The public was lied to, soldiers were thrown into chaos, and politicians scrambled to twist the truth. It’s no surprise then that these Vietnam War facts still stun today.
The first ship to sail around Africa left from Egypt sometime around 600 BC. Their only goal was to find another way to the straits of Gibraltar. But by watching the sky overhead, they discovered something they’d never expected: the first hints that the world is not flat, but round.
When they reached the southern tip of Africa and started sailing west, the sailors reported back to their homes that they noticed that the sun’s position had changed in the sky. Now it rose and fell in the north instead of the south.
It was a small detail – but for a civilization that believed the world they lived on was flat, it was a discovery that challenged everything they thought they understood about their world. And it was such a radical discovery that most people refused to believe it.
When my son was 2-years-old, we lived in China and enrolled him in a local daycare. He was still in diapers ⏤ because, well, he was 2-years-old and that’s how toddlers are supposed to be ⏤ but to the women at the daycare, we were barbarians.
In her mind, even the kids who were too young to talk could tug on a woman’s dress to let her know they had to go potty. And here we were, strolling in with some poor kid who hadn’t been potty trained and was still waddling around in his own soiled pants.
“No good,” the manager told us. “We will fix this.”
And she did. In one week.
A five-pound jade head pendant has been found at Ucanal, an archaeological site in what was once the Maya city of K’anwitznal.
The massive jade pendant, the heaviest of its kind ever found, once hung off of the belt of a Maya elite while he danced. It is believed that this is just one of many pieces of jewelry he would wear during ritual dances. This Maya elite, like many others, would dance with 25 pounds hanging off of his body.
The jade head pendant is more than just a piece of jewelry. It’s a fascinating new insight into the grueling and brutal rituals of Maya dances. It’s a sign of just how mercilessly Maya elites would weigh themselves down before dancing, and it’s opened up a new insight into the significance of Maya jewelry.
Being pretty isn’t easy. The most beautiful women in history weren’t just born that way. They put hard work into it—and, sometimes, a few crushed bug guts, stewed birds, or dung.
It’s the dirty little secret behind glamour: No matter how fantastic someone looks, it never comes naturally. Behind every great beauty in history, there’s a dirty secret about all the work that went into looking that good.
The first civilizations didn’t have satellites in the sky, mapping every inch of the world in real time. They only knew the parts of the world they’d seen. Everything beyond that, they had to imagine.
It made the world a stranger, more magical place. They saw their own homes at the center of a disc-like planet, surrounded by a threshold that would them into a world of magic that lay on the edges of the earth.
There are a handful of ancient world maps and encyclopedias that let us know how they saw that world. The Babylonians, the Greeks, and the Romans all left behind their own visions of our world and its furthest thresholds, each one giving a glimpse into how they saw the world and imagined the farthest reaches of the earth.
Adolf Eichmann evaded capture and trial for nearly 15 years before Israeli Agents were tipped off by a teenage girl.