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The Temple: a Bar that was Once a Toilet

A below-ground public toilet built in the Victorian era in Manchester, England, could have been abandoned or filled in, as so many others have been. But this one found new life in modern times as a bar! It first opened as “The Temple of Convenience,” harking back to its original purpose. Now called simply The [...]

Temple of the Night Sun

Photo: Edwin Román, Brown University Archaeologists have discovered a Maya temple, lost for 1,600 years, deep in the Guatemalan jungle. Read more about the Temple of the Night Sun over at National Geographic: Some 1,600 [...]

Maya temple with giant faces discovered

The 1600-year-old Temple of the Night Sun has been located deep within the Guatemalan jungle. The giant masks adorning the structure depict the sun go…

Massive Mayan Temple Sculpture Made Out Of Chocolate

This amazing chocolate sculpture was created by pastry chef Francois Mellet, who broke a Guinness world record by using over nine tons of the sweet brown stuff to build this awesome Mayan temple. The subject is Kukulkan pyramid from Chichen Itza, Mexico, and Francois was very particular about making this piece perfect: Extensive planning and research set [...]

Temple on Orkney predates Stonehenge

A temple found on Orkney off the northern coast of Scotland may predate Stonehenge by 500 years. While only 10% of the site has been excavated archaeo…

Holy Rats of Karni Mata

It seems to be a universal truth that a thing reviled is also a thing revered, depending on location. While rats are an annoyance and a pest (as well as known harbingers of disease) in most of the world, they are sacred inhabitants of the Hindu temple of Karni Mata in India. Accidentally killing one [...]

Tunnel found under temple in Mexico

Archaeologists have discovered a tunnel under the Temple of the Snake in Teotihuacan, Mexico. The tunnel was discovered using a radar device and is se…

Battle for the Soul of Kung Fu

Photo: Fritz Hoffmann In the past few decades, Shaolin Temple has become famous. Indeed, for many it is synonymous with kung fu. The temple has become an international business empire – it has built martial arts academies, funded touring kung fu troupes, shot film and TV projects. But as it is gaining in fame, is Shaolin [...]

The World Needs All Kinds of Minds

If you saw the Golden Globes this year, then you probably saw Claire Danes accept the Best Actress award for her role as Temple Grandin (in the HBO movie Temple Grandin). It’s a bio-pic about an autistic woman who uses her astounding ability to “think in pictures” and her unusual empathy (I mean that in [...]

Stegosaurus on a Cambodian temple ?

Glen Kuban investigates a carving that resembles a Stegosaurus on the Ta Prohm Temple in Cambodia. Don Patton, Carl Baugh and their associates have ar…