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  • Driver crashes into sign, continues on with post stuck in windshield

    03/23/2018 11:12:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 23, 2017 | Dan Morse
    Police in Maryland say this was just the start of it: A 1997 Ford Crown Victoria, traveling in front of an officer early Friday morning, veered off a highway and struck a large traffic sign in Montgomery County. Next: A wooden support post from the sign became impaled in the Ford’s front windshield, sticking up and back more than five feet, like a misplaced lance. Yet the driver kept going, refusing to stop even as lights and sirens flashed behind him. “He was lucky no one was killed,” said Officer Rick Goodale, a Montgomery police spokesman. The driver, Omar Rasharn...
  • Family of 4 from Creston, Iowa, found dead in Mexico; officials suspect gas leak

    03/23/2018 12:06:24 PM PDT · by iowamark · 20 replies
    Omaha WOrld-Herald ^ | 3/23/18 | Jay Withrow
    A family of four from Creston, Iowa, has been found dead in a condo in Mexico, Creston police reported Friday. Kevin, Amy, Sterling and Adrianna Sharp failed to return home Wednesday, according to a Creston police spokeswoman. They had left for Tulum, Mexico, on the Yucatan Peninsula earlier this month. Immediate family members came to the Creston Police Department early Friday morning to report the family missing, police said. Missing-persons reports were entered into a nationwide database, and officers contacted the U.S. State Department. Officials in Mexico were contacted, and officers who checked the condo where the family was staying...
  • Mary, Queen of Scots, was 'adulteress, liar and murderer'

    03/23/2018 9:26:58 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 83 replies
    InticWeb ^ | February 8, 2018 | unattributed
    Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, was a lying adulteress who plotted with her lover to murder her husband, an intriguing new study claims. The analysis by Lesley Smith, a medical historian, claims that Mary lied about being raped to explain her pregnancy and justify her third marriage after her second husband, Lord Darnley, was strangled in Edinburgh... Her beauty and sexual attractiveness -- at 5ft 11in, Mary was about a foot taller than the average woman -- gave her cousin Elizabeth I all the more reason to eventually execute her for treason in 1587, Ms Smith said. "All in all,...
  • Miami Wants To Ruin Spring Break By Banning Wed, Playing Mozart Really Loud

    03/23/2018 8:10:08 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Newsweek ^ | March 23, 2018 | Shane Croucher
    The City of Miami Beach in Florida is so annoyed by the army of spring breakers descending on its beaches for wild parties fueled by alcohol and drugs that it’s considering a drastic, if a little bizarre, countermeasure. One elected city official suggested playing classical music, such as Mozart, at loud volumes to break up parties on the beach. That's according to a report in The Miami Herald, which said the city's commissioners were juggling ideas on how to tackle spring break partygoers after a chaotic weekend.
  • Archaeologists return to site of 'lost Pictish monastery'

    03/22/2018 4:35:49 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    The Scotsman, tall and handsome built ^ | Monday 19 March 2018 | Alison Campsie
    Archaeologists are to return to the potential site of a lost Pictish monastery where Scottish Gaelic was written down for the first time. Archaeologist Alison Cameron and her team could be on the brink of making a discovery of national importance at land close to Old Deer in Aberdeenshire... For 10 years, a search has been made for the monastery that dates from the sixth century but disappeared around 1,000 years ago. Some believe the Book of Deer, a richly decorated pocket-sized book of gospels was created here with Gaelic notes on local life later written in the margins by...
  • Entomologist Confirms First Saharan Farming 10,000 Years Ago

    03/22/2018 4:05:59 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | St Patrick's Day, Saturday, March 17, 2018 | editors
    The team has been investigating findings from an ancient rock shelter at a site named Takarkori in south-western Libya. It is desert now, but earlier in the Holocene age [our present age], some 10,000 years ago, it was part of the "green Sahara" and wild cereals grew there. More than 200,000 seeds - in small circular concentrations - were discovered at Takarkori, which showed that hunter-gatherers developed an early form of agriculture by harvesting and storing crops. But an alternative possibility was that ants, which are capable of moving seeds, had been responsible for the concentrations...The site has yielded other...
  • There are no royals or peasants, just humans in the same boat (or plane)

    03/22/2018 5:26:00 AM PDT · by SandRat · 38 replies
    I am waiting in the "Poor Pathetic Schmuck" line for my boarding pass at the airport. There are at least 30 people in front of me. In the next line over, at the counter for the same airline, an attendant is doing nothing but waiting for the next "Elite" customer to show up. The Elite passenger has no time to waste waiting in line. It's doubtful that they will even let his baggage rub up against mine, because there's no telling what loathsome disease it might be passing along. The airline to my right has a similar caste system, but...
  • 4,000-year-old Sumerian port found in southern Iraq

