The thing with history is that it spans thousands of years and people from our time will never really know the exact things that have happened in the past. Historians can only piece together a story based on the data and facts gathered. Artifacts excavated by archaeologists can only confuse us all the more because of questions brought up.
In fact, there have been so many diggings which have made these researches much more interesting and fun. Several historical objects have been unearthed that historians have yet to explain what these were even made for:
1. Giant stone spheres of Costa Rica
The perfectly shaped spherical stone formations were discovered back in the 1930s when workers were clearing a banana plantation. Legends had it that these spheres had vast amounts of gold hidden inside them. After a few had been blown up by dynamite, it was found empty. To this day, no one knows who made the spheres and what their real purpose is for.
2. Baghdad Battery
The Mesopotamians may have already had the concept for the battery. In the 1930s, a 13-inch centimeter jar with a protruding iron rod from the mouth was uncovered near Baghdad. There was also a copper cylinder found inside the structure and another iron rod. It is said to be the nearest there is to what we have now as our batteries.
Experts have concluded that the Baghdad Battery can produce one electric volt. What remains a mystery is how this development was forgotten and never found in nearby regions.
3. Voynich Manuscript
Considered by experts as the most mysterious book in the whole world, the Voynich Manuscript is written in an undecipherable language and full of strange illustrations and symbols. Its author is unknown and the alphabet used has nothing in common with the ones that were also discovered or any other writing system in the planet. To this date, the manuscript has yet to be decoded for its secrets.
4. Incan Golden Figurines
Just by looking at this artifact discovered in South America, one is reminded of a rough concept of flying machines in the olden days. German model aircraft constructors Peter Belting and Algund Eeboom created bigger versions of the gold animal figurine and even equipped it with engines and radio systems. How these artifacts came to life and what could have served as its inspiration is still unknown.
5. Genetic Disc
Made from a very strong material which no one to this day could understand how to produce and how it even came to its existence. According to experts, the disc would have been impossible for ancient society to use so the reason for it being created is also a mystery.
6. Antikythera Mechanism
The controversial Antikythera Mechanism is considered to be the oldest computing mechanism in the world. Historians have determined that the artifact was used to show the movements of the planets and even the position of the sun and the moon. The design of the mechanism has paved the way for the current ones that we have now says experts.
5 Forgotten and Scary Children’s Toys from the Past
No matter what age they are, giving toys as gifts to children seem like a good idea - especially if the toys are not only fun, but educational too. Toys can promote fine motor skills, memory and imagination or even linguistics skills for children.
However, there are toys from the past that are so grotesque in concept, you would probably ask, "What the hell were the manufacturers thinking?" Allow us to present to you 5 scary toys from the past that could send any child scampering in fear. Next Christmas, you might consider giving these and its guarantee that your nephews and niece or godchildren will never visit you again! *evil laugh*
1. Creeping Baby Doll
The Ancient Roman City of Timgad Reveals Remarkable Modern Grid Design
This city ruins is one of the best surviving examples of the grid plan used by the ancient Roman city planners.
In 1765, when Scottish explorer James Bruce discovered an ancient city partly buried in the sands of the Algerian desert. He did not realize that he was actually standing above the ruins of the largest Roman Empire settlement ever built in North Africa — the ancient city of Thamugadi, now called Timgad.
The ruins of Timgad offer us a glimpse of ancient Roman urban planning at its height with its precise design and modern grid plan. Located on the slopes of Aures Massif in what is now known as Algeria, it was built nearly 2,000 years ago by the Roman Emperor Trajan.
The city was originally designed as a perfect square, 355 meters long on each side. The angled design was highlighted by the decumanus maximus (east-west oriented street) and the cardo (north-south-oriented street) lined by a Corinthian colonnade.
Before Radar, Great Britain Uses Ridiculous Sound Mirrors to Detect Enemy Planes
They may look ridiculous now but these sound mirrors were Great Britain’s greatest defense against incoming enemy planes!
World War I saw the use of airplanes during the war but their role during the time was mostly for surveillance and observation. It wasn't until World War II that airplanes took on an offensive role wherein they could drop bombs and shoot at other planes.
At the end of World War I, Great Britain needed a method to know when a plane was approaching. One of the most important means they developed of detecting an oncoming plane was the "sound mirror."
This is one of Great Britain's sound mirrors.
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