Looking for a better understanding of ancient pyramids? Be sure to consult this handy pie chart for all you need to know...
We found this minion of Cthulhu on the beach on the weekend. R'lyeh is rising my friends, stay safe...
- The controversial afterlife of King Tut.
- Buried Polish 'vampires' were likely affected by cholera.
- The headless Vikings of Dorset.
- Magicians stage effort to restore Houdini's grave.
- New interactive map of Cambodia's must-see temples released. And of course, there's this too.
- Spacecraft bound for Pluto prepares for its close encounter.
- Gravity is not evenly distributed on Earth. Which totally explains my weight gain lately... *ahem*
- Researchers find probable biological traces in Martian meteorite.
- Demystifying the paranormal: Dr. Barry Taff unravels the 'Poltergeist' mystery.
- Learn more about parapsychology in this free massively open online course (MOOC).
- The mysterious black mountain of Queensland.
- Solving the Tjipetir mystery: Why are rubber-like blocks washing up on beaches?
- Photographer captures moment a shark jumps out of the water during a surf contest.
- Swarms of insects and birds behave in very similar ways to a realm of physics in which the phases of matter — solids, liquids, and gases — cease to exist.
- Girl accused of 'Slenderman stabbing' still believes in him, says her lawyer.
- Image of the Day: Proud parents announce the birth of a 19-year-old son.
Quote of the Day:
[T]he void left by the collapse of traditional religious cosmology cannot be filled by the marvellous narrative that science unfurls. Despite its truths and wonder, this narrative remains too allied to the view of things from without to easily bond with the atrophied but vital experience of things from within.
Want to understand the Machiavellian schemes by which the Illuminati keeps us all enslaved? You could either read David Icke's entire bibliography, and pay some 35 quid to listen to the Reptilians' nemesis speak live on Wembley; OR just listen to Juice Rap News' latest clip, which lays it all out with rhyme and reason:
BTW is it just me, or does the Illuminati spokesman Bill de Berg look A LOT like certain charismatic British entrepreneur?
[H/T RT News]
Your soundtrack for today's news briefs is an echo from the past...
- Archaeologists uncover the world's largest ancient stone block at Baalbek.
- The enigma of the Roman dodecahedra.
- 23,000-year-old 'Venus' dug up in France.
- As mystical as Stonehenge - Siberia's eerie Whale Bone Alley is 'en vogue' for Western tourists.
- Did ancient gold mining methods create REAL Golden Fleece?
- Finding long lost treasures in the remains of the 3 million shipwrecks that lie on the bottom of the world's seas and oceans.
- DNA survives rocket trip into space and back.
- 40 years ago, Earth beamed its first postcard to the stars.
- The break-off effect: the mysterious mental side effects of traveling into space.
- Newspaper headline from 1803 reports anomalous meteor shower.
- Were mysterious bangs heard around the world caused by U.S. stealth jet?
- Is science true, or is it...fiction?
- 21st century exorcisms: examining the psychology of possession.
- Through time and space: the evidence for remote viewing.
- The start-up that lets you communicate from beyond the grave.
- Using 'shrooms to treat depression.
- How dark matter may have created all life.
- Video of the Day: Wanderers - A vision of humanity's expansion into the Solar System.
Quote of the Day:
We protect our money behind safes, we protect our security behind the Pentagon, behind giant walls. But we allow any kind of idea through our skulls.
The above image, of the “Hajjar al-Hibla” (Stone of the Pregnant Woman) in the quarry at Baalbek, Lebanon, is one of my favourite historical pictures ever. The massive monolith has widely been regarded as the heaviest stone block ever cut by humans, with an estimated weight of around 1250 tons.
Little did we know, however, that a bigger monolith lurked nearby. In fact, right beside it. Archaeologists have excavated another block beside the Hajjar al-Hibla, that dwarfs it, clocking in at an almost unimaginable 1650 tons:
Below the “Hajjar al-Hibla” and directly beside of it, there is another megalithic stone block, even bigger than the first one: it measures ca. 19,60x6x5,5m. In order to determine the exact height, the trenches should be extended in one of the next archaeological expeditions at the site. The second block weighs 1,650 tons. Archaeologists concluded that the block was meant to be transported without being cut. This means, that it is the biggest known ancient stone block.
And here it is, lying to the immediate right of its more well-known sibling.
A summary of all the stories and news briefs posted on The Daily Grail over the past week. Feel free to share anything interesting!
