Strange Discoveries!

Some things are just hard to explain…, or can’t be explained.

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The “watch” from the future?

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In 2008, archeologists in Shangsi, China were filming a documentary at a dig at a sealed tomb dating back 400 years to the Ming Dynasty.  However, while excavating a sealed tomb, a piece of rock fell from a coffin, hitting the ground with a metallic sound.  What the experts found was a 100-year-old Swiss ring watch, with the time frozen on 10:06, but to this day, no explanation has been discovered.

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The Voynich Manuscript

This odd book has been called “the world’s most mysterious medieval manuscript,” and for good reason.  It’s written in an unknown “language.”

The Voynich manuscript has been studied by countless experts, including American and British codebreakers from both World War I and World War II.  No one has yet been able to decipher the text.

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The book has been dated to the early 1400’s, but it disappeared from public record until 1912 when an antique book dealer bought it in Italy. Some believe the book is full of ancient herbal remedies, although why some pages feature images of bathing naked ladies remains unclear!

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The Terracotta Army

Discovered by accident in Xian, China in 1974, when local farmers digging a well broke into an underground area containing 6,000 life-size terracotta (clay) figures.  Further excavation in 1976 unveiled two other areas filled with warriors. The “army” was guarding the tomb of the First Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang di, who become famous for unifying the various Chinese states into what is now China.

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It makes you wonder what else might be under our feet just waiting to be discovered.

 

The Baghdad Battery

When several jars, a tube of metal, and a rod of another metal, believed to be over 2,000 years old were found near Baghdad, Iraq, no one paid much attention to them.  Soon after, a German museum curator published a paper claiming that the three things combined could have been used as galvanic cells or batteries.

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Their suspicions were confirmed later on when they found a scroll depicting, what appeared to be, an ad with the “energizer” camel on it!

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Ancient Greek “Computer”

Although the Ancient Greeks have long been known as the parents of many modern inventions, nothing prepared researchers for the Antikythera Mechanism.  This complex mechanical structure is a sort of analog computer.  It involves a series of gears and mechanisms that allowed the users to predict the orbits of the planets, when eclipses would take place, and mark the solar and zodiac calendars.  The machine, which was found in a shipwreck off the coast of the Greek island Antikythera in 1900, hails from at least 100 BCE and predates similar technology by almost 1,000 years.

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The Sumerian King List

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An ancient cuneiform clay tablet lists every single one of the Sumer kings, going all the way back to the third millennium BCE (back as far as 3,000 BC) and is a veritable who’s who of power rulers of the ancient Sumerians. What makes the Sumerian King List some intriguing is the reigns of many of the prehistoric rulers.

Some kings, according to the tablet, reigned for thousands of years and some for hundreds of years. Did the people of ancient Sumer live an incredibly long time? Was this proof of their divinity? Or is it simply a mathematical error? It seems unlikely that so many mistakes were made…the keepers of the Sumerian Kings List took great care to be as accurate as possible in their record keeping.

 

The Egyptian (Dendera) Light Bulb?

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At the Temple of Hathor, Dendera, are stone carvings showing a large lightbulb type object being used by Egyptians. The relief’s version of this light bulb shows a snake Inside the glass bulb in the form of a wavy line. This is believed to represent the hot filament.  A wire leads from the “socket” to a small box on which Shu, the Egyptian air god, is kneeling. Shu was the deity tasked with cooling and maintaining the air. How fitting that we see this god being put in charge of the likely extremely hot powering system for this amazing creation.

Beside the “bulb” stands a two-armed pillar, which is connected to the filament. This pillar is believed to be the power source for the light bulb. This pillar looks like an electric capacitor that we see today in power plants and it’s hard to believe the Egyptians possessed this technology.

The presence of electrical light would explain how the tomb hieroglyphs and inscriptions found under the Temple of Hathor were created without the use of burning torch light.

