Have you ever thought about the meaning behind archeological mysteries? Are you fascinated by the wonders of the ancient world? Maybe you have theories regarding the creation of sophisticated structures by primitive communities. You may believe in human-alien interactions or even attribute earth’s wonders to extra-terrestrial dabbling. In any case, enjoy the following collection of humankind’s most inexplicable archeological phenomena—they even have the scientists and experts in a conundrum.
Lost City of Petra, Jordan
The Lost City of Petra in Jordan displays surprising sophistication considering its age. Despite the estimated date of 312 BC for the building of Petr, it has an advanced water conduit system and ornate carved rock architectural embellishments. How could such an ancient people achieve that level of development. Scientists also wonder what happened to the people of Petra.
Machu Picchu, Peru
One of the most stunningly beautiful ancient cities, Machu Picchu presents some difficult questions. How was the massive amount of stone hauled up the steep mountainside prior to the advent of heavy machinery? What about the extraordinary architecture of the hillside temple above Machu Picchu?
The Carnac Stones, France
Row upon row of stones, approximately 3,000 of them, all neatly arranged in nearly equidistant lines make up this enigma. Are they the work of early astronomers searching the skies or of ancient geologists trying to predict earthquakes? Perhaps they are an early version of agricultural keylines.
The Yonaguni Monument, Japan
This underwater ruined city begs the question, how did it sink? Some researchers say this is not a ruin at all, but naturally occurring geological shelving; however, most scientists believe the right angles and smooth surfaces indicate it is man made.
Ta Prohm, Cambodia
Did the fall of the Khmer Empire cause this breathtaking temple to be abandoned? Scientists are unsure. This is one temple that has not been restored in any way and may be visited as is, showing the ravages of time.
The Nazca Lines, Peru
These Peruvian geoglyphs were carved into the rock in the Nazca Desert in huge animal shapes. Researchers can’t decide why the ancient Peruvians wen to all this trouble. Were they attempting to communicate with extra-terrestrials? Do these carvings hold religious significance?
Gulf of Cambay, India
This astonishing ruin was found in 2001 of the coast of India. It is believed to have been built around 9,500 BC. How did it end up in the sea? Some scientists speculate an earthquake or other tectonic activity, while others point out corroborating evidences of a global scale deluge.
This once populous city in Mexico supported around 125,000 residents around 100 BC. Where did they all go, and why? These are the key questions of scientists who study Teotihuacan.
Constructed in England around 3,000 to 2,000 BC, Stonehenge is an unsolved mystery. Many hold that Stonehenge is a place of magic or sacredness, and some claim it is simply the remains of a massive roundhouse style building. Scientists would like to know how it was constructed because each upright slab weighs above 25 tons.
Puma Punku, Bolivia
This may be the oldest collection of megalithic stones in the world. Puma Punku appears to be a temple complex, and is built of stones weighing around 100 tons each. So far, researchers cannot determine how they were built or the exact purpose with certainty.
The Sayhuite Monolith, Peru
The intricate, map-like surface of the Sayhuite Monument baffles not just scientists, but most everyone. What is it? What was its purpose? Many speculate that aliens were involved in its construction.
Ciudad Perdida, Colombia
The city of Ciudad Perdida was once a thriving community of around 8,000 people. It features tiered terraces that were cut into the rocky mountainside. The reason for the fall or the city is unknown. Did the Spanish Conquest play a role?
This massive stone building predates the Great Pyramid of Giza and is estimated to have been built around 3,200 BC. Researchers disagree on the purpose of the monument. Was it a religious temple or a burial vault? The human remains inside would support either theory.
The innovative architecture of Tikal is enough to keep the analytical mind of a scientist guessing, but the real question is what made Tikal’s people leave? There are some signs that this Mayan city was burned before its inhabitants left.
The Masuda-no-Iwafune, Japan
This truly bizarre monument in Japan has researchers stumped. Some have suggested it was an agricultural calendar. Could this be true?
