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Underwater Road

At one point, it was said that by the year 2000, we’d all have flying cars. Citizens on the Island of Noirmoutier in France probably wish that was true.

Their primary means of transportation to the mainland is the Passage du Gois.

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As roads go, the Passage is fine except … it disappears twice a day and is only usable for an hour at a time.

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The Passage du Gois

The Passage du Gois was discovered in 1701. It’s a narrow path of silt deposits that built up slowly over centuries. The road is accessible twice a day during low tide.

So you don’t have to guess at what times the tide will roll in, signs are posted on both ends of the road telling travelers if the road is passable or not.

Signage aside, you still travel at your own risk.

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No Parking Zone

Because the Passage du Gois is little more than a deposit of silt, and because it’s submerged 13 feet under water for most of the day, the Passage tends to be a bit slippery.

Drivers are cautioned to drive slowly and make no sudden stops, and parking on the Passage is strictly forbidden by law.
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One-Hour Road

The road is only available during low tide, which lasts for about an hour. The Passage remains accessible for half an hour before and after low tide, so that only gives you two hours to make the crossing safely.

The perilous nature of the crossing attracts lots of tourists each year eager to attempt the dangerous drive. A number of cars get lost to the Passage du Gois each year. If a driver does mistime their trip, there are poles set at intervals along the Passage so they can climb to safety.

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The Crowds

Even if you aren’t a big risk taker and don’t want to brave the drive, the Passage draws crowds every day of people interested in watching it emerge from the briny deep.
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The Foulées du Gois

There is also an annual race held on the Passage called the Foulées du Gois. Competitors run the 2.58 miles of the road in the time between the tides.

Source: Passage du Gois: The Road That Disappears Twice a Day

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Egyptian singer Amr Diab has achieved a Guinness World Record for breaking the record number of World Music Awards won by a bestselling Middle Eastern Artist, according to a statement on the Guinness website.

Diab entered the Guinness Book of World Records earlier this month, making him the first-ever Arab artist to break a Guinness World Record.

“I would like to first thank my fans for making this possible, I couldn’t have reached here without their support,” Diab said in a statement. “I am very proud to be the 1st Arab singer to achieve a Guinness World Records title and it’s such an honor to represent my country, Egypt, at one of the world’s most accredited organizations.”

The Egyptian singer has been in the industry for 33 years, during which he has released 27 albums and won a number of awards.

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The two men who may have inadvertently disabled a pressure cooker bomb in New York City earlier this month were identified on Thursday as Egyptians.

The two men, identified as EgyptAir employees by ABC News, had been sought after for days by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The FBI had released a notice seeking information for the then-unknown individuals, but stressed that they were simply witnesses and not suspects.

According to authorities, who have so far refused to name the two witnesses, the two Egyptians picked up the bag containing the pressure cooker bomb from a garbage bin on 27th Street shortly after another bomb had exploded earlier that night.

“They started to examine the backpack when they found the wires and the pipes and they dropped the backpack, walked around the corner, went into police headquarters and notified us right away,” said Mayor Christian Bollwage to BBC News.

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According to investigators, the two Egyptians may have accidentally disabled the device after picking it out of the bag.

However, according to later statements by the NYPD, the two men took the tiger-print bag that contained the bomb with them. This prompted investigators to issue a notice seeking information so that they could be interviewed as witnesses.

According to ABC News, the two Egyptians are not facing any charges and remain as witnesses in the case.

Earlier this week, Ahmad Rahami, an American citizen who is originally from Afghanistan, was arrested in relation to the New York City bombing that left at least 29 people injured.

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has approved a new law imposing longer prison sentences and harsher punishments for the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), privately-owned Al-Shorouk reported.

Last month, Egypt’s cabinet of ministers and parliament had approved the law, which will see jail time for those who carry out the outlawed procedure increased to a minimum of five years and a maximum of seven years. Previous legislation had stipulated that the punishment for performing FGM would be a prison sentence ranging from three months to two years and a fine of EGP 5,000.

The new law will also punish those who submit girls for an FGM procedure, often a girl’s mother, by sentencing them to prison for no less than one year and no more than three years.

Last year, a doctor stood trial for involuntary manslaughter after a young girl he was conducting an FGM operation on bled out and died during the procedure. Although he was sentenced to two years in prison in what was considered a “groundbreaking” instance of practitioners of FGM being penalized, it later came to light that the doctor only served a portion of his sentence, after evading authorities for a year and a half.

FGM continues to be a widespread practice in Egypt, despite being banned in 2008. Article 242 of Egypt’s Penal Code criminalizes the circumcision of girls and the punishment for performing FGM is a prison sentence ranging from three months to two years or a fine of EGP 5,000.

According to the 2015 Egypt Health Issues Survey (EHIS), around 9 in 10 women aged 15-49 have undergone the procedure. This number is only four percent lower than statistics from a 2008 survey.

The study found a greater prevalence of the practice among those with lower levels of education and those living in rural areas, compared to respondents living in urban areas and with higher levels of education and wealth.

According to the World Health Organization, Egypt, Somalia, Guinea, Djibouti and Sierra Leone have the highest rates of FGM. A 2013 UNICEF report found that Egypt has the world’s highest total number of FGM sufferers, with 27.2 million women having undergone FGM.

Magnificent Gardens of Petra Discovered After 2,000 Years

Long forgotten gardens of the amazing city of Petra have been discovered after two thousand years. Wonderful fountains and a huge pool, which were at the heart of the gardens, were supported by advanced irrigation and water storage systems. This enabled the magnificent gardens to exist in the middle of the desert.

Haaretz reports that the excavations in the old capital of the ancient Nabataeans revealed a treasure, and is one of the most amazing findings the World Heritage site has yielded in decades. The researchers unearthed an advanced irrigation system and water storage system. These systems allowed people to survive, the city to flourish and the garden to blossom. Moreover, archeologists discovered fountains, ponds and huge swimming pool dating back to the 1st century BC.

The location of a monumental swimming pool, which reflects the sheer power and wealth of the ancient city.

The location of a monumental swimming pool, which reflects the sheer power and wealth of the ancient city. Credit: Leigh-Ann Bedal

Ice Man, Otzi: A Treacherous Murder with Unexpected Links to Central Italy

The copper used to make Otzi`s axe blade did not come from the Alpine region as had previously been supposed, but from ore mined in southern Tuscany. Ötzi was probably not involved in working the metal himself, as the high levels of arsenic and copper found in his hair had, until now, led us to assume. His murder over 5,000 years ago seems to have been brought about due to a personal conflict a few days before his demise, and the man from the ice, despite his normal weight and active life-style, suffered from extensive vascular calcification. Scientists from all over the world presented these and other new insights, at the recent International Mummy Congress in Bozen-Bolzano. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Ötzi`s discovery, the three days of the Congress, from 19th to 21st September, are all dedicated to the man from the ice.

Since the man from the ice came on the scene on 19th September 1991, he has not ceased to fascinate scientists from all over the world. No corpse has been more thoroughly investigated. "In terms of his significance for science, Ötzi is not simply an isolated mummy discovery. He could be seen as a typical European from earlier times and is precious for this reason alone," explained the anthropologist Albert Zink from EURAC Research, the scientific leader of the congress. "Ötzi is so well preserved as a glacier mummy and through this alone, he serves us researchers as a model for developing scientific methods which can then be used on other mummies," said Zink. "What concerns us most these days is to know who the man from the ice was, what role he played in society and what happened to him in the last days of his life. Sophisticated procedures, now available to scientists, are continually supplying us with new evidence," said Angelika Fleckinger, Director of the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology which helped to organise the Congress.

