Thursday, June 7, 2012

'Vampire' bones dug up in Bulgaria

Bulgarian archaeologists are showing off two centuries-old skeletons that they say were pinned down through their chests with iron rods to keep them from turning into vampires — a trend that was all the rage in medieval Europe.
The "vampire" skeletons were excavated recently near the Black Sea town of Sozopol, according to reports from The Associated Press and AFP. Bozhidar Dimitrov, head of Bulgaria's National History Museum, was quoted as saying that corpses were regularly treated this way in some parts of the country until the beginning of the 20th century.
About 100 similar burials have been found in Bulgaria over the years. "I do not know why an ordinary discovery like that became so popular," AP quoted Dimitrov as saying on Tuesday. "Perhaps because of the mysteriousness of the word 'vampire.'"
Bulgarian archaeologist Petar Balabanov has found a number of nailed-down skeletons near the eastern town of Debelt, at gravesites dating as far back as the 1st century. According to custom, the bodies had to be pinned down just in case they tried to rise from the grave. AFP quoted Balabanov as saying that the rite was practiced in Bulgaria as well as other Balkan countries.
Of course, the world's most famous vampire legend is associated with the 15th-century Balkan strongman known as Dracula, or Vlad the Impaler. That's mainly due to Irish novelist Bram Stoker, who borrowed the Dracula name for his 1897 novel about a blood-sucking bad guy from Transylvania. The idea that vampires drank blood may be of relatively recent vintage, but the idea that the dead had to be stopped from rising again was widespread in medieval times — in part due to the plague.
Several years ago, Italian archaeologists made a splash when they dug into a mass grave for 16th-century plague victims on the Venetian island of Nuovo Lazzaretto and found the remains of a woman who had a brick stuck between her jaws. To explain the brick, they cited some of the anti-vampire strategies practiced at the time.
For example, in one region of Germany, gravediggers would occasionally return to a plague grave and find that the shroud surrounding the corpse had been eaten away, with blood or other fluids coming out of the mouth. The hair and fingernails also appeared to grow longer, even after burial. Today, researchers say such phenomena are due to the natural stages of decomposition — but in the Middle Ages, people feared that these were the signs of vampirism.
The Italian researchers claimed that the brick was jammed in to keep the "Vampire of Venice" from causing trouble. But other archaeologists have disputed that claim. They suggest instead that the brick merely fell into the mouth of the woman's skull. That has sparked a scientific tiff, as LiveScience reported last month.

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Copy Cat "Zombie Attack": Miami Homless Growls & Attempts To Bite...

A homeless man was busted hassling customers in a Boston Market in North Miami Beach Saturday. The man told police he wanted to "eat" them and tried to bite a police officer, police said.
After cops yanked him from the chicken joint and put him in a police cruiser, Brandon De Leon, 21, slammed his head against the plexiglass divider and shouted at officers, "I'm going to eat you," NBC Miami reported. He then growled, gnashed his teeth and tried to bite the hand of an officer attempting to treat his head wounds. "Brandon growled and opened and closed his jaw, slamming his teeth like an animal would," the report said. Cops placed restraints on De Leon and fit him with a Hannibal Lecter-style bite mask, the report said. Hospital blood tests showed that De Leon was also high on marijuana, Xanax and a designer drug called "Cloud 9" — known as synthetic pot or herbal incense — which can produce hallucinogenic effects similar to “bath salts,” the drug thought to be connected to last month's face-eating attack on Miami's MacArthur Causeway.

Interest in Doomsday Shelters Increases

 Recent Article posted on website USA News said the following....

"First it was the naked man in Miami who was shot while gnawing on another man's face. Then a Maryland college student admitted to killing a man and eating parts of his heart and brain.
Now, after a slew of gory news reports detailing what some have characterized as "zombie-like" behavior, internet searches and postings—often laced with humor and sarcasm—are blooming across the Internet, advising Americans on how to stay safe in case of a zombie apocalypse.
That includes "doomsday shelters," says Matt Mogk, head of the Zombie Research Society, structures built to withstand various natural—and supernatural—disasters.
"These things are totally selling like hotcakes," he says. "Zombies are synonymous with the end of the world. That's why they're so popular right now, because we're all worried about them. We're seeing them in the news every day."
[Read: Miami 'Zombie Apocalypse' Puts Bath Salts Ban in Congressional Spotlight.]
One Kansas-based luxury doomsday condo complex has completely sold out its units, the cheapest of which go for $1,000,000, according to several sources. Equipped with walls as much as 9 feet thick, military grade security, as well as an indoor pool and spa and a movie theater, these so-called "long-term survival facilities" promise protection from any number of disasters including hurricanes, the effects of global warming, and volcanoes.
A zombie apocalypse isn't specifically listed on the company's website, but "civil unrest" is—close enough, right?
If a multimillion-dollar price tag is a turn off, don't worry. You can buy a bare-bones shelter at a steal of deal for around $38,000, according to MSN, installation not included. But it's hard to tell how big the broader bunker market is, the article reports. Industry groups remain secretive and don't often divulge details about the business.
[Read: Company Discounts Bath Salts Days After Miami Cannibal Attack.]
Nevertheless, one bunker business owner isn't shy speaking about his success. Radius Engineering International has built 1,400 shelters around the world in its 32-year existence, owner Walton McCarthy told a local news source and he has plans to expand his workforce according to MSN.
Still, not all doomsday researchers are keen on zombie-proof bunkers.
"It's overkill and just not practical for the common person," Mogk says, noting that in the event of a zombie apocalypse, the last place one would want to be is in the company of 100 other potential zombies.
"That's basically the worst idea ever," he adds. "In an extreme disaster situation why would you want to be with a bunch of strangers?"
[Read: Miami's 'Naked Zombie' Proves Need to Ban Bath Salts, Experts Say.]
The most important thing is to be prepared, he says.
"Rather than thinking, 'Oh I'm just going to grab a shotgun and blow off a bunch of zombie heads and it's going to be just like a video game,' people should be truly prepared meaning stocking water and worrying about the security of their shelter," Mogk says.
The plus side of investing in your very own zombie-proof shelter? Even if a mysterious virus doesn't transform most of the world's population into soul-less zombies, you still have a pretty sweet escape from any number of other disasters, possibly even the (potentially more-likely) explosion of the sun.
Meg Handley is a business reporter for U.S. News & World Report. You can reach her at and follow her on Twitter."

