Amazon founder and space travel startup entrepreneur Jeff Bezos recently completed a fishing expedition in the Atlantic, where he managed to pull up an old, rusty rocket that had been sitting on the seafloor since 1969, when they were jettisoned from the rocket that took Neil Armstrong and co to the moon.
A section of rail project for the London Crossrail had to be halted when archaeologists discovered a huge cache of ancient human skeletons that seem to be a hastily put-together body pit for victims of the Black Death around 1349. There could be as many as 50,000 individuals scattered across the site.
If you’ve caught the first couple episodes of the History Channel drama, ‘Vikings’, you’ll know that Ragnor uses a “sunstone” he procured from a traveler to chart the sun’s course, even during thick, overcast days. Archaeologists may have discovered such a fabled stone in the wreck of an old Viking ship at the bottom of the English Channel.
Twenty five years ago, a village near Lake Epecuan was completely submerged when a rock and earth dam burst. This year, the waters finally receded enough to dry the whole place out and what’s left is a weird, post-apocalyptic looking place.
In 1953, when Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the peak of Everest, they reported seeing large human-like tracks in the snow that many interpreted to have been left by the legendary yeti. Just in case it existed, in 1959, the US government issued official guidelines to anyone in Nepal who might want to hunt the mysterious beast.
In Ben Affleck’s Oscar-winning film ‘Argo’, the plot revolves around a real life CIA operation from 1980 in which six American hostages are rescued from Iran under the disguise of being part of a Canadian film crew doing a location scout for a movie also called ‘Argo’. The story is true, and so was the movie… well, the script was real.
In 1865, the 13th amendment outlawing slavery was enacted, meaning that it was illegal across the US to own, possess or buy and sell human beings. But just because it was federal law, the amendment wasn’t ratified by all the states. For Mississipi, it took late last year, reminded by the film ‘Lincoln’, to officially ratify the 13th amendment. Welcome to the 19th century.