Roman Coins Discovered at Japanese Castle Raise Questions of Ancient Connections

Four Roman copper coins have been unearthed at Katsuren Castle on Okinawa Island, Japan. They are the first of their kind to be discovered in the country and have been dated to 300-400 AD. How the coins came to be at the castle is still a mystery.

According to Seeker, it was first believed that the coins were simply pennies dropped by U.S. soldiers, but washing them showed images of the Roman Emperor Constantine I. Archaeologist Hiroki Miyagi said that the discovery came as a shock and the Independent claims that the coins “were originally thought to be a hoax.”

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Two artifacts found at Katsuren Castle: A Roman coin (Uruma Board of Education) and an Ottoman coin. (Uruma Board of Education)

A Dream Destination for Egyptologists: The Amazing Amarna Necropolis

Amarna is a dream destination for many Egyptologists. The temples, tombs, and houses left by the people who lived in the area thousands of years ago make up one of the most impressive discoveries in Egypt. The city of Akhenaten was destroyed, but the ruins and tombs tell its eternal story.

Before the city of Amarna was abandoned the inhabitants had created a magnificent group of tombs. The Royal Wadi contains the tombs of the pharaoh’s family, including the final resting place of Akhenaten, Nefertiti, Tiye, Kiya, and others. All of the tombs were heavily damaged, however, the reliefs and artifacts which survived still tell a beautiful and touching story of the city which was inhabited for a very short time, but continues to be a key site in the country’s history.

An award scene with Akhenaten and Nefertiti from the tomb of Parennefer (Amarna tomb 7). 

An award scene with Akhenaten and Nefertiti from the tomb of Parennefer (Amarna tomb 7). (Public Domain)

The Tombs of the Royal Family

Entering the tombs of the Royal Wadi, visitors can see walls full of reliefs damaged by priests in ancient times, but also by other people over the years. Looted an unbelievable number of times, currently the tombs are protected by guards and gates, but there is still a lot to do to preserve them. The most important part of the necropolis is comprised of just a few tombs, of which at least three are unfinished.

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Beach Goers Help Stingray Give Birth!

  • A fisherman accidentally hooked a stingray from the beach
  • His friends and fellow beach goers were calling for him to toss it back when they noticed something coming out of her
  • With a little help, the stingray gave birth to four pups
  • Stingrays employ ovoviviparity, meaning they give birth to live young without use of a placenta
  • The pups develop in eggs in the mother’s body and feed on a yolk sac
  • After the sac is gone, they’ll feed on uterine “milk”
  • Stingrays usually give birth to litters of 5 – 13 pups

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Egyptians gather at Rosetta during a search operation after a boat carrying migrants capsized in the Mediterranean (AFP Photo)

Egyptians gather at Rosetta during a search operation after a boat carrying migrants capsized in the Mediterranean (AFP Photo)

Egyptian authorities arrested the owner and crew members of the migrant boat that capsized in the Mediterranean last week, state-owned Al-Ahram quoted Beheira governor Alaa Shawky as saying.

The boat set sail from Egypt’s north coast early on the morning of September 21 and capsized a short while later near Burg Rashid, a village in the Egyptian province of Beheira. Authorities have retrieved the boat wreckage from the sea, in addition to another 33 bodies, bringing the total death toll to 211.

While Reuters says the boat was carrying almost 600 migrants, AFP places the number closer to 450. In addition to Syrian migrants, there were migrants from Egypt, Sudan and Eritrea on board. Several of the boat’s passengers remain missing but are believed to be dead.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi vowed to punish those behind the incident, saying the “wrongdoers” would be persecuted for taking advantage of Egyptians and foreigners.

President Sisi also instructed his government to take steps to support more small medium enterprises for Egyptian youth in order to provide more opportunities for those seeking to immigrate.

Meanwhile, the Egyptian cabinet released a statement saying that Prime Minister Sherif Ismail has ordered the arrest of the smugglers responsible, adding that a draft law aiming to combat illegal immigration has been sent to Egypt’s House of Representatives for discussion.

Over 40,000 migrants have crossed the central Mediterranean to Italy this year and a total of 2,800 deaths were recorded between January and June of 2016.

In April, 400 refugees traveling from Egypt to Italy drowned in the Mediterranean, with the majority of the migrants originating from North Somalia.

In June, a Dutch marine ship rescued nearly 200 migrants, including 17 children and 2 pregnant women, from a sinking boat in the Mediterranean that was en route to the Italian island of Sicily.

Over the past year, Egypt’s navy has foiled a number of “illegal crossings” via the Mediterranean, often publishing photographs of the thwarted attempts.

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Victoria Woodhull

As a stockbroker, a newspaper editor, and a women’s rights activist, Woodhull’s story is fascinating. She was also the first woman to run for the highest office, and she did it in 1872!

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Woodhull came from humble beginnings. Her mother believed herself to be clairvoyant, and her father was a snake oil salesman, leaving the family destitute and often in trouble with the law.

It was actually due to her following in her mother’s mystic footsteps that led to one of Woodhull’s first financial successes.

She and her sister Tennessee met wealthy widower Cornelius Vanderbilt when they served as mediums to help him contact the spirit of his dead wife.

Vanderbilt was so impressed with their mystic skills that he kept them on and asked them to help him with financial advice from the spirits. The sisters performed the task so well that Vanderbilt backed them in starting the first woman-owned brokerage firm on Wall Street.

The brokerage was so successful that Victoria and her sister started printing a weekly journal in 1870 called Woodhull and Claflin’s Weekly.

On April 2, 1870, Woodhull announced her intentions to run for president by writing a letter to the New York Herald.

[…] believing as I do that the prejudices which still exist in the popular mind against women in public life will soon disappear, I now announce myself as candidate for the Presidency.

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A woman running for president before women even had the right to vote would be controversial enough, but the difficulties of Woodhull’s run didn’t end there.

She was a suffragette, a proponent of free love, and a strong believer that men’s romantic indiscretions should not be swept under the rug and ignored.

Now, the free love principle might not be what you think. It was the idea that people should have the right to marry, divorce, and have children without government interference.

It was this belief that landed her in so much trouble as the election rolled near.

Prominent Rev. Henry Ward Beecher, the brother to author Harriet Beecher Stowe, set himself up in opposition to Woodhull and spoke out against her free love principals. Using her weekly publication as a platform, Woodhull published a story about an extramarital affair that Rev. Beecher had with a parishioner.

She wasn’t looking to pass moral judgment on the reverend’s actions, but she did want to expose the double standard between men and women.

Upon reading the story, the public was not outraged about the preacher’s infidelity but chose to be upset about the fact that Woodhull had published the story.

She was arrested on charges of distributing indecent material through the mail, and she spent Election Day behind bars.

As if being arrested for telling the truth wasn’t punishment enough, the controversy inspired cartoonist Thomas Nast to draw this caricature of Woodhull as Mrs. Satan.

The image depicts a wife carrying her children and drunk husband and saying to Woodhull, “Get thee behind me, (Mrs.) Satan! I’d rather travel the hardest path of matrimony than follow your footsteps.”

