Mankind since time immemorial has tried to answer the question about the universe. This quest for knowledge about the origins of the universe has remained unanswered. The greatest of minds from Aristotle to Galileo, Newton to Einstein have all tried to unravel this oldest of mysteries, and the most recent being Stephen Hawking. Stephen Hawking
Meet the men who ruled the waves through four centuries – from ordinary seamen to extraordinary commanders like Cook and Nelson. 150 of the Museum’s most impressive portraits, many by masters like Hogarth, Reynolds, Gainsborough. Preview the Exhibition The Queen's House Introduction
The 'Taos Hum' is a low-pitched sound heard in numerous places worldwide, especially in the USA, UK, and northern europe. It is usually heard only in quiet environments, and is often described as sounding like a distant diesel engine. Since it has proven indetectable by microphones or VLF antennae, its source and nature is still a mystery.Taos Hum Page
Noiseways New York is a virtual tour of various scenic and not-so scenic locations in the New York City area that includes pictures and sound recordings from each location. While of course you can't really experience these places through speakers and a computer screen, you'll be surprised by what you find. Welcome to Noiseways New York
Cats Painted in the Progression of Psychosis of a Schizophrenic ArtistNeuroscience Art Gallery: Art by Psychotics. Louis Wain
The Digital Library Program is proud to present the U.S. Steel Photograph Collection, a series of more than 2,200 photographs of the Gary Works steel mill and the corporate town of Gary, Indiana held by the Calumet Regional Archives at Indiana University Northwest. In images of compelling diversity, historians and the general public can view all aspects of this planned industrial community: the steel mill, the city, and the citizens who lived and worked there. U.S. Steel Gary Works Photograph Collection
great pranks for all occassions. Try one at work as a test! Or, a week later, at unemployment office.Planet Wally: Pranks
The 'Fab Four' pictured shortly after the release of Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, in June 1967. photo: online.mepl.co.uk
What can animals teach us about staying healthy? A great deal, argues Cindy Engel. Animals, she says, are constantly self-medicating, eating anything from charcoal to leaves to ward off illness and to treat sickness. An animal behaviourist at the Open University, Engel came upon the new science of animal health while searching for a cure for her own illness. Now she has brought together all the knowledge of the field in a book. She tells Maggie McDonald a few secrets from the animal world--such as what leads sheep in the Shetlands to bite the heads off live Arctic tern chicks [more]
archaeology: Potter's Field Burian Caves Excavated (in Jerusalem's Kidron Valley)Bridges For Peace Extensive burial caves discovered in Jerusalem's Kidron Valley served as the last resting place of Jews at the end of the Second Temple era. Subsequently they were used by pagan Roman soldiers and finally by Christian Byzantine monks. They were sealed in the 7th century AD for nearly 1,500 years. The series of burials remarkably took place without disturbing the bones of those previously interred, so that the caves have proved a veritable treasure trove for historians.
see what some 2 million Muslims are about to do on their pillgrimageIslamiCity.com - Hajj Information Center
MODIS (or Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) is the key instrument aboard the Terra (EOS AM-1) satellite. Terra MODIS is viewing the entire Earth's surface every to 2 days, acquiring data in 36 spectral bands, or groups of wavelengths (see MODIS Technical Specifications). These data, along with data from a second MODIS (which is being developed for the Aqua satellite), will improve our understanding of global dynamics and processes occurring on the land, in the oceans, and in the lower atmosphere. MODIS is playing a vital role in the development of validated, global, interactive Earth system models able to predict global change accurately enough to assist policy makers in making sound decisions concerning the protection of our environment. MODIS Web - About MODIS
This web site is maintained by al-Qur'an was-Sunnah Society of North America. The purpose of this site is to present the visitor with an Authentic Source of Islamic information, and to help Muslims and Non-Muslims learn about True Islam. Great care has been taken to verify that all the contents of this site are authentic. This website is updated regularly: Homepage of the Qur'an & Sunnah Society
try this for a summer camp! break away from the usual and get whipped into shape.Team Delta Home Page
for those of you old enough to remember eating at Howard Johnson's HoJo's Last Stand the focus upon HJ in Connecticut. But they were in may other places too.
