Romans in China?

Baffled peasants in a windswept village in Gansu province are being described by Chinese newspapers as blond-haired, blue-eyed descendants of Roman mercenaries who allegedly fought the Han Chinese 2,000 years ago.

While no one in the modern town of Lou Zhuangzi is fair and there is no proof that the Romans ever set foot in Gansu before the Christian era, the reports have revived discussion over whether a group of Romans offered their services to the Hun warlord Zhi Zhi in 36 B.C. before settling in the Gansu village of Liqian, thought by some to be Lou Zhuangzi. Continue reading »

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The Loss of HMAS Sydney

Late in the afternoon on the 19th of November 1941, while returning from escort duty to Sunda Strait the Australian light cruiser HMAS Sydney met and fought with the German Raider Kormoran. The resultant battle, at close range, caused the loss of both ships and the entire crew of Sydney. The action happened about two hundred miles west off Shark Bay, half way up the Western Australian coast, on roughly a strait line from Sunda Strait to Fremantle. Continue reading »

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THE TUNGUSKA EXPLOSION

On June 30, 1908, at approximately 7:17 AM, an immense explosion occurred in the region of Stony Tunguska, an area located approximately forty miles north-northwest of Vanavara, Siberia. The explosion was sufficient to register as tremors of earthquake- proportions on seismographs at Irkutsk, roughly 550 miles to the south. Seismographs also registered in Moscow, the Tsarist Empire capital, St. Petersburg, Germany (in the city of Jena over 3,000 miles away), in Java (Indochina), and Washington D.C. Continue reading »

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The Children of Hameln

In the year 1284 a mysterious man appeared in Hameln. He was wearing a coat of many coloured, bright cloth, for which reason he was called the Pied Piper. He claimed to be a rat catcher, and he promised that for a certain sum he would rid the city of all mice and rats. The citizens struck a deal, promising him a certain price. The rat catcher then took a small fife from his pocket and began to blow on it. Rats and mice at once came from every house and gathered around him. When he thought that he had them all he led them to the River Weser where he pulled up his clothes and walked into the water. The animals all followed him, fell in, and drowned. Continue reading »

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Mokele Mbembe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ever since scientists identified the first dinosaur fossils, back in the 19th century, there have been stories suggesting that at least one variety of these great reptiles survived extinction and still lived in the swamps of central Africa. Continue reading »

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El Dorado – The Gilded One

El Dorado (Spanish for “the gilded one”) is a legend that began with the story of a South American tribal chief who covered himself with gold dust. Continue reading »

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The mythical Bunyip

The Aborigines Dreamtime stories of creation were full of fantastic and magical beasts; the Bunyip was one of the beasts. In Dreamtime the Bunyip was a spirit, which inhabited river, lakes, swamps, and billabongs (former parts of rivers that were left behind when the course of the river was altered). Continue reading »

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The incorruptible von Kahlbutz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christian Friedrich von Kahlbutz (born 1651 in Kampehl, Brandenburg; died 1702 in Kampehl) was a Prussian knight, who is today most famous because of the state of preservation of his body; no noticeable mummification process was used upon his death. Today the mummified corpse is a tourist attraction. Continue reading »

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Spring Heeled Jack

One of the most curious and persistent of all paranormal creatures is Spring Heeled Jack. Reports of his existence date back to the early 19th century in Sheffield, England, and he has been reported on and off in England and the US as recently as 1995. A similar apparition, called “La Viuda,” or “the widow” was reported in Chile in the 1940s and 50s, though he seemed to have been motivated by theft as much as mischief. And while a decent case can be made that the legend of Spring Heeled Jack is nothing more than a series of cruel hoaxes, it would represent a conspiracy of impressive scope and durability. And while his story changes from source to source, it goes something like this… Continue reading »

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The Dogon Mythology

The Dogon people are an indigenous tribe who occupy a region in Mali, south of the Sahara Desert in Africa. There are about 100,000 members in the tribe. They are a reclusive tribe of cave and hillside-dwelling farming people inhabiting a sparse, rocky plateau in southeastern Mali, West Africa. They live in the Homburi Mountains near Timbuktu. Isolated topographically and culturally from the outside world for countless centuries, they may well appear on first sight to be exceedingly unlikely receptacles of highly advanced astronomical knowledge ­ which only goes to show just how easily we can be deceived by outward appearances. Continue reading »

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