 

Source: Victoria Woodhull, the First Woman to Run for President

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A nine-year-old girl was killed on Tuesday after being mauled by a ‘mountain leopard’ in an Egyptian town in the south of Cairo.

The leopard, identified by authorities as a mountain leopard, attacked the girl, Amany Mohamed Fadeel, in Kafr Hameed, a town located in the Giza governorate.

According to Youm7, local authorities managed to kill the leopard after it had been scared off by locals. The animal was eventually cornered by both security personnel and locals before being shot dead.

Though she was rushed to hospital, Amany succumbed to her wounds, which included a bite in her neck.

Speaking to Youm7, investigative officials said that the leopard had escaped from a farm that had been licensed by the Ministry of Agriculture to privately breed a range of animals. After escaping, the leopard travelled to Kafr Hameed, which is more elevated than other nearby areas.

The owner of the farm has been summoned for investigation and may face charges relating to the escape.

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Former Israeli president, two-time prime minister and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shimon Peres died on Wednesday, aged 93.

The renowned politician had suffered a “major stroke” on September 13 and had been hospitalized since then until his passing.

Peres received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 alongside then-Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat for his role in negotiating the Oslo Accords, the historic agreement which led to the creation of the Palestinian Authority.

Peres was born in Poland in 1923 and, at the age of 11, emigrated to the Middle East to live in Palestine, which was then under British mandate.

In the 1940s, he joined the call for the establishment of a Jewish state and eventually became a key player in the Israeli state’s military.

Over the following five decades, Peres served in a number of official positions in Israel, including serving as a member of parliament from 1959 to 1977, when he became the head of the Labor Party. He went on to serve as the country’s prime minister from 1984-1986 and again from 1995-1996, and eventually became the country’s president from 2007 until he left office in 2014.

He has been lauded for his role in promoting peace between Israel, Palestine and the Arab world, particularly through the Peres Center for Peace, which he founded in 1996.

“I think it’s the only thing which is possible in order to bring an end to terror, violence and hatred,” Peres said in an interview with Time, published in February.

Tourists pictured returning from the beach in the Egyptian resort of Sharm El-Sheikh on November 7, 2015 (AFP Photo/Mohamed El-Shahed)

Tourists pictured returning from the beach in the Egyptian resort of Sharm El-Sheikh on November 7, 2015 (AFP Photo/Mohamed El-Shahed)

Egypt lost over half of its tourists in the first half of 2016 compared with the same period last year, the official statistics agency said on Monday.

Egypt welcomed 2.3 million tourists in the period from January to June 2016, compared to 4.8 million tourists in the same period last year, the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics said in a statement issued on the occasion of World Tourism Day, commemorated each year on September 27.

The agency mainly ascribed the decline, which totaled to 51.2 percent, to the decrease in number of Russian tourists by 54.9 percent and tourists from the UK by 14.9 percent.

In 2015, 37.7 percent of Egypt’s visitors came from Eastern Europe, with Russian tourists at 67.9 percent, while 35.1 percent came from Eastern Europe, with Germany holding the largest share at 31.2 percent.

In October, a charter flight operated by Russian airline Metrojet broke up midair 23 minutes after takeoff from Egypt’s Sharm El-Sheikh Airport as it headed to St. Petersburg, killing all 224 passengers and crew on board.

Moscow suspended all flights to Egypt pending an investigation into the crash. The UK followed suit, halting all flights to and from Sharm el-Sheikh.

As tourist numbers plunged in 2016, the number of nights spent by tourists dropped to 13.5 million nights, compared to 45.9 million nights during the same period of 2015, marking a 70.5 percent decrease.

Egypt’s tourism industry, a vital source of foreign currency, has been hit hard since the plane crash. The country had already been struggling to recover from economic problems and a shortage of foreign currency reserves since the 2011 uprising that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak.

The Egyptian government adopted an urgent plan to revive tourism, which aims to attract 10 million tourists into Egypt by the end of 2017.

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The Nile – Its Fertile Past and Its Imperiled Future

History means looking back. But man must also learn from it or his tenuous grasp on the Earth risks a bleak future – a future that may become dire history only all too soon. This rings especially true when it comes to our planet’s precious water resources.

One of the most ancient as well as revered rivers is the Nile; specifically the Blue Nile tumbling from Lake Tana in the Ethiopian Highlands, and the White Nile born out of Lake Victoria in Central Africa.

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Map of the Nile (Courtesy author)

The Life-Giving Waters

Joined at Khartoum in the Sudan, those waters have flowed unimpeded on their four-thousand mile journey toward the Mediterranean Sea for millennia, carving out a wondrous fertile valley amidst an inhospitable desert. The Ancient Egyptians worshipped the life-giving Hapi, their predynastic name for the Nile. For them, bestowing this sacred name to the great river meant as yet another personification of their water and fertility god.

Hapi, shown as an iconographic pair of genii symbolically tying together upper and lower Egypt.

Hapi, shown as an iconographic pair of genii symbolically tying together upper and lower Egypt. (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Discovery of a Medieval Well Raises New Questions About Nazis and a Polish Castle

A team of Polish researchers has discovered a well which dates back to medieval times. It is located in the famous castle of Książ in Wałbrzych, Lower Silesia, Poland. Although they previously believed that it may have been a part of a system of tunnels created by Nazis, the real story of the well may be even more fascinating.

According to Gazeta Wyborcza, the well was found under the floor of a tower discovered last July. It is quadrilateral and without any visible damages. One side of the well is 2.5 meters (8.2 ft.) wide, and it is about 50 meters (164 ft.) deep. The tower which covered the mysterious well was discovered while cleaning the road area near the castle. It is dated back to the 18th century and was depicted on drawings of the castle. The well was examined with a camera, which confirmed that the discovery is very rare and will bring much more information after it is further explored by the researchers.

A photo taken inside of the well at Książ Castle in Wałbrzych, Poland.

A photo taken inside of the well at Książ Castle in Wałbrzych, Poland. (ZWIK Łódź)

A Polish Stonehenge? Discovery of New Burial Mounds May Rewrite History

A group of previously unknown burial mounds has been discovered near Czaplinek in north-western Poland. The most interesting feature found so far is a stone ring, which is shaped similar to the world-famous site of Stonehenge. The complex sheds a new light on the history of these lands.

The team of Polish archaeologists from the Koszalin city museum unearthed a complex in an area previously known to have had an Iron Age site. According to RMF24.pl, the team of researchers found an urn burial with cremated remains inside. Apart from this, several precious artifacts were discovered inside the urn, including a bronze buckle, bone pin, and a clay spindle whorl - which allowed them to conclude that the burial contains a woman’s ashes.

The first artifacts from the site.

The first artifacts from the site. (Muzeum w Koszalinie)

The site also contains burial mounds which were enclosed with stone rings. The researchers claim that the rings may be similar to the sequence of stones used in Stonehenge – with larger stones connected with a row of smaller ones.

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Only a Matter of Time

Mocha the Doberman made it to Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, just in the nick of time after consuming three wristwatches and some leather jewelry!

Owner Jeff Courcelle rushed Mocha to the vet after noticing her odd behavior. Vets then performed a three-hour endoscopy to search the contents of her belly.
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X-ray image showing pieces of a wrist watch, leather belt and buckles inside Mocha`s belly. (Photo credit MSPCA-Angell)

Mocha’s X-ray shows her time-consuming meal, a belly full of metal and leather. (Photo credit MSPCA-Angell)

Amazingly, Mocha managed to swallow 28 watch parts: 3 watch faces, 8 buckle pieces, and 17 rivets, plus other miscellaneous pieces!

