May 20, 2016

Miscellany 43

Amazing. Teen Discovers Lost Maya City Using Ancient Star Maps

Using an unprecedented technique of matching stars to the locations of temples on Earth, a 15-year-old Canadian student says he’s discovered a forgotten Maya city in Central America. Images from space suggest he may actually be onto something.

William Gadoury, a teen from Saint-Jean-de-Matha in Lanaudière, developed an interest in archaeology after the publication of the Maya calendar announcing the end of the world in 2012. After spending hours pouring over diagrams of constellations and maps of known Maya cities, he noticed that the two appeared to be linked; the brightest stars of the constellations overlaid perfectly with the locations of the largest Maya cities. As reported in The Telegraph, no other scientist had ever discovered such a correlation.

" I was really surprised and excited when I realized that the most brilliant stars of the constellations matched the largest Maya cities.”".....Daniel de Lisle of the Canadian Space Agency said he was fascinated by the depth of Gadoury’s research, and that linking the position of stars and the location of a lost city “is quite exceptional.”

In The Guardian, The day we discovered our parents were Russian spies

For years Donald Heathfield, Tracey Foley and their two children lived the American dream. Then an FBI raid revealed the truth: they were agents of Putin’s Russia. Their sons tell their story

If Tim and Alex’s story sounds eerily familiar to fans of The Americans, the television drama about a KGB couple living in the US with their two children, that’s because it’s partly based on them. The show is set in the 1980s, providing a cold war backdrop, but the 2010 spy round-up served as an inspiration. The show’s creator, Joe Weisberg, trained to be a CIA case officer in the early 1990s and, when I speak to him on the phone, tells me he always wanted to put family at the heart of the plot.

A Secret Sculpture Made of Living Trees

 Secret Sculpture
David Nash, an artist, owns land in rural northern Wales. In 1977, he began growing and shaping a circle of trees to form this structure. It's a living sculpture of 22 ash trees called Ash Dome.

8 More Extraordinary Pieces of Architecture Grown From Living Trees

 Gilroy Gardens Cal

How a Wine and Cocaine Cocktail became Coca Cola from the VA Viper

Less well-known is the story about how Coca Cola originates from an alcoholic drink based on cocaine and wine, Bordeaux wine to be specific - a particular combination which made for a distinctly more toxic beverage, known as Coca Wine.

Coca Wine was first developed in 1863 by a French-Corsican entrepreneur in Paris, Angelo Mariani. His advertising in Europe and the United States claimed the tonic would “cure melancholia … restore health, strength, energy, and vitality”. During the second half of the 19th century, everyone was drinking the stuff. Vin Mariani was a favorite amongst celebrities of the day including Thomas Edison, Jules Verne, Sarah Bernhardt, Ulysses S Grant and was even Queen Victoria’s drink of choice. Pope Leo XIII personally endorsed the wine, lending his face to the brand’s advertising campaign - he even awarded it the Vatican gold medal.

And, in fact, when alcohol and cocaine combine, they form a chemical they create a third unique drug called cocaethylene, which produces a feeling of euphoria more powerful and longer lasting than cocaine is capable of producing on its own.

Newlywed husband divorces his wife hours after the ceremony because she was too busy texting her friends to have sex on their wedding night

A relative told Saudi daily Al Watan: 'The groom tried to get closer with her and more intimate, but he was shocked when she ignored him, not responding to his words and action. 'When he asked her if her friends were more important than he was, the bride answered that they were.'

Civilization As We Know It May Have Started Because Of Beer

Civilization started because of agriculture — that much is known. But what if agriculture started because of beer?  Which came first, beer or bread?

Why Do We Put Candles on a Birthday Cake?  And for heaven's sake, don't miss the short video of a 102-year-old woman blowing out the birthday cake candles and her dentures as well.  Here.

How Winston Churchill's Doctor's Note Allowed Him to Drink "Unlimited" Alcohol in Prohibition America

Reading digital books can hinder your ability to think abstractly

Researchers at Dartmouth Tiltfactor lab have found that reading news stories, features and books on screens makes people more inclined to focus on concrete details rather than interpreting information more abstractly.

What Happens When You Build a Cube Out of One Way Mirrors is mesmerizing.

BBC  How Dung Beetles Dance on a Ball of Manure While Mentally Recording a SkyMap They Use to Navigate

Goose Finds Cop and Leads Him To Her Trapped Baby   In Cincinnati, Officer James Givens was sitting in his patrol car when...

"This goose came up and started pecking on the side of the car.  I threw some food out for her, but she didn't take it. She just kept pecking and quacking. Then she walked away, stopped and looked back. Then came over again and pecked some more."

When the goose walked away a second time, and again looked back, Givens decided to follow her. And it's a good thing that he did.

"She led me about 100 yards away to this grassy area near a creek. That's when I saw one of her babies all tangled up in some string from a balloon. His little feet were kicking," said Givens. "She led me straight to him."
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