Torches were used to give light to the artisans that created the reliefs and hieroglyphs found in the many tombs and temples of Egypt. These artisans would go to work after the construction was done. Evidence of torch use is often found in the blackened ash on the ceilings of temples and tombs. However, in Hathor, there is absolutely no ash and no burned oil markings. There is no evidence of underground fires ever having been used. And, archeologists confirm these reliefs were not carried in and placed on the walls. They are actually carved into the building stones of the structures. This work could only have been completed on-site and after construction was complete. So, then, how could the artisans spend the hundreds of hours required to produce their works in absolute darkness?

 

The incredible sound effects of Malta’s Hypogeum (underground chamber) of Hal Saflieni

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The Hypogeum of Hal Saflieni in Malta is believed to be the oldest prehistoric underground temple in the world.  The subterranean structure is shrouded in mystery, from the discovery of elongated skulls to stories of paranormal phenomena. But the characteristic that has been attracting experts from around the globe is the unique acoustic properties found within the underground chambers of the Hypogeum.

The Hal Saflieni Hypogeum dates back back approximately 5,000 years.

The “labyrinth,” as it is often called, consists of a series of elliptical chambers and small pockets of varying importance across three levels, to which access is gained by different corridors.  The principal rooms distinguish themselves by their domed ceilings.

A unique chamber carved out of solid limestone and demonstrating incredible acoustic properties has been called “the Oracle Chamber.”  According to William Arthur Griffiths, who wrote about the chamber, “A word spoken in the Oracle room is magnified a hundredfold and is audible throughout the entire structure.”

It is said that standing in the Hypogeum is like being inside a giant bell. At certain pitches, one feels the sound vibrating in bone and tissue as much as hearing it in the ear.  Sarasota arts and architecture critic Richard Storm explained the sensation: “Because you sense something coming from somewhere else you can’t identify, you are transfixed.”

It has been reported that some sounds in the Hypogeum reverberated (or echoed) for as much as 7 to 8 seconds after the original sound had stopped.

 

The Devils’s Bible, or the “Codex Gigas” is the largest illuminated manuscript in the world, but that’s not what makes it famous.

An “illuminated manuscript” is a manuscript in which the text is supplemented with decorations, borders, illustrations.

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Did you ever wonder what the Devil really looks like? If the legend is to believed, an image in the Codex Gigas, an 800-year-old book, is a portrait painted from life–maybe even a self-portrait by Beelzebub himself.

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The giant book was created in a Benedictine Monastery in Bohemia (now part of the Czech Republic) in the early 13th Century.  At three feet tall and 165 pounds, it is the largest illuminated manuscript known–codex gigas means “giant book.” The covers are made of wood and metal.  The Codex Gigas contains 310 leaves of vellum—believed to be made from the skins of approximately 160 donkeys or calfskin. They are so large, a single calf would provide enough skin for only two pages. Scholars say the handwriting indicates something fascinating about the Codex Gigas. Through the usage of modern forensic science, it was confirmed that a single person crafted the manuscript. The ink and penmanship indicate that only one person could have written out all 310 pages.

It initially held about 320 pages, but some were removed. No one knows who removed the pages, or why. However, according to popular myth, the missing pages actually contained an apocalyptic text known as “The Devil’s Prayer,” which was intentionally removed to avoid destruction.

But the most remarkable thing about the book is the full-page image of Lucifer, the Fallen Angel, at page 290. That page gives the book its nickname and its sinister reputation. The Devil is shown crouching, as if ready to jump out of the page. He has a green face, small red eyes, red horns, red claws, and two red tongues.

The Devil’s Bible was said to have been written entirely in one night by a monk who sold his soul to the Devil in order to meet his deadline. According to the legend surrounding the Devil’s Bible, the author monk was convicted of breaking his vows and sentenced to a grisly fate. He was going to be walled up alive, left to starve to death in his own tomb. The monk struck a plea deal with the monastery. He would write a single book containing all the knowledge in the world and he would accomplish this impossible feat in one day and night. Left alone to his work, the monk struck a deal with the Devil. In the morning, the monk presented his finished book, with 310 filled pages, to the monastery to secure his release.

