While the rest of the region crumbles into anarchy around it, Israel is looking ahead towards the future, ready to build the mass transit system of the 21st century using little maglev pods suspended from rails. The system has been in the works since 1990, and if all goes to plan, it should start construction in Tel Aviv sometime pretty soon.
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.
Swiss examiners conclude Yasser Arafat was likely poisoned with polonium. Somebody’s got some splaining to do.
When Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat died in 2004, the official cause of death was listed as a stroke due to a blood disorder. But Arafat’s widow has long claimed he was assassinated, and most people were just like “She would say that. Now it looks like there’s proof to back up this claim, as a Swiss autopsy report obtained by Al-Jazeera shows that examiners found unusually high trace amounts of polonium in Arafat’s body. The report says that this isn’t 100%, but it’s about as close as it gets, considering the reason polonium is popular with governments assassinating people is because its short half life means most of the evidence is gone by the time the boys down in forensics get ahold of the body.
In a daring operation, a group of Palestinian women have been quickly smuggling their husband’s sperm out of jail that they then use to get pregnant. Considering that sperm doesn’t have a long shelf life outside of the human body, this operation relied on stealth and most importantly, speed.
For hundreds and hundreds of years, Christians have flocked to the city of Bethlehem in Israel as the site of the birth of Jesus. But new archaeological evidence shows that the Bethlehem that’s being worshipped is probably the wrong one. At the time when Jesus would have been born, it turns out there was a town of Bethlehem in Galilee, much closer to where Mary was living. Oops.