The Moon Rabbit: an explanation about the Pareidolia of the lunar craters.

You know, simply put, the markings on the moon that look like a rabbit pounding in a pestle? This is what is known in science as a ‘pareidolia’, an image or sound that appears to be something significant. The Moon: how many poems and legends has inspired with its pale, romantic glow. Of these legends one expecially strikes in particular for its ancient and poignant beauty. Originally of oriental culture, the legend of the “rabbit on the moon” is little known in the West. His protagonist is a bunny, who…

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The Aircraft Disaster of the Canadian Airlines 108: the uxoricide with more Victims of History

On September 9, 1949 Flight 108 crashed without apparent reasons, and the count of the victims reached 23 people. The Canadian Pacific Airlines risk a situation of extreme hardship for the reparations, but fortunately (for the company) the airplane traveled with 10 minutes delay, a detail that seems insignificant but that allowed to reconstruct the motive of one of the most diabolical massacres of the history… September 9, 1949, in Québec, seems a day like many others. At the airport, the control tower follows on the radar, among the many…

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Caerleon Amphitheatre: the King Arthur’s legendary Round Table?

We are in the year 100 BC, in what is today south Wales, where roman soldiers were probably in search of an evening’s entertainment. They have probably gone to the amphitheater in the Isca Augusta fortress, that now is a well-preserved site of Roman culture. But over the centuries, long after the Romans were gone, the amphitheater gained notoriety for an entirely different reason. Tradition states that it was also the site of King Arthur’s famous Round Table. Historically, the amphitheater was built around the year 90 AD outside fortress…

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Buonanotte Vecchio!

Inside its streets it is not easy to walk, going through the grown plants and the collapsed buildings on the old pedestrian streets, but some of the old houses, the furniture, the fireplaces, the still remained beds maintain their charm in the midst of so much nature and silence. Abandoned following a landslide in the early 70s, the village dates back to the twelfth century and in the beginning its name was “Malanotte”. There are several legends about the origin of the name. A curious story tells that, at the…

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The Mystery of the Medieval Fortress of Por-Bajin in Siberia.

The large archaeological site known as Por-Bajin sits on an island in the middle of Tere-Khol Lake, between the mountains of southern Siberia, and it is still one of the most mysterious ancient sites in Russia. The name Por-Bajin translates from the Tuva language as a “clay house”, and the excavations suggest that it was built in the 8th century AD, first as a palace and later converted into a monastery. The construction was probably destroyed first by an earthquake and then by a fire, leaving behind many questions and…

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The Mysterious Greek Ship on the Coral Island of Kish.

Last week, a mysterious wreck appeared on the shores of Myanmar. But there is another story, which speaks of a more or less mysterious wreck, a massive ship landed in the azure waters on the shores of Kish, known as the Greek Ship. We are off the coast of an Iranian island, where this steamship has been beautifully rusting since the 1960s. It is the ghostly husk of a dead steamship that has not left its spot since 1966 (and probably isn’t leaving any time soon), and now is sitting…

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One of the most luxurious villas of Abano Terme: Villa Mocenigo-Mainardi.

This is one of the most luxurious and important villas of Abano Terme, which hosted various famous personalities such as the playwright and writer Carlo Goldoni (who wrote “I Bagni d’Abano” here), the poet, philosopher and writer Giacomo Leopardi and the writer, adventurer and poet Giacomo Casanova. The zone was very popular among illustrious personages, and also Ugo Foscolo stayed in these parts, precisely in Villa Renier. The Moceningo-Mainardi villa is located on the outskirts of Abano, in the “Guazzi” district and dates back to the early 18th century. It…

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Bleikeller: eight naturally mummified bodies in glass coffins are housed in an underground crypt.

When Arp Schnitger, a reputed organ maker who working in Germany in the late 17th century, was assigned a portion of an underground crypt of St Peter’s Cathedral in Bremen to work in, is sure that he didn’t expect to find the mummified remains of not one, but eight residents of the German city! The crypt is located beneath the nave of the cathedral and was originally used to store lead that was used for renovations to the roof and other structures, giving to the chamber its name Bleikeller. It…

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Myanmar: a Ghost ship with no one on board runs aground on coast.

People, including authorities, are confused by this mysterious vessel but navy investigation suggests it was en route to Bangladesh to be scrapped. This is the mystery of a ghost ship, found drifting near Myanmar. The vessel, named “Sam Ratulangi PB 1600”, ran aground on Thursday (August, 30 2018) near Thongwa township in the country’s Yangon region. Coastguard, navy and police teams have been monitoring the ship since local people first spotted it earlier in the week. When the ship finally came to a standstill after hitting a sandbar, a team…

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The Roman lighthouse at the medieval castle of Dover is the oldest building in England.

Dover Castle in Kent is known as the “key to England” for its defensive importance in the last 2 millennia of history. The medieval fortress dates back to the eleventh century and is the largest and most important castle in England. The site may have been fortified already during the Iron Age, long before the Romans attacked Britain (in 43 AD with the emperor Claudius). Such an ancient date is suggested by the form of the embankments unusual for a medieval castle. The archaeological excavations suggest anthropic activities in the…

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The “Hunger Stones”: sinister messages of the past discovered in Děčín.