Research has shown it would take five years of non-stop writing just to create the text, not even including the numerous illustrations.

 

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Whacky facts that, strangely enough, are 100% true!

Here’s another episode of my own, personal, “Believe it or not!”

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The word “Pennsylvania” is misspelled on the Liberty Bell.  It’s true!

There’s a town in Washington with treetop bridges made specifically to help squirrels cross the street.

In 1872, Russia sold Alaska to the Unites States for about 2 cents per acre.  They just wouldn’t take the “beads” deal like we gave to the Indians for Manhattan!

There’s an island full of wild monkeys off the coast of South Carolina called Morgan Island, and it’s not open to humans.  I predict someone will soon die there trying to take a “selfie” with the locals.

Airlines sell all their unclaimed baggage to a store in Scottsboro, Alabama, that resells everything.  How’d they ever get that contract!?

Oregon’s Crater Lake is deep enough to cover six Statues of Liberty stacked on top of each other.

The Empire State building has its own zip code.

At 46 letters, Massachusetts’s Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg has the longest place name in the U.S.  How do you fit that name on an envelope!?

A highway in Lancaster, California plays the “William Tell Overture” as you drive over it, thanks to some well-placed grooves in the road.

You can visit the “future birthplace” of Star Trek’s Captain Kirk in Riverside, Iowa. (March 22, 2228)

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Your cell phone has more (way more) computing power than NASA used for the moon landing.

Barry Manilow didn’t write his hit song “I Write the Songs.”

He did, however, write State Farm’s “Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there” jingle and the “I am stuck on Band-Aids, ‘cause Band-Aid’s stuck on me” jingle.

There’s a village in southern Norway actually named “Hell.” And yes…, it freezes over every winter!

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Dolly Parton once entered a Dolly Parton look-alike contest…, and lost!

Tsutomu Yamaguchi was at work in Hiroshima when the first atomic bomb was dropped on Japan…, and he survived.  He was then at home in Nagasaki when the second atomic bomb was dropped…, and he survived that as well. Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time…, twice!

In the mid-1908’s, Fergie, of the Black-Eyed Peas musical group, was the voice of Charlie Brown’s sister Sally.

Fredric Baur invented the “Pringles can.”  When he passed away in 2008, his ashes were buried in one.  Do you think it was an “Original,” “French Onion,” “Barbecue” or some other flavor can?  This is the kind of stuff I think of!

And lastly, my own contribution to the list…

Did you know that the democrats and “the biased, liberal propaganda, fake news media” are currently orchestrating the modern version of “the fall of the Roman Empire” right here in the United States!  It’s true!

Stay thirsty my friends!

But remember…, don’t drink the liberal Kool-Aide!!!

 

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Harvard professor insists that the space object named “Oumuamua,” which is zipping through our solar system as we speak, could be extraterrestrial in origin!

Abraham (Avi) Loeb, a distinguished Harvard University professor, is not backing down from his claims that a piece of extraterrestrial spacecraft technology may be flying past the orbit of Jupiter at this very moment.

Avi Loeb, one of the top astronomy professors in the world, boasting of decades of Ivy League professorships and hundreds of publicized works in respected astronomy publications, is remaining defiant that the space object, dubbed as “Oumuamua,” first noticed by Hawaiian astronomers in 2017, could be from another civilization.

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“Considering an artificial origin, one possibility is that ‘Oumuamua is a light sail, floating in interstellar space as debris from advanced technological equipment,” Loeb and his colleague Shmuel Bialy wrote in Astrophysical Journal Letters in November, according to the Washington Post.

