer for the area of the Straits of Gibraltar in search of possible ruins of the well-known civilization like Atlantis by Plato. According to the project? Atlantis Ibero-Moroccan, between the coasts of southwest of the Iberian Peninsula and the northwest of Africa evidences of cities or submerged coastal villages of the Age of the Bronze would have to be, that could belong to the Island or Peninsula of Atlantis. The expedition...
  • Explorers on the trail of Lost City of Atlantis

    10/26/2003 4:16:51 PM PST · by sarcasm · 30 replies · 1,369+ views
    Telegraph ^ | October 27, 2003 | Roger Highfield
    An expedition to the Strait of Gibraltar may solve one of the world's greatest mysteries, reports Roger HighfieldFor more than two millennia, many of the world's greatest adventurers, explorers and thinkers have sought the fabled Lost City of Atlantis.Next month, an expedition to hunt for its remains among submerged Gibraltarian islands will be unveiled at the Royal Geographical Society, London, by a renowned geologist, Prof Jacques Collina-Girard, and the leaders of the Titanic expeditions.First described by Plato in 360 BC, many have written off the story as a moralistic tale, a Utopia that was located in the mind of the...
  • Researcher says he's found sunken site of Atlantis

    10/11/2003 5:31:27 PM PDT · by aristotleman · 44 replies · 333+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 10/11/03 | Helena Smith
    <p>ATHENS -- After nearly 10 years of study, a US researcher says he has assembled evidence to prove that the fabled lost island of Atlantis existed off the shores of Cyprus in the Mediterranean Sea.</p> <p>Robert Sarmast says Atlantis was not simply a figment of the imagination of the Greek philosopher Plato, who vividly described the seafaring civilization and how it had been "swallowed up by the earth," but a real place replete with stone temples, bridges, canals, and roads.</p>
  • Lobbying the Babe (the ghost of Babe Ruth)

    10/10/2003 4:02:39 AM PDT · by NewHampshireDuo · 225+ views
    http://news.mainetoday.com/ | 10/10/03 | Bill Nemitz
    The Gate of Heaven Cemetery had just opened Wednesday morning when workers first spotted him. He wore a Boston Red Sox jersey. He clenched a cold beer in one hand, a bottle of whiskey in the other. He unfolded his lawn chair, sat down and stared in grim-faced silence at the letters chiseled into the towering granite monument: George Herman Ruth. "We had to chase him away," said Bill Lane, assistant superintendent of the 180-acre burial ground in Hawthorne, Westchester County, N.Y., in a telephone interview. "This is a cemetery - you can't just sit here and drink. We're trying...
  • Underwater marathon man emerges from Loch Ness

    10/09/2003 2:23:59 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 10 replies · 267+ views
    The Independent (U.K.) ^ | 10/10/03 | Paul Kelbie
    Lloyd Scott emerged from Loch Ness in an antique diving suit yesterday after a 12-day walk below the surface to claim a record as the world's first underwater marathon man. But he reported no sightings of the legendary monster. Mr Scott, 41, a former firefighter and professional footballer from Rainham in Essex, spent more than a month training and qualifying as a diver before taking to the Loch to raise awareness of a fundraising drive for the charity Children with Leukaemia. Mr Scott, himself a survivor of leukaemia, began his underwater journey on 28 September at the opposite end of...
  • Team Sets Out to Find Abominable Snowman

    08/07/2003 9:16:12 AM PDT · by sonsofliberty2000 · 24 replies · 316+ views
    TOKYO - A Japanese expedition equipped with sensor-activated cameras and led by an amateur cryptozoologist is heading to the Himalayas hoping to track down the abominable snowman. Seven climbers will spend six weeks in Nepal trying to capture images of the legendary humanlike creature also known as the yeti, more than 10,000 feet up the world's seventh-tallest mountain, the expedition's leader, Yoshiteru Takahashi, told The Associated Press on Thursday. Takahashi, a 60-year-old construction company employee who climbs as a hobby, is on his second yeti hunt. He says he found humanlike footprints made by a "rather large animal" in a...
  • Siberia find revives yeti legends

    10/09/2003 9:18:45 AM PDT · by evets · 12 replies · 447+ views
    Siberian scientists say they have a discovery on their hands which raises the possibility that the local legend of the yeti - the abominable snowman - is more than mere fiction. According to Russian TV, the well-preserved furry limb of a mystery creature was found some 3,500 metres up in the permafrost of the Altay mountains, in Russia's remote Siberia region. "I turned the limb over and examined the sole of the foot, and I thought it looked unsual," Sergey Semenov, the mountain-climber who made the find, said. "So I decided to bring it back with me." Scientific tests and...
  • Baseball Worries About Opener in Japan

    03/18/2003 8:12:55 AM PST · by WaveThatFlag · 4 replies · 275+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 3/18/3 | BEN WALKER
    As they get closer to their season opener in Japan, the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners are jittery. They're not the only ones - with war possible, major league baseball is wondering whether now's the time to play ball so far from home. There were no plans Monday for the teams to call off their trip to Tokyo. The A's and Mariners are supposed to leave in a couple of days and scheduled to play a two-game series beginning March 25. But commissioner Bud Selig and baseball officials were busy talking to the State Department, the FBI and other government...