background preloader

The 5 Most Terrifying Civilizations In The History of the World

The 5 Most Terrifying Civilizations In The History of the World
They say that those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it, so pay attention for Christ's sake. It turns out that many of our ancestors achieved levels of violence that take them right out of the realm of "badass" and into the less cool area of ball-shriveling atrocity. These are the civilizations you don't want to face during, say, your next time travel adventure. And yes, the Spartans are down there. History is kind of spotty on the Celts (they never wrote anything down, and many of the witnesses died brutally) but what facts survived confirm one thing: They had gigantic Celtic balls. First of all, they had a thing for severed heads. If they felt that yours was a head of particular importance, they'd embalm it and whip it out at parties to brag about how awesome they were. The reason for all of these head-chopping-good-times was that the Celts believed that the head held the soul, and so if you cut a dead guy's head off before all of that juicy soul leaked out of it, it was yours.

Related:  People and different domainesweiredsmithy1974Interesting

"Chrysler Air Raid Siren" What you see pictured above is a Chrysler Air Raid Siren, the most powerful siren in the world. It's the size of a car, measuring near 12-feet in length and standing more than 6-feet tall. It also weighs twice as much as today's typical car. This gigantic siren is powered by an 180-HP Chrysler Industrial V-8 HEMI® gasoline engine. The super-duty engine directly drives a three-stage compressor that blows 2,610 cubic feet of air a minute, at nearly 7 PSI, into a giant siren rotor. The compressed air screams through the chopper and out through six giant horns with an exit velocity of 400 miles per hour.

The Names of the Doctor Throughout his many adventures, the Doctor has assumed (or been given) many names. In anticipation of season finale The Name of the Doctor , and the launch of Who-ology: The Official Doctor Who Miscellany , we chose some of our favourite names of the Doctor: Doctor Foreman Right from the series' first episode, the Doctor's name was a mystery. After stumbling into the TARDIS in the scrapyard of I.M. Yurt Buildng Here is a free copy of my book Build your own yurt, written in 1995, It has been used by a great many people who have built their own yurts. Our designs have progressed enormously since 1995. For a much more comprehensive guide see The Complete Yurt Handbook or see the rest of our website 15 Words You Won't Believe They Added to the Dictionary The Oxford English Dictionary is constantly updating, adding new words to reflect the vibrant changes in language and culture. Of course, that also means that as said culture spirals toward a frightening and retarded oblivion, the good people at Oxford have to be there to chronicle it. Here are some recent additions that make us fear for our future.

A Pair Of Running Shoes That Lets You Run 25 Miles Per Hour - TechDrive - The Latest In Tech & Transport Presented By Wingz – Scheduled Airport Rides “The sky has no limits. Neither do I.” — Usain Bolt 10 Mind-Bending Paradoxes That Will Leave You Stumped Our World Paradoxes can be found everywhere, from ecology to geometry and from logic to chemistry. Even the machine you’re using to read this list has paradoxes of its own. Myth, Legend, Folklore, Ghosts Apollo and the Greek Muses Updated July 2010 COMPREHENSIVE SITES ON MYTHOLOGY ***** The Encyclopedia Mythica - SEARCH - Areas - Image Gallery - Genealogy tables - Mythic Heroes Probert Encyclopaedia - Mythology Gods, Heroes, and MythDictionary of Mythology What is Myth? MESOPOTAMIAN MYTHOLOGYThe Assyro-Babylonian Mythology FAQ Sumerian Mythology FAQ Sumerian Mythology Sumerian Gods and Goddesses Sumerian Myths SUMERIAN RELIGION Mythology's Mythinglinks: the Tigris-Euphrates Region of the Ancient Near East Gods, Goddesses, Demons and Monsters of Mesopotamia The Assyro-Babylonian Mythology FAQ More info on Ancient Mesopotamia can be found on my Ancient River Valley Civilizations page.

The Online Learning Blog from Study2U Supposedly browsing the internet requires more brain power than watching television. Although judging from some of the websites we’ve come across that assumption is cast into doubt. Here’s some of the sites we like that might get your brain to sit up and listen. Ted A conference that started in 1984 bringing together experts in technology, entertainment and design quickly grew into so much more. The conference itself is invitation only, but the website features all the talks at the conference in high res video format. 6 Soldiers Who Survived Shit That Would Kill a Terminator We love us a good badass war story, almost as much as we love a good survival story. But in the overlapping part of that Venn diagram you get these guys, who didn't let what clearly should have been fatal injuries stop them from kicking mind-boggling amounts of ass. Major Robert Cain Kills Many Tanks, While Blind Who? A British army infantryman during the WWII who sported one of the most luxurious mustaches in military history. Devastating Wound(s):

Related:  HistoryfunCracked 5