Nuclear Testing Sites Around the World and Their Dangers

North Korea has announced their 3rd nuclear test which is aimed at the United States. Yea this seems like pretty serious news, but our leaders don’t seem too concerned. I’m pretty sure that if North Korea ever tried to send a nuke our way, we would immediately shoot it out of the sky and send 20 of them back in their direction. I’m not an expert on this stuff, but I don’t see North Korea attempting to blow us up any time soon. They know how terrible that decision would turn out for them.

But to hear that our enemy is testing their nuclear weapons could be very scary to some people and that is very understandable. Countries have been testing nuclear weapons since the 1940s, and no one has yet to attempt a nuclear strike anywhere remotely close to us. People should be more concerned about the environmental/health problems caused by the testing rather than actually getting bombed.

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Why I Still Think Mitt Romney is Going to Lose This Election

Way back in July, I came to the conclusion that Mitt Romney was going to lose this election.

When I came to that conclusion he still had not picked a vice presidential candidate and he was still pretty far behind in the polls. At the end of August I published a re-post that included Paul Ryan’s selection which only reinforced my main point. Read more of this post

Debate Expectations: Round Two

So needless to say since the last debate there has been a lot of speculation as to who won the first debate between the President and Governor Romney, as well as the debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan. Most of if not all people can agree that the last two debates where some of the most exciting debates we have seen in about twenty years. Read more of this post

Top 5 Bizarrely Shaped Islands

Not all islands are shaped equally. Mother nature has produced some bizarrely shaped islands, many that take the form of different animal species. Here is our top 5 list of strange islands: Read more of this post

Top 5 Most Obscure Natural Phenomena

Mother nature can produce some bizarre events. Today we have complied a top 5 list of the most obscure natural phenomena right here on planet Earth. Read more of this post

Top 10 Strangest Discoveries on Google Earth (VIDEO)

You may have already been able to locate your house on Google Earth, but there are some other interesting finds that people have discovered. From cruise missile tests, to crop circles, to giant pink rabbits, the Google Earth software offers a little bit of everything… Read more of this post

Snake Island is “The Deadliest Place in the World”

 

Imagine knowing that you are at least 3 feet away from a deadly snake at all times?

No, I’m not talking about a tropical rain forest or a desert simply because their population of deadly snakes is nothing compared to the place I am going to introduce you to.

It is called Ilha de Queimada Grande.

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Snake Island

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The Nazca Lines

The Nazca plateau in southern Peru is a desolate place, sere and unwelcoming, barren and profitless. Human populations have never concentrated here, nor will they do so in the future. This part of Peru is extremely intriguing and a very strange place.

Here, scattered apparently at random, are literally hundreds of different figures only visible from an aerial view. First spotted when commercial airlines started flying acorss the Peruvian desert in the 1920’s. Passangers reported seeing mysterious primitive “landing strips” on the ground below.

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"Nazca Condor"

 

Some depict animals and birds (a total of eighteen different birds). Far more take the form of geometrical devices in the form of trapezoids, rectangles, triangles, and straight lines. Viewed from above, they resemble to the modern eye a jumble of runways.

How sophisticated were these Nazcan primitives? What kind of knowledge must they have possessed to inscribe their gigantic signatures on the plateau?

It seems, for a start, that they were pretty good observational astronomers. After making an intensive computer-aided study of stellar alignments at Nazca, Dr Phillis Pitluga,  an astronomer with the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, concluded that the famous spider figure was devised as a terrestrial diagram of the giant constellation of Orion, and that the arrow-straight lines linked to the figure appear to have been set out to track through the ages the changing declinations of the three stars of Orion’s Belt.

The Nazca spider also accurately depicts a member of a known spider genus – Ricinulei. This is one of the rarest spiders genera in the world, so rare that it has only been found in remote and inaccessible parts of the Amazon rainforest.

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The Nazca spider accurately depicts a member of a rare spider genus - Ricinulei

How did the supposedly primitive Nazcan artists travel so far from their homeland, crossing the formidable barrier of the Andes, to obtain a specimen?

Why should they have wanted to do such a thing and how were they able to duplicate minute details of Ricinulei’s anatomy normally visible only under a microscope, notable the reproductive organ positioned on the end of its extended right leg?

The mysterious continue to multiply at Nazca and none of the designs, except perhaps the condor, really seems quite at home here. The whale and the monkey are, after all, as out of place in this desert environment as the Amazonian spider. A figure of a man, his right arm raised as though greeting, heavy boots on his feet and round eyes staring forward, cannot be said to belong to any known era or culture.

Other drawings depicting the human form are equally peculiar: their heads enclosed in halos of radiance, they do indeed look like visitors from another planet. Their sheer size is equally noteworthy and bizarre. The hummingbird is 165 feet long, the spider 150 feet long, the condor stretches nearly 400 feet from beak to tail (as does the pelican), and a lizard, whose tail is now tail is now divided by the Pan-American highway, is 617 feet in length.

 

Almost every design is executed on the same scale and in the same difficult manner, by the careful contouring of a single continuous line.