The contents of Mocha’s stomach! Ripley’s thought it was so unbelievable, we wasted no time and bought the watch parts for our collection.

The contents of Mocha’s stomach! Ripley’s thought it was so unbelievable, we wasted no time and bought the watch parts for our collection.

Repeat Offender

Despite all the trouble, this wasn’t Mocha’s first time in the ER—she is a repeat offender. In 2014, Mocha had 20 in (51 cm) of intestine removed after a piece of plastic perforated her digestive organ.

Nearly 1 lb (0.5 kg) of leather was found in Mocha’s stomach! (credit MSPCA-Angell)

Nearly 1 lb (0.5 kg) of leather was found in Mocha’s stomach! (credit MSPCA-Angell)

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Intact Brandy Bottles and 200-Year-Old Pub Discovered Under Building Site in Manchester

An unexpected discovery was made when works began for a 13-storey skyscraper for apartments and shops in Manchester, England. Archaeologists brought in to the construction site found the remains of a forgotten 200-year-old pub and neighboring houses.

The Manchester Evening News reports that the archaeologists even know the name of the old pub- the Astley Arms. One of the interesting finds they made inside the rubble is the discovery of about 200-year-old booze bottles. Some of the bottles still contain brandy. James Alderson, site developer of Mulbury City which is carrying out the build, told the Manchester Evening News “We opened the cork on a few and you can still smell it. It’s amazing knowing there’s so much history at this site and it’s really exciting. I never expected this kind of thing to be found but we are really fascinated by it all.”

The archaeologists were also able to find the name of the Astley Arm’s 1821 owner, Thomas Evans, on some personalized plates. Aidan Turner, supervisor at the site and senior archaeologist, told the Manchester Evening News that the team managed to track down descendants of the pub’s owner. He said that they discovered one living relative is now living in Texas, USA.

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Only a Matter of Time

Mocha the Doberman made it to Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, just in the nick of time after consuming three wristwatches and some leather jewelry!

Owner Jeff Courcelle rushed Mocha to the vet after noticing her odd behavior. Vets then performed a three-hour endoscopy to search the contents of her belly.
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X-ray image showing pieces of a wrist watch, leather belt and buckles inside Mocha`s belly. (Photo credit MSPCA-Angell)

Mocha’s X-ray shows her time-consuming meal, a belly full of metal and leather. (Photo credit MSPCA-Angell)

Amazingly, Mocha managed to swallow 28 watch parts: 3 watch faces, 8 buckle pieces, and 17 rivets, plus other miscellaneous pieces!

The contents of Mocha’s stomach! Ripley’s thought it was so unbelievable, we wasted no time and bought the watch parts for our collection.

The contents of Mocha’s stomach! Ripley’s thought it was so unbelievable, we wasted no time and bought the watch parts for our collection.

Repeat Offender

Despite all the trouble, this wasn’t Mocha’s first time in the ER—she is a repeat offender. In 2014, Mocha had 20 in (51 cm) of intestine removed after a piece of plastic perforated her digestive organ.

Nearly 1 lb (0.5 kg) of leather was found in Mocha’s stomach! (credit MSPCA-Angell)

Nearly 1 lb (0.5 kg) of leather was found in Mocha’s stomach! (credit MSPCA-Angell)

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Source: Bad Watch Dog! Doberman Eats Three Watches

A vendor sells vegetables and fruits at the city market in St.Petersburg, Russia. PHOTO: Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters

A vendor sells vegetables and fruits at the city market in St.Petersburg, Russia. PHOTO: Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters

Russia’s agricultural safety watchdog has decided to lift its temporary ban on imports of Egyptian fruits and vegetables, Sputnik news agency reported.

“The sides agreed to resume the deliveries of agricultural produce from Egypt to Russia, except potatoes, on condition that the Egyptian side will meet all Russian demands on sanitary safety of supplied produce,” said Yulia Melano, spokeswoman of Rosselkhoznadzor, the Russian agricultural safety service.

According to Egyptian Minister of Trade and Industry Tarek Qabil, Russia’s decision came following “intensive efforts” from Egypt’s side to reverse the ban since its implementation.

Earlier this month, Russia had announced it would temporarily ban imports of some agricultural products from Egypt. Although Egyptian officials deny the two incidents are linked, Russia’s ban came on the same day as Egypt rejected a Russian wheat shipment containing traces of ergot, a fungus commonly found in wheat.

Egypt has recently implemented and backtracked on a zero-tolerance policy on ergot several times, starting from December of last year. Although international standards allow for levels of ergot up to 0.05 percent in wheat, an old decree had stipulated the complete absence of ergot for wheat shipments to be allowed.

Its most recent decision to refuse shipments containing any amount of the fungus resulted in the rejection of a large shipment from Russia, which soon thereafter announced its ban on Egyptian agricultural products.

However, after several failed tenders for wheat shipments, Egypt – the world’s largest wheat importer – decided to abandon its zero-tolerance policy towards ergot.

According to Reuters, Russia is among Egypt’s biggest buyers of fruit. Egypt sold Russia USD 350 million worth of agricultural products last year, including 40,000 tons of oranges.

Egyptians gather at Rosetta during a search operation after a boat carrying migrants capsized in the Mediterranean (AFP Photo)

Egyptians gather at Rosetta during a search operation after a boat carrying migrants capsized in the Mediterranean (AFP Photo)

Egyptian member of parliament Elhamy Agina has said that the victims of the migrant boat that capsized last week en route to Italy “deserve no sympathy” due to their participation in an illegal activity, Parlmany reported.

A boat carrying as many as 600 migrants capsized off Egypt’s northern shore near Burg Rashid, a village in the Beheira province, just hours after setting sail. According to the country’s health ministry, the death toll has risen to 170, while several of the migrants who were on board remain “missing.”

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi vowed to punish those responsible for the sunken boat, saying that they took advantage of both Egyptian citizens and foreigners. Sisi also called on his government to take steps to support more small and medium enterprises (SMEs) for Egyptian youth in order to provide more opportunities for those seeking to immigrate.

Member of Parliament Elhamy Agina

Member of Parliament Elhamy Agina

Agina, who is a member of the parliament’s human rights committee, said that Egypt’s youths attempt illegal migration in pursuit of an “unguaranteed fantasy.”

“Nobody tell me that somebody throws their son or themselves into such a mess and tell me it’s because they can’t find work in Egypt or because they are looking for a source of income,” Agina told Parlmany. “It is illogical that a source of income [for food] will make me commit suicide.”

This is not the first time Agina’s statements have stirred controversy. Earlier this month, he encouraged women to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) to “reduce their sexual desires” to match that of Egypt’s “sexually weak” men. His comments attracted significant attention and criticism in the domestic and international media, prompting several of Egypt’s parliamentarians to file complaints against him and requesting his referral to the ethics committee.

Axum: Legendary Kingdom of Ancient Ethiopia

Located on the Horn of Africa, the ancient Ethiopian kingdom of Axum (also spelled Aksum) played a significant role in international relations around the time of the first millennium. At its height, Axum controlled modern-day Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, Western Yemen, southern Saudi Arabia, and parts of Somalia. Although largely forgotten today, references to Ethiopians can be seen in such seminal works as the Bible, the Qur’an, the Iliad, and the Divine Comedy. Such wide acclaim reflects the power and influence once held by the powerful Axumite Empire.

