A Florida man who went hunting for pythons in Florida’s Everglades returned instead with a mysterious treasure: an antique, diamond-studded gold medallion that could date back to the 17th century.
How the handmade, penny-sized amulet got there is a riddle. One theory is it could have been aboard a ValuJet plane that crashed nearby in May 1996 – or that perhaps it was part of the debris field from an Eastern Airlines [...]
From the mid-17th century to the late 20th century, the American economy grew roughly 3.5% a year. That growth rate has since declined significantly. When the final figures are in for 2012, the annual rate of real output growth for the first dozen years of this century is likely to be about 1.81%.
What accounts for the slowdown? An important part of the answer is simple: Americans aren’t working as much [...]
The quiet town of Mittenwalde, about 30 kilometers southeast of Berlin, recently discovered a debt certificate from May 28th, 1562, in which Mittenwalde loaned Berlin 400 guilders (gold coins used as currency), reports Reuters.
The certificate was uncovered by Mittenwalde’s town historian, Vera Schmidt. As the debt came with an annual 6 percent interest rate Berlin would owe Mittenwalde 11,200 guilders today — equivalent to about €112 million ($137 million).
Once the number is adjusted for [...]
Nowadays mothers-to-be can choose between home water births and hospital deliveries, but 400 years ago women had little say in how they were treated.
An astonishing hand-written 17th century book has revealed the grisly and bizarre methods of midwifery once practised in Britain.
Forceps were unheard of at the time and instead a crotchet – a hooked stick – was used to help bring out the babies, sometimes before the mother was [...]
Britain could become the first country to fly a tourist around the moon, after an Isle of Man-based company announced that it would be ready to take passengers on private lunar expeditions by 2015.
Excalibur Almaz will charge wannabe astronauts an average of £100m for a six-eight month journey exploring deep space.
Three wealthy individuals, or astronauts from emerging powers will be crammed into a reusable capsule the size of a waste skip [...]
Andreas Whittam Smith
December 1, 2011
When Poland’s Foreign Minister refers to German tanks and Russian missiles, as Radoslaw Sikorski did on Monday, one sits up. Poland suffered repeated invasions by Germany and Russia from the late 18th century until the last Soviet troops withdrew in 1993. Poland was truly independent only between 1918 and 1939. However, in a remarkable speech, by turns passionate and frank, Mr Sikorski was not breathing [...]
November 28, 2011
“Is this still my country?”
In the past few days, those and similarly poignant Twitter posts have appealed to fundamental American values in objecting to the notorious U.C. Davis event, where police pepper-sprayed seated protesters, and to cities generally cracking down on the Occupy movement. The crackdowns have brought a military level of combativeness to what many Americans — even those not in sympathy with the protesters — [...]
“If the american people ever allow private bannks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and the corporations which grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered”
A truly incredible editorial in the ‘London Times’ explained the central bankers’ attitude towards Lincoln’s GreenBecks (U.S. Notes):
“If this mischievious [...]
But the alliance appeared to be faltering yesterday as St Paul’s closed for the first time since the Blitz, claiming it had no choice because of the dangers posed by the growing numbers on its doorstep.
With 250 people living in the London churchyard, the “unprecedented” decision, which will cost the church £23,000 a day, was announced by the dean, the Rt Rev Graeme Knowles.
Although he supported the protesters’ right to [...]
OTSUCHI, Japan | On a misty Sunday morning, a cloud of fog seems to hover like a halo over the temple.
For many locals who come to worship here, the temple seems to have magical powers. The March 11 tsunami rushed up a slope to the steps of the temple grounds and then turned back, dragging thousands of people and buildings with it back into the ocean.