From Neolithic tablets containing the oldest known system of writing, to a series of letters scrawled on the back of a dead man’s book, some of the most legendary undeciphered codes and texts remain a challenge for even the world’s best cryptographers, code breakers, and linguists. Yet unravelling these mysterious puzzles remains as important as ever, since many of these enigmatic inscriptions could hold the keys to understanding civilizations that have long since faded into the pages of history. Here’s a look at 8 mysterious ancient scripts and languages that have yet to be deciphered.
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It took a few centuries, but Canada is finally allowing sorcery again. In June 2017, an updated justice bill was submitted for approval that seeks to lift prohibitions on things that are no longer relevant to 21st century citizens, like dueling, practicing witchcraft, or mocking religion (possibly tasteless, but free speech is free speech). With Canadians getting more progressive in their thinking, it might be time to look at a few other laws that once served a purpose but have now been rendered obsolete by common sense.Read on to see 10 of the most outdated, unnecessary and just plain strange U.S. laws that are still on the books today and are overdue for an overturn.
July 4 is right around the corner. To celebrate, many of your favorite brands are running big online sales, making the long holiday weekend a great time to buy summer clothes and shoes, mattresses and other home goods, tech, and much more for steep discounts. Some brands are sweetening the pot and throwing in free shipping, too. Best of all? Many of these sales have already started, so you don’t have to wait until July 4th to start saving.
These days, the Fourth of July seems to be all about the fireworks, poolside barbecues, and picture-worthy dessert plates. But at the beginning of the 20th Century, back when the parade reigned supreme, the celebrations looked a little bit different. Here is a look back at the historical costumes and traditions that helped to define today’s Independence Day celebrations around the United States.
History is a vast subject to be sure. Since this topic is so broad, there is absolutely no way you can cover it all, especially not in great detail. But sometimes those details — the little fun facts you can use to wow your friends — are the most interesting things of all. Here are 25 historical facts you may find surprising.
We’ve all experienced the effects of color, whether we’ve realized it or not. And it is no coincidence that most restaurant logos use the same two colors or that hospitals are usually staffed by nurses wearing baby blue scrubs. Most psychologists agree that color affects the way we perceive certain situations. While some researchers agree that our brain innately connects colors with feelings, others believe that the feelings we associate with each color are learned reactions and associations from previous life experiences. However, most psychologists believe that our brain interprets color for a reason and that, therefore, each color must affect us in a different way. Here are ten colors and how each one affects your brain.
When Pablo Picasso’s masterpiece, Les Femmes d’Alger, sold for $179 million in 2015, it smashed the record for a painting sold at auction. But even so it is still far from the most expensive painting of all time. Others have changed hands for millions more in private sales and auctions. More often than not, the value of a painting depends on its age and the artist behind it. Some paintings may look too ordinary at first glance, but in fact they can cost millions just because they are painted by world-renowned artists like Vincent Van Gogh or Pablo Picasso. Here’s a look at 25 of the most expensive paintings ever sold. (The prices shown are all adjusted for inflation.)
Emerging technologies will almost certainly revolutionize the future of forensic science, making the capture and conviction of criminals increasingly likely. These technologies can help investigators in missing persons cases, cold cases, sexual assault cases, and murder cases. Although potential dangers related to personal privacy have caused controversy about the use of these innovations, it seems clear that these ten cutting-edge innovations in the future of forensic science also promise enormous benefits to authorities, victims, victims’ families, and society in general.
Although Chinese medicine, holistic therapies, and ritualistic shamanism are often viewed as pseudoscience, they are actually ancient practices that have been around for thousands of years. And due to raised interest worldwide, scientists are now running countless research trials to try and discover if there is any truth in these several common ancient practices. In fact, in recent years, advancements in technology (such as brain imaging) has allowed modern science to validate a number of teachings and beliefs rooted in ancient wisdom that, up until now, had been trusted but unproven empirically. Here are 10 ancient practices that have been confirmed by modern science research.
Father’s Day is just around the corner, along with daunting task of finding the perfect gift. We have tried to make it a little easier this year by putting together a list of our top gifts for every type of dad. The outdoorsy dad and the chef dad. The sports enthusiastic dad and the home-brewing dad. The techy dad and the well-dressed dad. Whatever your dad does or enjoys, we’ve got him covered. Here are 25 thoughtful and unique Father’s Day gift ideas that are suited for every type of dad and that are sure to impress.
Dogs are highly expressive animals and are always communicating exactly how they think and feel. And although most of their communication happens with body language, they also have a surprisingly large range of vocalizations such as barks, yelps, whines and growls. In much the same way we use words to form sentences to say different things, dogs can vary their barks depending on what they’re feeling or trying to say. And if you know what to listen for you can interpret the range of sounds your Labrador creates. Here’s how to tell if there’s a burglar outside, it’s bathroom time, or if they’re just playful.
When you’re trying to teach dozens of students the finer points of history and science, sometimes it’s just easier to provide a simpler narrative. But as James Loewen chronicles in his classic book “Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong,” teaching simplistic narratives of history doesn’t do anyone any good. Besides history, the same issue exists in other subjects as well. No, Isaac Newton didn’t “discover” gravity when an apple fell on his head. And yes, Pluto is still a planet — it’s just a special kind of planet. Like many myths, these stories often have a kernel of truth to them — it just isn’t what you learned. Here are 14 things you may have learned in school that have since been proven wrong.