Location of Aksum or Axum

Location of Aksum or Axum (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Axum Expansion

The local Agaw people of northern Ethiopia first began to populate and expand the city of Axum around 400 BC. By mid-second century BC, Axum had developed into a regionally dominant kingdom. This was in large part thanks to maritime transformations enacted by the ever-expanding Roman Empire. Ideally situated on the Red Sea, “the kingdom was at the crossroads of the three continents: Africa, Arabia, and the Greco-Roman World, and was the most powerful state between the Eastern Roman Empire and Persia” (UNESCO).

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Adventurer and public speaker Omar Samra was appointed Sunday as UNDP Egypt’s national Goodwill Ambassador to promote and advocate for the protection of the environment and youth empowerment, in line with the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Samra, acclaimed for his social engagement and passion for nature and travel, is the first Egyptian to complete the 7-Summits and the Explorers’ Grand Slam, after which he set up an adventure travel company, Wild Guanabana. In addition, he is engaged in numerous philanthropic activities for children. Samra is also set to become Egypt’s first astronaut.

Upon asking him what difference can one person make, UNDP Country Director Ignacio Artaza told Egyptian Streets that he believes that Samra has a projection that can reach many people.

“I think that obviously there [are] very few people in the world that can do anything by themselves, hence the importance of partnering together. We see that this partnership… is potentially very fruitful because we can match the passion, the ability to inspire others with what he does that Omar has through his achievements or our mandate, [with] our capacity to work in these areas,” Artaza said.

UNDP and Samra are set to work together for the next two years on a number of initiatives in an effort to increase sustainability, promote and explore protected areas in Egypt and encourage youth to become agents of change through entrepreneurship and innovation.

Samra will strive to advocate for the protection of the environment, calling for people to behave responsibly towards nature while enjoying it, as well as raising awareness about the impacts of climate change. He will also play a critical role in encouraging Egyptian youth to work and innovate to solve the most pressing development issues in their communities.

In pursuing his role, Samra will be conducting joint activities with the UNDP, whether through going to the field, meeting with youth, or going to various events, explained Artaza.

During the Sunday ceremony, Samra said, “I firmly believe that together with UNDP, we have found the perfect partnership to help effectively tackle some of the biggest challenges relating to conserving our environment and empowering our youth today. I hope that many more people and organizations join us on this journey. I’m confident that with our work, and the media’s voice, we can make a lasting positive difference that is felt by everyone.”

Speaking of the government’s efforts when it comes to environmental issues, Artaza stated that at a time of economic challenge and rising regional security concerns, “the government doesn’t have all the elements we wish to have to invest in all the areas that are of equal importance.

“There are choices that need to be made; education, health, job creation, security come as obviously the usual priorities,” he said.

Nevertheless, the Egyptian Ministry of Environment and the UNDP have managed to set up 30 protected areas in the country.

The UNDP is working with the ministry to ensure that there is a better management system in 15 of the 30 areas, in terms of access control to generate revenue through ticketing. The revenue could be invested back in the protected areas, so there can be better management of waste, better management of natural resources, promoting environmentally-friendly activities and facilities.

Broadly, Samra is to generate support for the SDGs, 17 global goals the UNDP put forth to shape the future in the next 15 years. The SDGs came into effect in January 2016 and they will continue to guide UNDP policy and funding for the next 15 years, according to the UNDP’s website. The SDGs include no poverty, peace, justice and strong institutions, quality education, affordable and clean energy, as well as gender equality.

“[This is] a call for action for all of us to call for sustainable development, to pursue universal peace and share prosperity in a way that we’re going to leave a better world for the future generations,” Artaza said.

300-Year-Old Child Mummy Appears to Open Her Eyes in Creepy Video Shot in Mexican Cathedral

Rumors are swirling about paranormal events surrounding a young Catholic saint in Guadalajara, Mexico. Called Santa Inocencia, the deceased martyr is said to have opened her eyes and looked into the camera of a tourist visiting her in the Guadalajara Cathedral.

The Daily Mail, The SunThe Daily Express, and The Huffington Post are some of the more recent sources for this account, but it appears the story began on La Obscura Habitacion.

That website says the event took place on December 12, 2012. Their video of the reported paranormal activity is shown on the website and also available on Youtube. The Youtube video has hit more than 700,000 views already, a number that is sure to continue to climb as much as the controversy around the supposed event.

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Set ye compass for There, this week, gar! We’ll set sail towards some treasure and adventure, leadin’ the way toward high seas keepin’ you off the planks, away from the gators and Davy Jones’ locker too, argh!

Grab yer rum and join us for Pirates of the Theribbean September 24th through October 7th! We’re hankerin’ for a good ole time, and we know how t’ give it too, just take a peek at all these fantastic events planned for you, shiver me timbers!

Elliot the Fearless & The Search for the Golden Ring Quest by Noxy

Follow Elliot the baby crocodile on his adventure to explore the life of a pirate. Finish this quest before it times out for a chance to be entered into a drawing for a hoverboat.

The Pirate Fairy Quest by Noxy

Have you seen the movie the Pirate Fairy? It is a Disney movie about Tinker Bell’s adventures. This quest only runs till Tuesday, September 27th. A handful of quest finishers will win 2,000 Tbux.

Pirate Bingo hosted by Susanszy

Pirate’s BINGO on the barrrrrrrrrrge! Spot ye’ dabbers or walk the plank. Sign up ahead of time at www.ultimatetherebingo.com to get access to the bingo cards. Play BINGO on September 27th and October 3rd.

Open Mic Pirate Night

Bring yer rum and join us fer an open mic pirate night! Sing ye hearts out, tell a spooky tale, give us a belly laugh with comedy or gross the crowd out in the burping contest. Sign up September 27th at 6:00 pm PST.

Tuesday Tiki Talk TriviARRR hosted by Francis_7

Avast ye scurvy avies! Trivia of all types, and a bunch of Star Trek questions as well. Be there early to ensure a seat to play. Triviarrrrr kicks off at 8:00 PM PST on Tuesday.

Geni Gin Pirate Tourney hosted by Musicmom

Cast your sales, and collect them points, They be booty ya know, if ye be late, we will have ya walk the plank! Eight minutes after the event begins we be cut’n the sales and be off Arrgggg! Show up to collect yer booty at 4:00 PM PST on Wednesday the 28th.

Pirate Paintball Plundering hosted by fatjohn

Arrrh, every pirate fer themselves. Try to find the booty before ye get shot. No flintlock experience required. Sign up September 28th at 7:00 pm PST fer some paintball plundering!

Sea Sea Arrrrr hosted by ccr_gina

Set sails on a Cross Country Race pirate style! Sign up fer adventure on the high seas on September 30th at 5:00 PM PST.

Ridge Ride: Kate’s Booty hosted by KatesHappy

Me 1st mate lost me property and got the plank fer it! Join me pirate crew. Find me goods. Return it to me and reap yer reward. Search for Kate’s booty on October 2nd at 6:00 PM PST.

Cards Rock: Cheetin’ Pirate Spades hosted by Kateshappy

Can’t count on pirates t’ play an honest game o’ Spades. This week there is a prizes to tournie winners! Cut ye cards on Octber 2nd at 7:30 PM PST.

