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  • Red-Heads Welcomed At Ginger Festival

    08/11/2007 1:20:33 PM PDT · by blam · 90 replies · 16,092+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-10-2007 | Bonnie Malkin
    Red-heads welcomed at ginger festival By Bonnie Malkin and agencies Last Updated: 2:15am BST 10/08/2007 They are a frequent target for comedians and playground bullies, but red-heads have finally been offered some consolation. Model Lily Cole would get free entry to the event The National Botanic Garden of Wales has offered red-heads free entry to a festival celebrating the ginger plant. Organisers claims the event on August 26 will be the country's first ever "Ginger Family Festival". The day will celebrate the opening of the new Tropical House at the tourist attraction in Carmarthenshire, west Wales, which features many exotic...
  • Caligula’s Garden of Delights, Unearthed and Restored

    01/16/2021 4:05:22 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 32 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 1/12/2021 | Franz Lidz
    The fourth of the 12 Caesars, Caligula — officially, Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus — was a capricious, combustible first-century populist remembered, perhaps unfairly, as the empire’s most tyrannical ruler. As reported by Suetonius, the Michael Wolff of ancient Rome, he never forgot a slight, slept only a few hours a night and married several times, lastly to a woman named Milonia. During the four years that Caligula occupied the Roman throne, his favorite hideaway was an imperial pleasure garden called Horti Lamiani, the [fake news edited out] of its day. The vast residential compound spread out on the Esquiline Hill,...
  • Dire Wolves Weren’t Actually Wolves, DNA Analysis Reveals

    01/15/2021 5:09:16 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 53 replies
    smithsonianmag.com ^ | January 15, 2021 8:00AM | Alex Fox
    When researchers sequenced the extinct predator’s genome, they found it wasn’t a wolf at all but instead a distinct lineage that split off from the rest of the canines some 5.7 million years ago, reports James Gorman for the New York Times. To reveal the dire wolf’s true evolutionary identity, researchers extracted DNA from five fossils between 13,000 and 50,000 years old and sequenced their genomes. The team ultimately recovered around a quarter of the nuclear genome and a full complement of mitochondrial DNA from the samples... Though the bones of the dire wolf are so similar to today’s gray...
  • Hidden secrets revealed in microscopic images of ancient artifacts

    01/16/2021 7:44:29 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    livescience.com ^ | 16 January 2021 | By Mindy Weisberger
    For example, a 17th-century Persian textile contains fibers of silk thread that were individually wrapped with thin strips of metal. And the microstructure of a needle from Cyprus retains the touch of the person who shaped it, in traces of dark corrosion that emerged as the needle was rotated and hammered. In another striking image, a bit of basalt glitters in a ceramic roof tile from Gordion, a site in Turkey that was inhabited from at least 2300 B.C., during the early Bronze Age (the tile dates to the first half of the sixth century B.C.). Basalt, a volcanic rock,...
  • The Mythical Snow Monster that Roams the Mountains: The Yeti

    01/16/2021 11:01:17 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    The Gazette ^ | Mon, January 11, 2021
    In Asia, a huge, hairy ape-man stomps through the snowy Himalayan mountain range, hunting for prey and terrorizing local people. Or so the legend goes. For generations, stories of the yeti, aka the abominable snowman, have been told. Does he live in an icy cave? Is he related to Bigfoot, the ape-man said to roam the forests of the northwestern United States? Is the monster real? According to the BBC, the mythical monster is rooted in the folklore of the Sherpa, the communities that live in the mountains of eastern Nepal. The yeti or a group of yetis always are...
  • Scientists Identify Contents of Ancient Maya Drug Containers

    01/15/2021 8:59:43 AM PST · by Red Badger · 22 replies
    https://scitechdaily.com ^ | By WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY | JANUARY 15, 2021
    Frontal and lateral view of a Muna-type (AD 750-900) paneled flask with distinctive serrated-edge decoration. Credit: WSU ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Scientists have identified the presence of a non-tobacco plant in ancient Maya drug containers for the first time. The Washington State University researchers detected Mexican marigold (Tagetes lucida) in residues taken from 14 miniature Maya ceramic vessels. Originally buried more than 1,000 years ago on Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula, the vessels also contain chemical traces present in two types of dried and cured tobacco, Nicotiana tabacum and N. rustica. The research team, led by anthropology postdoc Mario Zimmermann, thinks the Mexican marigold was...
  • World's oldest known cave painting found in Indonesia

    01/13/2021 7:47:43 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 28 replies
    france24.com ^ | January 13, 2021 | AFP
    Archaeologists have discovered the world's oldest known cave painting: a life-sized picture of a wild pig that was made at least 45,500 years ago in Indonesia.
  • Latin Phrases Patriots Should Know: Patriotic Latin Phrases and Their Translations

