How Ancient Greeks Knew the Earth’s Size

The video below is a great strange little lesson in science history and human ingenuity. Having brains that instinctively build models and extrapolate from those models has been one secret of our species’ great success. Carl Segan explains how the ancient Greeks knew the earth was round and also it’s appropriate size thousands of years ago. – Truestrange.com Continue reading How Ancient Greeks Knew the Earth’s Size

The Great American Right to Complain

For 30+ years as a news hound and reporter of weird stuff, I, Xeno, have believed it is the duty of Americans to speak up truthfully about what they like and dislike. We have the right to complain, to make things better. This was true in the past. Is it still? I like peace, non-violence, transparency in government and privacy and fair voting for the public. I oppose violence and support peaceful plans. I try to read a broad spectrum of news and ideas, but don’t agree with everyone or everything I read or see. Reading is not approving, obviously. … Continue reading The Great American Right to Complain

The World’s Oldest Business is 1,441 Years Old

What currently running business is the oldest known? We were impressed to learn that a Japanese manufacturer of sake, Sudo-Honke, based in Obara was established in the year 1141 AD! Sudo Honke (Established in 1141) Sake is one of the best loved alcoholic beverages in Japan and, much like whisky in Scotland, its manufacture is rooted in a deep and precise tradition. Perhaps that’s why Sudo Honke, the oldest business on the planet, remains popular after almost 800 years. The team at Sudo Honke retain a simple, clean and effective method of brewing rice wine. So while they’ll never be … Continue reading The World’s Oldest Business is 1,441 Years Old

Are we in the Year 1722 Instead of 2019? No Charlemagne?

The strangest item for today is this: a claim that 297 years of human history were faked to make some historical powerful people more powerful. The phantom time hypothesis says that the years AD 614–911 were invented with document forgeries during a change of calendars. … the entire Carolingian period, including the figure of Charlemagne, is a fabrication … As the Steely Dan song says, “Get along kid Charlemagne.” Okay, that song has nothing to do with this odd theory, but it started playing in my mind as I considered the name Charlemagne. Wikipedia has quite a long page on … Continue reading Are we in the Year 1722 Instead of 2019? No Charlemagne?

Neanderthal used antibiotics and pain meds. Was Zeus a Neanderthal?

Did Neanderthal man use penicillin and painkillers? They overlapped with modern humans for thousands of years. We now know we interbread with Neanderthals. From genetic sequencing by 23andme.com, I even know my own percentage of Neanderthal ancestry. They had bigger brains, they were much stronger than modern humans, and better immune systems and eyesight. I have a pet theory about them. I believe they were some of the “gods” in our mythology, and also the “giants in the earth” in verbal stories that later became part of the written Bible. Genesis 6:4 “There were giants in the earth in those … Continue reading Neanderthal used antibiotics and pain meds. Was Zeus a Neanderthal?

Breaking: Historic Cathedral in Paris Burning

Strange News Alert: Norte Dam Cathedral in Paris, France is burning. Crews are working to save some of the art inside but the frame will likely be lost. Video: the spire falls, today, April 15, 2019 Comments/Rumors: “No fire until now in 800 years.” “Some restoration construction may have started it.” “Is the hunchback okay?” “No employee on site at time, accident unlikely” Watch live on Periscope, News. Will update this with details. Notre-Dame Cathedral or simply Notre-Dame, is a medieval Catholic cathedral on the Île de la Citéin the fourth arrondissement of Paris, France. The cathedral is considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. The … Continue reading Breaking: Historic Cathedral in Paris Burning

36-Year Old Coupon Honored

It seems unlikely, but a 36-year-old coupon for 20 cents off of Crisco vegetable oil was honored recently by Anatoly Shashkin, the store manager at a North Shore Farms store in Mineola, Long Island, New York. The coupon, issued by Proctor and Gamble in 1983, stated it had “no expiration date,” so Shashkin decided to accept it. The customer was able to save 20 cents off their purchase of Crisco oil. Via UPI In other strange news, 36 years ago they made coupons out of really long lasting paper. Good news for coupon savers from the year 1983, but that means … Continue reading 36-Year Old Coupon Honored

Jupiter: Once an earth-sized ice asteroid farther from Sun

It is strange and fascinating how much we can learn about the history of our solar system from computer simulations. Researchers at Lund University recently determined, for example, that the largest planet in our solar system, Jupiter, was, 4.5 billion years ago, an earth-sized icy asteroid four times further out in the solar system than it is now. It spiraled inward and gathered mass over the course of 700,000 years. This model explains a long standing mystery that there are 50 per cent more “Trojan asteroids” on Jupiter’s orbit in front of the gas giant as compared to the number behind … Continue reading Jupiter: Once an earth-sized ice asteroid farther from Sun

Lightning Struck Vatican Twice Hours After Pope Resigned

Here’s a strange event from the past that is still interesting today. Popes don’t step down very often. Benedict XVI shocked the world in February 2013 when he became the first pope to resign in almost 600 years. It was the first time a Pope had stepped down since 1415, when Gregory XII resigned and to mark this unusual event, there was an amazing natural occurance: lightning hit the Vatican, twice. “The spooky moment, believed by some, to be a sign from God, was caught on camera by AFP photographer Filippo Monteforte.” … lightning touched the roof of St. Peter’s … Continue reading Lightning Struck Vatican Twice Hours After Pope Resigned