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  • Red Sox fan electrocuted after trying to train surf from Yankee Stadium

    09/21/2018 5:02:33 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 34 replies
    Fox ^ | 9/21/2018
    A Red Sox fan on his way home from Yankee Stadium died Wednesday when he tried to climb on top of a Metro-North train and was electrocuted by overhead wires, creating a chaotic situation where riders were trapped for more than two hours, MTA officials and riders said. The Metro-North train from Yankee Stadium to New Haven, Conn., left the ball field just before 11 p.m. on Wednesday. As the train was running from Larchmont to Mamaroneck about half an hour later, a pair of brothers tried to climb from inside a car onto the roof. Train personnel got one...
  • What Otzi the Iceman's Tattoos Reveal About Copper Age Medical Practices

    09/21/2018 12:32:21 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | September 10, 2018 | Meilan Solly
    Three decades worth of research have yielded intimate details of Ötzi's life from his age, height and weight to manner of death -- felled by an arrow to the left shoulder sometime during early summer... Now, a team of European researchers has analyzed the tattoos scattered across Ötzi's body, as well as the various herbs and medicines found alongside his remains, to paint a clearer picture of the Iceman's community and its ancient medical practices, reports Joshua Rapp Learn for Science magazine... Previous studies of the Iceman's tattoos have hypothesized that the lines and crosses etched into his skin offered...
  • Jet Airways plane turns back after passengers suffer nose, ear bleeds

    09/20/2018 3:34:32 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | James Griffiths
    A Jet Airways flight from Mumbai to Jaipur was forced to turn back Thursday after around 30 passengers complained of nose and ear bleeds due to low pressure in the cabin. "The B737 aircraft, with 166 guests and 5 crew landed normally in Mumbai," Jet Airways said in a statement. "All guests were deplaned safely and taken to the terminal. First aid was administered to few guests who complained of ear pain, bleeding nose etc." An official with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) told CNN affiliate CNN News 18 that the crew allegedly forgot to press a button...
  • Archaeologists voice alarm over Artemis Agrotera temple in Athens

    09/18/2018 11:17:49 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Ekathimerini ^ | Monday, September 10, 2018 | unattributed
    Greek archaeologists expressed their concern on Monday over the abandonment by the state of the site of the mid-5th century BC Temple of Artemis Agrotera, which they described as "one of the most historically important archaeological sites in the center of Athens." The Ionic-style temple, dedicated to the Greek virgin goddess of the hunt was constructed of Pentelic marble. It stands on Ardittou street, in the neighbourhood of Mets, surrounded by modern buildings. In a press release titled "A monument in danger," the Association of Greek Archaeologists says that despite numerous decisions published by the Central Archaeological Council since 1964...
  • Church in Prague receives relic of Czech Marco Polo [Odoric of Pordenone]

    09/18/2018 10:33:41 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    Radio Czech ^ | September 12, 2018 | Tom McEnchroe
    I, brother Odoric, a Czech from Turlania,...crossed the sea and visited the land of the unbelievers intending to harvest some of their souls. I will not mention all that I have seen...For I would have not believed it myself, if I had not heard it and seen it with my own ears and eyes. Thus begins the 'The Journey into the Empire of the Great Khan', a book of recollections written in the 14th century by Czech priest, Odoric of Pordenone, who set out for China in 1318, after being commissioned by the Pope to establish contact with the its...
  • Disney World is set to AXE its famous fireworks display at the Epcot theme park in Florida [tr]

    09/18/2018 10:35:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 18, 2018 | Jennifer Newton
    Disney has revealed it is to axe its famous fireworks display at its Epcot theme park in Florida after almost 20 years. Since 1999, guests at the attraction have been treated to colourful fireworks, music and fire torches as part of the nightly IllumiNations: Reflections of the Earth display. But from next summer, the performance will be scrapped in favour of a new show that will be performed on Epcot's World Showcase Lagoon.
  • China accuses Sweden of violating human rights over treatment of tourists

    09/17/2018 8:27:50 PM PDT · by blueplum · 18 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 17 Sep 2018 | Lily Kuo
    A disagreement between Chinese tourists and a hostel in Stockholm over check-in time has turned into a diplomatic spat between China and Sweden, after Beijing criticised Sweden for violating the human rights of Chinese citizens. [snip] Bizarre video footage posted online shows police carrying the group outside, while the son yells in English: “This is killing. This is killing.” Another clip shows the three lying on the ground crying loudly while the mother wails in Chinese: “Save me.” [snip] “I broke down and lost my mind,” Zeng said. “I was not able to think whether it was appropriate or not....
  • The "Inscribed Wall" at Chatata, Tennessee

