Benedict XVI Resignation: First in Over 700 Years!

Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI

Benedict XVI has become the first pope to resign in over 700 years. Cardinals are now begin preparing for a conclave in the Sistine Chapel to elect his successor.

‘Long live the pope!’ a crowd outside chanted as a clock chimed 8 p.m. – the hour that Benedict said he would step down in an announcement earlier this month that stunned the world.

“I will no longer be pope but a simple pilgrim,” the pope told supporters earlier after arriving at Castel Gandolfo from the Vatican in a helicopter that flew as the bells of St Peter’s rang out.

Benedict is only the second pope to resign in the Church’s 2,000-year history, and in his final hours as pontiff he took the unprecedented step of pledging allegiance to his successor.

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Oldest Lady Still “Feeling Good”!

Misao Okawa, 114 years old

Misao Okawa, 114 years old

Misao Okawa, a Japanese lady is the oldest living human today. She is 114 years old and believes that she is still feeling good about herself.

At the ceremony of handing over the certificate to prove her longevity from Guinness World Record to her, she is really happy with the honour given to her.

She was born on 5th March 1898 and married in 1919 and had three children, four grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

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Extraordinary Facts About Pyramid!

Pyramid has been one of the greatest human inventions in the world. Until now, pyramid still maintained it’s status in the 7 Wonders of the World. However, many people still question the facts about pyramid. I could not tell much on how they were built. But, I will try my best to simplify on what I have read and discovered on the mystery of pyramid.

Pyramid of Giza

History

According to Redford, professor of Classics and ancient Mediterranean studies at Penn State, “the Egyptians began using the pyramid form shortly after 2700 B.C., and the great heyday of constructing them for royalty extended for about a thousand years, until about 1700 B.C.” The first pyramid was built by King Djoser during Egypt’s Third Dynasty. His architect, Imohtep, created a step pyramid by stacking six mastabas, rectangular buildings of the sort in which earlier kings had been buried. The largest and most well-known pyramids in Egypt are the Pyramids at Giza, including the Great Pyramid of Giza designed for Pharaoh Khufu.

Basis

The cores of the pyramids were often composed of local limestone, said Redford. Finer quality limestone composed the outer layer of the pyramids, giving them a white sheen that could be seen from miles away. The capstone was usually made of granite, basalt, or another very hard stone and could be plated with gold, silver or electrum, an alloy of gold and silver, and would also be highly reflective in the bright sun.

White limestone

The pyramid blocks were hewn from quarries using stone and copper tools. There are examples of each stage of block extraction at existing ancient quarries. Granite was quarried using pounding stones of dolerite, some of which have been found laying about the quarries. The blocks were transported to the pyramid site from remote quarries using barges, and from local quarries using wooden sleds. The Egyptians did not use the wheel during the Pyramid Age, an invention that would have been of limited used on softer ground under heavy loads. The sleds were dragged manually, sometimes with the help of beasts of burden, over smoothed roads. Some of the existing pathways were equipped with transverse wooden beams to lend support to the sled. A lubricant may have been poured upon the road to reduce friction.

It stands 450 feet tall (137mtrs) and consists of two million blocks of stone, weighing from the most common at 2.5 tons up to 50 tons. The weight of the pyramid is six million tons.

Processes

During excavation, massive dolerite “pounders” were used to pulverize the stone around the edge of the granite block that needed to be extracted. According to Redford, 60 to 70 men would pound out the stone. At the bottom, they rammed wooden pegs into slots they had cut, and filled the slots with water. The pegs would expand, splitting the stone, and the block was then slid down onto a waiting boat.

Illustration on human bulding pyramid

Theories

Who built the pyramids, aliens or men? The pyramids are so accurately aligned with the points of the compass that only aliens could have achieved this all those thousands of years ago. The angle of the slope of the sides is so precise only aliens could achieve this. The blocks are so heavy and the pyramid so tall only aliens could achieve this. In the period 2500 BC man did not have the tools or knowledge necessary to build the pyramids, so only aliens could have done it. How the aliens built the pyramids is not known, but they would have employed the use of advanced construction equipment.