The low water levels in the river that begins in the Czech Republic then crosses Germany into the North Sea has exposed stones on the river bed whose appearances in history used to warn people that hard times were coming. “Wenn du mich siehst, dann weine” (If you see me, weep): this menacing warning is engraved in a rock, popped up from the bed of the Elbe river, in Czech Republic, after months of prolonged drought. This inscription is found on one of the numerous so-called “hunger stones” re-emerged from…

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The unusual story of the Cowboy Cartographer who loved California~

The “Renaissance Man of the West” collected history, geography, and personal details into his maps of different parts of California. His name was Jo Mora, and he poured the state’s whole history, including also his own life, into his incredibly detailed, extravagants maps. Joseph Jacinto Mora knew all the dogs in Carmel-By-The-Sea, California. For example, he knew Bess, a friendly brown mutt who hung out at the livery stables, but also Bobby Durham, a pointy-eared rascal who did his own shopping at the butcher’s. He knew Captain Grizzly, an Irish…

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Phare du Four

The Four channel runs along the end of the Léon and avoids the bypass west of the archipelago of Molène and Ouessant. Shortcut useful but dangerous, it was for a long time very imperfectly indicated. In the early 1860s, the Nautical Commission approved the construction of a lighthouse at each end of the channel and the first recognition took place in June 1862. The “roche du Four”, a granite block a block of granite 25 meters in diameter and a height of 11.50 meters with at the top, is the…

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27 Photos of Anne Geddes’ babies all grown up!

Anne Geddes became famous for photographing baby pictures in the 1990s and early 2000s. The photographer is probably the most famous author for her sweet portraits of children. The images of newborns dressed as a bee, butterfly or simply kept in their parents’ arms are around the world, becoming a real “Geddes” style. The artist is Australian but lives and works in New Zealand, where she made most of her images. The celebrity arrived in the early 90s thanks to calendars, greeting cards, advertising images and much more, all of…

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The migrants that led Roman Empire to collapse….

According to the major part of historians, It was the mismanagement of the migratory wave of Goths in the fourth century generated the hostilities at the base of the Battle of Adrianople, the beginning of the end for the Western Roman Empire. On August 9, 378 AD, in Adrianople, in Thrace, now the province of Edirne, in Turkey, one of the worst military defeats ever suffered by the Romans was recorded: the massacre of 30 thousand soldiers of the Empire. The Eastern Roman emperor Flavius Julius Valens Augustus, simply known…

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Île Vierge: the highest lighthouse in Europe.

Île Vierge (Virgin Island) is located just 1.5km off the coast, to the north-east of the entrance to the Aber-Wrac’h. Different hypothesis are available about the name of this small island of seven hectares. Probably come from to the difficulty of sustaining plantations on this windswept island? Or from the chapel that was built on the island and dedicated to the Virgin? Or still, is this name related to a Franciscan monastery that was erected in 1440? It is a mistery! In the mid-15th century, the Friars Minor known as…

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Madoc: the legend of the Prince of Wales who discovered America. True or false?

History books tells that the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus (1451-1506 AD) is the official discoverer of the New World. However, he has already been dethroned, in fact most historians now agree that the first known Europeans in the New World were the Vikings led by Leif Erikson around 1000 AD. There is, however, another European who is also claimed to have reached the New World before 1492, the Welsh Prince Madoc. According to the legend, around 1.170, Madoc, sailed with his fleet to the West, to the American continent, three…

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Maggie Wall’s Memorial: a misterious Witch memorial in Scotland.

We are outside of a small village of Dunning, located in the former parklands of Duncrub Castle, where there is a misterious monument. It’s a collection of stones about 6 meters high, topped with a cross and decorated with gifts left by visitors, like pennies, feathers, shells, fluffy stuffed animals, and tiny tea candles. Looking at it from a distance, it seems a sort of battle memorial, and seen close up, the monument quickly tells its story: the stones records the words in stark white lettering: “Maggie Wall burnt here…

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The sad (short) story of the Ortona’s funicolar.

Around 1863/1864, with the opening of the Adriatic railway and the creation of the first craft activities followed by a silent urban development, in Ortona there was a need to connect the sea area with the historical center more effectively. Towards the end of the 19th century, technicians and administrators oriented towards the construction of a mechanism on an hypothetical inclined plane to go up the side of the hill from the bottom (port) to the top (city): the funicular system, already operating in other Italian cities, like Biella, Mondovì,…

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The cult of beauty: the cranial deformations of the Mangbetu tribe.

The Mangbetu are a people of Central Africa, located in the north-eastern part of the Congo. The name Mangbetu refers, strictly speaking, only to the aristocracy of the people, who during the course of the nineteenth century established a number of powerful kingdoms. A more specific use of the term identifies the “Mangbetu” as the people who “govern”. The Mangbetu impressed the first European travelers with their political institutions and their art, in particular their extraordinary ability as builders, potters and sculptors. They also became famous for their alleged cannibalism…

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Cancale, the Breton oyster capital.

