Category Archive: Ancient

Dec 20 2013

This Could Work: Groupon Delivery Catapult

With all the buzz about the attack delivery drones that Amazon is working on, Groupon decided it was time for them to explore their options in delivery; really think outside the box, in fact, smash the box and get deliveries done. So they decided on delivery catapults. Instead of terror inducing drones to fly you …

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Dec 12 2013

Move Over Star Wars Nativity Scene: Cthulhu Santa is Here

Nothing says Christmas quite like an indescribably horrible beast with a bag full of the same, spreading feelings of terror to all the little girls and boys around the world. Oh, and instead of reindeer pulling the sleigh, it’s a blob of terror. It looks like very bad, indescribably terrible weather this year. Santa Cthulhu‘s …

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Nov 21 2013

Mystery Solved: The Curse of the Spinning Egyptian Statue

As you’ll all well recall, a couple of months ago I wrote about an ancient Egyptian statue at the Manchester Museum that is inexplicably spinning around during the day. Back then it was a mystery as to why or how this little guy was turning around. I figured he was just tired of looking at …

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Nov 20 2013

So You Like Unicorns? A Look into Their History.

io9 recently gave us a history of unicorns. Since unicorns are an Internet favorite I thought I’d tip my hat to them and share the story of Wilbur the Indian Unicorn. There are in India certain wild asses which are as large as horses, and larger. Their bodies are white, their heads dark red, and …

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Nov 15 2013

Why Are You So Old: The Key to Living to 100

This is Dorothy Howe of Saltdean, East Sussex, England just turned 100. I’m going to bet that’s not a birthday card that Hallmark sells out of a lot. When asked her secret to living to such a ripe old age she answered, ‘I put my health down to whisky [sic] and cigarettes.” For the past …

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Nov 05 2013

Don’t Mess With Him: Giant Bone Crushing Ancient Platypus

When you’re young and impressionable and your parents are supportive and tell you that you can be anything you want to when you grow up how many kids do you think decide to grow up and study the genome and evolution of platypuses? Apparently the answer is “at least one.” Michael Archer got to examine …

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Nov 04 2013

Rocking Out: World’s Oldest Surviving Song

Next time you’re sitting around playing name that tune with your buddies whip this one out and see if they can identify it. The “Song of Seikilos” is the oldest known song in the world. It comes from the Seikilos epitaph that was inscribed somewhere during the first century AD. The problem I see is …

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Oct 29 2013

Booking my Trip Now: Australia’s Lost World

When you’re bored do you ever just browse around Google Earth looking for anything interesting. For example, a couple of weeks ago I found that the southernmost point in Canada is about a mile south of where I sit right now. Apparently Dr. Conrad Hoskin of James Cook University does the same thing. He found …

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Oct 18 2013

Yeti Lives: New Evidence Suggests Yetis are Real

In news that every fourth grader could have guessed. Scientists think Yetis might be real. Recent (10 years ago) DNS evidence collected from a Himalayan hunter and a French film crew suggest that the Yeti may actually be a decendent of an ancient polar bear. Research by Professor Bryan Sykes, a geneticist from the University …

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Oct 11 2013

Lost in Translation: Comic Book Hieroglyphics

Have you ever wondered if the children of the ancient Egyptians were allowed to enter their temples? I’m not archeologist but I can tell you that I sure haven’t. With this new discovery however, I can tell you that they shouldn’t have been allowed. The hieroglyphics painted all over the walls were simply too violent. …

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