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Technological achievements of the past that cannot be properly explained

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...

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...

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)...

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...

Ancient Genetics Factory: The Temple of Artemis

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The Temple of Artemis aka The Temple of Diana was responsible for providing this planet with creatures of various types, including humans. While this specific temple was located in Ephesus, I doubt that it was the only one. As a matter of fact I would be surprised if it was. The below listed...

The Venice High Voltage lines and the Starfort Marghera

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While looking a little deeper into the Venice area and it's correlation with the Starfort Marghera I noticed something interesting. I took the liberty of drawing some lines based of this "Forte Marghera" and these are some of my finds up to now. So we've got this pretty amazing "Forte Marghera"...

Land sailing: Is it a ship ? Is it a car ?

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Land sailing, also known as 'sand yachting', 'land yachting' or 'dirtboating', is the act of moving across land in a wheeled vehicle powered by wind through the use of a sail. The earliest text describing the Chinese use of mounting masts and sails on large vehicles is the Book of the Golden...

Renaissance paintings may actually be photographs?

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In my research into a true history of photography, I have begun to uncover some wow moments, not least, the British Artist David Hockney believes that renaissance artists where using camera Obscura and lenses to ‘sketch’ their paintings centuries before we are told in the mainstream that they...

The obscure high-tech Stone Age "they" do not want you to know about

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Of course, those prehistoric individuals spent multiple nights by the campfire polishing ceremonial axes and the so-called "maces". Replacing each other, they were drilling those perfect holes. With great stamina and finesse, they were using their stone tools to skillfully carve intricate...

1874: USS Alarm - what was it?

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A spar torpedo consists of a bomb on a long pole or spar, carried by a small, fast, low-lying boat. Under the cover of night or fog the torpedo boat stealthily approaches an enemy ship and detonates the bomb close to the vulnerable underwater hull. This may sound simple enough in theory, but...

1893: 100 MPH High Speed Electric Train

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This is definitely not something I have ever heard about before. How about a 100 MPH electric train in 1893. And what's interesting, it sounds like they actually started implementing this project by grading 24 miles of the proposed real estate. Logically, this fact is supposed to mean that they...

Electric Machine Guns, Coilguns and Death Ray Guns of Yesteryear

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The first successful machine-gun designs were developed in the mid-19th century. The key characteristic of modern machine guns, their relatively high rate of fire and more importantly mechanical loading, first appeared in the Model 1862 Gatling gun, which was adopted by the United States Navy...

World’s Fair 1939-40 Female Sex Robots

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I cannot find any evidence of who designed and built these robots. It is as if they have just sprung in to our timeline. And searching around the web, the syndicated news articles are all written as if the writer is 'shocked' by their revelation... The article also mentions this guy, who we have...

18th & 19th centuries: artificial Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tsunamis

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Isn't it interesting that back in 1750 (probably way earlier than that) people knew what needed to be done to cause an artificial earthquake. It definitely appears that they also knew how to cause a tsunami. Google Ngram did not disappoint. I picked a few book excerpts to demonstrate the content...

19th Century Noah's Arks: Whaleback Steamer Ships

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A whaleback was a type of cargo steamship of unusual design, with a hull that continuously curved above the waterline from vertical to horizontal. When fully loaded, only the rounded portion of the hull (the "whaleback" proper) could be seen above the waterline. With sides curved in towards the...

Artificial Ancient Granite and Marble

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And having now fully described my said invention and the manner in which the same is to be performed, I declare that what I claim as new and of my invention is the mode or modes hereinbefore described of making an artificial granite-stone, marble, or concrete. And I declare that I do not confine...

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