Nestled in the mossy, green hills on the Orkney Islands off Scotlandis a secret older than the great pyramids of Egypt.At first, it might not look like much, but the fact is, this is a unique andmagical place.Because within this rolling hillside is a perfectly preserved prehistoricvillage called Skara Brae.The winter of 1850 hit Orkney hard. A severe storm caused greatdevastation and resulted in more than 200 deaths. But it also revealedsomething long forgotten. When the storm abated, villagers discovereda settlement under the sand.The settlement consists of eight stone houses and was inhabitedbetween roughly 3180 and 2500 B.C., making Skara Brae one of theoldest agriculture villages in the UK.Skara Brae has been called the "Scottish Pompeii" because theancient monument is so well preserved. Since the surrounding sandand the buildings' architecture were well protected against the cold,both the buildings and their contents have been remarkably preservedthroughout the millennia.Archaeologists estimate that 50-100 people lived in the village. Whenthe settlement was built, the houses were 1,500 [metres] from the sea.Now, the sea has dug closer to the village and the view from thesettlement has changed from pastures to the sea.The settlement's seven or eight houses were connected to each otherby tunnels. Each residence could be closed off with a stone door.In every room, one bed was always bigger than the other, but no oneknows why. Each room also contains cabinets, dressers, seats, andstorage boxes. These boxes were built to be waterproof, suggestingthat they might have stored live seafood for later consumption.One house is distinct from the other, however. Archaeologists didn'tfind any beds or other furniture. The house is believed to havefunctioned as a workshop.Amazingly, the village also had a sewage system and each house hadits own toilet.Skara Brae was a society which centred around families. Thedwellings are all quite similar, which led archaeologists to concludethat this society was a fairly equal one, without any authoritative leadership.Some believe that the villagers were Picts, a people of unknown originwho settled in eastern and northern Scotland near the end of the BritishIron Age. But archaeological findings have shown that the people wholived here could have lived much earlier than that.A number of mysterious discoveries have been made at the site, includingthis carved stone ball, though no one really knows what it was used for.And no one knows why the village was abandoned. But around 2500 B.C.,the Orkney Islands became cooler and wetter. Many theories speculate abouthow the people of Skara Brae met their fate; the most popular onesinvolve a violent storm.What's the future look like for Skara Brae? Although the settlement was built nearlytwo [kilometres] from the beach, in recent centuries, it has been increasingly threatenedby the sea. Since 1926, the houses have been protected from the approaching sea andharsh autumn winds by a concrete wall.There has been talk about building an artificial beach with boulders and breakwaterto preserve Skara Brae and several other ancient monuments at risk of being destroyed.But nothing has happened yet. Until further notice, tourists continue to visit this fascinatingplace, but the question is for how long?I personally hope that the Scottish Government will do all they canto preserve this amazing place.Please share this with others so that more people get the chance to discover the wonder that is history!
Friday, September 16, 2016
Thursday, September 15, 2016
• Venison for dinner again? Oh deer!
• A cartoonist was found dead in his home. Details are sketchy.
• I used to be a banker, but then I lost interest.
• Haunted French pancakes give me the crêpes.
• England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool.
• I tried to catch some fog, but I mist.
• They told me I had type-A blood, but it was a Typo.
• I changed my iPod's name to Titanic. It's syncing now.
• Jokes about German sausage are the wurst.
• I know a guy who's addicted to brake fluid, but he says he can stop any time.
• I stayed up all night to see where the sun went, and then it dawned on me.
• This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, but I'd never met herbivore.
• When chemists die, they barium.
• I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I just can't put it down.
• I did a theatrical performance about puns. It was a play on words.
• Why were the Indians here first? They had reservations.
• I didn't like my beard at first. Then it grew on me.
• Did you hear about the cross-eyed teacher who lost her job because she couldn't control her pupils?
• When you get a bladder infection, urine trouble.
• Broken pencils are pointless.
• What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary? A thesaurus.
• I dropped out of communism class because of lousy Marx.
• All the toilets in New York's police stations have been stolen. The police have nothing to go on.
• I got a job at a bakery because I kneaded dough.
• Velcro - what a rip off!
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
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Saturday, August 20, 2016
Where is the world's coldest place ?
East Antarctic Plateau ...
On the high ridge of the East Antarctic Plateau,
the temperature can drop to as low as -135.8 degrees Fahrenheit, which was recorded in August, 2010.
Where is the world's most populated city ?
At a whopping 24,150,000 permanent inhabitants,
Shanghai is the only city that is home to over 24 million people in one city.
Where is the world's least populated city? (the picture is the clue)
Vatican City ...
With a paltry population of 842, the city-state of
Vatican City is the smallest city and state in the world.
Where is the world's wealthiest city ?
Tokyo , Japan ..
That tower might as well be made of gold since Tokyo tops the charts
with a GDP of $1,520 billion, beating New York City by a mere $310 billion.
Where is the world's poorest city in the poorest country ?
Kinshasa , Congo ....
it is the poorest city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo,
which is also the poorest country in the world, at a GDP of $55 billion.
Many of its residents live on less $1 a day.
What is the highest point in the world? (this one is easy)
Mount Everest ...
Towering 29,029 feet in the air, the top of Mount Everest
is the closest you can get to touching outer space while still standing on Earth.
Where is the lowest point in the world?
The Challenger Deep Trench
It is the lowest known natural point in the world
at 35,797 ft below sea level at the bottom of the Mariana Trench.
Only three people have ever made it to the bottom in a submersible, one of which was filmmaker James Cameron.
What is the most photographed place in the U.S.?
Surprise: the Guggenheim building in New York...
Photos have always told stories, but in today's world of cell phone cameras and social media,
that story is relayed as data to companies who monitor everything we do.
