In the southern region of Ecuador, in Loja Province, lies the village of Vilcabamba. Also called the “Valley of Longevity,” Vilcabamba is home to inhabitants that live up to 100 years and more. There are people who say that the place, surrounded by lush mountains and clear streams, has all the right conditions for good health and longevity.
Increased tourism in the area has introduced some changes to Vilcabamba. Until recently, the village was isolated and didn’t receive any imported goods. People didn’t drive cars, and television signals were nonexistent. Today, however, there are satellite TVs, high-speed internet, and vehicles in the area.
Inhabitants of Vilcabamba live up to a hundred, with some reportedly reaching 120 to 135 years old.
Vilcabamba was first introduced to the world in 1973 by Dr. Alexander Leaf of Harvard Medical School. He told the story of the village and its inhabitants in the National Geographic Magazine. A few years later, in 1981, medical journalist Dr. Morton Walker was hired by the Ecuadorian government to make a study of the villagers.
The village is surrounded by lush mountains and fresh streams.
Water from the village was taken for laboratory analysis, and it was found that Vilcabamba’s water contains a unique balance of enriched colloidal minerals, perfect for optimum human health. In his book, The Secret to a Youthful Long Life, Dr. Walker claims that the key to the villagers’ long life and good health is the place’s mineral-rich waters.
It is believed that the area where Vilcabamba is located has all the elements to bring good health and longevity.
The discovery came as no surprise. Nobel Chemistry Prize winner Dr. Richard Laurence Millington Synge, the man who discovered amino acids, has made claims that the plant life in many places in Ecuador, Vilcabamba included, contains great medicinal qualities. Herbs, roots, and fruits in this area reportedly contain some of the most powerful anti-oxidants in the world.
The exact age expectancy is not yet determined because of some inconsistencies in the villagers’ self-reporting of their ages.
There are suspicions, however, about the exact age expectancy of the inhabitants. It is possible that the villagers are inconsistent when reporting their ages. When Dr. Leaf returned to the village three years after his first visit, for example, a man who first claimed to be 122 in 1971 claimed to be 134 years old in 1974.
Despite this limitation in research, it’s still clear that the villagers of Vilcabamba live longer than the rest of us.
Indeed, they have been blessed with a land that nourishes their health.
Meet the Man who Fought in World War II with a Sword and a Bow
What a badass guy!
When you think of men wielding swords, you're probably picturing a medieval infantryman wearing armor and heading off to battle. You're unlikely to be thinking of a man in full military gear in World War II. However, there was one brave soldier who went into battle in full gear along with a bow, a quiver of arrows, and a basket-hilted claymore by his side.
Meet John Malcolm Thorpe Fleming Churchill, aka Mad Jack, second in command of a British infantry company. Mad Jack was a decorated soldier who fought in the battle of Dunkirk in 1940, wherein 300,000 troops became stranded on the beaches and needed to be evacuated. One of his great achievements in this battle is shooting down a German soldier with one of his arrows!
Jack Churchill aka Mad Jack, one of WWII's greatest badasses.
Giant Shipworm That Lives on Fart Gas and Bacteria Discovered in the Philippines
The creature is a myth no more!
For hundreds of years, the existence of the giant shipworm (also called Kuphus polythamia) had only been known thanks to fossils. Today, the scientific community is abuzz as live specimens of this once mythic creature have finally been discovered at the bottom of a lagoon in Mindanao, Philippines.
The giant shipworm, which can measure anywhere from 3 to 5 feet long, spends most of its life in a hard shell (composed of calcium carbonate) that looks like a tusk. When out of its shell, the creature looks like a worm, slimy and dark with a head and a tail with two siphons. One siphon draws in water, and the other expels it. But the organism is not a worm. It's actually a rare species of bivalve or mollusk. Specifically, it is a type of saltwater clam.
Live specimens of the elusive giant shipworm were found in the Philippines.
America Once Accidentally Dropped a Nuke On Little Girls’ Playhouse
Fortunately and remarkably, no one got seriously hurt.
Sixty-one years ago, a nuclear bomb was accidentally dropped in South Carolina. It happened on March 11, 1958 and not a lot of people know that something like this happened. The Boeing Stratojet belonging to the U.S. Air Force took off from the base and flew to the United Kingdom and then to Africa, carrying nuclear weapons just in case a war with the Soviet Union would ensue.
By accident, the captain pulled the emergency release pin that resulted to the bomb, a Mark 6, falling off the plane.