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    Wikipedia Articles for killing time and expanding your mind

    Post interesting random Wikipedia entries about something people have never heard of or thought about much that is interesting.

    Post some kind of teaser explaining why each of these articles is interesting.




    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyatlov_Pass_incident

    The Dyatlov Pass incident refers to an event that resulted in the deaths of nine ski hikers in the northern Ural mountains on the night of February 2, 1959.

    The lack of eyewitnesses and subsequent investigations into the hikers' deaths have inspired much speculation. Investigators at the time determined that the hikers tore open their tent from within, departing barefoot in heavy snow. Though the corpses showed no signs of struggle, two victims had fractured skulls, two had broken ribs, and one was missing her tongue.[1] According to sources four of the victims' clothing contained high-levels of radiation.

    one doctor indicated that the fatal injuries of the three bodies could not have been caused by another human being, "because the force of the blows had been too strong and no soft tissue had been damaged".[1]

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Elmo's_fire

    St. Elmo's fire (also St. Elmo's light[1][2]) is a weather phenomenon in which luminous plasma is created by a coronal discharge from a sharp or pointed object in an strong electric field in the atmosphere (such as those generated by thunderstorms or created by a volcanic eruption).


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antikythera_mechanism

    Artifact recovered from a c. 100 BC shipwreck that features engineering feats ~1500 years ahead of its time

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fan_death

    Fan death is a widely held belief in South Korea that an electric fan left running overnight in a closed room can cause the death of those inside. Despite widespread reporting from the media and other agencies in South Korea about fan death, it has never been explained by these organizations why this phenomenon has never been reported or even heard of in any country other than South Korea.

    Might bomb but a few random and interesting Wiki pages to help pass the day

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voynich_manuscript

    The Voynich manuscript, described as "the world's most mysterious manuscript",[3] is a work which dates to the early 15th century.

    Some pages are missing, but the current version comprises about 240 vellum pages, most with illustrations. Much of the manuscript resembles herbal manuscripts of the time period, seeming to present illustrations and information about plants and their possible uses for medical purposes. However, most of the plants do not match known species, and the manuscript's script and language remain unknown and unreadable.

    As yet, it has defied all decipherment attempts.

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    for those days when you are bored at work

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    Indeed mate

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unit_731

    Unit 731 (731部隊 Nana-san-ichi butai?, Chinese: 731部队) was a covert biological and chemical warfare research and development unit of the Imperial Japanese Army that undertook lethal human experimentation during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937–1945) and World War II. It was responsible for some of the most notorious war crimes carried out by Japanese personnel.
    Don't think that many people know about that.

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    Good stuff Kowalinho. Crazy bastards. Like something from Lost

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Principality_of_Sealand

    The Principality of Sealand is an unrecognized entity, located on HM Fort Roughs, a former World War II Maunsell Sea Fort in the North Sea 10 km (six miles) off the coast of Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.[6][8]
    Since 1967, the facility has been occupied by the former British Major Paddy Roy Bates; his associates and family claim that it is an independent sovereign state.

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    Stumbled across a Roman poet named Gaius Valerius Catullus. Seems he was not too pleased with the way two of his former friends had described him as being a bit girly and questioned his masculinity because his poems were sensitive and gentle... so he wrote a poem directed to them.... One of those rare literary works from 2000 years ago that was censored for a long time due to it's content.... I found it interesting that the Romans could be just as nasty and crude as people today... although after watching Spartacus I shouldn't have been surprised

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catullus_16

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    "I will sodomize you and face-fuck you" dirty fecker!



    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunguska_event

    The Tunguska event, or Tunguska blast or Tunguska explosion, was an enormously powerful explosion that occurred near the Podkamennaya Tunguska River in what is now Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia, at about 7:14 a.m. KRAT (0:14 UT) on June 30 [O.S. June 17], 1908.[1][2][3]
    The explosion is believed to have been caused by the air burst of a large meteoroid or comet fragment at an altitude of 5–10 kilometres (3–6 mi) above the Earth's surface. Different studies have yielded varying estimates of the object's size, with general agreement that it was a few tens of metres across.[4] It is the largest impact event in recorded history.[5]

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Aral


    The Aral Sea was a lake that lay between Kazakhstan (Aktobe and Kyzylorda provinces) in the north and Karakalpakstan, an autonomous region of Uzbekistan, in the south. The name roughly translates as "Sea of Islands", referring to more than 1,534 islands that once dotted its waters.
    Formerly one of the four largest lakes in the world with an area of 68,000 square kilometres (26,300 sq mi), the Aral Sea has been steadily shrinking since the 1960s after the rivers that fed it were diverted by Soviet irrigation projects. By 2007, it had declined to 10% of its original size
    Pretty sad example how we are fucking up the planet

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    I read this guy's theory and book when I was younger.... I'm not one for what they call "psuedo-science" but wrong or not, he has a bunch of well-reasoned, well explained arguments that paint an interesting picture that the Trojan War might have been in England rather than Turkey.... too many reasons to discuss here but he does raise a number of very good points to consider

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Where_Troy_Once_Stood

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    Not wiki.... but another interesting theory that the body of Alexander the Great is in St. Mark's Basillica in Venice.....

    http://www.rense.com/general53/romb.htm

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    Interesting article - always thought St. Michael Mount was in France . . . acutally no thats Mont Saint Michel



    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capgras_delusion

    The Capgras delusion theory (or Capgras syndrome) is a disorder in which a person holds a delusion that a friend, spouse, parent, or other close family member has been replaced by an identical-looking impostor.

