Friday, May 30, 2008


Isolated tribe spotted in Brazil [BBC News]

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Thursday, May 29, 2008


In other recent findings at Stonehenge and adjacent sites, archaeologists uncovered a piece of a red deer antler that was apparently used as a pick for digging. It was found in what is known as the Stonehenge Greater Cursus, a cigar-shaped ditched enclosure nearly two miles long, and is thought to have a sacred significance.

Julian Thomas, an archaeologist at the University of Manchester who led this investigation, said the antler was dated at 3630 to 3375 B.C. That puts the cursus about 1,000 years before the large stones were erected, meaning, he said, that “this landscape maintains its significance over a long period of time.”


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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Witty NYPost Headline

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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Masters in Robin Hoodology

The Robin Hood Studies Pathway

"This new and exciting multi-disciplinary pathway provides an opportunity for in-depth exploration of the origins and development of one of England’s most enduring legendary figures."

The Robin Hood Studies Pathway [The University of Nottingham]

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Tuesday, May 06, 2008


Sinai Peninsula


Nimbus III

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Monday, May 05, 2008

Hands of Glory

Via Wikipedia: "The Hand of Glory is the dried and pickled hand of a man who has been hanged, often specified as being the left (Latin: sinister) hand, or else, if the man were hanged for murder, the hand that "did the deed."

According to old European beliefs, a candle made of the fat from a malefactor who died on the gallows, virgin wax, and Lapland sesame oil (the candle could only be put out with milk), and the hand having come from the said hanged criminal, lighted and placed in the Hand of Glory (as in a candlestick) would have rendered motionless all persons to whom it was presented. (In another version the hair of the dead man is used as a wick, also the candle is said to give light only to the holder.) The Hand of Glory also purportedly had the power to unlock any door it came across.

The legend is traceable to about 1440, but the name only dates from 1707. It was originally a name for the mandrake root...that became conflated with the earlier legend. The confusion may have occurred because mandrakes are said to grow beneath the bodies of hanged criminals."

AT Europe: Paris - Court Circuit Salon at Espace Blancs Manteaux [Apartment Therapy]
Mandrake [Wordhumper]
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