background preloader


Facebook Twitter

Dinosaur Duplicity – how Adrienne Mayor misrepresents at least 80 million years of Central Asian history. : badhistory. Sahara Sea. Engineering project to flood parts of the Sahara Desert with sea water.

Sahara Sea

A relief map of northwestern North Africa The possibility of such a project was raised several times by different scientists and engineers during the late 19th century and early 20th century, primarily from European colonial powers in Africa.[1][2] The concept of a flooded Sahara was also featured in novels of the time.[3] History[edit] 19th century[edit] There are several small depressions in the vicinity of Cape Juby; at 55 m below sea level, the Sebkha Tah[6] is the lowest and largest. Mackenzie never travelled in this area but had read of other sub-sea level desert basins in present-day Tunisia, Algeria, and Egypt similar to those found near Cape Juby.[5] These basins contain seasonally dry salt lakes, known as chotts or sebkhas. Map of Tunisia illustrating the area of Rourdaire's proposed Sahara Sea 20th century[edit] 21st century[edit]

PartyMoses comments on What would the physique of a medieval knight have been? Would they have been more muscular, and closer in body type of an athlete today? Or would they be like an average weight lifter in today's world? The Pear of Anguish Truth Torture and Da. Vučedol culture. We ask you, humbly: don't scroll away.

Vučedol culture

Hi, reader, it seems you use Wikipedia a lot; that's great! This is the 6th appeal we've shown you. It's awkward, but this Saturday we need your help. Cool pyramid sound: Sound on. All Things Linguistic. Unknought - tanadrin: carovingian: tanadrin: I was... Language Log » Headless men with face on chest. « previous post | next post » The hapless condition of headlessness may be a physical phenomenon, but it may also be a grammatical or orthographic category in linguistics, and we have dealt with both kinds on Language Log, e.g.: Now, what shall we make of the following?

Language Log » Headless men with face on chest

Xingtian as drawn by Jiang Yinghao, 17th century; there are many different versions of this figure, but all basically with the same features and pose. Koalemos. Otherwise, the word κοάλεμος was used in the sense of "stupid person" or also "idiots".[4][5] An ancient false etymology derives κοάλεμος from κοέω (koeō) "perceive" and ἡλεός (ēleos) "distraught, crazed".[6] Its etymology is not established, however.[7] Notes[edit]


Threa - Inverted Earth by me :) : MapPorn. Would it have been possible for a roman citizen around 1 A.D. to obtain everything needed to make a Cheeseburger, assuming they had the knowledge of how to make one? : AskHistorians. Tartaria: The Supposed Mega-Empire of Inner Eurasia : badhistory. Proposal-keep-the-nuclear-lau. In 1981, Harvard law professor Roger Fisher, director of the Harvard Negotiation Project, published a thought experiment in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists: what if the codes to launch nuclear war were kept inside the chest-cavity of a young volunteer, and the President would have to hack them out of this young man's chest before he could commence armageddon?


There is a young man, probably a Navy officer, who accompanies the President. This young man has a black attaché case which contains the codes that are needed to fire nuclear weapons. I could see the President at a staff meeting considering nuclear war as an abstract question. He might conclude: "On SIOP Plan One, the decision is affirmative, Communicate the Alpha line XYZ. " Locating Land. Navigating without instruments is not a precise science.

Locating Land

Poor weather and mental lapses on a long voyage adversely affect its accuracy.


Vestiarium Scoticum. The book itself is purported to be a reproduction, with colour illustrations, of a 15th-century manuscript on the clan tartans of Scottish families.

Vestiarium Scoticum

Shortly after its publication it was denounced as a forgery, and the "Stuart" brothers who brought it forth were also denounced as impostors for claiming to be the grandsons of Bonnie Prince Charlie. It is generally accepted today that neither the brothers themselves nor the Vestiarium are what they were purported to be.[1] Enigmatic Questions of Tiberius. Ænigmates Tiberii Other Puzzling Questions Additional Notes Information on this site is extracted from the the book, On the Roman Religion, 344 pages, with extensive notes and a translation of Book One of Cicero's De Divinatione by Horace W.

Enigmatic Questions of Tiberius

LaBadie, Jr., available as a .PDF file (Adobe's Portable Document Format) from Follow the link and buy the book. Buy On the Roman Religion, from WWW Search Engines - use Excite, Lycos, WebCrawler, MetaCrawler, Argos, and other Internet databases to find more information on Tiberius, Roman History, Greek and Roman Mythology, and other subjects. Notes. The Vinland Map Rediscovered: New Research on the Forgery and its Historical Context LIVESTREAM. This is the letter to @NewYorker that I sent in response to a recent article about the Black Death, and the numerous errors contained therein. Oyropp: A satirical map showing what Europe might look like if it had gotten colonized : imaginarymaps. Error - Cookies Turned Off. How a Long-Lost Perfume Got a Second Life After 150 Years Underwater. After an intense storm pummeled Bermuda in February 2011, the island’s custodian of historic wrecks Philippe Max Rouja went to do a coastal survey and spotted a partially exposed bow of a boat.