    09/16/2018 6:40:52 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Science Frontiers ^ | No. 97: Jan-Feb 1995 | William Corliss
    One of our favorite anomalies over the years has been the ancient "inscribed wall" at Chatata, near Cleveland, in Bradley County, Tennessee. The above quotation marks are intended to warn the reader that said wall may not be man-made, and its inscriptions may be natural rather than artificial... The wall was originally almost completely buried. It attracted attention only because its course was marked on the surface by stones projecting from the ground every 25-30 feet over a gently curving arc about 1,000 feet long. One of these surface stones seemed to be inscribed with strange symbols. Excavations, supported at...
  • Thousands of objects discovered in Scandinavia's first Viking city

    09/15/2018 11:16:17 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | September 13, 2018 | Soren M. Sindbaek for ScienceNordic
    Archaeologists from Aarhus University and Southwest Jutland Museums (Denmark) have been excavating... down to three metres... Thousands of items discovered beneath the streets of Ribe... everything from beads, amulets, coins, and lost combs, to dog excrement and gnawed bones... a piece of a lyre (a harp-like stringed instrument), complete with tuning pegs. This discovery alone gives the Viking trading city of Ribe a whole new soundtrack.Another extraordinary find is the discovery of runic inscriptions...The people who lived here weren't primarily farmers for household purposes but were craftsmen, seafarers, tradesmen, innkeepers, and maybe even lyrists...The early period of Ribe is a...
  • It’s a Car Bloodbath Out There, but a Few Large Sedans Can Claim They’re Having a Good Year

    09/15/2018 2:41:55 PM PDT · by jjotto · 50 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | September 14, 2018 | Steph Willems
    [excerpted]...passenger car market share dropped to 30.6 percent in the month of August as a tide of crossovers, trucks, and SUVs continued swamping the automotive landscape. Few automakers can say their traditional passenger cars are making headway against the current... ...The Ford Taurus is not among this crowd of holdouts. Scheduled for death and talked about only by fleet managers, its sales dropped 16.8 percent over the first eight months of 2018. Its Lincoln Continental stablemate? Down 29.2 percent. At General Motors, where sales reporting is a quarterly phenomenon, Chevrolet Impala sales fell 11.7 percent at the end of the...
  • Top 10 Travel Pet Peeves & Annoyances That You Should Be Aware Of

    09/15/2018 11:51:02 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 63 replies
    Miles to Memories ^ | 09/15/18 | Mark Osterman
    10. Bringing Stinky Food on the Plane – 17 Votes 9. Economy Passengers Using First Class or Economy Comfort Overhead Space – 22 Votes 8. Someone Putting Their Feet on the Seat In Front of Them – 24 Votes 7. Pulling on the Seat In Front of Them To Get Up – 25 Votes 6. Window Shade Raised the Entire Red Eye Flight – 32 Votes 5. Light on for No Reason – 37 Votes 4. Excessive Body Odor – 56 Votes 3. Talking Loudly, Especially on Red Eye Flight – 58 Votes 2. Taking Both Armrests – 61 Votes...
  • Ancient bird bones redate human activity in Madagascar by 6,000 years [8500 BC]

    09/15/2018 12:26:55 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | Wednesday, September 12, 2018 | Zoological Society of London
    Analysis of bones, from what was once the world's largest bird, has revealed that humans arrived on the tropical island of Madagascar more than 6,000 years earlier than previously thought... A team of scientists led by international conservation charity ZSL (Zoological Society of London) discovered that ancient bones from the extinct Madagascan elephant birds (Aepyornis and Mullerornis) show cut marks and depression fractures consistent with hunting and butchery by prehistoric humans. Using radiocarbon dating techniques, the team were then able to determine when these giant birds had been killed, reassessing when humans first reached Madagascar. Previous research on lemur bones...
  • Romans vs Khmers: They came, they saw, they traded... or did they?

    09/13/2018 10:36:20 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Phnom Penh Post ^ | 4th of July 2015 | Bennett Murray
    In 2nd century AD Egypt, the legendary Greco-Roman scientist Claudius Ptolemy put the extent of the known world onto paper. From his home in Alexandria, he gathered reports from sailors who had made perilous journeys to India and possibly beyond. Though details were sparse, a voyager named Alexander described a distant port called Kattigara on the Sinus Magna (Great Gulf) to the east of the Golden Chersonese peninsula - widely considered to be mainland Malaysia. Halfway across the world around the same time, the bustling seaport Oc Eo was part of the flourishing Funan Kingdom, the earliest known pre-Angkorian civilisation...
  • NY Gubernatorial Candidate: 'I Will Tax the Rich to Fix the Subway' [Nixon]

    09/12/2018 10:31:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | September 12, 2018 | 10:09 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    Actress/activist Cynthia Nixon, a socialist who wants to govern the State of New York, is honest about how she intends to do it. “I will tax the rich to fix the subway,” Nixon tweeted on Wednesday. It’s not the first time she’s said that. Her tweet includes a short video, explaining that she takes the subway every day; the system on which New Yorkers depend is broken; and she will do something about it. “It’s not going to be easy,” she admits. “And it’s not going to be cheap. But we don’t have a choice.” …
  • American Indians in Galway, Ireland?