Aliens on the wall

or

Human built pyramid

Never underestimate the ingenuity of man. We have long forgotten the techniques that were used in the building of the pyramids, but this doesn’t mean that we are unable to work out how it was done. It was men that built the pyramids, make no mistake. Do not underestimate the intelligence of the ancient Egyptians or the trained manpower that was at their disposal. It was a colossal effort of team work taking 80 years to complete.

Pyramids around the World

Sphinx and Pyramid

Amenemhet I Pyramid

Bent Pyramid From The North West

Djoser Pyramid

Giza Pyramid

Khufu Pyramid

Sneferu Pyramid

Cheops Pyramid

Mikerinos Pyramid

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Human With Two Faces!

Human with two faces is a very rarely found in the world. But there were/are cases I have found. I cannot find the medical explanation. I would rather want to share with you something that is quite mysterious. I am speechless!

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Bill Durks

Bill does not have “2” faces actually. He was born with a condition known as frontonasal dysplasia, a birth defect that occurs when the two halves of an embryo’s face fail to come together completely. He had a deeply cleft lip and palate and a bifid, or double, nose – each half having only one nostril. What you’re seeing in the photo as a third eye in the center of his face was painted on by Bill himself, to fool excitable carnival-goers. – Punkinatrix

Robert Owen ‘Bob’ Melvin

He was born Schuyler County, Missouri, on May 9, 1920, one of six children of Fred and Hazel Melvin. Throughout his life he was examined by doctors, but all were unable to find a diagnosis for his deformity; Bob said it was simply “god’s sense of humor”. In his later years, however, he was found to have neurofibromatosis, a disorder that causes the spontaneous growth of fibrous tumors. Manifestations of NF differ greatly from patient to patient; some simply have brown birthmarks called cafe-au-lait spots, while others are greatly deformed. As a child, he was barred from attending school because of the way he looked; however, he did manage to obtain an education. He excelled at math and often helped with the bookkeeping for the sideshows.

Sam Alexander

He was born a relatively average man. In his early 20’s he was actively pursuing a career in theater and had been recently promoted at the Shubert Theatre in Chicago when personal disaster struck. Although the details are a little sketchy, Sam was ultimately involved in a huge gasoline explosion that was the result of his own carelessness. While he was able to instinctively save his eyes by raising his arm, he received deep burns around his lips and lower face. Even more unfortunate, his wounds festered and became severely infected. Doctors were forced to remove much of his lower face and lips, practically to the bone. As a result, Sam Alexander was left with a permanent and disturbing teeth-gnashing grimace and a gruesome visage.

Chang Tzu Ping

He was born with a second face, consisting of a mouth with a rudimentary tongue and several teeth, a bristly patch of scalp, and vestiges of eyes, nose, and ears. The throat of the second mouth was imperforate and the lips could not move independently, but when Chang opened his mouth, the second mouth opened too. In his small village he was called ‘Two-Faced Chang’ and feared by local children, who thought him to be a monster. However, when he was around 40 years old, some American soldiers in China discovered him and brought him back to the United States. He had the second face removed surgically and returned to live the remainder of his life in his native village.

Lali

Mother Sushma holds her daughter Lali at their residence in Saini Sunpura, 50 km (31 miles) east of New Delhi, India, Tuesday, April 8, 2008. The baby with two faces, two noses, two pairs of lips and two pairs of eyes was born on March 11 in a northern Indian village, where she is doing well and is being worshipped as the reincarnation of a Hindu goddess, her father said Tuesday. (Photo: chinadaily.com.cn/Agencies)

Edward Mordrake

 Edward Mordrake (sometimes written Edward Mordake) is claimed to be a 19th century heir to one of the peerages in England who had an extra face on the back of his head. According to the story, the extra face could neither eat nor speak, but it could laugh and cry. Edward begged doctors to have his ‘devil twin’ removed, because, supposedly, it whispered horrible things to him at night, but no doctor would attempt it. He committed suicide at the age of 23.

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