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Old 04-18-2021, 05:14 AM   #2471
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Mural of a spider-god wielding knife unearthed in Peru.

I see nothing bad happening from thi... oh my God! THE SPIDERS! THEY ARE EVERYWHERE!!!
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Old 04-18-2021, 10:47 AM   #2472
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Mural of a spider-god wielding knife unearthed in Peru.

I see nothing bad happening from thi... oh my God! THE SPIDERS! THEY ARE EVERYWHERE!!!
Paging J. Michael Straczyski - Mr. Straczynski, please come to the white courtesy telephone. We have a call holding from a Mr. Ezekial.
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Old 04-18-2021, 09:37 PM   #2473
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Poveglia, Italy - a small island in the Venice lagoon, with a few partially-standing but decrepit structures, and absolutely brilliant for your horror/supernatural game.

*) Abandoned in the 1300s due to war, and mostly unrepopulated when the existing buildings were reduced to ruins.

*) Used as a plague island -- basically a death sentence to be sent there. Hundreds of people a day were said to die there, cremated and the ashes scattered.

*) Site of battles during the Napoleonic era after it was used as a weapons depot.

*) And of course after all of this a mental hospital was opened there in 1922. The poor inhabitants would frequently insist that they were seeing the ghosts of the plague victims. Supposedly medical experiments were performed there -- lobotomies and the like -- and the head doctor threw himself from the bell tower of the old church there, claiming the patients had driven him mad.

The mental hospital closed after this event, in 1968, and since then the island has been completely deserted. The locals regard it as haunted and evil beyond description, and even fishermen avoid the surrounding waters.

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Old 04-19-2021, 04:30 AM   #2474
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*) Used as a plague island -- basically a death sentence to be sent there. Hundreds of people a day were said to die there, cremated and the ashes scattered.
Heh, maybe a part of them. On the Western end of the island, there was (is?) a tombstone dated 1793, with "Do not dig. Infected in life and dead rest [here]". Probably the buried are one and the same: first infected while alive, then dead. One hopes.

Interestingly, notwithstanding the high potential for tourism, two development projects are currently stopped dead in their tracks by bureaucracy and lawsuits (or something else).
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Old 04-20-2021, 11:57 AM   #2475
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Rise of professionalized grave robbing in China. Really, the adventure practically writes itself.

https://www.economist.com/china/2021...e-professional
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Old 04-24-2021, 12:59 PM   #2476
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Asteroids that smash directly into Earthís surface can cause extensive damage, but, as new evidence uncovered in east Antarctica suggests, asteroids that explode on entry can be equally devastating.
Antarctica Got Blasted by a Powerful ĎAirburstí Event 430,000 Years Ago

Obviously this was when the Ancient Atlantean Civilization was destroyed.
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Old 04-24-2021, 01:06 PM   #2477
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Antarctica Got Blasted by a Powerful ĎAirburstí Event 430,000 Years Ago

Obviously this was when the Ancient Atlantean Civilization was destroyed.
Guess that answers the Tunguska question once and for all too.
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Old 04-24-2021, 02:56 PM   #2478
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https://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/ma...l-perfect-game

"Illinois man puts dad's ashes into bowling ball and rolls perfect game."

No mention of the Shoveler, the Blue Rajah and Mr Furious were watching.
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Old 04-28-2021, 06:19 PM   #2479
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5,000 year old fingerprint found in Scotland.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart...and-180977602/

I'm trying to persuade someone to run it thru AFIS to see if there's a Highlander out there.
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Old 04-29-2021, 06:57 PM   #2480
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I'm trying to persuade someone to run it thru AFIS to see if there's a Highlander out there.
Wouldn't it be a lot faster just to hang out in Madison Square Garden until you sense him in the parking deck?
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