Posts tagged with ‘history

Morning music: The oldest known melody, the Hurrian Hymn, from around 1600 BC

The Oldest known musical melody performed by the very talented Michael Levy on the Lyre. This ancient musical fragment dates back to 1400 B.C.E. and was discovered in the 1950’s in Ugarit, Syria. It was interpreted by Dr. Richard Dumbrill.

Several historians believe this jewel encrusted onyx goblet gathering dust in a Spanish museum is the Holy Grail

Even though the cup that Jesus supposedly drank from at the Last Supper was described by Biblical accounts as a simple onyx goblet, legend has it that after Jesus’s death, the cup was disguised as a much more ornate drinking vessel, where it remained hidden in Israel for hundreds of years, where it was stolen by Muslims in the Middle Ages, given to Christians in Egypt, where it was then given as a gift, centuries later, to King Fernando I of Castile, and then eventually ended up in a museum as “just another jewel encrusted royal goblet”. But now, several historians feel very certain that this cup is the last cup Jesus drank from. It’s like the Holy Grail of Biblical history or something.

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Statue of Edgar Allan Poe with a giant raven will be unveiled in Boston in October 2014, will be totally epic and might start a land war between Boston and Baltimore
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Statue of Edgar Allan Poe with a giant raven will be unveiled in Boston in October 2014, will be totally epic and might start a land war between Boston and Baltimore

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Britain’s Royal Society has the most amazing autograph book in history

Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Benjamin Franklin, The Queen and the man who invented the Internet… How much do you think this collection of signatures is worth?

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DNA analysis of Paracas elongated skulls reveal… THEY’RE NOT HUMAN

In 1928, archaeologists discovered something very unusual in the deserts of Peru— a set of skulls, where the cranium had been incredibly elongated, and for nearly 100 years, it’s just been assumed that this was the result of cranial deformation, a practice that some groups have done throughout history. But the Paracas skulls differ from other naturally deformed skulls in that they don’t have the same volume as a normal skull, instead, the skulls are much bigger. In normal cases of cranial deformation, the skull volume is normal, only the shape is different. Now, using DNA analysis, these 3000 year old skulls appear to not be human. I’m not saying it’s aliens, but it’s probably aliens.

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850,000 year old human footprints uncovered in Britain

You read that correctly— preserved in silt and sand on the beaches of Norfolk in Great Britain are the oldest human footprints ever discovered outside of Africa. Scientists say the footprints appear to have been from an adult male and a couple small children, probably walking along the old banks of the Thames nearly a million years ago.

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How colors got their names

It’s easy to assume that because basic colors such as black, white, red, green, yellow and orange are some of the first words we learn in almost any language, that these words have just been with humanity for forever. But there was a time when there weren’t any names for colors other then basic descriptors like “bland”, “bright” and “dark”. And then oddly enough, when languages did start coming up with names for colors, it all happened in about the same order— black, then white then red, followed by blue, green yellow and so on.

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Morning vintage sexy: Exotic burlesque dancers of the 1890s
Come for the Cupid, stay for the lady dressed as a horse. Whatever did it for them back then.
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Morning vintage sexy: Exotic burlesque dancers of the 1890s

Come for the Cupid, stay for the lady dressed as a horse. Whatever did it for them back then.

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Watch Steve Jobs demo the Macintosh to the public for the first time in 1984

At the annual Apple shareholder’s meeting in January 1984, Steve Jobs gives the world the first look at the Macintosh. 

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The Brazilian ranch where Nazis once owned slaves

In the 1930s, during Hitler’s rise to power in Germany, the above photo of a local Brazilian soccer team was taken, and those swastikas on those flags are exactly those kind of swastikas— Nazi swastikas. Because in the 1930s, there were quite a few very fervent supporters of Adolph Hitler and his plans for genocide and world domination. And these Brazilian Nazis weren’t just bad in name only, they also were pretty big slave owners— and the soccer players in the photo were slaves. Stolen from orphanages and forced to work on farms their whole lives.

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And now, here are some wax recordings of Aleister Crowley from around 1920

Now you can listen to wax cylinder recordings of Aleister Crowley (The Great Beast!) that were first transferred to 78s and now reissued on an LP from Suitable records. Enjoy such great moments as The Coll Of The Second Aethyr (in Enochian, aka angel language!) and “Hymn To The American People.”

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What caused Europe’s brutal 10 year winter starting in 536 AD?

Europe really, really sucked during the Middle Ages, for so many reasons. And the whole era kicked off with a really, really shitty ten year long winter that froze most of Europe and much of Asia. But what caused this ten year long Game of Thrones hellhole? Blame El Salvador.

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