If the cephalopods didn't exist, would any sci-fi or horror writer even have the imagination to invent them? From tentacles to ink to their amazing camouflage abilities, they seem a creature born into the physical world out of the nightmares of fish (see the animated gif above for a prime example).
In the video below, from which the top animation was taken, BBC presenter Richard Hammond puts the cuttlefish's abilities to the test by placing it in an artificial - i.e. human - environment.
*tap tap tap* Is this thing on?
- Archaeologists are puzzling over the Golan Heights stone circle.
- Stonehenge Begins To Yield Its Secrets, hopefully answering the question "How did the ancients adjust for daylight saving time?"
- What's with the recent popularity of Songs About Ghosts?
- Fargo inches deeper down the rabbit hole, raising the question "What Was At The Root of Ronald Reagan's Obsession With Alien Invasion?
- Eat your heart out, Jaime Maussan. Drunk History looks at The Roswell UFO Crash.
- Vodka filtered through meteorites is a thing, and it comes in a kick-ass alien head bottle.
- Did Humans Evolve to See Things as They Really Are? It all depends, you see...
- Some boffins believe time can rewind. That is, if they understand entropy and the second law of thermodynamics.
- If we can't rewind time, does time run backwards in a black hole?
- Saiga antelope are still dropping like flies, and biologists are racing against time to find the culprit.
- Some tanks guarding an alien crash site in Antarctica are frozen in time.
- This poor woman's been spending her time hiccuping for the past eight years, and boy howdy she's plenty peeved!
A tip of the tin-foil cap to Red Pill Junkie and Grail-seeker for his hot tips!
Quote of the Day:
"Living without hallucinations is like breathing with only one nostril." - Weisshaupt, Cerebus the Aardvark #76
Are some of the fantastical elements in Homer's Odyssey actually based on hallucinations caused by plant-based psychedelics?
Homer's "Odyssey" recounts the adventures of the Greek hero Odysseus during his journey home from the Trojan War. Though some parts may be based on real events, the encounters with monsters, giants and magicians are considered to be complete fiction. But might there be more to these myths than meets the eye? Matt Kaplan explains why there might be more reality behind the "Odyssey" than many realize.
To learn more about the use of shamanic plants in ancient cultures around the world, grab a copy of Paul Devereux's wonderful book The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia (available from Amazon US and Amazon UK).
Do you see?
- Amateur historians rediscover aboriginal Australian megalithic sites.
- Night vision contact lenses anyone?
- Adapting to roboculture.
- Icy volcanoes may dot Pluto's surface.
- 300-year-old letters found in leather trunk shed light on life in the 17th Century.
- Religious children are meaner than their secular counterparts, study finds.
- Cloud "UFOs" invade Cape Town.
- A new way of thinking about spacetime that turns everything inside out.
- Neuroscientist investigates "telepathic" child.
- Laser-controlled grapheme paper"walks".
- Russian birds saved centuries old documents in their nests.
- Sussex "Bigfoot" explained.
Quote of the Day:
A way of seeing is also a way of not seeing.
Steven and Evan Strong are unearthing one of the biggest stories on humanity's hidden history. They're the researchers behind the website Forgotten Origin, proposing many maverick theories like "Out-Of-Australia" among others.
Recently they came into possession of some letters from Frederic Slater, President of the Australian Archaeological and Education Research Society, discussing Australia's Stonehenge in New South Wales. When he visited the site, before its destruction, he noted:
So too the existence of carved “letters” or symbols. Some of our group saw markings on the rocks that looked decidedly artificial, but since the women who were responsible for recording the rocks were denied permission to move or even touch them (due to Original custom), more investigation by the men is required, and will take place the next time on site. In the meantime, as it was with the terraces, both academics and the farmer acknowledge seeing many inscriptions on the rocks. Slater often goes into great detail in both identifying individual letters from the Sacred Language, and supplying definitions that resonate to a repeating esoteric theme. “It is the letter k – the 7th letter of the letters alphabet. Means a seed – the germ of life.” For exactly the same reason given when discussing the credentials of terraces, we also accept as fact the existence of an Original alphabet and accompanying symbols.
Evan Strong claims to have evidence regarding the provenance of Slater's findings, and more is forthcoming.
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- Pyramid scan identifies an 'impressive anomaly' behind the blocks of the Great Pyramid. Ben Carson is praying it's a massive cache of grain...
- Stonehenge begins to yield its secrets.
- Is this mysterious site Australia's Stonehenge?
- The White House is prepping for a huge solar storm that could kick us back to the Dark Ages.
- Space archaeologist wins $1 million prize to find an preserve ancient sites.
- Scientists find fossilised brains.
- The infinite, quotable wisdom of Carl Sagan.
- U.S. Army lab develops a way to read soldier's brains.
- Poop joke found hidden in 17th century artwork owned by Queen Elizabeth II.
- The unlikely struggle of the family whose neighbour is Area 51.
- The quest for the mythical submerged temples of Mahabalipuram.
- The great exorcism boom.