    03/22/2018 12:47:04 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies
    Daily Sabah ^ | March 20, 2018 | DPA
    Sumerians settled in Mesopotamia, an area of modern Iraq known as the cradle of civilization, more than 6,000 years ago, where they invented writing, the wheel, the plough, irrigation, the 24-hour day and the first city-states. Mission co-leaders Licia Romano and Franco D'Agostino of Rome's Sapienza University said Tuesday they discovered one of their ancient ports in Abu Tbeirah, a desert site about 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) south of the town of Nasiriyah. The port's basin, measuring 130 meters (142 yards) in length and 40 meters (44 yards) wide, with a capacity equal to nine Olympics-sized pools, may have also...
  • Disney World's 'Pirates of the Caribbean' attraction reopens without 'Bride Auction' scene

    03/21/2018 8:47:49 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 49 replies
    Fox News ^ | 03/20/18 | Fox News
    Walt Disney World has finally reopened its popular “Pirates of the Caribbean” attraction — minus the controversial “Bride Auction” sequence. The scene, which appeared in the “Pirates” rides at Disney World, Disneyland and Disneyland Paris, had originally depicted a group of women bound to an auction block, with a banner reading “Auction: Take a wench for a bride” hanging above their heads. A group of nearby pirates could also be heard requesting the redheaded “wench,” who was the most prominently displayed woman on the block. As of the ride’s reopening on March 19, however, the whole scene has been...
  • Oldest DNA from Africa Offers Clues to Mysterious Ancient Culture

    03/20/2018 5:30:57 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 36 replies
    Science ^ | March 15, 2018 | Ann Gibbons
    About 15,000 years ago, in the oldest known cemetery in the world, people buried their dead in sitting positions with beads and animal horns, deep in a cave in what is now Morocco. These people were also found with small, sophisticated stone arrowheads and points, and 20th century archaeologists assumed they were part of an advanced European culture that had migrated across the Mediterranean Sea to North Africa. But now, their ancient DNA -- the oldest ever obtained from Africans -- shows that these people had no European ancestry. Instead, they were related to both Middle Easterners and sub-Saharan Africans,...
  • Delta mixes up eight-week-old puppy's flight destination sending owner the WRONG dog

    03/20/2018 5:18:12 PM PDT · by dennisw · 12 replies
    UK Mail ^ | 20 March 2018 | MINYVONNE BURKE
    Josh Schlaich said his eight-week-old dog Ren was put on the wrong Delta flight He was given the wrong at Boise Airport and had to figure out what happened The puppy was supposed to arrive in Boise Saturday night but was 'misrouted' to Las Vegas and Salt Lake City before finally arriving in Boise nearly 24 hours later Delta said there was a mix-up between Richmond, where the dog left, and Boise An Idaho dog owner said he was shocked and worried when he arrived to the airport to pick up his eight-week-old puppy only to be handed the wrong...
  • Site of huge Iron Age feast celebration found on Orkney

    03/20/2018 12:35:28 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    Scotsman ^ | Thursday, March 15, 2018 | Alison Campsie
    Archaeologists have identified the site of a huge Iron Age feast on Orkney where more than 10,000 animals were cooked and eaten in a vast cliff top celebration. Tests have shown that horses, cattle, red deer and otters were on the menu at the gathering above Windwick Bay, South Ronaldsay, more than 1,700 years ago... A large number of jewellery fragments and tools have already been discovered at the site, where the remains of an Iron Age broch and metalworking site can be found, with recent radiocarbon tests carried out at a midden -- or rubbish tip -- nearby. Examination...
  • Concrete Poured on World's Oldest Temple Gobeklitepe

    03/20/2018 12:03:38 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    BIA News ^ | 20 March 2018 | unattributed, soon to be political prisoner
    "They'd said they wouldn't pour concrete on the protected area" "They've dismantled some parts of wooden walkway project that started in 2013 because they plotted another route. The new route is right on where Klaus keeps spacious to prevent crowded guest groups. They had said that they would build the walkway down to the guest center and wouldn't pour concrete on the protected when Klaus was alive". "I say 'destruction', they say 'road'" "They are doing everything in a rush that Klaus didn't want as he knew it will destroy Göbeklitepe. I cannot explain the extend of the destruction which...
  • Cache of Iron Age Coins Discovered in England

