A formation of larch trees in the shape of a swastika was discovered…

swastika-treesA formation of larch trees in the shape of a swastika was discovered in Germany in 1992. The formation, only visible in the fall, went unnoticed for 60 years. After that discovery, other forest swastikas were found in Germany and beyond.

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In Feb. 24, 1942, the US Military ordered a total black…

Battle_of_Los_Angeles_LATimes_smallIn Feb. 24, 1942, the US Military ordered a total black out of Los Angeles and fired 1,400 anti-air artillery and thousands of .50 caliber shots at a hovering object for 1 hour. When documenting the incident in 1983, the U.S. Office of Air Force History attributed the event to a case of “war nerves” likely triggered by a lost weather balloon and exacerbated by stray flares and shell bursts from adjoining batteries.

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The FBI thought it was plausible enough that Hitler…

hitler-argentina-smallThe FBI thought it was plausible enough that Hitler faked his suicide that they investigated South American Hitler sightings.

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Oldest writing symbols (before Sumerians …

Tărtăria_tablets_smallOldest writing symbols (before Sumerians, hieroglyphs and Dead Sea Scrolls) was found at Tărtăria, Romania, on three small tablets dated around 5300 BC.

The Tărtăria tablets are three tablets, discovered in 1961 by archaeologist Nicolae Vlassa at a Neolithic site in the village of Tărtăria (about 30 km (19 mi) from Alba Iulia), in Romania. The tablets, dated to around 5300 BC, bear incised symbols known as Vinča symbols.

These tablets, together with the symbols have been the subject of considerable controversy among archaeologists. It happened so because it is (still) hard to prove that these symbols represent, in fact, a type of language. Yet, these remains the oldest symbols known that could be associated with a type of writing.

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In the 14th century a Vedic scholar estimated…

speed_of_LightIn the 14th century, a Vedic scholar estimated the speed of light with unbelievable accuracy. Louisiana State University Professor Subash Kak recently discovered a statement by 14th century Vedic scholar Sayana. In his commentary on a hymn in the Rig Veda, Sayana said:

“With deep respect, I bow to the sun, who travels 2,202 yojanas in half a nimesha.”

A yojana is approximately 9 miles; A nimesha is 16/75 of a second. Therefore, 2,202 yojanas X 9 miles X 75/8 nimeshas = 185,794 miles per second.

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A pair of twins June and Jennifer spoke…

Silent_Twins_June_Jennifer_Gibbons_smallA pair of twins, June and Jennifer, spoke in a cryptic language only to each other for 30 years. After 14 years in a mental hospital, one of the twins was found dead, with no apparent cause. The living twin finally spoke: “I’m free at last, liberated, and Jennifer has given up her life for me.”

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There are pictures of Knights fighting S …

KnightvSnail-smallThere are pictures of Knights fighting Snails in old Medieval manuscripts – and nobody knows why.

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A captive shark, vomited up another, dif …

sharkarmcaseA captive shark, vomited up another, different shark, which had a human arm in it’s belly, and the arm was used to solve a murder.

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When the time came a few years ago…

shaman_smWhen the time came a few years ago to find an Inuktitut term for the word “Internet,” Nunavut’s former Official Languages Commissioner, Eva Aariak, chose ikiaqqivik, or “traveling through layers”. The word comes from the concept describing what a shaman does when asked to find out about living or deceased relatives or where animals have disappeared to: travel across time and space to find answers. According to the elders, shamans used to travel all over the world: to the bottom of the ocean, to the stratosphere, and even to the moon. In fact, the 1969 moon landing did not impress Inuit elders. They simply said, “We’ve already been there!” Coincidentally, the Internet model does really consist of 7 layers.

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Most bamboo species only flower once every several decades…

BambooMost bamboo species only flower once every several decades, the entire population flowering at once; and, when one variety flowers, the entire variety flowers at the same time the world over, regardless of location, climate, or any other known factors, for reasons scientists have yet to discern.

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