The Three Dolmens, Spain
These three dolmens or megalithic tombs are found outside Antequera, Spain. They are named the Cueva de Menga, the Cueva do Viera, and the Tholos of El Romeral. Scientists believe they were created around 3,700 BC, but have no realistic idea how such an ancient people could move these massive stones—each weighs over 100 tons.
The Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt
One of the favorite mysteries of xenoarchaeologists, the Great Pyramid inspires perennial fascination. How did people with limited technology and no mechanical lifting devices construct tombs of such heavy stones? No wonder the theory of assisting aliens has been proposed.
The Temple of Ggantija, Gozo
This megalithic temple complex is found on the Maltese Island of Gozo. Although the scientific community agrees that this temple predates the Great Pyramid at Giza, Egypt, it’s purpose remains unclear. Excavated in 1827, Ggantija began to crumble shortly thereafter.
Dr. Oz: “I’m Very Concerned About the Corona Virus, Here’s Why”
While coronaviruses have been known to medical science since the 1960s, few have been anywhere near as dangerous as this new one from the market in Wuhan China.
A coronavirus is typified by its protective shell which resembles a crown or a halo under a microscope. That is where it gets its name. The average coronavirus does little more than cause the symptoms of the common cold, sniffles, cough, flu-like symptoms and so on. Part of the reason that these viruses are so hard to prevent from causing millions of colds each year is their protective shell. They can remain on a surface for hours, sometimes days, before they begin to lose structural integrity. But few trigger symptoms as severe as this one known as 2019-nCoV.
Dr. Oz had this to say about what has become known as the Wuhan Coronavirus, “It’s alarming, this is the big news today, the Chinese leadership is starting to say ‘this incubation period is a lot longer than we thought.’”
If this report is true, it means that many, many more people may be infected than have been reported- or even anticipated. It means that people could be walking around, infected, and not even know it- not taking precautions and spreading the virus everywhere they go. That means anyone who has recently returned from the area around the Wuhan market, where the outbreak started, could be carrying the disease.
At the time of this writing, the total enumerated infection count is over 1,800. The total deaths are approaching 200. Other researchers are suggesting that this virus has a rapid mutation rate. That is particularly terrifying because it is what made the HIV-AIDS virus so difficult to treat.
At present, the World Health Organization had laid down a series of suggestions to help people avoid infection.
They advise that anyone who may come into contact with the virus should:
- Wash their hands frequently
- Maintain good sanitation on and around all frequently used objects and surfaces
- Avoid centers of mass travel such as airports
- Sneeze and cough into the elbow or a tissue
- Take immunity-boosting supplements like vitamin C
The source of the infection is believed to have come from a specific market in Wuhan, where live animals were kept in stalls for sale and trade. Researchers believe the virus came from either a snake or a bat. The initial cases of illness were reported in December 2019 by employees of the Wuhan market. That market is now shut down for the foreseeable future.
As health officials struggle to understand the virus and contain its progress, other researchers are asking even more startling questions. The shell of this virus is similar to the shell of a virus created in a university research lab in 2015 at the University of North Carolina. What’s more, there is a known military biological weapons lab in Wuhan China.
If these reports are true, it could have serious implications, not only for global health- but for relations between the US and China.
Big Brother Contestants Make How Much on the Show?!?
Big Brother has been a wildly popular, dramatic reality TV game show since 2000. Audiences are captivated by the twists, the turns, the strange alliances, and the betrayals. The show is based on a Dutch program with the same premise which also became wildly popular in Spain and Germany before the reboot came to America.
As the US version grew in popularity, the producers eventually made it possible for fans to watch the contestants on a non-live streaming video feed available 24 hours a day seven days a week. Yes, the contestants on Big Brother are now on display to be viewed by anyone in the world at every waking moment. How they avoid getting caught in their all-togethers or during toilet breaks, we don’t know. Maybe they have certain camera-safe areas to which they can retreat.
