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  • Travel in the Land of Long Ago: The SS France of 1912

    10/17/2018 11:49:23 AM PDT · by NRx · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | 10-17-2018 | iluvcamaros
    In April 1912 a beautiful four-funnel liner arrived in New York City at the completion of her maiden voyage. This was, obviously, not the RMS TITANIC. She was the proud new flagship of the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique -- the SS FRANCE. At approximately 24,000 tons with a service speed of 23.5 knots she was not a record breaker in size or speed. However, at this moment she was still the 4th largest and 3rd fastest liner in service. More importantly in the era of the "floating palaces" she was designed in the image of the most iconic palace in the...
  • Pompeii: Vesuvius eruption may have been later than thought

    10/17/2018 12:27:06 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    BBC ^ | October 16, 2018 | unattributed
    The inscription discovered in the new excavations is nothing more than a scrawl in charcoal, likely made by a worker renovating a home. But it is dated to 16 days before the "calends" of November in the old Roman calendar style - which is 17 October in our modern dating method. "Since it was done in fragile and evanescent charcoal, which could not have been able to last long, it is highly probable that it can be dated to the October of AD 79," the archaeology team said in a statement. They believe the most likely date for the eruption...
  • The Most Visited City of 2017 Might Surprise You

    10/16/2018 2:44:32 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 35 replies
    The Points Guy ^ | 10/16/18
    Milions of people are taking international trips each year — even after an increase in passport fees. Mastercard analyzed 162 global cities to rank the top travel destinations and found that tourists are making their way to Bangkok more than any other city. The Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index ranked 162 cities based on visitor volume and spend for the 2017 calendar year, growth forecast for 2018, the average length of stay and amount spent per day. With just more than 20 million international overnight visitors, MasterCard predicts Bangkok will remain in the top spot with 9.6% growth expected in...
  • Televangelist Healed Plane Corrosion By “Laying Hands On It”

    10/16/2018 2:12:16 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 62 replies
    Televangelist Kenneth Copeland is quite a guy. He preaches a message of prosperity and abundance, and boasts about being a billionaire. Earlier this year his ministry took possession of a debt-free Gulfstream V. Worry not — “The Holy Spirit confirmed to Brother Copeland that the Gulfstream V was the plane the Lord had set aside for [him].” Furthermore, all the people who donated towards the ministry acquiring the plane are going to “new places in the Kingdom” for their generosity. But getting the Gulfstream V wasn’t enough, they also wanted a further $17 million to upgrade the avionics, interior,...
  • Some couples in India are selling tourists admission to their weddings

    10/16/2018 10:00:17 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 15 replies
    CNBC ^ | 10/15/2018 | Saheli Roy Choudhury
    -Indian weddings are known for their opulence, customs and traditions that are celebrated over several days — millions of couples get married in the country every year. -Two Australian travel bloggers paid around $200 for a two-day invitation to attend an Indian wedding through a start-up called Join My Wedding. -Wedding tourism is an up and coming trend in the tourism industry, according to one expert. Published 18 Hours Ago Updated 3 Hours Ago When Surabhi Chauhan, a Delhi-based fund manager, got married last November, roughly 400 guests attended her wedding. Two names on the guest list were people she...
  • Ohio's Serpent Mound, an archaeological mystery, still the focus of scientific debate

    10/16/2018 12:04:05 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    The Plain Dealer ^ | October 11, 2018, Updated October 12, 2018 | Susan Glaser
    On a lush hilltop deep in Southern Ohio, a giant snake slithers through the grass, its intentions a mystery. Despite more than a century of study, we still don't know who built the Great Serpent Mound, or why. That's part of what makes a visit here so fascinating, and also a little bit frustrating. There are still questions that can't be answered through a Google search or more than a century of research. This much is known: At 1,348 feet long, the serpent is the largest effigy mound in the world -- that is, an earthen creation in the shape...
  • Important new finds discovered at Akrotiri prehistoric settlement on Santorini island

    10/15/2018 11:43:46 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies ^ | October 12, 2018 | unattributed
    Situated in the building known as 'House of Desks' -- near the spot where the exquisite golden ibex was found in 1999 -- the finds include a marble protocycladic female figurine, two small marble protocycladic collared jars, a marble vial and an alabaster vase, which were found inside clay chests of rectangular shape. According to a culture ministry statement, the finds were made under rubble inside a large and probably public building that is south of Xeste 3, near where the golden ibex now on display at the Museum of Prehistoric Thira was also found in a clay chest beside...
  • Reconstructing the history of mankind with the help of fecal sterols -- first test on the Maori