    01/11/2021 11:54:48 AM PST · by ammodotcom · 66 replies
    Ammo.com ^ | 1/11/2021 | Brian Miller
    “Sic semper tyrannis” – Thus always to tyrants, U.S. Navy 149th Fighter Squadron “De oppresso liber” – To liberate the oppressed, U.S. Army Green Berets “Legibus armisque devoti” – Devoted to law and arms, U.S. Army Legal Services Agency “Haec protegimus” – This we guard, U.S. Army Military District of Washington “Hiemes oppugnamus et montes superamus” – We battle cold and conquer mountains, U.S. Army Northern Warfare Training Center “Nous resterons la” – We shall remain there, U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Division “Semper primus” – Always first, U.S. Army 1st Infantry Regiment “Noli me tangere” – Don't tread on me,...
  • Birds Have a Mysterious 'Quantum Sense'. For The First Time, Scientists Saw It in Action

    01/11/2021 11:56:04 AM PST · by Red Badger · 36 replies
    https://www.sciencealert.com ^ | MIKE MCRAE | 8 JANUARY 2021
    Seeing our world through the eyes of a migratory bird would be a rather spooky experience. Something about their visual system allows them to 'see' our planet's magnetic field, a clever trick of quantum physics, and biochemistry that helps them navigate vast distances. Now, for the first time ever, scientists from the University of Tokyo have directly observed a key reaction hypothesised to be behind birds', and many other creatures', talents for sensing the direction of the planet's poles. Importantly, this is evidence of quantum physics directly affecting a biochemical reaction in a cell – something we've long hypothesised but...
  • 450-Year-Old Painting Contains Over 100 Proverbs We Still Use Today

    01/08/2021 12:05:13 PM PST · by Bob434 · 32 replies
    MyModernMet ^ | January 14, 2017 | Jessica Stewart
    Birds of a feather flock together. When the cat's away, the mice will play. We all know and love these common, American proverbs. Sometimes ironic, often silly and amusing, these sayings test our brains—and our wit. And it's not just in English. Playing with language in literature, conversation, and art has been a hallmark of different cultures for centuries. With this in mind, over 450 years ago, Dutch master Pieter Bruegel the Elder painted his incredible Netherlandish Proverbs. Also known as The Dutch Proverbs, this oil on wood painting is a detailed masterpiece that visually represents over 100 Dutch proverbs....
  • Ancient Jewish gambler’s chariot race curse found in decoded 5th Century scroll

    05/18/2018 5:06:50 AM PDT · by SJackson · 15 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 16 May 2018 | AMANDA BORSCHEL-DAN
    A nailed-shut amulet uncovered in Turkey in the 1930s, written in Jewish Aramaic and newly translated, pleads for help from Balaam's ass at the track A 5th century ‘curse’ tablet written in Jewish Aramaic from Antioch, Turkey, which was recently deciphered by Tel Aviv University doctoral student Rivka Elitzur-Leiman. (Princeton University) When a typical nailed-shut 5th century curse scroll was uncovered by the University of Princeton in a 1930s excavation under the hippodrome in the city of Antioch (now in Turkey), the team of archaeologists didn’t realize what a unique find they had in hand. It would take almost another...
  • Tasmanian tiger pups found to be extraordinary similar to wolf pups [ thylacine ]

    01/08/2021 7:45:08 AM PST · by Red Badger · 9 replies
    https://phys.org ^ | January 8, 2021 | by University Of Melbourne, University of Melbourne
    A Principal component analysis of ontogenetic cranial shape for each species included in the study. PC1 represents age-related shape change (left to right), whereas PC2 separates herbivorous and carnivorous taxa. The thylacine and wolf display parallel similarities throughout ontogeny, compared with other marsupials. B–D Subsampling of cranial shape into bone groups with shared embryonic tissue origins. The thylacine and wolf show shape overlap between bones of B FNP and D MES origin, but not in bones of C PA origin. Animal images were used under CC BY 4.0 open licence. ================================================================== Micro-CT scanning and digital reconstructions have been used to...
  • The Confederacy Almost Developed a Helicopter in 1862

    12/17/2019 12:40:01 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 103 replies
    War is Boring ^ | April 21, 2014. | Michael Peck
    But the technology wasn’t quite ready for Robert E. Lee’s air cavalry It’s the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863 and Union forces on Cemetery Ridge await the final Confederate assault. But instead of witnessing serried ranks of rebels marching across a mile of open ground into the maws of Yankee cannons, the bluecoat regiments are shocked to hear the thud of rotor blades. It is the the sound of Confederate general George Pickett’s 13,000-strong division landing behind Union lines. Is this a neo-Confederate dream? The Red Badge of Courage meets Apocalypse Now? No, it turns...
  • Literary survival in an age of tyranny: The F word vs. the law, and legitimacy.

