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Plot Thickens In Riddle Of Ancient Stone Spheres

The stone spheres (or stone balls) of Costa Rica are an assortment of over three hundred petrospheres in Costa Rica, located on the Diquís Delta and on Isla del Caño. Locally, they are known as Las Bolas. The spheres are commonly attributed to the extinct Diquís culture and are sometimes referred to as the Diquís Spheres. They are the best-known stone sculptures of the Isthmo-Colombian area.

The spheres range in size from a few centimetres to over 2 metres (6.6 ft) in diameter, and weigh up to 15 tons.[3] Most are sculpted from gabbro,[3] the coarse-grained equivalent of basalt. There are a dozen or so made from shell-rich limestone, and another dozen made from a sandstone.
Pre-Columbian history

Virtual Ride-Along With 1927 New York Police Chief

From Youtube:

Uploaded on Sep 15, 2009

This public domain movie, made in 1927is a film of FDNY Chief John Kenlon in his Chief’s Car responding to a fire. Present day emergency warning sounds have been added to give it a little life. If there is a valid objection to this video I will gladlly remove it from YouTube

Category

Autos & Vehicles
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Standard YouTube License

Turks Find Ancient Gospel of Barnabas, Iran Says Christianity No More

A leather-bound religious text, thought to date from the fifth century but discovered only 12 years ago, will cause the collapse of Christianity worldwide, claims Iran. The text, written on animal hide, is thought to be an authentic version of the Gospel of Barnabas, one of Jesus’s disciples. Turkish authorities seized the text in 2000 in a crackdown on a gang who were charged with smuggling antiquities, illegal excavations and the possession of explosives, but the find is only now gaining attention in light of the Vatican’s request to view the document. Whether the request will be granted is still unknown.