Between Borneo and the Maluku Islands is an oddly-shaped body of land resembling an open-mouth crocodile with legs. This is Sulawesi, the world’s eleventh largest island within Indonesia’s jurisdiction.
Right smack in the middle of Sulawesi lies the Lore Lindu National Park in Bada Valley. It boasts some of the most unusual prehistoric statues that defy explanation. Carved out of stone, these megaliths have straight bodies, gigantic heads, and round eyes underneath straight overhanging brows.
Humongous head half buried in a field.
Hundreds of these statues dot the protected forests of the park, giving rise to a mystery no one has yet answered. They resemble Easter Island’s Moai megaliths in the southeastern Pacific Ocean. Though how this similarity of statues on islands continents apart and separated by over 14,000 kilometers of ocean remains mind-boggling.
What are these statues?
Who carved them, and when? Like the Easter Island statues, there is no trace of the culture that created them. Neither are there remains of any settlements or society that may have been responsible for the carvings.
Ancient and puzzling.
Discovered centuries before Europeans set foot on Sulawesi, the megaliths are estimated to be between 1,000 to 5,000 years old. Over four hundred of these carved megaliths rest haphazardly in fields and rivers. Only thirty or so are human-shaped and are identified by their genitals.
This pair is clearly a couple.
No one knows their purpose but locals have built legends, stories and personalities around these megaliths in an effort to explain their existence.
There is Palindo, the Entertainer. At four meters tall, he is the largest of the statutes. He is said to have been a court jester and his post is situated facing the king’s ancient palace.
Leaning to one side, Palindo’s stance is said to have been caused by warring tribes who disturbed his serenity.
There is Langke Bulawa, the Golden Bracelet, a female figure standing 1.8 meters tall.
Looking both demure and menacing at the same time.
Tokala’ea, who was turned to stone to atone for his sins as a rapist, sports deep cut marks said to be scars from knives.
He does look quite remorseful.
Tadulako, on the other hand, was a former village protector punished to spend eternity as a granite statue for the sin of stealing rice.
The fierce rice thief.
Some of the other megaliths resemble circular pots and cisterns. The locals call them kalambas, or bathtubs used by kings.
A bath fit for a titan.
These kalambas may have served their purpose to store grain for the ancient civilization that carved them, as some of these megaliths have heavy lids. They are accompanied by Tutu’na, or stone plates with cavities which may have been used to grind food.
Neolithic food processor.
Other lower stone tablets could have been used as altars.
These minimalist carvings continue to remain a mystery, and their presence in Sulawesi only serves to add to the island’s lore.
Behold, The Appendix May Have a Physiological Purpose After All
The appendix helps protect humans from infections, studies suggest.
We were taught at school that we have 'vestigial' body parts, such as the wisdom teeth, tailbone, and the appendix, that we can absolutely live without because they gradually lost purpose, thanks to evolution. Sure, we can chew without the infamous molars and we don't have tails to wag for us to need our tailbones; so yeah, we agree that we can do without those two organs. But if you believe that the appendix' purpose, aside from causing humans relentless pain and a potentially life-threatening infection, is a dot away from nil, you might want to think again.
A recent study conducted by researchers from Midwestern University in Illinois, United States revealed how many times the appendix disappeared and reappeared during the course of evolution. They found out that the tiny organ has evolved at least 32 times and has been lost only less than seven times.
The appendix has long been believed to serve no purpose to the human body.
This Ancient Stone Tablet Found Under The Sea Validates What is Written in the Bible
The Bible just got more real.
We may have gotten hold of an archaeological evidence that validates the accounts in the Bible. Archaeologists have found, submerged in the ocean, an ancient tablet at the biblical city of Tel Dor, located on Israel's Mediterranean coast.
Due to its massive historical importance, the stone tablet was promptly brought to the University of Haifa for preservation and translation. According to archaeologists, the said stone tablet will help shed light on one of ancient Jewish history's most violent battles - the Bar Kokhba revolution. Historians believe that the uprising resulted in the demise of more than 500,000 Jews and the obliteration of 'Judea' from records by the Roman Emperor Hadrian.
The tablet found under the ocean is estimated to be 1,800 years old.
You Might Believe That These Lady Beetles Are Completely Harmless. Think Again.
This is another reason to be wary of bugs.
For everyone out there who has an extreme dislike for bugs, here's one more reason to hate them.
In Central Texas, a non-native species of bug called Asian lady beetles, or harlequin, is wreaking havoc in homes. It may look harmless, thanks to its uncanny resemblance to the cutesy ladybugs, but they're actually tiny mean machines.
Most ladybugs help protect crops.
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