    10/15/2018 9:48:30 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | October 10, 2018 | Università Ca' Foscari Venezia
    It is now possible to tell the story of mankind's presence and evolution on the planet by analyzing trends in soil and sediment accumulation of fecal sterols, chemical compounds which are crucial in human physiology. Scientists at Ca' Foscari University of Venice and the Institute for the Dynamics of Environmental Processes of the National Research Council (CNR-IDPA) have identified and dated traces of sterols within the sediments of two New Zealand lakes, thus proving the presence of the Maori people who, starting from around 1280, colonized the two oceanic islands and cleared them of forests in just a few decades...
  • Portland, Oregon travel video

    10/15/2018 1:58:39 PM PDT · by Typelouder · 14 replies
    Youtube ^ | #TedWheeler
    A hilarious video highlighting the vibrant, diverse population of Portland, Oregon
  • MH370 SHOCK news: Missing Malaysia Airlines plane caught MULTIPLE times on Google Maps

    10/15/2018 9:03:34 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 69 replies
    Express UK ^ | Wednesday, October 10, 2018 | Abbie Llewelyn
    The missing MH370 flight has been captured by Google Maps on multiple occasions since it disappeared in March 2014, according to tech expert Ian Wilson, who is planning an expedition to confirm his findings... But Mr Wilson, told exclusively he believes he has spotted the aeroplane crashed in the Cambodian jungle on Google Maps and the company's time stamps may reveal when the pictures were taken. The latest copyright data is listed as the year 2018, with recent imagery data listed as March 2017. However, last week the app listed the imagery data as December 2015. The same image...
  • My Weekend Trip to Panama City, FL

    10/15/2018 8:33:46 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 37 replies
    On The Ground Report | 10/15/2018 | Red Badger
    Saturday morning my wife and I took off from Fort Walton Beach on our motorcycles to go to Panama City and check on my sister and her family and my wife's cousin and her family. We had not heard much info from either of them since Wednesday, when Hurricane Michael hit, just that they were 'safe' and everybody was alive, thanks be to God Almighty. On the way, down Highway 98, we saw convoys of people, possibly church groups, in pick-ups full of bottled water and other such necessities. We saw many, many work trucks for tree services from as...
  • Air India pilots were unaware of damage to plane, flew 136 passengers from Trichy to Mumbai

    10/15/2018 8:03:41 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 26 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | 10/12/2018
    More than 130 passengers and crew on board an Air India flight to Dubai had a miraculous escape on Friday when the plane brushed against a 50-feet-high perimeter wall during takeoff from Trichy in Tamil Nadu and flew in a damaged condition for four hours, turning around finally to land in Mumbai. The underside of the aircraft suffered severe damage when it hit the wall, after one of its tyres first struck equipment used to guide a pilot to land a flight. An expert aware of the extent of the damage said a catastrophe may have resulted had the plane...
  • Mysterious gold cones 'hats of ancient wizards'

    10/13/2018 11:15:53 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 61 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | St Patrrick's Day, 2002 | Tony Paterson in Berlin
    The wizards of early Europe wore hats of gold intricately embellished with astrological symbols that helped them to predict the movement of the sun and stars... ...Wilfried Menghin, the director of the Berlin Museum... carrying out detailed research on a 3,000-year-old 30in high Bronze Age cone of beaten gold that was discovered in Switzerland in 1995... ...discovered that the 1,739 sun and half-moon symbols decorating the Berlin cone's surface make up a scientific code which corresponds almost exactly to the "Metonic cycle" discovered by the Greek astronomer Meton in 432bc - about 500 years after the cone was made --...
  • Neanderthal-like features in 450,000-year-old fossil teeth from the Italian Peninsula

