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The Mystery of the Great Bell of Dhammazedi, The Largest Bell Ever Cast

Its been hundreds of years but this massive bell still remains missing.

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The Great Bell of Dhammazedi was created in the late 15th century during the rule of King Dhammazedi of the Burmese kingdom Hanthawaddy. It was presented to the Shwedagon Pagoda of Dagon, which is present day Yangon, Myanmar. The bell was made of copper, gold, and silver, and it is said to have weighed nearly 300 tonnes making it the largest bell ever cast.

Shwedagon Pagoda of Dagon where the Great Bell of Dhammazedi was presented.

Twenty four years after its creation, the Portuguese warlord and mercenary Felipe de Brito e Nicote sacked the pagoda and seized the bell. He wanted to melt it down to create cannons for his ship.

The Portuguese warlord Felipe de Brito e Nicote wanted to melt the bell down for his warships.

So de Brito loaded up the bell onto a raft to take it across the Pazundaung Creek to Syriam. Since the gigantic bell weighed 300 tonnes, the raft sank, taking the bell with it. The bell is said to have sunk at the point where the Bago and Yangon Rivers met.

Since then, legends have popped up about where the bell might be. In recent years, hundreds of teams have searched the area where the bell is said to have sunk but none have turned up with any clues regarding its whereabouts.

In 2010, Australian documentary filmmaker and explored Damien Lay conducted sonar surveys of the river bed to find possible locations for the Bell of Dhammazedi. He believes that the bell may not have been found yet because its location has been misinterpreted throughout history. This may be plausible because the myths and legends surrounding the sinking of the bell may not have been supported by evidence.

Today, the Great Bell of Dhammazedi is still missing.

Meanwhile, historian Chit San Win believes that the Yangon and Bago rivers have changed course in the centuries since the bell has sunk, which had led to people looking in the wrong place. A similar incident happened in the 19th century when a steamboat sank in the Missouri river. It was recovered 132 years later, in a cornfield in Kansas.

However, the most alarming thought is that the bell may not have existed at all. Chit San Win have searched through many Burmese literature but found very little supporting evidence of the bell’s existence. But that didn’t stop people from searching the bell though.

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The Lost World of St. Kilda, an Isolated Island Where People Survived by Eating Birds

4,000 years worth of “never retreat, never surrender.”

Dondi Tiples

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Somewhere off the west coast of Scotland is a tiny, remote island considered the most far-away portion of the British Isles. It is virtually uninhabitable; an island of jagged granite boulders, tall cliffs and a hostile climate. It’s called St. Kilda, and until the early 20th century, its hardy residents eked out a difficult existence, sustained mainly by eating birds.

The remote archipelago was inhabited for about 4,000 years. The only settlement, the Village Bay, was located on the largest island Hirta. The windswept island was unsuitable for farming but the islanders did grow a small amount of barley, oats, and potatoes. However, the strong winds and saltwater would usually damage the crops.

The wind blows so hard, that trees refused to grow on this island.

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Iceberg Not the Real Cause of Titanic Sinking, New Evidence Suggests

More than a century after the Titanic sank, we are still able to shed new light on the events of that fateful night.

Mich Escultura

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The Titanic is the subject of so many documentaries, books, stories, and even movies. History buffs, nautical experts, and Titanic enthusiasts all agree that the Titanic tragedy was caused by its collision with an iceberg, alongside the extreme shortage of lifeboats that could have saved more people on board.

The sinking of the Titanic may be one of the most famous nautical tragedies, with so many depictions in literature, movies, and in pop culture.

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This is common knowledge, given all the things we know about the Titanic, but prepare to set aside everything you thought you knew about the Titanic because new evidence suggests that it may not have been the iceberg that ultimately caused the Titanic to sink!

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The Pointless Reason Behind Vanuatu’s Million Dollar Point

Jamie Casadores

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Vanuatu is a group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean that offers an extravagant scuba diving experience for tourists. One of the most popular diving spots is the Million Dollar Point located off the coast of Espirito Santo. Aside from different kinds of fish and coral formations, a vast number of military equipment can be found underwater. Though one may think that it is eerie to find jeeps, bulldozers, trucks, fork lifts, tractors, and boxes of clothing and food there, the reason behind the huge dump is mostly amusing than scary.

A diver posing on a WWII military equipment.

During World War II, the island of Espirito Santo became a primary military supply and support base for Americans. It also became the headquarters for major navy and army units in the Pacific. At the end of the war, the American government thought that shipping back all the military equipment from the island would be too costly.

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