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"The Nazca Monkey" Monkeys are not found in the deserts of Peru

 

 

Puma Punku

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Puma Punku, Bolivia

The ruins of Puma Punku, Bolivia, are one of four structures in the ancient city of Tiahuanaco. The others three structures are; The Akapana Pyramid, the Kalasasaya Platform, and the Subterranean Temple

Even with modern day technology and information, these structures defy logic, and confound those who seek to solve the mysteries that lie within them. The ruins of Puma Punku are said to be the most fascinating, and most confusing of all.

Who built these structures?

How were these structures built?

Why were these structures built?

 Puma Punku

 

It is highly unlikely that any of the stones in Puma Punku were cut using ancient stone cutting techniques, at least not those that we are aware of.

One of the most intriguing things about the Puma Punku stones are they they were granite and diorite; The only stone that is harder than diorite, is diamond. So, the only way that the stone carvings could have been achieved is if the tools were tipped with diamond.

With the technology that we currently have today, it would be extremely difficult to recreate the site of these ruins, if possible at all.

 

Not only were these stones really hard to cut, but they are also extremely heavy. One of these stone ruins weighs in at about 800 tons! They are so smoothly that can definitely not be made with chisels, there has to be another technology behind the carvings.

The nearest quarry is at least 10 miles away from the site of the ruins. How in the world did these people move these blocks that weighed many tons, and how were they able to form a structure with them?

Interlocking Stones:

 Puma Punku

All of the blocks are cut so that they interlock, and fit together like a puzzle. There is no mortar. There are only great stones that once fit together creating a structure some four levels high.

Not only were these stones cut somehow, but they were finely cut. The cuts on these stones are perfectly straight. The holes cored into these stones are perfect, and all of equal depth.

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Fascinating Carvings

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Puma Punku Pillars cut perfectly straight

 

 

 

Strange Place: “Island of Dolls” is One of the Scariest Places on Earth

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"The island of Dolls"

“La isla de la Monecas” or “The Island of Dolls” is one of the scariest places  in the world.

It is located within an extensive group of canals, south of Mexico City, Mexico. Almost everyone’s inital reaction is “it must be beautiful because it’s an island off of mexico.”

This is completely wrong. This strange place is actually the opposite of beautiful.

Tourists explain the island as dark and silent with a feeling of chill. Almost every single tree is decorated with deformed and mutilated dolls. The dolls almost seem evil. As you walk the island, it supposedly feels like you are being watched at all times.

Scared yet?

I haven’t even told you the creepy part.

The island is supposedly haunted!

50 years ago, a man named Don Julian Santana left his wife and kids and moved to this island to live the rest of his life alone. When he was living there, the body of a dead little girl came floating up in one of the canals. Don Julian thought he had become haunted by her spirit.

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Tourists heard the dolls whispering

He began to collect dolls and decorate the island with them. He would trade vegetables and fruits in exchange for any dolls. The dolls were believed to be used by Don Julian as a shrine for the spirit that haunted him. Over the 50 years that he lived there, he continuously collected dolls and decorated them all over the island, until he died.

Some natives of Mexico believe that Don Julian went crazy. They think that Don Julian would throw the dolls into the canals and save them as if they were real babies. His family said this was not true. They continue to tell people that it was a way of him coping with the haunting of the little girl.

In 2001, Don Julian was found dead by his nephew. He found him in the same canal that Don Julian supposedly found the little girl.

After his death, tourists have said that they heard dolls whispering as they passed them. People have become so superstitious with this island that they believe you must bring a gift to the island for the dolls in order to ease the spirits.

This was an easy add to our strange place collection, and probably our scariest addition to the strange place collection.

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Visitors feel like the dolls were watching them

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The Easter Island “Moai” Have Bodies…Underground

Believed to be carved around 1250 and 1500, the moai are monolithic human figures carved from rock. Located on Easter Island, a Polynesian island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, the origin of these figures is still questioned to this day., and easily made out strange place collection. It’s believed that the moai were either carved by a distinguished class of professional carvers who were comparable in status to high-ranking members of other Polynesian craft guilds, or, alternatively, by members of each clan from territories around the island.thelongwayhome.1142474400.14 moai heads The Easter Island Moai Have Bodies...Underground

Recently it’s been discovered that some of these monolithic heads actually have bodies, underground. Some of the figures on the island do have bodies, but were above ground when they were discovered. Some figures just appeared as heads and that’s all they were believed to be until recently. The bodies have been unearthed and the petroglyphs (rock markings) have been preserved below the soil, where they have been protected from erosion. The bodies don’t generally include legs but do have arms and hands that are visible in the picture below.

The Eeaster Island Statue Project (EISP) is the group responsible for uncovering the moai bodies. EISP is the longest collaborative and evolving artifact inventory ever conducted within the context of the Easter Island archaeological survey. Their basic purpose is to shed light on the complexities of prehistory, and to integrate the moai into the unfolding time line of Rapa Nui prehistory. They aim to locate, describe, and understand the original context and use of all statues.

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These findings are fascinating. I find the study of these statues very intriguing because no one really knows the real reason why they were carved. There are many statues just like the moai on Easter Island, who’s purposes are still unknown. Who’s to say what any of them were made for? It could have been anything…

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