"Shirley Temple, who charmed the nation as a child movie star in the 1930s and went on to become one of the nation’s diplomats in posts that included ambassador to Czechoslovakia during the Cold War, has died.
She was 85.”
Music is a safe kind of high.
The antikythera mechanism is currently housed in the Greek National Archaeological Museum in Athens and is thought to be one of the most complicated antiques in existence. At the beginning of the 20th century, divers off the island of Antikythera came across this clocklike mechanism, which is thought to be at least 2,000 years old, in the wreckage of a cargo ship. The device was very thin and made of bronze. It was mounted in a wooden frame and had more than 2,000 characters inscribed all over it. Though nearly 95 percent of these have been deciphered by experts, there as not been a publication of the full text of the inscription.
Today it is believed that this instrument was a kind of mechanical analog computer used to calculate the movements of stars and planets in astronomy. It has been estimated that the antikythera mechanism was built around 87 B.C and was lost in 76 B.C. No one has any idea about why or how it came to be on that ill-fated cargo ship. The ship was Roman though the antikythera mechanism was developed in Greece. One theory suggests that the reason it came to be on the Roman ship could be because the instrument was among the spoils of war garnered by then Roman emperor Julius Caesar.
X-rays of the device have indicated that there are at least 30 different gears present in it. British historian Derek Price has done extensive research on what the antikythera mechanism may have been used for. It was not until 1959 that Price put forth the theory that the device was used in astronomy to make calculations and predictions. In 1974, Price presented a model of how the antikythera mechanism might have functioned. When past or future dates were entered into the device it calculated the astronomical information related to the Sun, Moon, and other planets.
Some of these findings have been confirmed by more recent researches undertaken by scholars and scientists. However, the full extent of the instrument’s functions still remains unknown.
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Reports of the Nandi Bear have been coming out of western Africa from as early as the 1900’s, however the native people have been encountering the beast for much longer. The creature takes its name from the Nandi people which call western Kenya their home. The Nandi people call the creature “Kent’ and believe that when the Nandi Bear takes a human life, it only does so to eat the brains.
Described as being about the same size as a large lion and resembling that of a hyena with a brownish red to a dark color coat, the name Nandi Bear can be a bit misleading. The name comes from two factors, its frequent sightings by the Nandi people and its apparent bear like facial features and stride. The only known bear species in Africa, the Atlas Bear, which lived some distance away in the Atlas Mountains, is said to have gone extinct some time ago due to over hunting by the Roman Empire, leaving us with one question, what is the Nandi Bear?
The Winchester Mystery House
The Winchester Mansion is located in San Jose California. Tours are given
on a daily basis, and on Halloween and every Friday the 13th there are
flashlight tours. The Mansion has a very interesting history.
Sarah Winchester was once a prominent member of the Boston elite society.
After the deaths of her only child, a girl, and Sarah’s husband who was the
son and heir of the man who produced the Winchester repeating rifles, Sarah
thought the reason her child and husband had died was because the spirits of
everyone killed by the Winchester rifle had taken them and placed a curse on
the Winchesters. The only way to appease the spirits was to build a mansion
and keep building it forever. Thus began a 38 year quest by Sarah Winchester
to not only appease the spirits but confuse them as well so they couldn’t
The wealthy Mrs. Winchester at the age of 44 travelled alone to San Jose
California to build a mansion and kept the construction for the next 38 years
until her death. The house at one time rose 7 stories and contained a maze
of rooms, hallways, staircases and doors. She named her mystery house Llanda
Villa. It was a 160 room mansion although Sarah closed off the front 30
rooms . She boarded them up after an earthquake in 1906. She took the
earthquake as a sign that the spirits were unhappy with the way the
construction was going. However estimates point to over 600 rooms built and
demolished over a 38 year time frame.
One feature of the Mansion was a bell tower, where the bell was rung
every night at about midnight to summon the spirits. Sarah would then ask
the good spirits how they wanted the mansion constructed. The bell would
again ring out at 2 am. to signal the spirits that it was time to leave.
Sarah would emerge from the seance room with new plans for the construction
workers. She claimed the good spirits gave her the plans to help her confuse
the bad spirits so they couldn’t get to her.
Many psychics have spent the night at the Winchester Mansion hoping to
contact the spirits that reside there. They were not disapointed.
Experiences include organ music being heard in the Blue Room where Sarah
died. In Sarah’s bedroom cold spots are felt and red balls of light are seen
that seem to explode and fade. Apparitions of a couple lingering in the
corner of the bedroom clothed in servants garb dating to the early 20th
century. The sense of being watched is also felt in many parts of the house.
During one seance a psychic appeared to age dramatically and take on the
physical appearence of Sarah. Although most people who have felt Sarah have
said she is a kind and gentle spirit.
A caretaker who worked at the house for several years said he heard
breathing in one room, and once had followed the sound of footsteps to the
doorway of Sarahs bedroom. Both instances he was alone. Another worker in
the house claimed to have heard his name whispered. While still others have
sensed being watched, hearing footsteps, and perhapes the strangest of all,
the smell of chicken soup coming from the front kitchen that had not been in
use for several years.
Apparitions of Sarh have been seen and photographed as well as a man in
overalls. Many episodes of lights turning off and on by themselves when the
house is empty and locked up for the night. Also a room in the house was
flooded, every item in the room was soaked. Upon further inspection of the
room the floor, the ceiling and the walls were completely dry.
Although Sarah Winchester lived her life in solitude and reclusive for
the last 38 years of her life, it would seem she enjoys putting on a show for
the workers and tour groups who visit her unique home now.
Cool. I want to see the house for its design. Curious.
I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound or stab us.