Thursday, June 24, 2010

10 Absurd Ancient Beliefs


by Tanya

Drilling A Hole, Is The Cure


Drilling A Hole, Is The Cure

We all need something to believe in. Kids believe that Santa Claus exists and adults believe that they can fool their kids by dressing up as a fat, red, bearded guy with a pot belly. Even in ancient times beliefs played an important role as they helped different civilizations define themselves and have a unique identity. These beliefs can arise out of some childhood incident, a common folklore, by observation, by parents trying to hide a dirty little secret (Oh you were brought to us by stork) or sometimes out of nothing. That is, it has no source of origin, no proof to support its truthfulness and no theory to justify it, yet people still hold them and live by them no matter how pointless and ridiculous they are. Presented below are examples of 10 such beliefs that are so senseless and absurd that you are guaranteed to have at least one WTF moment by the end of this article.

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Heinrich Himmler, Astrology and Nazi Occultism

by Richard Wing

Heinrich Himmler the notoriously ruthless chief of Hitler’s Schutzstaffel (SS) and one of the most compelling Nazi’s was an insatiable and avid occultist enamored by unorthodox theories inspired by astronomer, Hans Horbiger’s cosmic influence of the world ice theory. As well as his personal astrologist, Wilhelm Wulff, Horbiger’s hypothesis derived from his notion that a block of ice had hit the sun and created a volatile explosion. The sun’s rotation spewed out molten matter, thereby creating the milky way, our solar system. There was no science to support this outlandish theory then, even contrary exact science of the day defied this extraordinary theory.
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Friday, June 11, 2010

Edutainment: Who Were the Amazons?

Who Were the Amazons?

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What is known of the actual Amazons within the Aegean is very little, and yet intrigue about a race of dominant warrior women in the bronze age has flourished from ancient times into the present. The obvious question asked by most scholars has been, "who were the Amazons, and did they actually exist?".
Research into the Amazons is extremely limited and at times contradictory. There are numerous accounts of the origins of the Amazons, most concurring that the black sea region was their original settlement. To what extent the Amazons settled into the Black Sea region has not been fully ascertained. Some sources say they reached as far south as Libya, some to the Anatolia peninsula, others as far west as the Mongolian region of Eurasia.

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Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Sir Isaac Newton and Alchemy

Sir Isaac Newton is well known for his ground breaking work in the fields of science and mathematics, but what is less well known is that he spent around 30 years meticulously studying the mysterious art of alchemy.
Sir Isaac Newton is most famous for the quantification of gravitational attraction, discovering that white light is actually a mixture of immutable spectral colours and the formulation of calculus.  However it is less well documented that Newton spent 30 years engaged in the study of the mysterious art of alchemy, or as it was more commonly known then, chymistry.
Only a tiny fraction of Newton’s work on alchemy has been published but he wrote around a million words on the subject including laboratory notes, indexes of alchemical substances and transcripts from other sources.

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Saturday, June 05, 2010

The Mystery of the Oak Island Money Pit

The Oak Island Money Pit was discovered in 1795, by a young man, named Daniel McGinnis. Daniel had gone on a fishing trip and wound up exploring Oak Island. During his exploration he found a tree that had strange markings on it. In fact, the tree looked as if it had been used to anchor a pulley device. He also noticed sunken earth beneath the tree. Daniel decided to return to Oak Island the following day, with two friends and some tools for digging. They began to dig at the site and soon realized that they had found something quite interesting. That something would come to be known as the Oak Island Money Pit.
The first thing that Daniel and his two friends discovered was a layer of carefully placed flagstones. This was followed by a layer of logs. The hole and its components eventually proved too much for the young men and their simple tools and so they returned home empty-handed. They decided that they would have to return to the site. However they did not return to the Oak Island Money Pit for another eight or nine years.
The trio eventually joined up with a local man who was willing to fund the digging at Oak Island. When Daniel and the group returned, they found the Money Pit exactly as they had left it. When they began digging again, they discovered even more layers of logs and they also found layers of putty and coconut fiber.

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Friday, June 04, 2010

A Straight and Narrow Path: The Puzzle of The Lines That Mark The Earth | Socyberty

by Mr Ghaz

What the lines are, who laid them out and why, are puzzles that have taxed the ingenuity of researchers from fields of study as diverse as mathematics, archeology, and dowsing. There are many clues but no final answers to the numerous questions they pose.

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High in the Bolivian Andes, straight pathways run for miles across the mountains and the plains that lie in between. In Vermont, Massachusetts, Ohio, and California, long-forgotten stones, put in place in the distant pre-Columbian past, mark lines that are just as long and just as true. Across Europe the lines march undeviatingly through the landscape, linking hilltop to church spire to pagan monument.

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