Geotagged data was culled by Sightsmap using a Google-based image sharing software,
and can show us the most photographed places in the world, right down to this landmark.
The strange winner is this building in New York City Guess it impresses a lot of visitors.
Where is the wettest spot on Earth? (and it's not the Amazon!)
Mawsynram , India ...
In this city in India, it rains an average of 467.35 inches per year,
and has a record of 1000 inches in 1985...much more than any rain forest!
Where is the driest spot on Earth? (It's not the Sahara!)
The Atacama Desert ...
The 600 miles of South America's Atacama desert is recorded as the driest place on Earth, no contest.
This desert has an average of only 4 inches of rain every hundred years. Incredible, but true.
What city claims to be the sunniest place in the U.S.?
Yuma , Arizona ...
In this city in Arizona, the sun shines for an average of 11 hours a day.
The usual forecast is sun for 90 percent of the year, averaging a total of 4015 daylight hours each year.
Where is the most expensive city to live in? (It's not in the U.S. thankfully)
This city has recently beat out Tokyo, Japan, for the title of "most expensive city" for 2014.
Cars can cost between 4-6 times as much in Singapore from what they cost in the US or UK
(for example, a Toyota Prius actually costs about $150,000.00 there).
Where is the least expensive city to live in?
Mumbai , India ..
At the other end of the spectrum, Mumbai, India, is the cheapest place to live in the world,
according to the Worldwide Cost of Living Index, 2014.
For some comparison, a loaf of bread that would cost $3.36 in Singapore,
would only cost $0.91 in Mumbai. A lot of poverty brings the cost of living down.
What country consumes the most food per capita?
The overweight United States ...
They eat an average of 3,770 calories a day each.
Shamefully, obesity is becoming more of a problem every year.
Where is the world's oldest city ?
There's quite a bit of controversy over which city gets to officially claim the title of "oldest continuously inhabited city.
However, Damascus is the safest bet, with evidence of civilization that extends back over 11,000 years.
Which is the youngest country in the world?
South Sudan ...
The people of South Sudan were formally recognized as an independent country in 2011 ,
making it the youngest country in the world to-date.
Which is the world's most visited city?
After a several years of competition with Bangkok, London has regained its place as the world's most visited city
(according to MasterCard's 2014 Global Destinations City Index).
The city sees about 18.69 million international visitors annually , generating $19.3 billion in revenue for their city.
What is the world's least popular country ?
On that same rating scale, Iran has come in dead last (at a 79% negativity rating) for many years.
Only 15% of people polled viewed Iran in a positive light.
Where is the world's most dangerous city to live in?
San Pedro , Honduras ...
This city averages over three murders a day .
The violence stems from the city's role as a major hub for illegal drug and arms trafficking.
Which country consumes the most caffeine in the world?
The strong coffee in Sweden will put a spring in your step, and hair on your tongue.
The Swedes consume an average of 388 mg of caffeine in coffee per person, per day
(that's almost 5 Red Bulls in the U.S.).
Which country in the world drinks the most alcohol ?
In the little country of Belarus, each person above the age of 16
drinks an average of 4.62 gallons of alcohol every year.
That's a lot of booze.
Which country is the most bicycle friendly in the world?
The Netherlands …
By comparing cities using the average number of bicycle trips made daily, one city reigns supreme:
Groningen in the Netherlands. About 50 percent of the population commute via bike daily,
making it the city with the greatest proportion of cyclists.
However, many other cities in the Netherlands have a great bicycling tradition.
Where is the world's most energy efficient city?
Reykjavik , Iceland ...
All of the energy and heat used by the citizens of Reykjavik, Iceland
come from geothermal plants and renewable hydropower
making it the most sustainable and energy efficient city in the world.
This city has also been replacing traditional buses with hydrogen-fueled buses,
from which the only emissions are water.
Which country has the longest life expectancy in the world?
According to the World Health Organization's study from 2013,
Monaco tops the charts for longest living citizens with an average life expectancy of 87.2 years
Men in Monaco live an average 85.3 years, and women live longer to an average of 89 years.
Which country has the shortest life expectancy ?
Sierra Leone …
On the opposite side of that coin, the population of Sierra Leone live only to an average of 47 years.
The men of Sierra Leone live to an average of 47 years old, whereas
women live a little longer, an average of 48 years.
Poverty plays a big roll in their short life expectancy.
What country would qualify as the most stressed-out nation in the world
because of their living conditions?
By looking at the homicide rate, the GDP per capita, continued income inequality,
corruption, lack of education opportunities and unemployment numbers,
one thing is clear: Nigeria's people are, hands-down, the most stressed out population in the world.
Which city has the highest average IQ?
Hong Kong ...
There are a lot of factors that affect an IQ score, ranging from national and personal wealth, to simply what test is used.
As a result, these findings are highly controversial, but suggest that Hong Kong has the highest IQ level,
at an average of 107 points per person.
*However, Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China,
meaning that it falls within the sovereignty of the People's Republic of China,
yet does not form part of Mainland China, because it has it's own government.
So these results are questionable.
Which foreign city is the world's most well-connected one for internet use ?
Seoul , South Korea
Surprisingly, despite China's 618 million internet users who spend an average of 18.7 hours a week surfing the net,
China didn't even make the top 10 for internet connection.
Seoul, South Korea is a different story considering the average connection speed, availability,
(including free access), openness to innovation, support of public data, and privacy/security,
Seoul, South Korea is the champion of internet-connectedness.
With 10,000 government supported free WiFi spots dotting the city,
and an internet speed that goes unchallenged globally, Seoul is an internet junkie's paradise.
Wasn't that interesting? I'll bet you learned something new, I know I did!
Dankie Anna Eksteen.