More events be poppin’ up during  Pirates of Theribbean week in There. Check ye’ old Activities page for more events and sign up.

 


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A prominent Jordanian writer has been shot dead outside a court in Amman where he was due to stand trial for sharing a cartoon on Facebook that was deemed to have been offensive to Islam.

According to state news agency Petra, Nahed Hattar, a prominent 56-year-old writer, was shot three times in the head just outside the court.

Eyewitnesses cited by Petra say that the shooter, who was arrested at the scene, appeared to be in his 50s and was wearing traditional dress.

“He [the gunman] was standing at a short distance of about one meter (yard) in front of Nahed on the stairs of the Supreme Court,” said a witness in a statement to The Associated Press.

“Nahed was accompanied with two brothers and a friend when he was shot. The brothers and the friend chased the killer and caught him and handed him over to the police,” said Saad Hattar, the victim’s cousin, according to the Guardian.

After the killing, Saad Hattar blamed Jordan’s Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki.

“The prime minister was the first one who incited against Nahed when he ordered his arrest and put him on trial for sharing the cartoon, and that ignited the public against him and led to his killing,” said Saad Hattar.

Responding to the killing, the Jordanian government’s spokesperson said that the “heinous crime” would be punished strongly.

Hattar, who was born a Christian but considered himself an atheist, was known for his controversial views in Jordan and had been charged after sharing a Facebook cartoon depicting a bearded man in heaven. The bearded man was shown smoking in bed with two women while asking God to bring him a wine and cashews.

Critics said that the cartoon mocked Islam, however Hattar said that the cartoon, entitled ‘The God of Daesh (ISIS)’, was meant to reveal ISIS’ hypocrisies and how it believes God and heaven to be.

Hattar was arrested but was released two weeks later on bail pending trial.

Previously, Hattar had made waves in Jordan for supporting Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and for claiming that he was tortured by the late King Hussein of Jordan.

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In a statement released on Saturday, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi vowed to punish those behind the sinking of a migrant boat on Wednesday that was carrying hundreds of people.

In the statement, President Sisi said the “wrongdoers” would be prosecuted, adding that they took advantage of both Egyptian citizens and foreigners.

President Sisi also instructed his government to take steps to support more small medium enterprises for Egyptian youth in order to provide more opportunities for those seeking to immigrate.

Meanwhile, Egypt’s Prime Minister said that a committee will be formed to review illegal immigration in Egypt and how to tackle it through awareness campaign and greater security coordination.

The capsizing of the boat has led to the deaths of at least 162 people. The boat set sail from Egypt’s north coast early on Wednesday morning and capsized a short while later near Burg Rashid, a village in the Egyptian province of Beheira.

While Reuters says the boat was carrying almost 600 migrants, AFP places the number closer to 450. In addition to Syrian migrants, there were migrants from Egypt, Sudan and Eritrea on board.

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US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump praised on Thursday his meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, saying that there was “good chemistry” between them.

Sisi met with Trump on the sidelines of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly held in New York last week.

In statements made to Fox Business, Trump said he thought the meeting with Sisi was “productive” and described it as a “great meeting.”

The presidential hopeful said he believes that Sisi is a “fantastic guy who took control of Egypt” by taking a “tough approach” to whip out militants.

Similarly, when asked about what he thought of Trump, Sisi told CNN in an interview that there is “no doubt that Trump would make a strong leader.

Following their meeting, the Trump campaign released a statement expressing that “under a Trump administration, the United States of American will be a loyal friend, not simply an ally” to Egypt.

The duo’s meeting mainly tackled terrorism and focused on political, military and economic cooperation between the two countries but they did not discuss the human rights situation in Egypt, as opposed to Sisi’s meeting with Trump’s rival, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Trump has been largely criticized for statements he previously made related to banning Muslims from entering the US but Sisi believes that Trump’s perception may be altered after being elected.

“The United States in general conducts very strict security measures for everyone who wishes to visit it, which have been in place for quite a few years,” Sisi told CNN’s Erin Burnett. “It’s also important to know that during election campaigns, many statements are made and many things are said. However, afterwards, governing the country would be something different and will be subject to many factors.”

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Screen grab from the divers` video

Screen grab from the divers’ video

A shark tourists recently found in the Red Sea near Sharm El Sheikh is “dangerous” and “known for its aggressive behavior,” Egypt’s Ministry of Environment said in a statement on Friday.

The ministry denounced a group of divers who captured video of themselves swimming with and attempting to touch the shark in the Ras Nasrany area.

“The tourists’ behavior and decision to go swimming in the area where the shark was present and chasing it, particularly with this species of shark, is a matter of extreme danger…and could have resulted in great physical harm from the shark’s unexpected reaction to these provocative actions,” the statement reads.

According to the statement, the shark is an Oceanic White Tip, which is characterized by its brown body and white fins, as well as its aggressive behavior. The Oceanic White Tip is currently endangered due to the high demand on the use of its fin in food.

The ministry also urged divers to follow a number of guidelines when swimming in the area and coming across a shark, including refraining from touching, riding or chasing the shark, as well as maintaining a minimum distance of three to four meters from the shark.

In June, a 23-year-old Egyptian was attacked by a shark at the Red Sea city of Ain Sokhna, resulting in the amputation of one of his legs. The man was swimming six kilometers off the coast and the attack seemed to be the result of the man fishing and swimming in the same spot, thereby attracting the shark.

Shark attacks are rare in Egypt, with the last attack killing a 52-year-old German tourist in 2015. In 2010, a string of shark attacks left another German woman dead and three Russian tourists injured. These attacks puzzled experts and resulted in a number of conspiracy theories, including that the attacks were planned by a “foreign government” hoping to destabilize Egypt’s tourism.

Dr. Khaled El-Enany, Minister of antiquities, has just opened officially Ramses II eastern temple in Karnak temples complex. The temple was restored by Egyptian restorers who did mechanical cleaning to some walls as well as putting together fragments of stones and statues including a statue of Osiris. The restoration also included removing the old black cement used for previous restorations and restoring columns and walls using modern reversible techniques.     

The Ramesses II temple is located at the far eastern side of the present day Amun temple complex in Karnak.
Built around the Unique Obelisk, the temple consists of a gateway and pillared hall with a central false door. Two side doors led to the obelisk. In front of the temple is a later addition of a porch, which has now fallen.

 Ramses II Easter temple location marked with the Red dot
 Photos taken by Kofler (1914) The digital file is owned by the Cornell University Library

The eastern temple of karnak, also known as “Temple of Amon-Re, Who hears Prayers” was originally built by Ramses II and decorated between year 40 and year 46 of Ramses II’s reign.
The temple was later modified by Taharqa (690 BC - 664 BC) and Ptolemy VIII (170 BC – 163 BC)



Gallet, Laetitia (2007), “Le temple d`Amon-qui-écoute-les-priéres à Karnak” states:

The masonry has revealed that the temple hides previous structures. This former edifice could be the work of Horemheb.
The columns of the hypostyle hall, which have probably been in place since the Thutmosis Period and were transformed by the Ramesside intervention, suggest also that a Thutmosis structure was still there.
Sdm nht is the principal epithet—but not the only one—which indicates that the king as the god listens to the prayers in this sector of the Karnak Temple complex. Some tenuous indications suggest that divine justice, as corollary of the listening of the prayers, could have been applied in the temple by means of a processional bark before the Ptolemaic Period; during the reign of Ptolemy VII, there are indications that justice was administered in the temple.