How a Long-Lost Perfume Got a Second Life After 150 Years Underwater

The bow belonged to the Civil War blockade runner Mary Celestia, which was en route to North Carolina’s Confederate forces when it sank in 1864. The Mary Celestia is far from alone: Bermuda’s treacherous underwater reefs sank many a ship. In fact, over 300 vessels are buried around the island, each with its own history and artifacts. Debunk request: “The average 18 year old student in, say, York in AD 800 had read more, knew more languages, was better trained in logic, could read more music, knew more mathematics and astronomy than the average student from a university today.” : badhi. Copernicus and the "High Seas" (iii) - Sacred Space Astronomy. My posts from last week and the previous week were both about Copernicus and how he rejected the Two Spheres Theory (TST) regarding the shape of our world—that body we now call Planet Earth.

Copernicus and the "High Seas" (iii) - Sacred Space Astronomy

As discussed in those posts, the TST supposed that the world was composed of two spheres of material: an earthy sphere and a water sphere, with the earthy sphere bulging out from the watery sphere, like in the figure at right. As discussed last week, some people thought that the sphere of waters had been displaced away from the sphere of earthy stuff, with the result being that the oceans were higher than the lands, and this explained springs.

The thing that kept the waters from flowing back over the earth was the action of God. It’s not that seas being higher than the land, or needing to be held back, was a peculiarly Judeo-Christian idea. Untitled. A visit to the underworld: the unsolved mystery of the tunnels at Baia. Baia and the Bay of Naples, painted by J.M.W. Turner in 1823, well before modernisation of the area obliterated most traces of its Roman past. Image: Wikicommons. Now revised and updated to September 2016. There is nothing remotely Elysian about the Phlegræan Fields; nothing sylvan, nothing green. Uncovering Secrets of the Sphinx. Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks. Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks to Sultan Mehmed IV of the Ottoman Empire, also known as Cossacks of Saporog Are Drafting a Manifesto (Russian: Запорожцы пишут письмо турецкому султану), is a painting by Russian[1] artist Ilya Repin.

The 2.03 m (6 foot 7 inch) by 3.58 m (11 foot 9 inch) canvas was started in 1880 and finished in 1891. The third shaker – The Maven Game. In At Home, Bill Bryson examines many aspects of domestic life we usually take for granted: [P]laying idly with the salt and pepper shakers, it occurred to me that I had absolutely no idea why, out of all the spices in the world, we have such an abiding attachment to those two. Why not pepper and cardamom, say, or salt and cinnamon? Prior to reading these words a few years ago, it had never occurred to me to question why salt and pepper shakers sit on nearly every table. Even on a plane or a train, your meal is served with tiny little shakers—or at least packets of salt and pepper.

19th-century fans were totally into a Napoleon/Alexander romance. Tumblr is getting a history lesson thanks to a sexy romp through time with two world rulers who were inordinately fond of one another. “if u ever get disheartened just remember people in the 19th Century were painting hot Napoleon/Tsar Alexander boyfriend yowz before our great-grandparents were even conceived,” wrote Tumblr user scroogerello Wednesday. You don’t say? Yep. That happened. No wonder the post immediately ballooned into 30,000 notes and reblogs. The picture above is a sketch of unknown origins, completed at some point after Napoleon and Tsar Alexander I got together to sign the historic Treaty of Tilsit, which united Europe after the first Napoleonic invasions (albeit temporarily). The picture’s re-circulation into the public eye might be due to Stanley Kubrick’s massively researched but never filmed biopic of Napoleon, which now exists in a super-rare, 10-volume edition that typically sells for around $1,000—if you can find it.

Smithsonian Magazine on the Ottoman Empire: an Oriental Despot's paradise! : badhistory. Plebeian scum! a review of "Caligula: Divine Carnage" Plebeian Scum! Long-time nuclear waste warning messages. Morris Kominsky’s "The Hoaxers" Hammered Out Bits: 'Quenched in the body of a Slave...' Modified from a recent posting to Norsefolk. The original conversation had started with a 'traditional' reference to using blood as a hardening medium for Bronze.

I had pointed out that all the non ferrous alloys are in fact annealed (softened) through quenching. Category:Obsolete occupations. Res Obscura: The Most Wonderful Map in the World: Urbano Monte's Planisphere of 1587. At some point in 1589, a Milanese cartographer named Urbano Monte made up his mind: his self-portrait needed updating. Monte carefully crouched over the section of his map that bore his self-portrait from two years earlier — close-cropped sandy hair, a trim beard, modest clothes — and pasted a new self-portrait over it.