Later on, the house the Big Brother contestants live in was stripped of all communication devices- depriving them of contact with the outside world. That is- except for the live feeds the public has unfettered access to. So, if one of them was being held hostage, we suppose they could let us know.
So the question came up of, how much do the contestants really earn? By playing the game they have the chance to make friends, or enemies, become Internet sensations, and to win half a million dollars. But, given everything they have to put up with; being ripped out of their lives, possibly losing jobs, experiencing the anguish of betrayal- all while being on public display- do they get anything else?
According to a report by Reality Blurred, a site that follows the happenings of reality TV stars, programs, and related matters- the contestants “[…] receive $750 per week that they’re in the house.”
Any pay they receive while in the jury house is harder to account for since nothing about it appears on the contract. However, it is believed that contestants receive consolation prizes during their time out of the main house. It also seems reasonable that the consolation prizes received in the jury house should be worth at least $500 since keeping them away from other gainful employment for less than that would be near to slavery. (We’re looking at you, jury duty.)
However, while the big prize on Big Brother is a cool half-million on top of what the contestants earn as their weekly salary, in reality- they have much more to gain in Internet stardom.
Many former Big Brother players have gone on to lucrative careers as influencers on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and other social media sites. While any gains from that are unlikely to be as exhilarating as half a million in fast cash- the best of them certainly earn more than that over the long term.
So, it would appear that our curiosity MacGuffins on Big Brother are at least doing as well as someone earning minimum wage- while essentially fooling around Truman Show style.
Single Mom Irina Shayk, Happy Single
Those in the public spotlight seem to be an open book. Their every move seems to is covered by gossip sites. Their whereabouts are nearly always and it seems as if we are updated on who’s dating who and what luxurious vacation they are on.
That’s why it is surprising that Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper kept their relationship under wraps for so long, dating all the way back to 2015. The couple was first spotted together after the actor and model were first seen in 2015. Cooper split from Suki Waterhouse and Shayk ended her five-year relationship with soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo.
The couple was first seen together at a Broadway show, then shortly thereafter, the White House Correspondents’ dinner. Things seemed to move quickly from there. Within months the couple moved in together, soon they announced they were expecting.
Work Gets in the Way:
Irina, who has been quiet about her relationship and breakup with Bradley Cooper, recently spoke up about their relationship.
The couple ended their relationship in 2019, on the heels of the release of the stars’ remake of a Star is Born. The on-screen chemistry between Bradley Cooper and his co-star, Stefani Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga, sent tongues wagging. Rumors were raging that the two co-stars were in a relationship based on their pationate adaption of the film.
Irina set the record straight in some recent interviews about the end of their relationship. According to Shayk, the couple hadn’t been getting along for quite some time. After the baby was born, Shayk was hoping that Cooper would put their family first and slow down his busy working schedule. She was secretly hoping that after A Star is Born was released and the promotional tour was over, he would spend more time at home. That was not the case.
Irina, 33, was ready to settle into family life. This included getting married and more children. But the marriage never happened, and Cooper’s work schedule was as busy as ever.
Irina felt that her expectations weren’t met and she didn’t have the commitment level she wanted from Cooper. Shortly after the Award season in June 2019, the news broke that the couple had split. Irina had taken baby Lea and moved out of the couples Los Angeles home.At first, the separation was thought to be temporary. Both partners have decided that they are better apart than together.
The couple continues to co-parent their daughter, but it seems like the couple are happty being apart. They both seem to be quite content focusing on their child and carreers.
Irina recently said that “life without Cooper” and being a single mom is “new ground.” She also said that just because two people are great on their own, they are not always good together.
Irina is a strong woman, and while she often feels overwhelmed being a single-mom, she’s ready for the challenge. Both parents are dedicated to doing what is best for their child and are curently working on a visitation schedule.