The circumstances surrounding the mysterious death of Richard II are set to be re-examined in light of research in the Scottish town of Stirling. History has recorded that Richard died whilst incarcerated in Pontefract Castle in 1400, on the orders of his usurper and cousin Henry IV. The body was buried at King's Langley in Hertfordshire, following a clear attempt by Henry to stave off insurrection by publicly displaying Richard's corpse in a parade from Pontefract to Westminster. Despite this account, rumours and documents have placed an individual purporting to be Richard in Stirling Castle, held by the Duke of Albany. The contemporary Scottish writer Walter Bower confirms this account by writing that Richard died in Stirling '..and was buried on the north side of the High Altar of Black Friars'. Archaeologists have now unearthed the remains of Black Friars Church in Stirling, and hope to begin DNA testing on grave deposits from the site. These results will be compared to DNA from the bones of Richard's father, Edward the Black Prince, who is buried at Canterbury Cathedral. Historians are keen to see if Richard's body (pictured here in Froissart's Chronicles being carried from Pontefract to London) will finally reveal the answer to this enduring royal riddle. source: mepl.co.uk
The idea that he had discovered evidence of ancient Europeans and Asians in the panhandle of Oklahoma was not unusual to Bill McGlone. He spent the better part of his life examining and researching the petroglyphs that were etched into the cliffs, peaks and caves all around his home in La Junta, Colorado.
Purports to be a very import book, here reviewed, that will change our view of much of the Bible.Review by Richard Carrier of Dennis MacDonald's 'The Homeric Epics and the Gospel of Mark'
Aside from the General section, these links are organized by region and language group, with those groups which produced written accounts of their myths and legends earlier, generally appearing closer to the beginning.Myths and Legends - frames
Ex Libris--an E-Zine for Librarians and Information Junkies: Subject Index Marylaine Block is always solid, articulate, and helpful.
Sprezzatura.net: These foolish things boy, they sure don't write them the way they used to/. But we have the great lyrics of rap
Remembering a grand hotel, the most famous Plynesian resort in Hawaii, destroyed by hurrican e in 1992. Coco-Palms.Com
More than 125 artists, celebrities and big cheeses have donated their talents to creatrively interpret Microsoft mice for the Tails of the City art exhibition and charity auction benefiting Destination Foundation. Bid or vote for your favorite mice here or see them on display in San Francisco at microsoftSF at Metreon-ASony Entertainment Center. Tails of the City 2001
anti-US propaganda in the 20th Century: stamps and posters click on varipous flags to see how each hates America!
very full site with overall view of the man and his times and many linksShakespeare, Artist of the Millennium
via: grconnect.com Location: United Savings Bank Address: 951 N Broadway St. (rear) Artist: Tyrus Wong, repainted by Fu-Ding Cheng Sponsor: Mr. Hong Keywords: exterior, cultural, mural Area: Downtown (mural number 23 in Street Gallery). Painted in 1941, repainted in 1984.
see this in connection with the posting on Cargo Cults, below. Jon Frum Home Page - The Jon Frum Movement, an active cargo cult on Tanna, an island in Vanuatu, Melanesia, South Pacific. What are the origns of the man, myth, legend, behind Jon Frum?
May or may not be what it claims to be but is worth seeing.Thailand Life - Written and Photographed by a Student who lives in Thailand.
Horace Pippin American, 1888 - 1946 Interior, 1944 oil on canvas, .612 x .766 x .002 m (24 1/8 x 30 1/8 x 3/4 in.) Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Meyer P. Potamkin, in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art 1991.42.1 Horace Pippin
a good way to read during the busy hours and days that is your life. Get lit on-line, 5 minutes per day. Read. Then the next day, 5 more minutes of the same classic book. Classic Novels - In 5 Minutes A Day
move your mouse around for a full tour of a space station Discovery.com: International Space Station
“They Still Draw Pictures” includes a digital reproduction of the book with the same title, together with images of all of the children’s drawings held in the Southworth Spanish Civil War Collection, Mandeville Special Collections Library, University of California, San Diego. The book was first published in New York by the Spanish Child Welfare Association of America for the American Friends Service Committee in 1938; a reissue in the same year was published without the statement “for the American Friends Service Committee.” The Oxford University Press (New York) republished the work in the following year. Although each issue has a different binding, the contents are identical: an Introduction by Aldous Huxley, an Editor’s Note signed “J.A.W.” and sixty black-and-white reproductions of drawings. They Still Draw Pictures
You may well ask why I posted this piece. After Mustafa lost this important battle, the Muslims were tossed back from taking over all of Europe, and some scholars today claim that they have never fuly recovered from this important loss and that this is another irritant that angers them against the West.Jan III Sobieski: 1674-1696 - The Siege of Vienna
Aztec cvilization through text and pictures very nice thumbnails, with descriptions of each photograph.