“Comme un oiseau géant se garant des tempêtes au creux des rochers et des falaises hautes, Cancale se blottit, frileuse, au pied des côtes. ” Like a giant bird, guarding from the storms in the immersions of the cliffs and high rocks, Cancale nestles to the foot of the coast. Thomas Maisonneuve It’s easy will be amazed by Cancale, Kankaven in Breton, a small fishing village, nestling at the foot of granite cliffs, in the bay of Mont St Michel: taditional granite houses, the oyster market, the smell of the…

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Moulin de Moidrey: a still working windmill near Mont St-Michel

Perched on a hill, this old working windmill dates to the early 19th century, is just 5 km from Mont St-Michel and overlooks the bay. Here is possible purchase a variety of flours, but also cider and wheat. The process of milling has remained the same over the years, and now produces flour using techniques from yesteryear with its wood mechanism and stone grinding wheel. First the chaff is removed from the wheat as it tumbles in some baskets, so, turning the crank at the end of the box rotates…

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Photographs from the Psychiatric Hospital of Cleveland in 1946

Some years ago, the psychiatric hospitals were strange and disturbing, places of pain and suffering, and almost always of terror for the patients. Jerry Cooke and Mary Delaney Cooke, husband and wife, carried out a photo shoot at the Cleveland Psychiatric Hospital in 1946, documenting the situation of the internees and their sufferings, which was purchased by LIFE magazine in the same year. The article was used to make known the conditions of detention of the institution, a first example used to oblige those responsible for these health facilities to…

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Bigger and More Beautiful? The curious labial deformations of the Mursi tribe.

The Mursi people is one of the last groups in Africa among which it is still customary, among women only, to wear labial plates that can greatly enlarge the diameter of the lower and upper lip. The shape of the deformed lip has become the main distinguishing feature of the Mursi, making it one of the most interesting anthropological singularities of Ethiopia. To obtain this aesthetic change, a girl’s lower lip is cut by her mother or another woman in the village when she is about 15 or 16 years…

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Mary Celeste: the mistery of the Ghost Ship whose crew vanished into thin air.

On the causes of the disappearance of the crew and the abandonment of the Canadian brigantine Mary Celeste in 1872 every hypothesis was considered, from the most imaginative, to the most realistic. Despite this, almost two centuries after its construction, the story of Mary Celeste remains one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of the sea. Built in 1861 in Spencer Island, Canada, the brig-ship was initially baptized with the name “Amazon”. Following a series of unfortunate events, including a shipwreck and the death of the first two captains who commanded…

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L’Aquila: the images 9 years after 2009 earthquake.

On April 6, 2009 a severe earthquake that occurred near the city of L’Aquila in the Abruzzi region of central Italy. The magnitude-6.3 tremor struck at 3:32 AM local time, extensively damaging the of L’Aquila. The earthquake resulted from “normal” faulting on the northwest-southeast-trending Paganica Fault. For more than three months after the main earthquake, there were thousands of aftershocks. In all, more than 300 people died, and an estimated 60,000 were left homeless. In this exclusive photogallery, photographs taken in the capital city of Abruzzo in July this year, 2018,…

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Murcia, Spain: Entierro de la Sardina

In Murcia, Spain, the three-day long Entierro de la Sardina, also know as “Burial of the Sardine”, celebrates the end of Lent, and the welcome return to a less abstemious lifestyle. Beginning the Thursday following Easter and culminating on Saturday with setting fire to an enormous papier-mâché sardine, the event also includes parades featuring with various of mythological creatures. Throughout the weekend, classic popular characters such as El Gran Pez, a fish-headed mascot, wave from eccentric and colorful floats flanked by musicians, scantily clad dancers, acrobats, of course, in true…

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The Medieval Castle of Chillingham: the most haunted castle in Britain!

Chillingham Castle is a medieval castle in the village of the same name in Northumberland, England. From the fifteenth century until the eighties it was the home of the Gray and Bennet families, until Sir Humphry Wakefield bought the property, also marrying a member of the Gray family. Around the castle there is the “Chillingham Cattle”, a very rare herd of cattle with about 90 animals. The history of the castle is very long and has its roots in the low medieval period. In 1298 King Edward I passed by…

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Portland, Oregon: The Witch’s Castle~

These old stone ruins, lost in the Oregon nature, were once bathrooms and are steeped in legends of murder. From stories of murder to the site of high school keggers, the ruins that are now known as “The Witch’s Castle” have lived a fair amount of lives, and none of them were very happy….. In the mid-1800s, well before the structure was built, a man named Danford Balch bought a great portion of land around the area, in a time when Portland was still in the process of being developed.…

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Gueugnon, France: legend of the Ferryman

Before this bridge was built, people had to wait for the ferryman that, according to the story, gave the town its name. The Pont Gauthey, a bridge in Guegnon, France, is the perfect place to tell “La légende du passeur”, the legend of the ferryman. The bridge in Gueugnon is an arched bridge of 60.87 meters length. Completed in 1787, it was one of the first buildings of Émiland Gauthey. In the Charolais dialect, the word “gueugner” means “whining” or “moaning”. In this place, in the old times there was…

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