Friday, January 29, 2010

Daheim 19th Century Estate in Millbrook, NY - Steeped in History & Mystery

A history of this 19th century Bavarian style estate steeped in history and mysteries through three centuries of wonder and intrigue, with images by Patrick D. Wing & RS Wing.

Destined to create his own Germanic bastion, Charles F. Dietrich bestowed his opulent wealth upon a life project to construct an estate nomenclatured Daheim, which defined in German means “the home”.
Charles F. Dietrich was  born in Germany in 1836, eventually becoming a very successful businessman and key engineer in the development of acetylene gas for illumination. He also was an original founder of Union Carbide. He was initially introduced to Millbrook by Henry James Davison Sr., a  fellow civil engineer and colleague.

Charles. F. Dietrich was also a member of the Rosicrucian society. Rosicrucianism is the religious theory of a secret society of mystics and spiritualists assembled in late medieval Germany, indoctrinated as “built on esoteric truths of the ancient past”…

Read More - by RS Wing:

Daheim 19th Century Estate in Millbrook, Ny Part One 

19th Century Estate Steeped in History, Mysteries and Intrigue Through Three Centuries Part Two

The End is Nigh! 1,000 Years of Predictions

For centuries there have been innumerable theories as to when and how the world might end. Possibilities put forward have ranged from nuclear war to destruction by a giant meteor-and even invasion from outer space. Some believers predict the coming of a Messiah, at which time all but they will be annihilated.

Full article:

The End is Nigh! 1,000 Years of Predictions

by Mr Ghaz

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

10 More Enigmas That Defy Explanation - Listverse

10 More Enigmas That Defy Explanation

By xsilverwingzx and Spacespacecow

What is it about the bizarre and mysterious that piques our curiosity? It entertains our sense of wonder and excites our imagination, for sure. Luckily for us, history is marked with strange, logic-defying occurrences to amuse us. Here is a list comprised of 10 more unexplainable and interesting phenomenon and incidents that we crave so much. This list is made up of a mixture of two submissions to the Christmas competition which shared some items, so it seemed a good idea to combine the two to give us ten things never before shown on the site. Also note, this list is in the newly created category “Mystery” and all of our lists involving mysteries can now be found under that category in the archives or on the mystery category page.

10 More Enigmas That Defy Explanation - Listverse

Saturday, January 23, 2010

True History of The Babes in The Wood | Socyberty

English folklore claims this story as its own but it is actually more than 1200 years old and originates from the Middle East. The fairy tale about the babes in the wood is familiar to many people but there are some very ancient, historically based versions of the same story.

Image via Wikipedia

The life of Sammu-rammat, the most powerful woman in Mesopotamian history. (Mespotamia is the name given to the ancient lands that lay between the rivers Tigris and Euphrates), is the well documented source of the children’s  fairy story.
Greek historian Herodotus told the story of Sammu-rammat who was born around 800BC and married Shamsi-Adad V, the King of Assyria. When the King, her husband died in 812BC, she took the role of regent for her son who was too young to rule as King, establishing and building strong political and economic bonds between the neighbouring countries of Babylon and Assyria.

Full article:

True History of The Babes in The Wood | Socyberty 

by Louie Jerome

Friday, January 22, 2010

No Rest for The Weary: The Astonishing Sequel to a Mutiny

The crew of the H.M.S. Bounty mutinied, leaving their captain, Lt. William Bligh, and a few companions to fend for themselves in an open in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Bligh survived his ordeal to become an admiral, but the tale of what happened to the ship and its mutinous crew is one of the most bizarre in the annals of the sea.

Full story:

No Rest for The Weary: The Astonishing Sequel to a Mutiny

by Mr Ghaz


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

21st December 2012 ; World’s End?

Following the recent release of the film 2012, staring John Cusak, there has been an increased interest in the theory that the world will end on 21st December 2012.  There have also been several books that have been written on the subject such as:

2012 The Return of Quetzalcoatl by Daniel Pinchbeck
Beyond 2012: Catastrophe or Awakenings?  By Geoff Stray and John Major Jenkins
Apocalypse 2012: An Investigation Into Civilisations End by Lawrence E Joseph

The basis that the world will end on 21st December 2012 has stemmed from the Mesoamerican Long Count Calendar, whereby the 13th b’ak’tun ends.

An article surrounding the Mayan prediction that the world will end on 21st December 2012.

Full story:

21st December 2012 ; World’s End?

by Olivia Van Logum 

Friday, January 15, 2010

Advanced Imaging Reveals a Computer 1,500 Years Ahead of Its Time...

X-rays and advanced photography have uncovered the true complexity of the mysterious Antikythera mechanism, a device so astonishing that its discovery is like finding a functional Buick in medieval Europe.
In 1900, some divers found the wreck of a Roman vessel off the Greek island of Antikythera. Among the other treasures remanded to the Greek government was an unassuming corroded lump. Some time later, the lump fell apart, revealing a damaged machine of unknown purpose, with some large gears and many smaller cogs, plus a few engraved words in Greek. Early studies suggested it was some type of astronomical time-keeping device – researcher Derek J. de Solla Price laid the groundwork by establishing initial tooth counts and suggesting that the device followed the Metonic cycle, a 235-month pattern commonly used to predict eclipses in the ancient world.