    10/13/2018 4:10:00 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | October 3, 2018 | PLOS
    Zanolli and colleagues examined dental remains from the sites of Fontana Fanuccio, located 50km southeast of Rome, and Visogliano, located 18km northwest of Trieste. At around 450,000 years old, these teeth join a very short list of fossil human remains from Middle Pleistocene Europe. Using micro-CT scanning and detailed morphological analyses, the authors examined the shape and arrangement of tooth tissues and compared them with teeth of other human species. They found that the teeth of both sites share similarities with Neanderthals and are distinct from modern humans. There has been much debate over the identities and relationships of Middle...
  • Emotional Support Squirrel Lady Is Suing Frontier

    10/13/2018 9:45:44 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 39 replies
    Passenger Cindy Torok relies on her emotional squirrel, Daisy, to deal with her anxiety. She`ll fit in the palm of my hand. I can cover her up with my other hand. She gives you kisses. She shares that when flight attendants discovered her squirrel, they asked her to exit the plane immediately. When she refused, they warned they would just de-board everyone else instead. Torok responded: OK deboard them! But I am taking my squirrel with me…You will not take my baby from me! If you’re wondering how she got through security in the first place, she claims the TSA...
  • Neanderthal healthcare practices crucial to survival

    10/13/2018 2:32:03 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 38 replies
    Eurekalert! ^ | October 4, 2018 | University of York
    "We have evidence of healthcare dating back 1.6 million years ago, but we think it probably goes further back than this. We wanted to investigate whether healthcare in Neanderthals was more than a cultural practice; was it something they just did or was it more fundamental to their strategies for survival? "The high level of injury and recovery from serious conditions, such as a broken leg, suggests that others must have collaborated in their care and helped not only to ease pain, but to fight for their survival in such a way that they could regain health and actively participate...
  • City of Koh Ker was occupied for centuries longer than previously thought [Khmer city]

    10/12/2018 11:33:15 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    Eurekalert! ^ | October 10, 2018 | PLOS
    Koh Ker was part of the Khmer kingdom during the Angkor period in what is now Cambodia. For a mere two decades in the tenth century CE, the city served as royal capital, and it has long been proposed that after the royal seat moved back to Angkor, the city and its surroundings were abandoned. In this study, Hall and colleagues tested this theory by analyzing charcoal and pollen remains in sediment cores spanning several centuries in three Koh Ker localities, including the moat of the main central temple. From these data, they inferred a long history of fluctuations in...
  • ‘We are fine’: Melania Trump dismisses gossip about marriage – VIDEOS

    10/12/2018 9:59:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Midrand Reporter ^ | October 12, 2018 | Paul Handley, Agence France Presse
    Melania Trump dismissed Friday the widespread talk about her husband President Donald Trump’s reported affairs with a porn star and others, saying she has “more important things to think about.” Addressing for the first time allegations that have swirled around her husband the first lady brushed off speculation that her marriage is troubled and insisted she loves life in the US capital. In a lengthy ABC television interview, Trump did not deny the many stories of her husband’s philandering. But she also made clear she does not dwell on it. “It is not a concern and focus of mine,” she...
  • Easter Island inhabitants collected freshwater from the ocean's edge in order to survive

    10/12/2018 12:24:40 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 36 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | October 9, 2018 | Binghamton University
    The process of coastal groundwater discharge makes it possible for humans to collect drinkable freshwater directly where it emerges at the coast of the island... "The porous volcanic soils quickly absorb rain, resulting in a lack of streams and rivers," Lipo said. "Fortunately, water beneath the ground flows downhill and ultimately exits the ground directly at the point at which the porous subterranean rock meets the ocean. When tides are low, this results in the flow of freshwater directly into the sea. Humans can thus take advantage of these sources of freshwater by capturing the water at these points." ...He...
  • 2,000-year-old inscription spells Jerusalem as Israel does today

    10/11/2018 12:25:38 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    Art Daily ^ | Thursday, October 11, 2018 | Agence France-Presse
    Israel unveiled Tuesday a stone pillar engraved with an ancient inscription showing that the spelling of Jerusalem in its present-day Hebrew form was already in common use some 2,000 years ago. During construction work in February in Jerusalem, archaeologists unearthed the pillar with the inscription "Hananiah son of Dodalos of Jerusalem," written in Aramaic with Hebrew letters. The Hebrew spelling of the city -- pronounced Yerushalayim -- is the same today. The stone was originally part of a Jewish potter's village dating to the second century BC near Jerusalem. The site, now inside the city, became the Roman 10th Legion's...