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Squash at the Pyramids during the Al-Ahram International, initially inaugurated in 1996

Squash at the Pyramids during the Al-Ahram International, initially inaugurated in 1996

Egyptian squash players Raneem El-Welily and Karim Abdel Gawad won the women’s and men’s titles, respectively, at the Al-Ahram Squash Open in an all-Egyptian final round on Friday.

El-Welily, ranked fifth worldwide, clinched the title after defeating fellow Egyptian and world champion Nour El Sherbini, while Abdel Gawad beat Ali Farag to land the top position in the tournament.

Each of El-Welily and Abdel Gawad received a USD 200,000 trophy.

Egypt is known for its high-ranking squash players, many of whom have broken world records and secured various championship titles.

2o-year-old El Sherbini recently became the first ever Egyptian and the youngest squash player to win the PSA World Championship. In March, she joined three other Egyptians in making history at the British Open with an all-Egyptian men’s and women’s final.

El Sherbini defeated Nouran Gohar, who also participated in the Women’s World Championship, becoming Egypt’s first woman British Open champion.

The Ahram establishment had announced the return of the Ahram Open earlier this month, bringing the international squash tournament back to life after a 10-year hiatus.

Chairman of the Ahram establishment Mohamed El-Naggar said at the time that Al-Ahram would cooperate with the country’s tourism and antiquities ministries to capitalize on the tournament as a way to boost tourism to Egypt.

Egypt was set to host the 2015 World Team Championships last December but it was abruptly “postponed” after a number of countries withdrew from the tournament over “security concerns.”

According to El-Naggar, the tournament will be hosted in a number of different Egyptian cities such as Luxor and Aswan to restore the flow of tourism, which has been flailing in recent years.

Dozens of Large, Mysterious Rings and Rock Piles Identified in Peru

Dozens of circular geoglyphs have been mapped by archaeologists in Peru, near the ancient town and archaeological site of Quilcapampa. The glyphs have been dated to between 1050 and 1400 AD, and are believed to reflect the movements of trade routes by the ancient peoples.

According to LiveScience, the geoglyphs are comprised of many lines and rings within rings at the ancient site of Quilcampampa in the Sihuas Valley.

Archaeologists have identified and mapped dozens of the geoplyphs using unmanned aerial drones and satellite imagery, in addition to ground surveys. Many of the circles can be seen from the ground, but the larger ones are better seen from far above, as is the case with the famous Nazca lines of Peru.

Circular geoglyphs recorded at Quilcapampa. This one features an irregular pattern of many rings.

Circular geoglyphs recorded at Quilcapampa. This one features an irregular pattern of many rings. (Credit: Justin Jennings)

Research team leader Justin Jennings, a curator at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto spoke with LiveScience. He said that many of the geoglyphs have been dated to the Late Intermediate Period, and at that time Quilcapampa was a trade hub supporting a 70-hectare (173 acre) settlement.

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Twiggy, the waterskiiing squirrel at Ripley`s

The Waterskiing Squirrel

Twiggy first stole our hearts when we featured her waterskiing squirrel act in Ripley’s Planet Eccentric in 2005. We decided to catch up with Twiggy for our new book, Unlock the Weird!

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Since 2005 she has been riding waves and starring in shows all over the world, including the US, Canada, Bermuda, Paris, France, and Germany.

Twiggy was adopted by Lou Ann and Chuck Best when the baby squirrel was rescued after a hurricane.  She quickly became part of the family. When her daughter got a remote controlled boat for her birthday, the running joke was it was more of a present for Chuck because he used it more.

Chuck joked back they bought the boat to teach the squirrel to waterski. Making good on his joke, they started training Twiggy – and it worked!

Soon Twiggy was making appearances on television, books, movies, and doing live performances.

How Do Yo Teach A Squirrel To Waterski?

When we asked Lou Ann how do you teach a squirrel to waterski, she said:

It’s kind of like training a husband. You have to give him lots of love and affection and tell him the same thing over and over again.

Wise words Lou Ann, wise words.

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Malawi Museum after being looted in August 2013.

Malawi Museum after being looted in August 2013.

Egypt’s Malawi National Museum, located in El Minya, reopened on Thursday three years after it was ransacked and partially torched.

At an inauguration ceremony attended by top foreign archaeologists, ambassadors, and Egyptian officials, Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities said the museum’s reopening is a “message to the world that egypt does not bow to terrorism and those who try to destroy its heritage and civilization”.

The restoration, which cost around EGP 10 million and was partly financed by the Italian government, provides a more educational experience for visitors.

Malawi National Museum was ransacked, looted, and parts of it torched in August 2013 during violence that followed the ouster of former President Mohammed Morsi.

More than 1,000 antiquities spanning 3,500 years of history were reported to have been stolen, with the few remaining pieces left damaged.

However, according to state media Al-Ahram, the majority of the pieces were eventually recovered by the Egyptian government after police promised not to prosecute anyone returning looted antiquities.

An Egyptian mother reacts beside the body of her son who was on a boat carrying migrants which capsized off Egypt`s coast, in Al-Beheira, Egypt, September 22, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

An Egyptian mother reacts beside the body of her son who was on a boat carrying migrants which capsized off Egypt’s coast, in Al-Beheira, Egypt, September 22, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

At least 150 bodies have been recovered from the Mediterranean Sea after an over-capacity migrant boat capsized off Egypt’s shore on Wednesday, reported Egyptian state media Al-Ahram.

The new death toll comes a day after Egypt’s Armed Forces said that 163 passengers had been rescued but that hundreds of others remained missing.

The boat set sail from Egypt’s north coast early on Wednesday morning and capsized a short while later near Burg Rashid, a village in the Egyptian province of Beheira.

While Reuters says the boat was carrying almost 600 migrants, AFP places the number closer to 450. In addition to Syrian migrants, there were migrants from Egypt, Sudan and Eritrea on board.

Egypt’s Armed Forces also said that the rescue ship managed to foil another boat carrying 294 migrants attempting illegal immigration.

Meanwhile, the Egyptian cabinet released a statement saying that Prime Minister Sherif Ismail has ordered the arrest of the smugglers responsible, adding that a draft law aiming to combat illegal immigration has been sent to Egypt’s House of Representatives for discussion.

Over 40,000 migrants have crossed the central Mediterranean to Italy this year and a total of 2,800 deaths were recorded between January and June of 2016.

In April, 400 refugees traveling from Egypt to Italy drowned in the Mediterranean, with the majority of the migrants originating from North Somalia.

In June, a Dutch marine ship rescued nearly 200 migrants, including 17 children and 2 pregnant women, from a sinking boat in the Mediterranean that was en route to the Italian island of Sicily.

Over the past year, Egypt’s navy has foiled a number of “illegal crossings” via the Mediterranean, often publishing photographs of the thwarted attempts.

500-Year-Old Fisherman House and Wealth of Artifacts Discovered in Historic City of Ashkelon

A building used by fishermen in the Ottoman period, which contained fishing weights and fishhooks, was exposed in an archaeological excavation conducted in Ashkelon

Excavations in the coastal city of Ashdod, have uncovered buildings that were once used by local inhabitants that were engaged in fishing along the Mediterranean coast during the Ottoman period (16th-20th century C.E.) 