    09/10/2018 8:20:40 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 43 replies
    Beachcombing's Bizarre History Blog ^ | November 17, 2012 | Dr. Beach Combing
    One of the most dramatic pieces of evidence for a pre-Columbian crossing of the Atlantic is to be found in a single Latin marginalia, that is some words scribbled into the margin of a book. The sentence in question appears in a copy of the Historia rerum ubique gestarum by Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini which was published in Venice in 1477. In that work Piccolomini discusses the arrival of Indians in Europe blown from across the Atlantic at a date when America was unknown to Europeans (another post another day). Next to this passage a reader has written in Latin the...
  • Herod's Death, Jesus' Birth and a Lunar Eclipse

    09/10/2018 7:27:36 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Biblical Archaeology Review ^ | August 18, 2018, Q&C, BAR, January/February 2014 | Letters to the Editor debate
    There are three principal reasons why the 4 B.C. date has prevailed over 1 B.C. These reasons were articulated by Emil Schürer in A History of the Jewish People in the Time of Jesus Christ, also published in the 19th century. First, Josephus informs us that Herod died shortly before a Passover (Antiquities 17.9.3, The Jewish War 2.1.3), making a lunar eclipse in March (the time of the 4 B.C. eclipse) much more likely than one in December. Second, Josephus writes that Herod reigned for 37 years from the time of his appointment in 40 B.C. and 34 years from...
  • The remains of a victim of the Lithuanian invasion of 1354 discovered in the "Pompeii of Warmia"

    09/10/2018 6:42:15 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Science in Poland ^ | September 7, 2018 | Marcin Boguszewski, tr. RL
    Archaeologists conducting excavations near Barczewko discovered the skeleton of a man killed in 1354 during the Lithuanian invasion. This place is called the "Pompeii of Warmia" because the ruins of the city destroyed during the invasion are preserved intact. According to Dr. Arkadiusz Koperkiewicz from the University of Gdaƒsk, who leads the research at Barczewko, the find is yet another confirmation of the unique nature of this archaeological site, which is an invaluable source of knowledge about the beginnings of colonization in Warmia. The skeleton of a man who died almost 700 years ago during the destruction of one of...
  • 700-piece Egyptian collection at Brazil's National Museum destroyed: Initial report

    09/10/2018 6:26:25 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Ahram Online ^ | Thursday, September 6th, 2018 | unattributed
    "The fire spread to all the sections of the museum and destroyed all its content and destroyed the hall of Pharaonic artefacts, which contained 700 pieces," said Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities on Thursday. He cited Egypt's foreign ministry, which is following up on the matter with Egyptian consular and embassy officials in Brazil. The Egyptian artifacts included collectibles of Brazilian Emperor Pedro I, founder and first ruler of the Empire of Brazil, which he purchased in the 19th century from antiquities merchants. It also featured five mummies, one of which was kept in a sarcophagus...
  • Leaving for Camino de Santiago tomorrow

    09/10/2018 1:55:34 AM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 27 replies
    FreeRepublic ^ | 9/10/2018 | Oshkalaboomboom
    Tomorrow morning I board a flight from Malaga to Santiago de Compostela then, 2 buses later, I arrive in Sarria and immediately start walking 20km to Portomarin. Most people who walk from Sarria to Santiago do it in 5 stages but I will be doing it in 6 so I have more time to sightsee along the way, plus I will have 1 full day in Santiago after I arrive and before my flight back. Weather looks good in the 10 day forecast so it should be a good walk.
  • Despite Trump tweet, Ford says it won’t make hatchback in US [the Focus Active]

    09/09/2018 8:42:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 09, 2018 4:59 PM EDT | Paul Wiseman
    Ford won’t be moving production of a hatchback wagon to the United States from China — despite President Donald Trump’s claim Sunday that his taxes on Chinese imports mean the Focus Active can be built in America. Citing Trump’s new tariffs, Ford on Aug. 31 said it was dropping plans to ship the Focus Active from China to America. Trump took to Twitter Sunday to declare victory and write: “This is just the beginning. This car can now be BUILT IN THE U.S.A. and Ford will pay no tariffs!” But in a statement Sunday, Ford said “it would not be...