    01/07/2021 1:42:47 PM PST · by Sense · 6 replies
    January 7, 2021 | Sense
    Literary survival in an age of tyranny: The F word vs. the law, and legitimacy An often repeated quote, almost always mis-attributed to Voltaire, makes an interesting study of itself, in usually being presented as: "Voltaire once wrote: “To find out who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” Who in American politics are people not allowed to criticize?" https://www.quora.com/Voltaire-once-wrote-%E2%80%9CTo-find-out-who-rules-over-you-simply-find-out-who-you-are-not-allowed-to-criticize-%E2%80%9D-Who-in-American-politics-are-people-not-allowed-to-criticize Legitimizing the quote has required its re-attribution to avoid mentioning, much less wallowing into what it was that drove the real author to think as he did. In current context, that history only amplifies...
  • Now We Know Why Platypus Are So Weird - Their Genes Are Part Bird, Reptile, And Mammal

    01/08/2021 7:20:47 AM PST · by Red Badger · 32 replies
    https://www.sciencealert.com ^ | CARLY CASSELLA | 8 JANUARY 2021
    Platypus eating a worm. ============================================================== The first complete map of a platypus genome has just been released, and it's every bit as strange as you'd expect from a creature with 10 sex chromosomes, a pair of venomous spurs, a coat of fluorescent fur, and skin that 'sweats' milk. The duck-billed platypus is truly one of the oddest creatures on Earth. Along with the spiky echidna, these two Australian animals belong to a highly-specialised group of mammals, known as monotremes, which both lay eggs but also nurse their young with milk. The genes of both are relatively primitive and unchanged, revealing...
  • The Granada War 1482-1492

    01/05/2021 11:50:53 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 7 replies
    Visit Andalucia ^ | 01/06/2021 | Nick Nutter
    In 1479, the kingdoms of Castile and Aragón were united under the joint rule of the ‘Christian Monarchs’, Ferdinand of Aragón and Isabella of Castile. The inter-Christian rivalry that had crippled the Christian kingdoms’ war against the Muslims for the last hundred years was, supposedly, over. A shrinking economy within the Emirate of Granada and the erosion of their territory in the first half of the 15th century had fostered increased xenophobia amongst the Muslim population and a consequent lack of tolerance towards the few Christians that remained or visited the Emirate. This provided the Christian Monarchs with a religious...
  • Dance floor where John the Baptist was condemned to death discovered, archaeologist says

    01/06/2021 5:16:38 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    Live Science ^ | 04 January 2021 | Owen Jarus
    Archaeologists claim that they have identified the deadly dance floor where John the Baptist...was sentenced to death around A.D. 29. The Bible and the ancient writer Flavius Josephus (A.D. 37-100) both describe how King Herod Antipas, a son of King Herod, had John the Baptist executed. Josephus specified that the execution took place at Machaerus, a fort near the Dead Sea in modern-day Jordan. ...Herod Antipas was set to marry a woman named Herodias, both of whom had been divorced — something that John the Baptist objected to. At Herod Antipas' birthday party, Herodias' daughter, named Salome, performed a dance...
  • Woman's garden 'stepping stone' turns out to be an ancient Roman artifact

    01/06/2021 2:52:53 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    Live Science ^ | 05 January 2021 | Laura Geggel
    A seemingly dull marble slab, used for 10 years as a stepping stone in an English garden, is actually a rare ancient Roman engraving, a new analysis finds. The discovery surprised its owner, who learned that the 25-inch-long (63 centimeters) slab — a stone she had previously used as a stair while mounting her horse — dated to the second century A.D. and was worth about $20,400 (£15,000). However, no one knows how the marble masterpiece ended up in England. It was likely carved in Greece or Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey), according to a statement from Woolley and Wallis, a...
  • Pyramids Discovered Under Water Off Coast of Cuba, Might be Atlantis.

    01/05/2021 10:30:32 AM PST · by Rakhi Sarkar · 72 replies
    Archaeology World ^ | JUNE 4, 2020 | ARCHAEOLOGY WORLD TEAM
    The remains of what may be a 6000-year-old city immersed in deep waters off the west coast of Cuba was discovered by a team of Canadian and Cuban researchers. Offshore engineer Paulina Zelitsky and her husband, Paul Weinzweig and her son Ernesto Tapanes used sophisticated sonar and video videotape devices to find “some kind of megaliths you ‘d find on Stonehenge or Easter Island,” Weinzweig said in an interview.
  • Last Byzantine Greeks Facing Extinction in Islamist-Led Turkey

    12/27/2020 4:21:39 PM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 27 Dec 2020 | Jack Montgomery
    The Greeks who represent the last vestiges of Christian Byzantium and the Roman Empire are heading towards their final extinction in Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Turkey, with their numbers dwindling to a mere handful under his Islamist government. What is now Turkey only began to be colonised in by the Turkic peoples in earnest from around 1071, after their Seljuk ancestors had arrived from Central Asia and vanquished the Greek-speaking Christian ruler Romanos IV Diogenes’s forces at the Battle of Manzikert. The last vestiges of the Byzantine state where finally snuffed out with the brutal conquest of Constantinople, widely regarded as...