400 year old Sahara Desert, or why people forgot everything they knew about Africa

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"All right, Beatrice, there was no alien. The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus." - Kay, MIB. I always thought that Sahara Desert was thousands of years old. Of course, the...

1889 Post-Fire Seattle rebuild speed: 5,625 buildings in 18 months

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There is something very bizarre in the history of Seattle. It is related to the Great Seattle Fire of 1889, followed by an enormous construction boom of 1889-90. This construction "on steroids" is something I would like to talk about...

Possible books, weapons and musical instruments of the Giants

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It appears the existence of the giants during Biblical times is generally accepted by our society. But I am not talking about Genesis 6:4, or David vs. Goliath. I am talking about the...

60,000 pieces, 240 years old. Jaquet-Droz's dolls still write, draw, and play music

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There had to be something in the water in the 18th century. A whole lot of people acquired some amazing skills out of, what seems, nowhere. Another one of these brilliant individuals was Pierre Jaquet-Droz. He was born on July 28, 1721, in La Chaux-de-Fonds, in Canton Neuchâtel, Switzerland. He...

Moving sidewalks at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris

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This is amazing how one thing leads to another. Looking into the so-called achievements of the 19th century, I keep on running into one too many of those "ahead of its time" inventions. This time it is moving sidewalks. These sidewalks I am about to present were powered by electricity (Le...

The impossible 1587 Urbano Monte's World Map

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A 60 sheet world map was made in 1587 by Urbano Monte. It ended up being approximately nine feet by nine feet when fully assembled. The map was obtained by the David Rumsey Map Center at Stanford Libraries. The Map Center scanned all 60 sheets, and digitally put them together. When assembled...

The impossible colossal "King Bath Tub" - who really produced this monster?

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According to everything we know about the 19th century, and specifically 1820s, this humongous bath tub is not supposed to exist. Of course it does, and I have quite a few reasons to question everything about this Russian bath tub besides its existence. For the traditional review type article of...

Mud flood, dirt rain, and the story of the buried buildings

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Apparently, there is this theory in Russia, that Peter the Great was not the founder of Saint Petersburg. He did not build it, he dug it out. Yes, you heard it right. Supposedly, a whole lot of dirt was removed, and from beneath emerged the city. This is clearly not an official version. Yet...

Who nuked San Francisco in 1906?

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This appears to be the story of every single event where "fire storm" is present in the description. And the story is always the same. At first we have either an earthquake, or a regular fire. Then this mysterious fire storm gets developed. These fire storms always lead to a level of destruction...

Similar style buildings are all over the world. Were they built by our civilization?

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For the most part we are very much used to seeing these buildings here and there. If it's a city or town with some history under its belt, it will have one or two of the below structures; some will have more. They all look beautiful, with elaborate details and elegant precision. Some of these...

Ditch Tesla, buy Babcock Runabout: 1,244 miles on one battery in 1909

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How many electric car models do you know of the top of your head? Probably three or four. If you are really into it, may be ten, though I'm not even sure there are ten contemporary electric car models out there. Well, in the beginning of the 20th century there were hundreds of different models...

Brazilian scientists claim that our Earth is convex in shape

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After seven years of research on earth format, scientific experiments carried out by Brazilian researchers at Dakila Research and the...

Hyperloop pneumatic subway existed in the 19th century

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Another proof that there were technologies far superior to the time when they were introduced is the pneumatic tube saga of the 19th century. What we know today as the Hyperloop was used in New York...

The impossible ship: SS Great Eastern a.k.a. Leviathan

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FYI: the rise of publishing by the eighteenth century led to the use of newspapers and cheap editions of popular books for cleansing. Lord Chesterfield, in a letter to his son in 1747, told of a man who purchased a common edition of Horace, of which he tore off gradually a couple of pages...

James Cox's peacock clock presented to Catherine II in 1781

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The Peacock Clock is a large automaton featuring three life-sized mechanical birds. It was manufactured by the entrepreneur James Cox in the 2nd half of the 18th century and...

Seattle's Elmer H. Fisher: The Man, The Myth, The Legend...

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Let us begin by trying to understand a thing or two about the architect, Elmer H. Fisher. There has to be tons of information on the local hero-architect. He is considered the most prolific of the architects involved in rebuilding the...

Was Stonehenge rebuilt, or constructed in 1954?

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We all know that famous Stonehenge was built a very long time ago. Archaeologists believe it was constructed from 3000 BC to 2000 BC. And this is what it looks like today. The surrounding circular earth bank and ditch, which constitute the...

Kulibin's egg-shaped clock presented to Catherine II in 1769

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Traditional knowledge states: Ivan Petrovich Kulibin (April 21, 1735 – August 11, 1818) was a Russian mechanic and inventor. He was born in Nizhny Novgorod in the family of a trader. From childhood, Kulibin displayed an interest in constructing mechanical tools. Soon, clock mechanisms became a...

What was Giovanni Battista Piranesi trying to say. 17-18th century apocalypse?

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Giovanni Battista Piranesi (4 October 1720 – 9 November 1778) was an Italian artist famous for his etchings of Rome and of fictitious and atmospheric "prisons" (Le Carceri d'Invenzione). He was a so called Cappricio artist. In other words, contemporary interpretation of his creations is...

Urban fire damage or was it a powerful nuclear-like explosion?

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I understand how crazy it sounds. How could american cities be destroyed by an unknown weapon in 19th and early 20th centuries? Supposedly the technology was not there. An event of this magnitude would have been reflected in history and memory of generations. After all, Hiroshima and Nagasaki...

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