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Six ancient sports too awesome for the modern world

Published on November 2nd, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

Cracked, purveyor of fun lists, has compiled a list of six ancient sports that are “too awesome for the modern world”. Remember that game Battleship? It’s not exactly the kind of game you can fill a ... Read More


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Young Tyrannosaurus Rex staged play fights

Published on November 2nd, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

Fossil evidence shows that young T-Rex dinosaurs indulged in play fights that sometimes caused serious damage to each other. Geologist Dr Joe Peterson, of Northern Illinois University, said: “Jane has what we call a boxer’s nose. ... Read More


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Animated stereoviews of old Japan

Published on November 2nd, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

Pink Tentacle has posted a collection of animated steroviews of old Japan. They are hypnotizing to watch. A stereoview consists of a pair of nearly identical images that appear three-dimensional when viewed through a stereoscope, because each eye ... Read More


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Prehistoric human remains found in Nevada to be reburied

Published on November 2nd, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

Prehistoric human remains found during construction in Nevada have been turned over to the Santee Sioux tribe for reburial. The skeletons of a man and woman were found Sept. 13 by farmer Warren Jessen, who was ... Read More


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Babylonian seal found in Egypt

Published on November 2nd, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

Archaeologists have found a Babylonian seal in Egypt, confirming contact between the Babylonians and the Hyksos during the second millennium B.C. Irene Forstner-Müller, the head of the Austrian Archaeological Institute’s (ÖAI) branch office in Cairo, said ... Read More


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Logging caused Nazca civilization collapse

Published on November 2nd, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

Archaeologists have found that one reason for the demise of the Nazca civilization in Peru was due to logging. The Nazca are famous for creating complex line drawings that can only be seen from the air ... Read More


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12-year-old was youngest WWI British soldier

Published on November 2nd, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

A 12-year-old boy who fought at the Battle of the Somme is youngest known British soldier to have served in the First World War. Mr Maher had told a recruiting officer that he was 18 to ... Read More


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The historical reason why we wear costumes on Halloween

Published on October 30th, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

National Geographic has an interesting article about the history of (and the business of) Halloween. In addition to sacrificing animals to the gods and gathering around bonfires, Celts often wore costumes—probably animal skins—to confuse spirits, perhaps ... Read More


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