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Transit of Venus Tuesday June 5, 2012

About every 105 or 121 years Venus passes through the Earth and the Sun. The last transit was in June 2004 and will not happen again untill December 2117, astrologers note only occurs in June and December, or during the signs Gemini and Sagittarius.
If the transit of Venus has historically affected individuals and mankind as a whole, this one could end up being the biggest one of all. Many astrologers note that it will occur just months before the end of the Mayan calendar, on Dec. 21, 2012.
“The Mayans watched Venus obsessively, and had to have known that the end of their calendar would occur at the perfect time, in the same year as the transit of Venus,” Miller said, noting the Mayans were "terrified" of Venus.
But Ackerman figures Tuesday night's event might hark back to Thomas Edison, and not the apocalypse.

Zombie Apocalypse: Man bites Ex Wife's Husband

A Louisiana man was arrested after biting and removing a chunk of skin from another mans face. On June 2, Carl Jacquneaux showed up at his ex wife's house violating the order of protection. Todd Credeur, the husband, who was outside was surprisingly attacked. Carl bit Todd removing a quarter size piece of flesh from his face. Carl fled to a near house and took a man a knife point threatening his life if he didn't give the location of his fathers gun.

 Carl Jacquneaux of Lafayette Parish, Louisiana, 43, may have been using "bath salts" when he bit the face off another man, Todd Credeur (shown).

Zombie Apocalypse: Man Eats Another Mans Face!

Believe or not recently there have been a rise in police reports of people gone berserk and begun chewing on other people's face. In Miami Florida police were called to the scene by a man who failed in attempts to stop 31 year old Rudy Eugene from savagely chewing the face of Ronald Poppo. Police arrived and found a naked, covered in blood Eugene growling and chewing on the face of 65 year old Poppo. Police confronted Eugene and even after repeated orders to stop, police were forced to shoot Eugene. It took several shots to bring Eugene because the first shots did not phase him. Ronald Poppo is now in the hostipal in critcal condition and is fighting for his life. Eugene had swallowed his eyes, nose and most of his face.
This latest rash of strange apocalyptic-type episodes intrigues Doomsday theorists, who insist that the world will end on December 21, 2012. That prophesy stems from findings that the ancient Mayan calendar ends on that date. Nonbelievers, who don’t dispute a literal end to the calendar, argue that this cessation simply signals a transition from one World Age to another.
The most prominent doomsday scenario suggests that on December 21, 2012, at the dawn of the Summer Solstice, the sun will be perfectly aligned between the Earth and the gigantic, rapidly rotating, black hole located at the center of our galaxy. Reportedly, our solar system will pass through this black hole, resulting in a reversal of the Earth’s gravitational pull. As the story goes, this dreadful occurrence will trigger a series of cataclysmic earthly events, including tidal waves, floods, devastating earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, global warming and more. Interestingly, according to the Goddard Institute for Space and Science, an analysis of air and water temperature anomalies reveals that April 2012 is the fourth warmest April on record.


New Mayan Discovery: World isnt going to end?

If you have not heard, a recent Mayan discovery has archaeologist saying the world will not end on December 21, 2012 or during 2012 at all. an article posted by The Daily Best says "In XultĂșn, a Mayan dynastic hub, Saturno and his colleagues dug up a small chamber around 6 by 6 feet with 10-foot ceilings in a large complex. There they found paintings of figures on the walls as well as a large number of delicately painted hieroglyphs and numbers—astronomical tables unlike any such notations seen before.
The notations “got our attention very early on,” says David Stuart, a co-author of the study who specializes in Mesoamerican art and writing at the University of Texas in Austin. The Science authors believe the excavated room is a work space where a Mayan nerd—a calendar-keeper, astronomer, and scribe—puzzled away, covering two walls with calculations much like today’s scientists do on a whiteboard. The paintings and text date back to the year 800—a remarkable five centuries earlier than the oldest known Mayan hieroglyphic books, the Mayan Codices of the 15th century.
Mayan Calendar
Most intriguingly for modern-day doomsday prophets, the scribblings include four long numbers that represent multiples of set units of time using the Mayan calendar. In one column, time stretches reach 7,000 years into the future. Bingo! The apocalypse myth, says Stuart, is that the Mayan calendar shows the world ending after 13 periods, or 5,000 years, also called baktun. We are supposedly coming up on the end of the last one.
This new find, however, is further proof that that belief is mistaken, says Stuart. The mural shows 17 baktuns, showing “there was a lot more to the Mayan calendar than just 13 baktuns.”
The Mayan calendar reaches far beyond the year 2012, the scientists assure us."

This is great news to many of us out there but also upsetting to some who do not believe this to be true. Let us know what you think!