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Church Guards the Ark of the Covenant

A small church in Aksum, Ethiopia, claims to have the Ark of the Covenant. It is written in Ethiopia’s ancient book of kings that the son of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba (Menelik, conceived during a royal one night stand) brought the Ark from Israel. It is now kept at The Chapel of [...]

Alternate Histories: 7 More Ways the World Could Be Completely Different

We covered some of the many alternate histories out there. Here are seven more intriguing ways the world could be completely different. 1. What if the Romans won the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest? Effect: No one would speak English. Explanation: In What If? (1999), edited by Robert Cowley, historians pondered what would happen if historical events had [...]

The 12 Men Who Walked on the Moon

In the wake of the passing of Neil Armstrong, many people have expressed sadness at the fact that the Apollo lunar missions were so long ago, and that soon there will be no one left alive who actually went to the moon. Randall Munroe of xkcd addressed that concept some time ago. It’s time we [...]

World War I Centennial: The Balkans Spin Out of Control

The First World War was an unprecedented catastrophe that killed millions and set the continent of Europe on the path to further calamity two decades later. But it didn’t come out of nowhere. With the centennial of the outbreak of hostilities coming up in 2014, Erik Sass will be looking back at the lead-up to the [...]

World War I Centennial: France Tells Russia England Will Fight Germany

The First World War was an unprecedented catastrophe that killed millions and set the continent of Europe on the path to further calamity two decades later. But it didn’t come out of nowhere. With the centennial of the outbreak of hostilities coming up in 2014, Erik Sass will be looking back at the lead-up to the [...]

11 Scary Evil Monsters From World Religions

Religion teaches its followers lessons through parables about kindness and love and doing the right thing. But if all that fails, there’s always the threat of a scary monster to drive the point home. 1.  Dybbuk Found in Jewish folklore, the Dybbuk is the spirit of a dead sinner who, instead of continuing on to the afterlife, [...]

Photorealistic Portraits Created With Crayon Tips

These photorealistic portraits are by Christian Faur, who uses the tips of crayons to create these awesome pixel-esque works of art. Christian carefully arranges thousands of different colored crayons into neat rows, resulting in some rather colorful works of pointed portraiture. Link  –via Juxtapoz

World War I Centennial: Carving up the Ottoman Empire

The First World War was an unprecedented catastrophe that killed millions and set the continent of Europe on the path to further calamity two decades later. But it didn’t come out of nowhere. With the centennial of the outbreak of hostilities coming up in 2014, Erik Sass will be looking back at the lead-up to [...]

10 Celebs doing the Vulcan salute

President Obama made news this week flashing the Vulvan salute with Nichelle Nichols. Here are a bunch of other famous folk doing the same. Pharrell Philip J. Fry Heidi Klum, Hayden Panettiere, Simon Pegg and Karl Urban, Tori Spelling, and Christian Slater, well, not quite Christian. Carl Kassell George Takei better know how to do one!

7 Children’s Books Written in Response to Other Books

Some authors write books because they have a way with words. Other people write books because they have a story they want to share with the world. And a select group of individuals write books mostly to spite the author of another book. These books were written in response to another book, some angrily and [...]