Iced Over Canals in Greenland

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The weight of the ice has depressed the central area of Greenland; the bedrock surface is near sea level over most of the interior of Greenland, but mountains occur around the periphery, confining the sheet along its margins. If the ice suddenly disappeared, Greenland would most probably appear...

c. 1750: Agostino Fasolato and The Fall of the Rebel Angels

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The Fall of the Rebel Angels by Agostino Fasolato is a sculpture from the eighteenth-century. It consists of a pyramid of sixty human figures obtained from a unique marble block of Carrara. On the top there is the Archangel Gabriel that, according to the religious tradition, was one of the...

Uncle Sam & Brother Jonathan

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Brother Jonathan was usually depicted in editorial cartoons and patriotic posters outside New England as a long-winded New Englander who dressed in striped trousers, somber black coat, and stove-pipe hat. Inside New England, "Brother Jonathan" was depicted as an enterprising and active...

St George's Hall, Liverpool.

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This whole building seems to have popped up out of nowhere, and then had a back story invented. Although it does not appear on any maps I could find prior to 1954, that does not mean it hasn’t been removed from the maps. Everything about it feels off. Also within a few years of the building...

Movie Palaces, The New Temples of Worship

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In the 1920s, there was a change from using nickelodeons to view movies. Apparently, they were seen as low class. In response, a flurry of movie palaces were built between 1910 and 1940, peaking in the 1920s. Between 1914 and 1922 over 4,000 movie palaces were opened. In my own small Idaho town...

1855: Vortex Cannons during the Bombardment of Sveaborg?

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The Battle of Suomenlinna (also known as the Battle of Viapori or the Bombardment of Sweaborg) was fought on 7-8 August 1855 between Russian defenders and a joint British/French fleet. It was a part of the Crimean War. British and French naval forces consisting of 77 ships arrayed for the...

Raimondo di Sangro

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Many legends grew up around his alchemical activities: that he could create blood out of nothing, that he could replicate the liquefaction of blood of San Gennaro, that he had people killed so that he could use their bones and skin for experiments. The Chapel of Sansevero was said to have been...

The missing link to Ancient Power

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The opposing force of electricity is magnetism. The opposite of a magnet is called an electret. Instead of persistent magnetism it carries persistent electricity. Except you can think of it as high voltage low amperage electricity or simply “static electricity”. Very tiny crappy are used in some...

18th-19th centuries: Bazookas, Rockets, Comets and Destroyed Cities

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What followed was chaos and confusion among the British infantry. Besides killing and wounding a large number of men, the rockets also set fire to the British ammunition dumps, resulting in one of the worst ever defeats of the British Army in India. The British soldiers who had never seen...

1908: National Exposition of Brazil at Rio de Janeiro

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Brazil planned the 1908 National Exposition on Rio de Janiero's Praia Vermelha at a time when hosting a large exposition was a necessary rite of passage for a nation, to prove itself on the international stage. The exposition honoured the centennial anniversary of the opening of Portuguese...

Renaissance Cannons: Mysterious and Misunderstood

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The very first cannons of the Middle Ages were breech loaded, with gunpowder and shot contained in pots dropped at the back of the barrel, but the poor seals made them dangerous, and they wore quickly and could not be scaled to larger weapons. The main advantage of breech-loading is a reduction...

The Staff of Saint Bernardine of Siena

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Bernardino of Siena was an Italian priest and Franciscan missionary. He was a systematizer of Scholastic economics. His popular preaching made him famous during his own lifetime because it was frequently directed against sorcery, gambling, infanticide, witchcraft, sodomy (homosexual coitus)...

Pittsburgh 1910: Grant Street Hump cut

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The Hump was viewed as an impediment to the developing city of Pittsburgh, both from a commerce standpoint, as well as a transportation standpoint. Multiple attempts were made to remove the earthen hump, but in 1914, the excavation was finally completed and Grant Street was level for both...

San Francisco: 1906 vs. 1909

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The New San Francisco album contains 24 mounted prints taken by Edward N. Sewell in 1909 representing the state of recovery of San Francisco three years after the devastating earthquake and fire of 1906 which destroyed much of the city. The album primarily features scenes of the city's financial...

Leonardo Da Vinci and his micro-brushes

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Apparently, the paintings done by Leonardo da Vinci cannot be faked by no artist of today. No matter how talented the artists of today are, not a single one of them is able to create a painting of the same quality. I am not even talking about making a copy of Mona Lisa here. None of the today's...

Could Jesus have been a clone?

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Could Jesus have been born in a "feeding box" in one of these buildings for cloning sheep or cattle? Brings a whole new meaning to the term "I am the lamb of god". Additionally, look at this excerpt from a book talking about another aspect of the Hebrew word for manger (urvah) relating to 'head...

1855-59 Australia: University of Sydney, Great Hall Construction

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In 1854, Edmund Thomas Blacket began designing the University’s Great Hall. The original colonial architect, Blacket’s design was intended to mirror the Tudor Gothic style seen in the London Guildhall, the Banqueting House at Hampton Court Palace and Westminster Hall in England. The foundations...

Ancient Tunnels in Puebla, Mexico

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Workers have uncovered tunnels thought to be as much as 500 years old underneath the Mexican colonial city of Puebla. The head of the city's historic downtown district, Sergio Vergara, said two structures uncovered so far were probably old drainage tunnels. The city is excavating the tunnels and...

1888 The Rookery, Chicago & Locations of Previous City Halls

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The Rookery Building is a historic landmark, office building located at 209 South LaSalle Street in the Loop community area of Chicago. Completed by architects John Wellborn Root and Daniel Burnham of Burnham and Root in 1888, it is considered one of their masterpiece buildings, and was once the...

Alexander the Great: Fictional Action Hero

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They made up a ridiculous story of an army that conquered these vast areas and 'marked' it with 'european style'. As if a single pass of an always victorious army is enough to establish not only cities but also kingdoms, and influence the conquered people into a new culture for generations to come!

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