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The Hermit Caves of Romania

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noridamar (CC BY-SA 2.0)

These are awesome. Be sure to head over to Mysterious Universe to see more photos.

via Mysterious Universe:

Romania consists of 41 counties, and situated in the southern interior is one called Buzău.  This county is home to some 400,000 people and it hosts the southern end of the Eastern Carpathian Mountain range.  It also hosts, in those mountains, a wonderful gem of culture and architecture.  Several, in fact.

There’s a commune, known as Colţi, nestled into the curvature of the Carpathian Mountains (yes, the mountain range that loaned its name to the evil Vigo the Carpathian of Ghostbusters II, among other characters) which consists of a number of small villages.  These villages, such as Aluniş and Nucu, are the surviving remnants of an ancient troglodyte community.

Now, lest you take that in the wrong direction, the people who lived there circa 1050-1280 AD were anything but ignorant.  The word troglodyte applies because they dwelled in caves carved into the mountain.  There are a number of cave complexes through the region of Colţi, consisting of dwellings, storage spaces, and churches.  In fact, the oldest surviving Eastern Orthodox Church is a cave in Aluniş, dedicated to the Decollation of Saint John the Baptist.

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Dreadnoughtus Dino Weighed 65 Tons

Screenshot from video below.

Screenshot from video below.

“Dread”noughtus is a good name for these behemoths. It means “fear nothing.”

via Live Science:

A gargantuan, long-necked dinosaur as big as a two-story house and weighing as much as 12 elephants once stalked a flower-dotted earth some 77 million years ago in what is now Argentina.

That’s where paleontologists discovered the beast’s bones, naming it Dreadnoughtus schrani after steel warships. The dinosaur is a sauropod, a type of long-necked, four-legged dinosaur that only ate plants.

“I think the big herbivores don’t get their due for being” intimidating, said study lead author Ken Lacovara, an associate professor of paleontology and geology at Drexel University in Philadelphia. “I thought it should have a fearsome name.”

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The Resurrection of Arthur

Back in 2011, Disinfo helped impart the terrible news that one of my favorite publications in the history of the universe, Arthur, was unfortunately closing down shop (Arthur R.I.P.) due to financial strains, but we failed to tell you the upside. It came back.

So, we’re a little late on this story actually as the new issue officially dropped on December 22nd (those crazy kids) but that’s okay because I just got around to reading the last half of it over weekend anyway. Holy rad.

Arthur holds a special place in my heart. It was the interview they did with Grant Morrison back in 2004 (super embarrassing, didn’t even know who he was at the time) that maybe planted the first suggestion compelling me towards pursuing westernized occultism and chaos magick. A few years before that point I’d burnt out completely reading books about UFO’s and remote viewing. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction fine people.… Read the rest

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