According to Lukas Mikelionis of FoxNews.com, “Since making the shock claim last year, many scientists have criticized Loeb for offering, in their view, the most sensationalist theory of what the object is.”

‘“Oumuamua is not an alien spaceship, and the authors of the paper insult honest scientific inquiry to even suggest it,’ Ohio State University astrophysicist Paul M. Sutter wrote in a tweet.  Other scientists are more diplomatic and haven’t publicly countered Loeb’s claims, only saying that the object is likely just some sort of rock, whether it’s a piece of an asteroid or a comet.”

Mikelionis adds, “But Loeb remains stubborn on this theory, and dismisses the claims that it’s a rock, noting that it’s moving too fast for an inert rock.  He told the [Washington] Post that the object is long yet no more than one millimeter thick, and that it’s so light that sunlight is moving the object out of the solar system.”

“Many people expected once there would be this publicity, I would back down,” Loeb says. “If someone shows me evidence to the contrary, I will immediately back down.”

“It changes your perception on reality, just knowing that we’re not alone,” he continued.

“Even as his theories attracted attention around the world, despite his colleagues’ criticism, Loeb says he’s not afraid of any possible repercussions for spreading his theories and wears it as a badge of honor, showing his unorthodox approach to science.”

I have written a couple blogs already on this subject, and it does not appear to be going away…, the subject, that is, not the object!

Please go back and check out my previous blogs on this subject for some additional perspective.

So, what do you think?  Email me and let me know.

“The universe is a pretty big place.  If it’s just us…, it seems like an awful waste of space.” – Carl Sagan, from his book, and later the movie, “Contact”

 

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More interesting speculation from scientists about the mysterious interstellar object that is still passing through our solar system!

Note 1: Please refer to my blog of October 30, 2017, “A Mysterious Object from Deep Space passed through our Solar System,” and my blog of July 6, 2018, “NASA said, ‘Your Momma did what?’” for some additional background on this topic.

Note 2: Regarding claims that I am a “space nerd,” I must plead guilty.  I hope some of you find this story as interesting as I do, or at least mildly interesting.

The object we’re referring to again here is named “Oumuamua” (Pronounced: ooh-moo-eh-moo-eh.  It is a Hawaiian term meaning “scout,” “pathfinder” or “messenger”).  It is the first interstellar object ever spotted in our system, and it’s been described as a “metallic or rocky object” approximately 1,312 feet in length and 131 feet wide.

NASA and the European Space Agency may have ruled the object to be a comet (A comet with no tail!), but a new study from the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CFA) says it could be something much more exciting!  It could be “a light sail of artificial origin” sent from another civilization!

That is definitely more exciting!  Wait…, what’s a “light sail?”

A “light sail,” also known as a “solar sail” or a “photon sail,” is a kind of space propulsion method which uses radiation pressure exerted by sunlight on large mirrors.  It’s kind of like a sail on a sailboat.  The light exerting a force on the mirrors is like a sail being blown by the wind.

The study, which was posted online earlier this month, suggests that Oumuamua’s strange “excess acceleration” could be artificial in nature.

“Considering an artificial origin, one possibility is that Oumuamua is a light sail, floating in interstellar space as a debris from an advanced technological equipment,” researchers wrote in the paper.

The paper continues: “Light sails with similar dimensions have been designed and constructed by our own civilization, including the IKAROS project and the Starshot Initiative.  The light sail technology might be abundantly used for transportation of cargos between planets or between stars.”

They even theorized that Oumuamua “may be a fully operational probe sent intentionally to Earth’s vicinity by an alien civilization.”

The paper was written by postdoctoral researcher Shmuel Bialy and Professor Abraham (Avi) Loeb, the director at the CFA’s Institute for Theory and Computation.

Other studies have suggested that other “Oumuamua-like objects” will potentially enter our solar system, with some potentially carrying “life.”

Oumuamua was discovered in October 2017 by the PanSTARRS1 telescope after it spotted a new spot of light coming from a strange direction at an unusually fast speed.