- Mars wear: NASA reveals 'Tron' spacesuit that will glow so that astronauts on the Red Planet can be easily spotted.
- The U.S. Army's Cold War scheme for gun-toting space soldiers.
- Mayan hieroglyphs digitally archived.
- Image(s) of the Day: Electric-blue molten sulfur streams down the side of rare volcano.
Quote of the Day:
We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.
A couple of weeks ago we mentioned a new project that will scan Egypt's pyramids looking for secret chambers. The initial information on the project suggested that the scanning would begin with the pyramids at Dashour (the 'Red Pyramid' and the 'Bent Pyramid'), but in a news conference today Egyptian authorities have revealed that thermal scanning at the Giza Pyramids has already detected possible secret passageways or chambers:
Two weeks of new thermal scanning in Egypt’s Giza pyramids have identified anomalies in the 4,500 year-old burial structures, including a major one in the largest pyramid, the Antiquities Ministry announced Monday.
Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty and technical experts working on the project showed the higher temperature being detected in three specific adjacent stones at the bottom of the pyramid in a live thermal camera presentation to journalists.
The scanning showed “a particularly impressive one (anomaly) located on the Eastern side of the Khufu pyramid at ground level,” the ministry said in a statement.
“The first row of the pyramid’s stones are all uniform, then we come here and find that there’s a difference in the formation,” said el-Damaty, pointing at the three stones showing higher temperatures.
While inspecting the area, el-Damaty said they found “that there is something like a small passage in the ground that you can see, leading up to the pyramids ground, reaching an area with a different temperature. What will be behind it?”
Here's some video of the press conference that has been posted to YouTube:
But is this discovery as exciting as the Egyptian Antiquities Minister would have us believe? An Egyptian Egyptologist who spoke to local news outlet Ahram Online claimed that "nothing would be found behind the blocks except for fractures, as this is the 'mother rock' of the plateau" - no doubt referring to the bedrock mound that the initial blocks of the pyramid were originally built around and upon.
I'm not sure this precludes the existence of an ancient 'secret chamber' - any such natural fracture, if large enough, may in fact have been seen as the most sacred chamber possible, enough perhaps even to inspire the building of a pyramid upon. But I'm also a little skeptical of how hard Egyptian officials are pushing this, knowing the problems they are having with their tourism industry (especially after last week's air tragedy).
Nevertheless, I'm really excited to see this technology being used to search for secret locations around the Giza pyramids, which could result in discoveries that rewrite the history books. Presidential hopeful Ben Carson is probably hoping that they find some grain...
Looking forward to seeing more results from this project as they are released - exciting times!
- SETI finds no intelligent signals emanating from that 'possible alien megastructure' discovered last month.
- A rapid increase in our knowledge of alien worlds has astrobiologists revising the chances of finding advanced extraterrestrial civilisations.
- 'Mysterious light in the sky' spooks California.
- Is the 'impossible' EmDrive space propulsion engine inching closer to reality?
- Infrared imagery hints at hidden chamber inside King Tut's tomb.
- Jordan's 'Hand of Hercules' hints of a once massive statue of the ancient hero figure.
- Close encounters of the psychological kind: leading skeptic considers explanations for the alien abduction phenomenon.
- University 3D-prints a Bigfoot skeleton.
- Slain spirit medium's lottery numbers 'too accurate'.
- Mob hitman who claims to have killed JFK from the grassy knoll to be released from prison after 36 years behind bars.
- DIY synesthesia mask overrides your senses.
- Advances in robotics and artificial intelligence will mean 'Homo sapiens will be split into a handful of gods and the rest of us'.
- Archaeologists discover fossils of rats the size of dogs in East Timor.
- Video of the Day:
UFOMissile launch over San Francisco.
Quote of the Day:
Rodents Of Unusual Size? I don't think they exist.
At the End is a short (20 min) 2012 science fiction film about the end of the world, and what price we'd pay to escape it:
Earth’s days are numbered when a nearby star goes supernova. Seizing the opportunity, an alien race has offered humanity a deal: Be our slaves or be left to die. As one couple struggles toward the last escaping ship, they grapple with the cost of sacrificing their freedom for their survival.
A little over-wrought, but still an enjoyable short story.
A summary of all the stories and news briefs posted on The Daily Grail over the past week. Feel free to share anything interesting!
- The Ancient and the Astronauts: Space Station Crew Tasked with Photographing Mysterious Ancient Structures in Kazakhstan
- News Briefs 02-11-2015 (Monday)
- Alan Moore and John Higgs Discuss the 20th Century
- News Briefs 03-11-2015 (Tuesday)
- Imaginalus: The Imaginal Realm and Idea Emporium
- Evidence Mounts For A Real-Life Multiverse
- News Briefs 04-11-2015 (Wednesday)
- The Glory of Ra: NASA Releases Ultra-HD Video of the Sun
- EmDrive Breakthrough: Show Us The Money!
- News Briefs 05-11-2015 (Thursday)
- News Briefs 07-11-2015 (Friday)
Have a good weekend!