You had to be Irish. You had to be Catholic. You probably worked in the mines. And with a few more requirements, you could join the Molly Maquires
Looks as though Andy is going to get more than 15 minutes. Nice pictures at the siteWarhol at the Tate
Here is a place I have visited well over 30 times in my life and yet this on-line mural, with its clickable spots, presents a wealth of material I had never found while physically in the museum! Yale Peabody Museum: The Mural
Wonderful site as we ready ourselves for Lincoln Day. Man fine links and photosThe History Place presents Abraham Lincoln
A collection of photographs and brochures from a box purchased at a garage sale originally from now defuct Hal Morris Theatrical Enter[prises Agency. The world of bentriloquests, magicians, hy[notists etc from the 1960s-70s.sharpeworld -- the hal morris museum
Sheela Na Gig's are quasi-erotic stone carvings of a female figure ,usually found on Norman churches. They consist of an old woman squatting and pulling apart her vulva a fairly strange thing to find on a church I think you'll agree when you consider the puritanical attitudes of many Christians. The carvings are very old and often do not seem to be part of the church but have been taken from a previous older building (see the weathering on the Church Stretton Sheela as compared to the surrounding masonry). This may have a connection with fact that many churches are built on previous pagan sites (for instance Kilpeck) and may have been incorporated into the building from an earlier church. Many of the carvings are badly weathered and it is difficult to determine features. This would also seem to indicate an older origin than the host church.The Sheela Na Gig Project
Fact for the day: "Hot Prices for Ice Hockey On the opening day of the Winter Olympics, available tickets for ice hockey were selling for as much as $2,100 apiece."
Give this a try if you are in any way connected to journalism or just plain interested in getting at the news OJR Tools of the Trade: When Machines Become Writers and Editors
FIRST GENETIC EVIDENCE UNCOVERED OF HOW MAJOR CHANGES IN BODY SHAPES OCCURRED DURING EARLY ANIMAL EVOLUTION [more]
A nice and useful compendium of book listings from many libraries gathered in one place. Book Lists and Bibliographies via Marylaine Block.
Visualizing huge numbers can be very difficult. People regularly talk about millions of miles, billions of bytes, or trillions of dollars, yet it's still hard to grasp just how much a "billion" really is. The MegaPenny Project aims to help by taking one small everyday item, the U.S. penny, and building on that to answer the question: "What would a billion (or a trillion) pennies look like?" All the following pages have tables at the bottom, listing things such as the value of the pennies, size of the pile, weight, and area (if laid flat). All weights and measurements are U.S. standards, not metric. It's best to step through the project from start to beginning, but if you'd like to just jump in, links are available below. The MegaPenny Project
A growing collection of descriptions, texts, analytic materials and audio files for 1,000 languages. The Rosetta Project: Welcome Contribution and review of translations, glossed vernacular texts, orthographies, core word lists, inventories of phonemes and audio files for languages in which you have expertise.
Nestled in the streets of Buellton is a little known place. Jack's Gas-Up Museum. Anything that has to do with the American's love of the automobile. Be it racing memorabilia, racing cars or road signs. But what is the real main stay of the museum is the Gasoline Pumps and all that goes with it. Oil cans, signs on and in the gas stations, etc. Globes are lit and to think that these glass pieces sat on the top of the gasoline pumps and they have survived. People of yesteryear didn't seem to delight in breaking things as they seem to now. Jack gasup
for more on Petra, see following posting.Photos of Petra, Jordan taken by Galen R. Frysinger, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Welcome to The Complete Petra, a web directory and guide to the ancient city of Petra. Located in present-day southern Jordan, Petra grew rich from the spice trade. During the late Hellenistic and Imperial period local worthies engaged in what seems to us now a fantastic orgy of construction. Much of this "construction" consisted of carving Greco-Roman façades from the living rock. On this site you will find history, archaeology, images, travel journals and much more. The Complete Petra
"Because," said Willy Sutton when asked why he robbed banks, "that's where the money is."Los Angeles Times: U.S. Suspect Sought in $750 Million Fraud
satire/art: When you finish noting the exposed breasts, note the beer can: can you identify the brand and where you know it from? the bead gatherer
the most mystical of the Freudian circle, and controversial for his Nazi-supporting stance, he remains nonetheless a great thinker who provided many new ways of understanding the human conditionThe C.G. Jung Page:
The Grid: A New Infrastructure for 21st Century Science As computer networks become cheaper and more powerful, a new computing paradigm is poised to transform the practice of science and engineering. [more]
don't bother to recycle your empty beer bottles. Instead use them for bottle organ real music from bottles!