Oumuamua is now traveling away from the Sun at a rate of approximately 70,000 mph, towards the outer part of the solar system.  In approximately four years, it will fly past Neptune’s orbit, on its way to exiting our solar system.

 

Thanks to Chris Ciaccia of Fox News for contributing to this article.

 

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Believe it or not! This painting of Jesus miraculously survived a devastating, all-consuming, fire!

A lightning strike reportedly ignited a massive fire last Tuesday night at the historic, 150-year-old, First Baptist Church in Wakefield, Massachusetts.

Everything inside the church was turned to ashes.

Well…, almost everything.

Miraculously, the fire crews found one thing in the rubble that survived the brutal flames somehow.

It was a lone painting.

A painting depicting Jesus Christ, standing in a white robe with hands, bearing the marks of crucifixion, extended.

The painting somehow survived…, untouched!

“It’s a beautiful sign of hope and a reminder that Jesus is with us,” church member Maria Kakolowski told a local TV station.  “I am personally just taking it as a sign and a reminder that Jesus, the Christ that we serve, is still alive and even though our church building is gone, our “church” is still here.  The God that we serve is still here.”

According to Lucia I. Suarez Sang, a Reporter for FoxNews.com, “Crews began dismantling the remnants of the historic building last Wednesday morning.  There is no official cause of the fire, however, residents nearby said they saw lightning hit the church’s steeple.”

The fire was reported after powerful thunderstorms rolled through the greater Boston area.

In a statement, church officials expressed their gratitude that no parishioners were hurt and thanked the fire department for battling the seven-alarm blaze.

“We know that we serve a God who specializes in restoring brokenness and who can bring beauty even from ashes,” they wrote. “So we move into the future with trust, hope, and gratitude.”

Pastor Norm Bendroth said he was settling down to watch the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series last Tuesday night when he saw “a fireball in the sky.”

“It just went up like a tinderbox.  It’s a building built in 1870 and it’s a balloon-style (an all wood structure building that uses long, vertical 2″ x 4″ lumber for the exterior walls), so once the fire started you know the whole building just went up quickly,” he said.

According to the National Register of Historic Places, the structure was constructed around 1872 and rebuilt after a fire in 1912.

The estimated damage was more than $1 million.

The town’s fire chief, Michael Sullivan, told the Boston Globe newspaper that, “the extent of the fire on arrival was just too great for us to stop it.”

He added, “It’s a shame, it was a beautiful church.  We feel bad about that but there’s really nothing we could do.”

A “GoFundMe” page has been set-up to help the church.

Do you believe in miracles?

How else can this painting surviving completely unscathed be explained?

Please email me and let me know what you think!

 

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Halloween is coming!  But how did it get here, and where did it come from?

The story of Halloween takes a long and winding road.  It starts way back in the times when Stonehenge was constructed in ancient England, and evolves as the Christian Church gets involved, and again when the celebration travels from the European continent over to North America.

OK, so let’s get started!

Where did the name “Halloween” come from?

The word “Halloween” or “Hallowe’en” dates back to about 1745 and is of Christian origin.  The word “Hallowe’en” means “hallowed evening” or “holy evening.”  It comes from a Scottish term for “All Hallows’ Eve” (the evening before All Hallows’ Day).  In Scottish, the word “eve” is “even,” and this is contracted to e’en or een.  Over time, (All) Hallow(s) E(v)en evolved into Hallowe’en.

Where did our celebration of “Halloween” originate from and how did it evolve?

Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (Pronounced sow-in, go figure!).  The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1st.  This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with death.

Celts believed that on the night before their New Year (Oct. 31st), the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred.  On the night of October 31st they celebrated Samhain (remember, pronounced sow-in), when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.  In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of these spirits made it easier for the Druids (the Celtic priests) to make predictions about the future.  For a people entirely dependent on the unpredictable natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction as they headed into the long, dark winter.

