Derinkuyu Underground City is an ancient multi-level underground city in the Derinkuyu district in Nevşehir Province, Turkey. With its eleven floors extending to a depth of approximately 85 m, it was large enough to shelter tens of thousands of people together with their livestock and food stores. It is the largest excavated underground city in Turkey and is part of a network of several underground complexes found across Cappadocia. It was opened to visitors in 1969 and to date, only ten percent of the underground city is accessible to tourists.
In today’s culture one tends to hear the term thug referring to an urban subculture of drugs and gangs. This lifestyle is also known as thug-life – an existence which romanticizes the realities of dealing drugs, selling guns, and involvement in prostitution, as well as prison life. Many are unaware that the origins of the term thug are to be found in India where a cult of thieves, hooligans, and early-gangsters harassed colonial society in the seventeenth-century.
The Overtoun Bridge is an arch bridge located near Milton, Dumbarton, Scotland, over the Overtoun Burn. It has gained public attention because of the unusually large number of dogs that have allegedly leaped to their deaths over a number of decades.
The “Mark of the Beast” is a Biblical concept found in the New Testament’s Book of Revelation. Revelation 13:17-18 of the King James Version reads:
“. . .no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man, and his number is six hundred threescore and six.”
The Church Fathers have interpreted these statements as being prophetic, and therefore describing some sort of Antichrist that shall come about. Furthermore they have attempted to decipher the name of this coming Antichrist through the number.
A comic depicting the Sapir-Whorf in German. (Source: http://psychologyacademia.com)
by Sasha Pogrebinsky
Linguistic relativity, or the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, is the theory that the way a person understands the world is dependent on the language that they speak. With over 5,000 languages in existence, many of which do not belong to the same language-family, this theory postulates that the differences in language results in differences in cognitive experiences.
Padre Pio in the 1950s and 1960s is the most famous supposed case of a mystical stigmata.
Stigmata are wounds which appear on the body of exceptionally devout Christians corresponding with the wounds on Jesus Christ’s body during the crucifixion, specifically on the palms and joints of the hands, feet, and the upper body. Stigmatics are almost always ecstatics, people who experience trances, visions, and whose minds are given to moments of ecstasy in which the worldly senses are suspended and one experiences a sense of transcendence, awe, or fear. Continue reading →
Popular road sign in England, due to its odd name, especially for Americans whose term “butt hole,” means “anus,” it has since been changed, unfortunately.
Unfortunately this sign is no longer there, it has been renamed Archers Way in 2009, due to so many American tourists stopping by this sign in Doncaster, England, and taking photos while smirking and laughing. Continue reading →
Shortly after 9/11 the United States government created a Federal agency known as the Information Awareness Office — now defunct — but it had the most omnous New World Order-ish, Illuminatiesque, logo that we’d ever seen. Wikipedia writes about the organization:
The Information Awareness Office(IAO) was established by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency(DARPA) in January 2002 to bring together several DARPA projects focused on applying surveillanceand information technology to track and monitor terrorists and other asymmetric threats to national security, by achievingTotal Information Awareness (TIA). This would be achieved by creating enormous computer databases to gather and store the personal information of everyone in the United States, including personal e-mails, social networks, credit card records, phone calls, medical records, and numerous other sources, without any requirement for a search warrant. This information would then be analyzed to look for suspicious activities, connections between individuals, and “threats”. Additionally, the program included funding for biometric surveillance technologies that could identify and track individuals using surveillance cameras, and other methods.
Following public criticism that the development and deployment of these technologies could potentially lead to a mass surveillance system, the IAO was defunded by Congress in 2003. However, several IAO projects continued to be funded, and merely run under different names