Today I learned about Cahokia, the largest pre-Columbia city in what is now the United States. Its pyramids and earthen mounds stood near present-day East St. Louis, IL. Around the year 1050, it had 30,000 people, making it larger than London or Paris at the time. It was abandoned by 1400. arstechnica.com/science/2…
Archaeologists found traces of burnt cannabis on an altar in an ancient Jewish shrine, the first time cannabis has been identified in the Ancient Near East. Scientists believe there was sufficient THC to create a mind-altered state in those breathing the fumes. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
An unknown black organic material was found preserved on 2 altars at the entrance to a shrine's holy of holies, part of a fortress guarding the southern border of biblical Judah. Testing them found frankincense and cannabis, the first time the latter has been identified in the Ancient Near East. phys.org/news/2020-05-rev…
Chromatographic studies of residue found on an altar that dates back to the 8th century BCE represent “the first known evidence of hallucinogenic substance found in the Kingdom of Judah” and “the earliest evidence for the use of cannabis in the Ancient Near East” vice.com/en/article/889nk…
Theres an island off the east coast (near Washington DC) where the residents have unique British American accents, that are similar to Americas first settlers and founders. The accent is in danger of disappearing, because the island is sinking into the ocean wikipedia.org/wiki/Tangie…
The Ancient Near East is Called That Because it is Closer to Britain that the Far East en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anc…
Today I learned of the 6/29/12 Derecho. A derecho is a single storm that travels over 250 miles, in sequence, with at least three instances of 75mph+ winds. This one started near Chicago at 2pm and traveled all the way to the east coast by midnight on the same day. richmond.com/weather/5-ye…
Today I learned about Pan Am Flight 708, a cargo flight that crashed near Berlin in what was then East Germany. The plane flew into the ground killing everyone aboard. The reason is unknown to this day, as Soviet officials never returned the flight data and cockpit voice recorders and navigation equipment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan…
There is a second Jewish territory in the world in addition to Israel: the Jewish Autonomous Oblast, a small part of Russia in the far south-east near Japan/China/North Korea en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jew…
Obsidian for making sharp stone tools was collected on the Greek island of Milos and exported as early as 15,000 years ago; the island supplied this vital resource not only to the mainland Greece, but to the Near East as well, right up until the Bronze Age. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
Full Metal Jacket was filmed in East London because Stanley Kubrick wanted to stay near his home. youtu.be/XRkyKYz5SYM?t=70…
Today I learned of the first transcontinental telegraph. It served as the only method of near-instantaneous communication between the east and west coasts during the 1860s. In 1841, it had taken 110 days for the news of the death of President William Henry Harrison to reach Los Angeles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
The Romans built a massive wall that ran from east to west in Britannia near the border of England and Scotland, built to keep out those north of the wall. Some of it still stands today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Had…
For months after East Germany opened the border in 1989 supermarkets near the border in West Germany were sold out of Bananas because East Germans were buying them up by the crate load, outstripping supply. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fal…
In 1965 Mount Vernon, an East Coast prep school, continued to play Deerfield Academy in football while a school building was on fire near the field. The incident is captured in a famous amateur photograph. nytimes.com/2015/05/06/sp…
Most Jews do not actually descend from the historical Jewish people; instead, their ancestors mostly came from other Ancient Near East tribes who were conquered during the time of the first Jewish Kingdom. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin…
The definition of Semite includes groups of people from the Near-East and North Africa, not only Jewish answers.com/topic/semite
The most famous UFO event to have happened in Britain, and ranking amongst the best-known UFO events worldwide, happened in Rendlesham Forrest in East Anglia, England. It happened near two former USAF installations and is known as "Britain's Roswell". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren…
Scientists question whether agriculture spread from the Near East to Europe by large-scale migration of farmers or through the adoption of agricultural technology by indigenous hunter-gatherers. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/scien…
The Chicago River seasonally has bi-directional flow; the river flows east to west on the surface, and simultaneously west to east near the river bed during the winter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
"The Middle East" used to be the word for India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka etc, and "The Near East" meant the former Ottoman Empire, more or less; with "The Far East" being East and SE Asia. A century of Western Diplomacy has fuzzied the meanings foreignaffairs.com/articl…
The cluster of 3 crosses near the interstates on the East Coast were installed by one guy. christiancrosses.org/Hist…
The term "Middle East" comes from the European 19th Century term for in the "middle" of the "Near East" (what was the Ottoman Empire) and the "Far East" (China and Japan). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wes…
Korean leader Kim Jong-il was born in the village of Vyatskoye near Khabarovsk in the Russian Far East en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kwa…

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