To celebrate the event, the Druids built huge sacred bonfires, and the people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic gods.  During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins.

By 43 A.D., the Roman Empire had conquered the majority of Celtic territory.  Over the course of the next four hundred years that they ruled the Celtic lands, two festivals of Roman origin were combined with the traditional Celtic celebration of Samhain.  The first was Feralia, a day in late October when the Romans traditionally commemorated the passing of the dead.  The second was a day to honor Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees.  The symbol of Pomona is the apple and the incorporation of this celebration into Samhain probably explains the tradition of “bobbing” for apples that is practiced today on Halloween.

In 609 A.D., Pope Boniface IV established the Catholic feast of All Martyrs Day.  Pope Gregory III later expanded the festival to include all saints as well as all martyrs, and moved the observance from May 13th to November 1st.

By the 9th century (the 800’s) the influence of Christianity had spread into Celtic lands, where it gradually blended with and supplanted the older Celtic rites.  In 1000 A.D., the church made November 2nd All Souls’ Day, a day to honor the dead.  It is widely believed today that the church was attempting to replace the Celtic festival of the dead with a related, but church-sanctioned holiday.  All Souls Day was celebrated similarly to Samhain, with big bonfires, parades, and dressing up in costumes as saints, angels and devils.  The All Saints Day celebration was also called “All-hallows” or “All-hallowmas” (from Middle English “Alholowmesse” meaning All Saints’ Day) and the night before it, the traditional night of Samhain in the Celtic religion, began to be called All-hallows Eve and, eventually, Halloween.

So the merging of the Celtic, Roman and Christian celebrations and holidays, related to what we now call Halloween, was now fairly complete.

But the evolution of Halloween was not complete yet.  Americans of course would have to put their spin on it!

Over a half a century later in America, the celebration of Halloween was extremely limited in colonial New England because of the rigid Protestant beliefs there.  Halloween was much more common in the southern colonies.

As the beliefs and customs of different European ethnic groups as well as the American Indians meshed, a distinctly American version of Halloween began to emerge.

The first American Halloween celebrations included public gatherings held to celebrate the harvest, where neighbors would share stories of the dead, tell each other’s fortunes, dance and sing.  Colonial Halloween festivities also featured the telling of ghost stories and mischief-making of all kinds.

By the middle of the nineteenth century (the 1800’s), annual autumn festivities were common, but Halloween was not yet celebrated everywhere in the country.

In the second half of the nineteenth century (the late 1800’s) America was flooded with new immigrants.  These new immigrants, especially the millions of Irish fleeing Ireland’s potato famine of 1846, helped to popularize the celebration of Halloween nationally. Taking from Irish and English traditions, Americans began to dress up in costumes and go house to house asking for food or money, a practice that eventually became today’s “trick-or-treat” tradition.

By the 1920s and 1930s, Halloween had become a more non-religious, community-centered holiday, with parades and town-wide parties as the featured entertainment.

By the 1950’s, Halloween had evolved into a holiday directed mainly at the young, probably due to the high numbers of young children during the fifties baby boom.  The centuries-old practice of trick-or-treating was also revived.  Trick-or-treating was a relatively inexpensive way for an entire community to share in the Halloween celebration.

So there you have the history of “Halloween.”

A new American tradition was born, and it has continued to grow every year.  Today, Americans spend an estimated $6 billion annually on Halloween, making it the country’s second largest commercial holiday, behind only Christmas.

Halloween has always been a holiday filled with mystery, magic and superstition. It began as a Celtic end-of-summer festival during which people felt especially close to deceased relatives and friends.  For these friendly spirits, they set places at the dinner table, left treats on doorsteps and along the side of the road and lit candles to help loved ones find their way back to the spirit world.

Today’s Halloween ghosts are often depicted as more fearsome and evil in nature.  Our customs and superstitions are scarier too.