- Watch 'Beyond Our Sight', an Independently Produced Documentary on Near-Death Experiences
- News Briefs 24-11-2014 (Monday)
- News Briefs 25-11-2014 (Tuesday)
- News Briefs 26-11-2014 (Wednesday)
- Newspaper Headline from 1803 Reports Anomalous Meteor Shower
- Europa: Alien Ocean in Our Backyard
- News Briefs 27-11-2014 (Thursday)
- News Briefs 28-11-2014 (Friday)
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer
- Monsters in America: A Cryptozoological Map of the United States
- Wanderers: A Vision of Humanity's Expansion into the Solar System
Have a good weekend!
Wanderers is a vision of humanity's expansion into the Solar System, based on scientific ideas and concepts of what our future in space might look like, if it ever happens. The locations depicted in the film are digital recreations of actual places in the Solar System, built from real photos and map data where available.
If you liked Interstellar at all then you will love this - it's a short film to make a space geek cry. A stunning look at the new life that could await us in the off-world colonies - on the moons, the asteroids and space stations - beautifully rendered. Wing suits in space. Walking on alien moons. Hell. Yes.
Unsure of what to get the anomalist in your life for Xmas? No doubt you've already bought them all of Daily Grail Publishing's books (*ahem*), so the next best thing might be this cool map of American monsters for hanging on their study wall. In terms of endorsements, it's got the best in the (monster) business, with our friend, Director of the International Cryptozoology Museum (and Darklore contributor) Loren Coleman giving it his backing:
The cryptid-filled, cartographically accurate Monsters in America: A Cryptozoological Map of the United States should be on the walls of every museum, library, and researcher's office interested in the science of as-yet-to-be-discovered animals. Hog Island Press has produced an informative, affordable, high quality collectible, which also serves as an educational tool useful for your next road trip, a future research trek, or everyday bibliographic study. There is not a fake on the map. I love the heavy paper stock. Discover and obtain yours today!
Follow the link to view a more detailed image of the map, and also purchasing instructions!
It's still a year away, but Disney has released an 88-second teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. There's no shot of
Jar Jar Binks Han, Luke, or Leia. No wookie's roar or a golden droid's "Oh my!" But there's the Millennium Falcon in a dog-fight with TIE Fighters over the sand dunes of Tatooine! X-Wings piloted by rebel scum zooming over water. A soccer-ball droid who will surely get kicked around at some point in the movie. And three new characters: John Boyega, who's the right height for a Stormtrooper; Daisy Ridley, driving something you wouldn't want to get hit by and looking very much like Natalie Portman's granddaughter; and Adam Driver bringing the Dark Side of the Force back with a very impractical but wicked looking lightsaber (a little religious symbolism going on there?).
Episode VII is directed by JJ Abrams, who recently rebooted the Star Trek franchise. Many Trekkies weren't happy with his reimagining of their beloved Captain James T. Kirk, and this has caused trepidation in the Star Wars community. However, Abrams himself admitted he was never really a big Star Trek fan; and to me, Star Trek: Into Darkness, felt like a dress rehearsal for Star Wars. Khan and Spock's fight on top of the moving barges could be a Jedi fight, sans lightsabers. Then there was Kirk dodging Klingons in a suspiciously Millennium Falcon-shaped ship. And last, but not least, the R2D2 easter egg. ST:ID certainly felt like an audition to direct a Star Wars movie! I like Abrams, his Spielberg-ET homage Super 8 was an underrated movie, and he's a genuine Star Wars geek. I can't wait to see him rejuvenate the Star Wars universe.
Post your thoughts (and bad feeling about this) below. When the trailer ended with the John Williams score, I felt like partying like an Ewok with bonfires and fireworks. December 2015 can't come soon enough! Incidentally, last week I had a very vivid dream I was watching scenes from the new Star Wars movie. An ageing Han Solo was visiting the Millennium Falcon for the last time, telling another person, "She'll never fly again." I'm glad this is a dream that didn't come true! Now excuse me, this scruffy looking nerf herder is going to watch the teaser trailer for the 88th time.
May the Force be with you.
“We are not born into the world. We are born into something that we make into the world.”
- The force awakens.
- Our invisible hissing donut.
- A manned mission to Mars… in 1979?
- DNA vs. space travel.
- Has Phobos’ fate been sealed?
- The next star wars?
- Creating fuel from air.
- Six pages of ancient Egyptian spells, decoded.
- Is Bigfoot the next endangered species?
- Watch the first digital animal squirm.
- Time cloaks for sending messages in laser light.
- The soaring price of pharmeceuticals.
- Sending anniversary greetings to Mars.
- World’s most abundant mineral identified.
- A sea of change.
- A gateway to hell? Welcome to gateway, Leone…
- A computer that runs on H2O.
- This week’s evidence of the pending robot uprising… 'Bot waiters.
Quote of the Day:
“All points in space became equal to all other points in space, and it was meaningless to speak of anything as being separate from anything else.”