Friday, June 26, 2009

Random Tidbits of Information

I decided to just post some random tidbits of information from the various notes I've taken over the years today. I've added some of my own comments to some of them.

-The first known contraceptive was crocodile dung, used by Egyptians in 2000 B.C.
Eww...

-It is believed that Shakespeare was 46 around the time that the King James Version of the Bible was written. In Psalms 46, the 46th word from the first word is ’shake’ and the 46th word from the last word is ’spear’.

-"Psyche" is the Greek word for "soul".

-Many old buildings in Cairo are actually built using old limestone blocks that once covered
the Great Pyramid.
The Giza pyramids used to have another layer of casing stones over the stones currently visible. In ancient times, the pyramids would have been much shinier than they are today.

-At the bottom of Mt. Rushmore is a 'hall of records' with the Constitution and a history of the U.S. It's purpose is to provide future generations with what its purpose is. The idea came from us not knowing the purpose of the Sphinx.
Its been claimed there is a hall of records or a tomb under the Sphinx and there is evidence of there being a cavity beneath it. But if anything was ever found under it, its been kept a secret. The alleged entrance to the chamber underneath the Sphinx had concrete poured down in it 1926, so I guess they don't want anyone going down anymore.
-'Amazon' actually means 'without a breast'.
Supposedly it was easier to shoot a bow that way.
-"Poltergeist" is German for "noisy spirit".

-Alexander the Great ordered his soldiers be clean shaven, so enemies in battle couldn't grab their beards.
-There are over 600 flood myths worldwide.
It's amazing to me that scientists can still dismiss the idea that there was a Great Flood in the distant past when people all over the world have told stories about it. And were talking about different peoples and cultures that had never met each other telling similar stories. I'm afraid science is just way to closed minded.
-Until 1869 when the Eiffel Tower was built, the Great Pyramid was the tallest building in the world.
Yep...the Great Pyramid is one amazing structure. Here are some other interesting statistics about it:
  • We know from geometry that there is a universal relationship between the diameter of a circle and its circumference. The height of the Pyramid's apex is 5,812.98 inches, and each side is 9,131 inches from corner to corner (in a straight line). If the circumference of the Pyramid is divided by twice its height (the diameter of a circle is twice the radius), the result is 3.14159, which just happens to be pi. Incredibly, this calculation is accurate to six digits.
  • Each of the Pyramid's four walls, when measured as a straight line, are 9,131 inches, for a total of 36,524 inches. At first glance, this number may not seem significant, but move the decimal point over and you get 365.24. Modern science has shown us that the exact length of the solar year is 365.24 days.
  • It consists of more than 2 million stones.
  • It is built at the center of gravity of the Earth's continents.

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