Christian churches now tend to officially disassociate themselves from the celebration of Halloween, since the evolution of the holiday has taken it off into a “Godless” direction.

When we think of Halloween now, we think of the night, darkness, monsters, ghosts, skeletons, jack-o-lanterns, witches, bats, spiders, graveyards, vampires, the devil and demons.  Basically, anything scary.

Did You Know?:

Over one fourth of all the candy sold annually in the U.S. is purchased for Halloween?

It’s true!

Pumpkins entered into the Halloween celebration after Irish immigrants came to America and found that pumpkins were easier to carve than potatoes?

It’s true!

Jack-o-lanterns have been around for hundreds of years. The legend actually revolves around a man named Jack.  Jack supposedly made a deal with the devil, which of course usually does not turn out good.  In the end, Jack is stuck between heaven and hell, wandering around, looking for his final resting place, lighting his way, carrying a pumpkin with a candle in it to light his way.

It’s true!

Candy corn, a popular treat during Halloween, was first created in the late 1800’s.  More than 35 million pounds of candy corn is produced each year!

It’s true!

The word “witch” comes from the word “wica,” an Old Saxon word that means “wise one.”  The early-known witches were dealers in medicinal herbs and charms and were highly respected in their communities.

It’s true!

Well, now your Halloween IQ has just been increased over 100%!

Here are just a few more parting shots!

Q: What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?

A: Frostbite.

 

Q: Why are ghosts so bad at lying?

A: Because you can see right through them!

 

Q: What’s it like to be kissed by a vampire?

A: It’s a pain in the neck.

 

Knock knock.

Who’s there?

Boo.

Boo, who?

Well you don’t have to cry about it!

 

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You’re saying this iceberg formed naturally?  What you talkin’ ‘bout Willis!?

A huge, flat, iceberg with perfect right angles was spotted on Oct. 16, 2018, by NASA’s “Operation IceBridge,” floating among sea ice, just off the Larsen “C” ice shelf, on the Antarctic Peninsula (the South Pole).

According to NASA, ‘“Operation IceBridge’s’ mission is to record images of our planet’s polar regions, in order to better understand how ice has changed and shifted in recent years.”

Fox News reports that, “This mysterious iceberg’s unique geometric shape has sparked considerable debate on social media.”

According to NASA, however, there’s a simpler scientific reason why the iceberg appears to be a perfect rectangle.

Uh, excuse me, but it doesn’t just “APPEAR TO BE a perfect rectangle,” IT IS A PERFECT RECTANGLE!!!

“We get two types of icebergs: We get the type that everyone can envision in their head that sank the Titanic, and they look like prisms or triangles at the surface and you know they have a crazy subsurface,” Kelly Brunt, an ice scientist with NASA, told Live Science. “And then you have what are called ‘tabular icebergs.'”

“Tabular icebergs are wide and flat, and long, like a sheet cake,” she said. “They split from the edges of ice shelves, large blocks of ice, connected to land but floating in the water surrounding iced-over places like Antarctica.”

“What makes this one a bit unusual is that it looks almost like a square,” Brunt said, adding that it’s probably not very old since wind and water have yet to soften its sharp edges.”

Uh, ya, “a bit unusual” to say the least.  “A bit unusual” is definitely an understatement.

“Although it’s hard to tell the size of the iceberg in this photo,” Brunt said, “it’s likely more than a mile across.”

Now I ain’t no “scientist,” but I am smart enough to realize that this “tabular iceberg” did not just happen naturally, all on its own.

You can say what you want, and come up with all of the scientific explanations you want, but I’m sorry, no one can convince me otherwise.

As with all icebergs, of course, the part visible above the surface is just the top 10 percent of its mass.  The rest is hidden underwater, and I wonder what that looks like!?

What do you think about this?  Please email me and let me know.

Thanks to Christopher Carbone of Fox News for contributing to this article.

 

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