about as full as you would ever want a site to be. Very handy to learn a great deal about the Internet and related subject.LivingInternet.com
When Rudy Maxa asked Tony Kahn to step in as your guide this week, he wasn't entirely sure what he was getting into, but you know, that's how it is with a new journey. Sometimes you just jump right in and go. That's kind of how we feel about this next trip: Branson, Missouri. You hear conflicting reports about Branson. Some rave, saying it's the country music capital. For others, it's nothing more than cowboy kitsch. Sometimes when you travel you find exactly what you're looking for. So you can imagine which sensibility Cash Peters was after when he went to Branson on one of his infamous Bad Taste Tours. [more]
I had often wondered about the later lives of the Oakies from the Steinbeck novels, esp. Grapes of Wrath. I know that the farm workers are now mostly Mexians and not the Oakies, but what became of those Dustbowl Refugees (as Woody Guthrie called them) Here is a partial answer. NY Times, reg. req'd.Oklahomans Try to Save Their California Culture
Many countries have mountain ranges with beautiful scenery and Peru itself is richly blessed in this respect with many other areas for hiking. However the scenery is only one of the elements responsible for the magic of the Inca Trail. Can there be any walk anywhere in the world with such a combination of natural beauty, history and sheer mystery and with such an awe-inspiring destination? The various ruins along the way serve to heighten the hiker's sense of anticipation as he or she approaches what would surely find a place in any new list of archaeological wonders of the world - Machu Picchu. Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu - Scenery, Ruins, & Inspiration
Start your own! Become a star! Make big bucks! Win many new friends! Keeps you out of the bars (but you don't get to meet chicks) Pssst. Wanna See My Blog? Time Magazine.
This writer argues that "The advance of science, not the demotion of religion, will best counter the influence of creationism" The Gradual Illumination of the Mind
Almost 2,000 years ago the people of Yodefat - a small city in the Galilean region of what is now Israel - took a brave stand against the powerful Roman army. The rebellion of this poor, agrarian community started a monumental six-year war with the Romans that would change the course of Western civilization. For 47 days the people of Yodefat held off the enemy, but eventually the military strength of the Romans prevailed, and the city was destroyed. Echoes from the Ancients
Join the One World Journeys team, including environmental photographer Gary Braasch and journalist Bill Dietrich, on a photo-documentary expedition to get a glimpse at Earth's response to global warming. During a 10-day webcast, follow the team deep into the beautiful Monteverde Cloud Forest of Costa Rica to discover what ecologists and scientists are learning about plants and animals and potential changes related to global warming.Mercury Rising - Bearing Witness to Climate Change
what you need to know to serve on a Board of Directors. Or might want to know to check out what is being done and not done correctly Free Complete Toolkit for Boards
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nice search spot for models of car's and reviews, in addition to lots of other useful info The Car Place
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Traditional museums have collected and studied the shattered remains of ancient cultures for centuries. Now The Museum of Reconstructions (MOR) is advancing the scientific study of art history by reconstructing ruined masterpieces using three-dimensional modeling technology. Developed in collaboration with leading archaeologists, MOR reconstructions incorporate all known information concerning the original state of a site and include dimensionally accurate 3D computer models based on existing publications and physical surveys. The accuracy and completeness of the reconstructions makes it possible to scientifically study the intended visual effect of ruined masterpieces of artWelcome to The Museum of Reconstructions
about famous people is the only site you'll need to learn all about just about everyone famous. you'll find people from all categories: great women, presidents, first ladies, military, civil war, actors, and much more! - History celebrities famous people biographies women generals civil war actors presidents first ladies military
"The Village People on USO Tour" Antoine Bel Verdure As official painter for the United Service Organization (USO), Bel Verdure got to accompany many top acts on their tours to military out posts around the world. Here he records the grand finale of the flamboyantly gay group as they perform "In the Navy" aboard the aircraft carrier Nimitz The Village People on USO Tour