Category: History

Victorian inventions that DIDN’T change the world

Victorian inventions that DIDN’T change the world

Via Daily Mail A collection of bizarre Victorian inventions that never quite made it past the prototype stage have been revealed in a new book. It was the incredible era when Thomas Edison invented the lightbulb, George Stephenson was busy with his first steam engine and engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel designed the first propeller-driven transatlantic steamship. But the display, which has been […]

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The Fayum mummy portraits

The Fayum mummy portraits

By Mike Dash/A Blast FromThe Past She is very beautiful. Her face is flawless: long and lightly tanned, the nose long too, but neat and narrow, the brows crafted, the chin just firm enough to suggest a certain liveliness of character. She has dark hair, and one gets the distinct impression that it has potential for unruliness, but it has been called to order and […]

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Did you know that Jesus Christ’s tomb is in Japan?

Did you know that Jesus Christ’s tomb is in Japan?

By Cyriaque Lamar/i09 In the 2,800-person village of Shingō in Japan’s Aomori prefecture, you can visit a tourist attraction that earns almost doodlysquat fanfare despite its world-shattering theological ramifications. I am, of course, talking about the grave of Jesus Christ. What, you didn’t know that Jesus escaped crucifixion and emigrated to northern Japan to become a rice farmer?……

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The Real Story Of Apollo 17… And Why We Never Went Back To The Moon

The Real Story Of Apollo 17… And Why We Never Went Back To The Moon

By Andrew Liptak/i09 On December 11, 1972, Apollo 17 touched down on the Moon. This was not only our final Moon landing, but the last time we left Low Earth Orbit. With the successful launch of the Orion capsule, NASA is finally poised to go further again. So it’s important to remember how we got to the Moon — and […]

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“The King’s Mirror” Offers Medieval Forteana at its Finest

“The King’s Mirror” Offers Medieval Forteana at its Finest

By Micah Hanks/Mysterious Universe In researching the history of strange happenings, Charles Fort is a name that often comes to mind. His prolific research into all things unusual during the early part of the twentieth century became such a staple to the community of followers that would begin promoting his work that his name was, and today still is, often used in […]

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What really happened aboard the Mary Celeste?

What really happened aboard the Mary Celeste?

By Jess Blumberg/Smithsonian More than a century after her crew went missing, a scenario is emerging The British brig Dei Gratia was about 400 miles east of the Azores on December 5, 1872, when crew members spotted a ship adrift in the choppy seas. Capt. David Morehouse was taken aback to discover that the unguided vessel was the Mary Celeste, […]

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The Monster of Bedburg: A Werewolf?

The Monster of Bedburg: A Werewolf?

By Patrick Rahall/Epoch Times In 1589, in a small town in Germany not too far from Cologne terrible things were happening. It started with cattle mutilations, and the locals feared a vicious predator was on the prowl. A wolf was the first suspect. Then children began disappearing, and it was presumed a pack of wolves was wreaking havoc on the […]

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The ‘Unlucky Mummy’ Said to Have Sunk the Titanic

The ‘Unlucky Mummy’ Said to Have Sunk the Titanic

By Tara MacIsaac, Epoch Times/Via Ancient-Origins Strange occurrences have been said to eddy around an ancient Egyptian artifact, known as the “Unlucky Mummy,” since it was taken from Egypt to Europe in the 19th century. Some of these stories are certainly myth, but some were allegedly verified by a journalist of the early 20th century. This journalist, Bertram Fletcher Robinson, purportedly […]

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Remembering Star Trek – 50 Years On

Remembering Star Trek – 50 Years On

Via Dave Reneke Fifty years ago this week, on a series of rather decrepit sound-stages in California, Star Trek started filming its first pilot. It was rejected by NBC network execs who were nevertheless sufficiently intrigued to order a second pilot. It ended up spawning a show that lasted three seasons, went into countless repeats, and eventually led to more shows […]

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The Elvis Presley coverup

The Elvis Presley coverup

This cover image released by RCA/Legacy shows the box set for Elvis Presley, “Elvis: Prince From Another Planet.” (AP Photo/RCA/Legacy) (Credit: Uncredited) By Joel Williamson/Salon What America didn’t hear about the death of the king.  After Presley’s death, an effort was launched to protect the reputation of the hospital that had treated him…..  Excerpted from “Elvis Presley: A Southern Life.” READ […]

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