    03/20/2018 5:00:44 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    Archaeology ^ | Wednesday, March 14, 2018 | editors
    CHIDDINGSTONE, ENGLAND -- Kent Live reports that a hoard of gold coins was discovered by a metal detectorist in a farmer’s field in southeast England. The ten coins are thought to have been minted in northern France about 2,000 years ago. The Gauls may have used the coins to pay or bribe mercenaries to fight against Julius Caesar. Archaeologist Claire Donithorn of the Eden Valley Museum said the coins are being held at the British Museum, but may be returned to the local area. "They date from precisely the time when Britain emerged from prehistoric to historic times," she said....
  • Ballast: Creating Cultural Connections Across Time and Space

    03/20/2018 4:26:36 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    object matters ^ | probably March 2018 | Mats Burström
    Along the shores in Newfoundland there is an abundance of flint to be found although this material does not occur naturally in the area. The reason for the presence of flint is that it was used as ballast by sailing vessels in the transatlantic migratory fishery that started in the beginning of the sixteenth century and lasted for about four centuries. During this period several millions of tons of material were relocated as ballast from the coasts of England and France to Newfoundland. Among this huge amount of relocated material there are some supposedly Palaeolithic artefacts that have been brought...
  • Ancient Naples port found [2500 year old site of Palepolis]

    03/20/2018 3:22:16 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    ANSA ^ | March 15, 2018 | unattributed
    An ancient port in Naples, believed to be the harbour 25 centuries ago when it was called Palepolis by the Greeks who ousted the Etruscans, has been discovered in the sea off the iconic Castel dell'Ovo, archaeologists said Thursday. Underwater archaeologists have found four submerged tunnels, a three-metre-wide street with cart-furrows still there and a long trench for soldiers, six meters down to the right of the castle, Neapolitan archaeologist Mario Negri said... The first settlements in the area were made in the ninth century BC, nearly 3000 years ago, when Anatolian and Achaean merchants and travellers arrived in the...
  • Diet of the Ancient Mariner

    03/20/2018 3:15:05 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 35 replies
    Hakai Magazine ^ | March 14th, 2018 | Jeremy Hsu
    In 1619, a hurricane sank the English merchant ship Warwick in Bermuda's Castle Harbor. The struggling settlers of Jamestown, Virginia, were desperately awaiting the shipload of fresh supplies, and keenly felt the loss. Almost 400 years later, artifacts from the wreck are helping archaeologist Grace Tsai uncover if unrefrigerated food and drink remained edible and nutritious during long sea voyages. Since 2012, Tsai, a doctoral candidate in nautical archaeology at Texas A&M University, has been studying archaeological records of provisions from three different shipwrecks from the 16th and 17th centuries and analyzing shipboard diets based on modern nutritional guidelines. Now,...
  • Archaeologists Closer to Finding Lost Viking Settlement

    03/20/2018 1:38:25 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Live Science ^ | March 6, 2018 | Owen Jarus
    A lost Viking settlement known as "Hóp," which has been mentioned in sagas passed down over hundreds of years, is said to have supported wild grapes, abundant salmon and inhabitants who made canoes out of animal hides. Now, a prominent archaeologist says the settlement likely resides in northeastern New Brunswick. If Hóp is found it would be the second Viking settlement to be discovered in North America. The other is at L'Anse aux Meadows on the northern tip of Newfoundland. ...using the description of the settlement from sagas of Viking voyages, along with archaeological work carried out at L'Anse aux...
  • Famed Archaeologist 'Discovered' His Own Fakes at 9,000-Year-Old Settlement

    03/19/2018 6:05:15 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 30 replies
    Live Science ^ | March 12, 2018 | Owen Jarus
    A famed archaeologist well-known for discovering the sprawling 9,000-year-old settlement in Turkey called Çatalhöyük seems to have faked several of his ancient findings and may have run a "forger's workshop" of sorts, one researcher says. James Mellaart, who died in 2012, created some of the "ancient" murals at Çatalhöyük that he supposedly discovered; he also forged documents recording inscriptions that were found at Beyköy, a village in Turkey, said geoarchaeologist Eberhard Zangger, president of the Luwian Studies Foundation. Zangger examined Mellaart's apartment in London between Feb. 24 and 27, finding "prototypes," as Zangger calls them, of murals and inscriptions that...
  • Harley Davidson LiveWire Project (Jay Leno's Garage)

    03/18/2018 6:53:38 PM PDT · by Fai Mao · 26 replies
    You Tube ^ | Jay Leno
    A road test of an electric powered Harley. I can see more market for an electric motorcycle for short commutes than I can an electric car Harley Livewire