A "We Come From the Future" Article:

Advanced Imaging Reveals a Computer 1,500 Years Ahead of Its Time

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Nostradamus and The Death of Henri 2: A Conspiracy? | Socyberty

Despite warnings from Nostradamus and the Queen, Catherine de Medici, the King of France, Henri II, insisted on taking part in a three-day tournament to celebrate the forthcoming double marriage of his sister and his daughter to, respectively, the Duke of Savoy and King Philip II of Spain.

One of the most celebrated quatrains of Nostradamus is found in the earliest edition of the Centuries, published at Lyons in 1555. Quatrain 35 of the First Centuries immediately lifted him into celebrity. Nostradamus announced the quatrain as a prediction to King Henri II himself, several years before the “accident” happened in the summer of 1559...

The younger lion will triumph over the older

by single combat, on the field of war

will his eyes be pierced in a golden cage -

two breaks made one and then a cruel death.

Full story:
Nostradamus and The Death of Henri 2: A Conspiracy? | Socyberty

Monday, January 11, 2010

Future World: The Quest Continues...

Whether it be optimistic visions of social progress and technological advances such as space and time travel, or doom-laden predictions of totalitarianism and Armageddon, human beings have been imagining future worlds for centuries.
Whether it be optimistic visions of social progress and technological advances such as space and time travel, or doom-laden predictions of totalitarianism and Armageddon, human beings have been imagining future worlds for centuries.

Here are 10 Future World Visions, in

Future World: The Quest Continues...

by papaleng  

With 2012 Fast Approaching: 10 Apocalypse Predictions That Failed Miserably


There are so many people in the world who are predicting the end of the world in 2012. Sometimes to predict the future we have to look at the past. With that in mind, here are 10 apocalypse predictions that failed miserably. Here is the first one:

1 February 1524

Way back when, there was a massive flood that saw the whole world submerged in water (allegedly). In 1524 it was predicted that another flood would hit the world. The prediction came from a group of eminent astrologers who predicted the flood would start from the river Thames. So severe was the threat at the time, that 20,000 people fled London to seek higher ground. The flood, of course, never happened.

Read All About the Other Apocalypse Predictions:

With 2012 Fast Approaching: 10 Apocalypse Predictions That Failed Miserably

by Alistair Briggs 

Friday, January 08, 2010

Helena, Empress and Saint

Flavia Iulia Helena is one of the few early saints that really existed. She must have been an energetic lady into high age. She shared the Roman Emperors penchant for building representative stone piles and went on a spending spree over churches. According to legend, she was one of the first archaeologists and an avid collector of bric-a-brac.

Legend had her doing excavating work under the temple of Aphrodite erected by Emperor Hadrian over Golgotha and the Sepulchre. She was credited with finding the Sepulchre and the wood of the true cross. By the time she was leaving Palestine by ship, she had mysteriously acquired the nails as well, and the mummified bodies of the three Magi.

Full story by Lucas Dié:

Helena, Empress and Saint

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Some Links to the Holy Blood & The Holy Grail... of Bruges, Belgium

  • Joris-Karl Huysmans and the Essence of Decadence
    The French writer Joris-Karl Huysmans started his career as a naturalist, but with A Rebours ("Against Nature") he wrote "the bible of decadence" and with Down There a history of Satanism, facts turned into fiction, a masterpiece of occult horror.
  • Down There: A History of Satanism
    In 1890, the already famous French "decadent" writer Joris-Karl Huysmans wrote to a friend that he was looking for "a demoniac sodomite priest" who performed the black mass. He needed him for a new book, now known as Là-bas or Down There.
  • The Satanist Chaplain of the Holy Blood
    In 1891 Joris-Karl Huysmans published his novel Là-bas in which he paints a fantasy of Satanism, such as it was reportedly still practiced at that time in Paris. One of the most sinister figures however was the Chaplain of the Holy Blood of Bruges.


    • The Code of the Holy Blood     Imagine... According to J.K. Huysmans, the Chaplain of the Holy Blood Chapel of Bruges, Louis Van Haecke, was a "Super Satanist"... And he also wrote a book... about the Precious Blood of Bruges... with a Code in it!

      • Rennes-le-Château and the Holy Blood of Bruges
        Rennes-le-Château, a small medieval village in southwestern France, is internationally renowned for being in the middle of probably the greatest Conspiracy Theory of the 20th Century. A local restaurant owner wanted to increase business and spread some rumours of a lost treasure… And this was the origin for the non-fiction bestseller The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail or Dan Brown’s historical faction thriller The Da Vinci Code.
      • The Holy Blood of Bruges, a New Jerusalem
        The Holy Blood of Christ seems to have turned medieval Bruges (in Flanders, Belgium) into a Holy City. It's what, since the 19th century, made tourism popular in Bruges. But maybe this Holy City is not as holy as it seems...
      • The Holy Sepulchre of Bruges-la-Morte
        Visiting the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Bruges-La-Morte, the Venice of the North, is a strange and morbid experience. Not only because the Holy Grave is to be found here, or a statue of the dead Christ,...
      Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Bruges

      • Perceval and the Grail of Bruges: By Chrétien De Troyes
        Chrétien de Troyes composed his famous epic poem Perceval, the Story of the Grail) between 1181 and 1191 for his patron Philip of Alsace, Count of Flanders. When he died, he left us with an unfinished masterpiece and a handful of mysteries...

      The Holy Blood Procession in Bruges

      Every year in Bruges, on Ascension Day, the Procession of the Holy Blood takes place. The centerpiece is the coagulated relic of the Precious Blood of Christ. Sixty to hundred thousand spectators are watching this parade of historical and biblical scenes.