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    This one is just nuts... imagine if it was you....

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alien_hand_syndrome

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dermotron View Post
    Good stuff Kowalinho. Crazy bastards. Like something from Lost

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Principality_of_Sealand


    They recently played their first ever international football match. The match itself was played at the home of Godalming Town FC in Godalming, Surrey and was endorsed as a recognised international fixture by the non-Fifa governing body, the Nouvelle-Federation Board.

    Ralf Little (Royal Family) got his first ever international Cap



    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/17981522

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig Forrest View Post
    I read this guy's theory and book when I was younger.... I'm not one for what they call "psuedo-science" but wrong or not, he has a bunch of well-reasoned, well explained arguments that paint an interesting picture that the Trojan War might have been in England rather than Turkey.... too many reasons to discuss here but he does raise a number of very good points to consider

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Where_Troy_Once_Stood
    As a history teacher, I've come across many such theories on loads of different historical events and people...all I can say is this particular theory is one steaming pile of human waste.
    Unfortunately, it's very easy to manipulate facts on ancient languages, people etc. to suit your agenda because modern names, phrases and such are all derived from the old times. Finding a similarity and pointing it out while ignoring the differences is usually a basis of all those theories.

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Db_cooper

    D. B. Cooper is the name popularly used to refer to an unidentified man who hijacked a Boeing 727 aircraft in the airspace between Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington on November 24, 1971. He extorted $200,000[1] in ransom and parachuted to an uncertain fate. Despite an extensive manhunt and an exhaustive (and ongoing) FBI investigation, the perpetrator has never been located or positively identified. The case remains the only unsolved air piracy in American aviation history

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    Quote Originally Posted by churky View Post
    As a history teacher, I've come across many such theories on loads of different historical events and people...all I can say is this particular theory is one steaming pile of human waste.
    Unfortunately, it's very easy to manipulate facts on ancient languages, people etc. to suit your agenda because modern names, phrases and such are all derived from the old times. Finding a similarity and pointing it out while ignoring the differences is usually a basis of all those theories.
    I know Churks.... I have a History degree too.... my point is that although the theory may be flawed, he presents and interesting idea with well thought out, logical arguments... the conclusions he draws from the "evidence" are probably not the same conclusions most people would draw but that doesn't make it any less of an entertaining read.... besides, I've always had my doubts about Schliemann and identifying Troy VII as THE Troy...... also, no one really knows who Homer was, where he came from, or when he lived....all they know is that it all ended up in what became Greece.....so these stories and legends he told could have originally come from anywhere....

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    well said churky.

    i despise that kinda stuff. my gf tends to watch channels like history hd and fuck knows what. its a disgrace that they are even allowed to have the word "history" in their name.

    love it when they present their case and there are so many flaws in it that you dont know whether to laugh or cry.

    hate those thing since they they solely focus on 1 or 2 "facts" which MIGHT speak for their theory and completely disregard the 100 other reasons and theories screaming "NOOOOOOO"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig Forrest View Post
    I know Churks.... I have a History degree too.... my point is that although the theory may be flawed, he presents and interesting idea with well thought out, logical arguments... the conclusions he draws from the "evidence" are probably not the same conclusions most people would draw but that doesn't make it any less of an entertaining read.... besides, I've always had my doubts about Schliemann and identifying Troy VII as THE Troy...... also, no one really knows who Homer was, where he came from, or when he lived....all they know is that it all ended up in what became Greece.....so these stories and legends he told could have originally come from anywhere....
    Yeah, I forgot you're a fellow historian.
    It is true about Homer, we don't really know anything for sure. That's just the "feeding" ground for all those theories, though. The less we're sure about, the more ridiculous theories pop up.

    Quote Originally Posted by Patinoz View Post
    well said churky.

    i despise that kinda stuff. my gf tends to watch channels like history hd and fuck knows what. its a disgrace that they are even allowed to have the word "history" in their name.

    love it when they present their case and there are so many flaws in it that you dont know whether to laugh or cry.

    hate those thing since they they solely focus on 1 or 2 "facts" which MIGHT speak for their theory and completely disregard the 100 other reasons and theories screaming "NOOOOOOO"

    I don't mind watching/reading about those theories for a laugh. It's funny to watch and point out every single ridiculously twisted fact.
    It is "dangerous", however, when people without the proper background knowledge watch those and think the author is on to something revolutionary. :facepalm:

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    Great stuff Osprey

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    The one thing I love and love to find out and read about is the story behind the Knights Templar.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knights_Templar

    I used to hear stories about them when I was a kid and it used to scare me. But now I am intrigued by them, with the help of Assassin's Creed also.

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    Knights Templar... Interesting indeed. became quite a trend in the last decade for whatever reason.

    also worth noting that that they get depicted quite differently whichever film or media you are using. awesome good guys in the da vinci code, corrupt bad guys in assassins creed.

    all in all, watch out that you don't base your knowledge on hollywood productions and video games though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patinoz View Post
    Knights Templar... Interesting indeed. became quite a trend in the last decade for whatever reason.

    also worth noting that that they get depicted quite differently whichever film or media you are using. awesome good guys in the da vinci code, corrupt bad guys in assassins creed.

    all in all, watch out that you don't base your knowledge on hollywood productions and video games though
    Yeh very true, I look at it from all sides, that's what makes it fascinating to read about, trying to find the real story behind them, but also reading and watching what others portray them as.

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