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Mysterious ancient ruins found in Syria

Evidence of an ancient city that could predate the Egyptian Pyramids has been discovered in Syria. Stone tool fragments, stone circles and other clues…

Swirling Spiral of Light Over the Middle East

[YouTube Clip] Last week, a swirling spiral of light was seen in the skies over Israel, Syria and other Middle East countries. Was it UFO? Naw, turned out it was just the Russians: The Voice of Russia reported that the country’s Strategic Missile [...]

Halo’s United Nations Space Command Logo in the BBC

Oops! Someone at the BBC meant to grab a logo for the United Nations Security Council for its broadcast on the violence in Syria, but got this image from the video game Halo’s fictitious United Nations Space Command [...]

6 Saints With Rather Intense Stories

November 1st is All Saints Day, a day to commemorate all the saints, known and unknown. In recognition, here are the stories of six known saints. 1 & 2. Perpetua and Felicity Perpetua was a 22-year-old noble and Felicity was her slave. The two women were persecuted for their Christian beliefs in Roman-owned Carthage while Perpetua was [...]

The History of Dairy Products

Image credit: Flickr user francesca!! Got milk? Well, you wouldn’t if it weren’t for these world-churning events. MILK You can’t spell “milk production” without g-o-a-t-s. Well, technically you could, ..but not historically. Goats were most likely the first dairy animals ever domesticated. Archeological evidence suggests that ancient peoples in what is now Iran and Iraq were selectively breeding [...]

Roman soldiers killed by chemical weapons

The remains of 20 men who died almost 2,000 years ago may have fallen foul to an early chemical weapon. The 19 Roman soldiers were defending the Syria…

The Giant Norias of Hama

In the 12th Century A.D., the rulers of the city of Hama, Syria, built enormous waterwheels — norias — to carry water into the city. These were expanded and enhanced for several centuries: Each of the wheels can be anything up to 20 meters in diameter (close to 70 feet( and the river water is channelled [...]

Syrian boy, 5, gets engaged to 3-year-old

An engagement ceremony in Syria has seen a 5-year-old get engaged to a 3-year-old. The childrens’ parents provided the rings for them to exchange for …

6,600 Miles Away: Bahraini Artists

Reader Paul A. lives in Bahrain, part of a region whose artists have not yet been covered in “Feel Art Again.” While much less information is available (especially in English) on Bahraini artists (and artists from other small countries), I focused on Bahraini artists today because it’s important for us to remember that there are [...]