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Archive for September, 2008

30 September
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Some Interesting Facts

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This is kinda of random post, but I found it interestings.  It is from You’re History

#1 A Goldfish’s attention span is three seconds.

#4 Slugs have four noses.

#9 The average speed of a housefly is 4.5 mph.

#11 Flamingos are pink because they eat shrimp.

#16 The world’s termites outweigh the world’s humans 10 to 1.

#17 A hummingbird weighs less then a penny.

#25 The only food that does not spoil is honey.

#26 The Hawaiian alphabet only has 12 letters.

#38 Fish cough.

#50 Mosquitoes have 47 teeth.

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29 September
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Littlest Podcaster Born

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On Tuesday, September 23, 2008 at 1:18pm Pacific time Samantha Christine Watts was born.  It was a historic day in the Watts family and you can bet this day will be celebrated every year at History Podcast.  Please be patient, as the next episode of History Podcast may be delayed, because of Samantha’s arrival.

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26 September
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All of Scotland’s Historical Sites Online

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Found on the History Blog

The Highland Council has created an incredibly nifty searchable, interactive online database of over 50,000 historical sites in Scotland. It’s called the Highland Historic Environment Record (HER) and is an invaluable tool for anyone planning to skip through the heather or even just for history nerds like me to spend hours clicking through.

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25 September
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Evidence of Artificial Mummification

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Dating to 300 A.D., when the Romans ruled Greece, the partially mummified remains belong to a middle-aged woman. Her Roman-type marble sarcophagus was unearthed in 1962 during archaeological excavations in the eastern cemetery of Thessaloniki, which was used from the Hellenistic to the Byzantine Periods for burials and other rituals.

Read the rest of this article at Discovery News.

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24 September
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The History and Culture of Japanese Geisha

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I have always been facinated by the Japanese culture so I was really excited to run across this article by

A long standing stigma has been placed on Japanese Geisha girls. When someone thinks of a Geisha, they think of a glorified prostitute or call girl. This is far from the truth. Geisha’s are entertainers, and they are trained vigorously in art, music and dancing. If you translate Geisha into English, you get artist.

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23 September
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Burma Uprising

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There is a great article about the Burma Uprising at mental_floss

…Burma’s uprising on August 8th, 1988. Over 3,000 Burmese citizens were killed while peacefully protesting the socialist regime. Yet, not many news organizations seem to be giving it much coverage. Here’s a rundown of the uprising and repercussions that are still being felt there today.

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22 September
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History of Slavery in North Carolina

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Below is an excerpt from a great description of history of slavery in North Carolina from History of American Women blog by MaggieMac.

Slavery has been part of North Carolina’s history since its settlement by Europeans in the late 1600s and early 1700s. Many of the first slaves in North Carolina were brought to the colony from the West Indies or other surrounding colonies, but a significant number were brought from Africa.

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19 September
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More on Sealand

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In episode 37 Sealand, we introduced you to a whole new country many did not know about.  It has in the past been used as an offshore data host.  It recently appeared in the blogosphere again in an article from io9 about Google possibly creating “water-based data centers”.

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18 September
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World’s Oldest Telephone Book

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Last year, Christie’s auctioned off the world’s oldest telephone book. It’s from 1878 and features both a residential directory and a “yellow pages.” It’s only 40 pages and doesn’t contain a single telephone number, just the names of those who have service.

Found via Boing Boing.  Video here.

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17 September
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Amenhotep III Gets Eye Back

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It was stolen from the temple in Luxor during a fire in 1972. The looters found the usual willing buyer: a greedy antiquities dealer willing to purchase to loot no questions asked.

Found at The History Blog

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