December 6th, 2007

From the 1st Century

Ancient Roman Throne
Remnants of the first known surviving Roman throne have been discovered in the lava and ash that buried the city of Herculaneum in the first century, archaeologists said Tuesday.
 
Decorated with ivory bas-reliefs depicting ancient deities, two legs and part of the back of the wooden throne were dug out between October and November. 

They were found 82 feet below ground near
Herculaneum's Villa dei Papiri, a first century country home that is believed to have been the residence of Julius Caesar's father-in-law.
 
Herculaneum, Pompeii and Stabiae were destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius that killed thousands in the year 79. The layers of volcanic ash preserved the sites for centuries, providing precious information on domestic life in the ancient world.
 
Archaeologists said the throne was an exceptional find; furniture of its type had previously only been seen in artistic depiction. The throne depicts Greek mythological figures absorbed by Rome's culture and is decorated with images of the gods Attis and Dionysus, as well as pine cones and phalluses.

Kemo D. (a.k.a. no.7) 
 
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Star Wars

Star Wars Builders Use the Force


This working X-Wing rocket is just one of the amazing Star Wars replicas being built by sci-fi-loving DIYers around the world.
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Younger Women

What Is the Best Age Difference for Husband and Wife?
By marrying a woman 15 years younger, preindustrial Sami men maximized their surviving offspring.
 
Men marry younger women and women prefer to marry older men, in general. But is it culture, genetics or the environment that drives such a choice—and is there an optimal age difference? 

New research shows that, at least for the Sami people of preindustrial
Finland, men should marry a woman almost 15 years their junior to maximize their chances of having the most offspring that survive.
 
"We studied how parental age difference at marriage affected [families'] reproductive success among Sami people who married only once in their lifetime[s]," says ecologist Samuli Helle of the University of Turku in Finland.
 
"We found that marrying women 14.6 years younger maximized men's lifetime reproductive success—in other words, the number of offspring surviving to age 18."
 
The researchers did this by examining church records of 700 marriages from the Utsjoki, Inari and Enontekiö populations from the 17th through 19th centuries (in order to eliminate the effects of modern medicine on child survival).
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Quote of the Day

“If it's sent by ship then it's a cargo, if it's sent by road then it's a shipment.”

-Dave Allen-
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Santa

A Bad Role Model?

Apparently there is a group out there who believes Santa is a bad role model for children. Why you ask? They say because he is overweight. That's right, Santa.. overweight. They are implementing a new rule that all Santa's in stores and other venues must be "fit and lean". They feel that since kids look up to Santa so much, they may have an unconscious desire to become overweight like he is.
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