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Old 09-26-2012, 09:47 AM   #341
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My SCA group used to meet at an Army Reserve training center. In addition to the juxtaposition of medieval recreaters wielding wooden weapons in from of an "ARMORY: AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL ONLY" sign, there were copies of an Army magazine lying around. One month had an article about joint-exercises with eastern European countries. It included pictures.

The sight of US and Soviet vehicles cooperating was too much for my poor brain.

I grew up downwind of a SAC base. I was army-mad for a long time. Those shapes were the BAD GUYS. Them together was beyond Not Right, it was *Wrong.*

Still makes me chuckle.
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Old 09-27-2012, 04:04 PM   #342
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A meteoric iron Vaisravana statue. And special meteoric iron, at that.

15,000 years ago, a nickel-iron meteor with a rare combination of alloy elements crashed in Mongolia.

1,000 years ago, the pre-Buddhist Bon culture of Tibet carved out of a chunk of this iron a 20-lb statue of Vaisravana, a powerful protective figure under several names in multiple Asian-origin religions (Buddhism, Hinduism, etc.).

In 1938, a team of Nazi archaeologists found the statue and, taken by its quality and probably the svastika on its abdomen, shipped it back to Germany, where it remained in a private collection until recently.

Meteoric iron, ancient Oriental gods, and Nazi archaeologists. This thing's a sessile MacGuffin.
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Old 09-29-2012, 03:40 AM   #343
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A meteoric iron Vaisravana statue. And special meteoric iron, at that.
Dang, you beat me to it. I came here to post the same story, but from here.

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Meteoric iron, ancient Oriental gods, and Nazi archaeologists. This thing's a sessile MacGuffin.
And it's the third of until then only 2 other known pieces greater than 10kg/20lb. What happens if all 3 are brought together?
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Old 09-29-2012, 10:10 AM   #344
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Interesting that both articles call it Buddhist in the title, but in the body say that it's from a pre-Buddhist culture. Disinformation perhaps?
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Old 09-29-2012, 10:14 AM   #345
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Interesting that both articles call it Buddhist in the title, but in the body say that it's from a pre-Buddhist culture. Disinformation perhaps?
Well, you know how combining deities and Buddhism results in a new supposedly Buddhist religion with deities? That sort of stuff. :)
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Old 09-29-2012, 10:27 AM   #346
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Well, you know how combining deities and Buddhism results in a new supposedly Buddhist religion with deities? That sort of stuff. :)
Syncretism is the "mantra" for most successful religions after all. ;)
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Old 09-29-2012, 08:34 PM   #347
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Interesting that both articles call it Buddhist in the title, but in the body say that it's from a pre-Buddhist culture. Disinformation perhaps?
Buddhism was given special status by Altan Khan in 1578, and proceeded to take over existing Mongolian religious life in the 16th and 17th centuries. So by the time the Nazis looted it from a Buddhist temple, it had been part of Buddhist observances there for 300 years. Compare the adoption of pagan artifacts and culture as Christian symbols and practices.
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Old 10-05-2012, 08:59 AM   #348
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Archaeologists return to ancient Greek 'computer' wreck site: official
Predictions for what they find?
I'm going for an Ancient Greek clockwork UFO.
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Old 10-05-2012, 09:35 AM   #349
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:54 PM   #350
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The Richat Structure, also known as the Eye of Africa, is a curious formation of concentric circles about 50km across, located in Mauritania in the Sahara Desert. Quite visible from space, investigations leave scientists sure that it is not an impact crater. But they're not quite sure how it formed.

There's a hotel dead center, by the way, at least of a sort.

This could serve as anything from an exotic background to the archvillain's secret base to the focal point for Things Man Was Not Meant to Know.
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