As a writer of paranormal suspense,
my research takes me to some very strange places.
And when it does, I often uncover some
very interesting tidbits about man’s past.
Did you know…?
- Nabta Playa’s calendar circle was used 6,000 years ago and built a millennium before Stonehenge.
- The mortar used in the Great Pyramid is of unknown origin and can’t be reproduced.
- Cappuccinos are named after a crypt in Rome. The coffee takes its name from monks who were known for their custom of wearing a hood, or cappucio, with their habits.
- The word “reincarnation” derives from Latin that literally means “entering the flesh again”.
- Toasting began in ancient Greece. A dinner host always took the first sip of wine to assure guests that the wine wasn’t poisoned, which is how we got the phrase “drinking to one’s health—health”.
- The interior temperature of the Great Pyramid is constant at 68 degrees F, which is the average temperature of the earth.
- Some fossils don’t make geological or historical sense. A fossil of a human hand print was discovered in limestone estimated to be 110 million years old.
- The oldest known cave art comes from Northern Spain in the Cave of El Castillo, and may be more than 40,000 years old. This date coincides with the earliest known evidence for Homo sapiens in Europe. Because of their age, some scientists believe that the paintings may have been made by Neanderthals.
Fascinating stuff, right?
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