Ashdod was an important coastal city on the Mediterranean coast of Palestine, during the Ottoman period. Numerous buildings from the port of Ashdod, including a large fort built in stone masonry have been exposed during previous excavations of the Mediterranean hub.

Now archaeologist excavating in the seaside port have uncovered two fisherman’s houses and a lookout tower, possible a lighthouse, all-dating to the Ottoman era.

Young people who worked on the archaeological excavation.

Young people who worked on the archaeological excavation. Photographic credit: Clara Amit, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority

The tower was situated on a lofty hilltop, and it looks out over the beach and Mediterranean Sea. From the tower one could signal and direct ships that were sailing between the ancient ports in Ashkelon and Ashdod-Yam the archaeologists involved said in an IAA press release.

Secrets of Ancient Scroll of En-Gedi are Digitally Unraveled

University of Kentucky Professor Brent Seales and his team have further unlocked writings in the ancient En-Gedi scroll -- the first severely damaged, ink-based scroll to be unrolled and identified noninvasively. Through virtual unwrapping, they have revealed it to be the earliest copy of a Pentateuchal book -- Leviticus -- ever found in a Holy Ark.

Seales and his team have discovered and restored text on five complete wraps of the animal skin scroll, an object that likely will never be physically opened for inspection. In a study published Sept. 21 in Science Advances, Seales and co-authors describe the process and present their findings, which include a master image of the virtually unrolled scroll containing 35 lines of text, of which 18 have been preserved and another 17 have been reconstructed.

The charred scroll from En-Gedi. Image courtesy of the Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library, IAA.

The charred scroll from En-Gedi. Image courtesy of the Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library, IAA. (Photo: S. Halevi | uknow.uky.edu)

"This work opens a new window through which we can look back through time by reading materials that were thought lost through damage and decay," said Seales, who is professor and chair of the UK Department of Computer Science. "There are so many other unique and exciting materials that may yet give up their secrets -- we are only beginning to discover what they may hold.

Lord of Sipan: First Time Real Face of 2,000-Year-Old Mochican Priest Revealed

The face of a powerful ruler of the ancient Moche civilization of Peru, known as El Señor de Sipán (The Lord of Sipán), has been revealed for the first time following an intensive project to digitally reconstruct his face with the help of forensic anthropology experts. The 2,000-year-old remains of the Lord of Sipán were discovered in 1987 in the tomb complex of Huaca Rajada, buried among dazzling treasures, unlike any seen before in the region. 

An analysis of his regalia and iconographic depictions found in his tomb, suggests that this man was a high ranking Moche warrior-priest and a pre-eminent ruler of the Lambayeque valley. This mighty noble was probably viewed by his people as having god-like powers.

The Moche were a pre-Incan civilization who ruled the northern coast of Peru approximately two thousand years ago. They built huge pyramids made of millions of mud bricks and created an extensive network of aqueducts which enabled them to irrigate crops in their dry desert location. They were also pioneers of metal working techniques like gilding and soldering, which enabled them to created extraordinarily intricate jewellery and artifacts.

Little was known about the Moche civilization because they left no written texts to help explain their beliefs and customs. However, the discovery of detailed paintings and murals on pottery work and on temple walls, as well elaborate tombs such as those found at Huaca Rajada, have helped to provide insights into their culture and beliefs. A reconstruction of the Huaca Rajada tomb complex can be seen below.

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Nazra for Feminist Studies, along with its founder and executive director Mozn Hassan, received the 2016 Right Livelihood Award, known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize,” on Thursday.

“Hassan and Nazra received the award for asserting the equality and rights of women in circumstances where they are subject to ongoing violence, abuse and discrimination,” the Right Livelihood Award Foundation said in a statement.

In June, Hassan joined a list of Egyptian human rights defenders banned from travel in relation to a 2011 case, recently reopened against local NGOs for receiving foreign funding. An Egypt court this week ordered the freezing of the assets of a number of human rights defenders and organizations that, however, do not include Hassan or Nazra.

Hassan was officially summoned in the reopened case in March, following the interrogation of three other members of Nazra in the same case.

“Hassan’s work has placed her in the crosshairs of various groups during an incredibly turbulent period in Egypt, culminating in the present crackdown on civil society and NGOs,” Ole van Uexkull, executive director of the Right Livelihood Award Foundation said.

“Her work in, amongst many other things, successfully lobbying the Egyptian government to enshrine increased rights for women in the 2014 Constitution encapsulates the values of the Right Livelihood Award, and we hope that this will highlight that the fight for equal rights for women in Egypt – and across the world – is far from over,” he added.

The statement also quoted Hassan, who said that the award is not only a recognition of her or Nazra’s work but is rather “for every woman who has fought for her basic rights, who has combated and survived sexual violence, for all the women who fight daily to exist.”

The Right Livelihood Award, which was established in 1980, honors people and organizations offering visionary and exemplary solutions to the root causes of global problems, according to the statement.

Hassan and Nazra are the third Egyptian recipients, after Ibrahim Abouleish/SEKEM, who were awarded in 2003 and Hassan Fathy, who received the inaugural Right Livelihood Award in 1980.

This content is from Aswat Masriya

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Hollie Tatnell

A Lone Grave in the Middle of the Road

Medians in roads are common. You can’t cross America without seeing some kind of barrier between you and oncoming traffic. But you don’t often expect the median to contain a dead body. That’s exactly the case, however, in the small town of Hearne, Texas.

While this might sound like the beginning of a horror story or a murder mystery, it’s actually an interesting piece of Americana.

Hollie Tatnell

The story of Hollie Tatnell is one that’s somewhat lost to Hearne, Tx history, and in some ways her grave is all we have left.

Hollie Tatnell

Photo by Colley Hodges

Born in 1859, Tatnell was a slave. When she died in 1911, 46 years after the 13th amendment abolished slavery in the U.S., she was buried in Hearne’s segregated cemetery. Her rest there was uninterrupted until 1947.

It’s not that Tatnell was disturbed at that time, but she nearly was. Developers purchased the land and started pushing families of color out of the neighborhood. Bodies were exhumed and moved.

The only family to refuse was Tatnell’s.

The developers tried to fight it, but under a tight construction schedule, they decided to leave the Hollie Tatnell grave right where it was and to construct around it.

Hollie Tatnell

Parting the Waters

Now, the grave stands in the middle of a residential road. It’s almond shape evokes the image of a strong island in the middle of a running river; it stands steadfast as the water rushes around it.

The Texas Historical Commission has crafted a sign designating the site as a Historic Texas Cemetery.

This single grave serves as a reminder of the area’s early African-American community and of the sanctity of burial grounds.

Source: Hollie Tatnell’s Grave is in the Middle of a Texas Road

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Samurai Sword Haircuts

MINI BELIEVE IT OR NOT –

Hairdresser Nguyen Hoang Hung cuts hair with a Samurai Sword. 

  • Nguyen Hoang Hung started giving Samurai Sword Haircuts in 2010
  • He picked up the skill on a gameshow that asked him to cut hair without scissors
  • He practiced on wigs at first to minimize risk
  • He only learned it for performances, but then customers started asking for Samurai Sword Haircuts

MINI BION

“BIONs” – short for Believe It or Not – is the word we use at Ripley’s to refer to anything that is unbelievable and worthy to become part of Ripley’s lore and collection.

Source: Nguyen Hoang Hung Gives Samurai Sword Haircuts

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