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The Mystery of the Phrygian Ruts: Lost Civilization or Ancient Aliens?

WARNING: If you are driven to the edge of Migraine by Ancient Alien theories, Lost Civilizations, UFOs and especially can’t stand that dude with the crazy hair by all that is Holy, in the name of Neil deGrasse Tyson, STOP READING NOW.image

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way. There are unusual rut-like formations preserved in stone that date back millions of years, long before humankind is supposed to have harnessed that kind of technology. The formations are located in a remote area of modern day Turkey and are baffling archaeologists and historians alike.


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How Muzak Shaped A Conformist America

Tonya Riley via All That is Interesting:

Although it might be easier to ignore in an age where nearly ever American carries thousands of songs in their pocket, the unmistakable sound of Muzak still haunts us all. An estimated 100 million people (nearly a third of America’s population) are exposed to Muzak’s background music each day, whether in an elevator, on hold with the cable company or elsewhere. Although the Muzak brand technically went bankrupt in 2009 and lost its name in 2013 after new owners moved in, its technology set the stage for almost a century of bland, instrumental music that became the soundtrack to postwar America and continues to this day.

Muzak was founded in 1934 by former Army General George O. Squier, who had led the U.S. Army’s communication efforts during World War I. Squier was elected to the National Academy of Science in 1919 after his patented multiplexing system allowed for multiple signals to be transferred over one phone line.

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The Future of Work: We Have Been Here Before

Nana B Agyei (CC BY 2.0)

Nana B Agyei (CC BY 2.0)

Paul Saffo via Pacific Standard:

The latest entry in a special project in which business and labor leaders, social scientists, technology visionaries, activists, and journalists weigh in on the most consequential changes in the workplace.

This is not the first time society has fretted over the impact of ever-smarter machines on jobs and work—and not the first time we have overreacted. In the Depression-beset 1930s, labor Jeremiahs warned that robots would decimate American factory jobs. Three decades later, mid-1960s prognosticators offered a hopeful silver lining to an otherwise apocalyptic assessment of automation’s dark cloud: the displacement of work and workers would usher in a new “leisure society.”

Reality stubbornly ignored 1930s and 1960s expectations. The robots of extravagant imagination never arrived. There was ample job turbulence but as Keynes forecast in 1930, machines created more jobs than they destroyed. Boosted by a World War, unemployment dropped from a high of 25 percent in 1933 to under two percent in 1944.

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New Clues in the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke

Almost half a millennia ago 115 British colonists vanished without a trace from an island outside of North Carolina, the site of the first attempt at a permanent English colony in the New World.

A reconstruction of the Fort at Roanoke colony.

A reconstruction of the Fort at Roanoke colony.

All that was left was a skeleton and the word “Croatoan,” the name of a nearby tribe of Native Americans, scrawled on a post and “Cro” carved into a tree. There was no sign of struggle, illness, or tragedy.

Theories abound, from colonists assimilating into nearby tribes, massacre to even Spanish intrigue, but little hard evidence exists.

Recently, however, new evidence has been unearthed that seems to back the assimilation theories.

The Inquisitr reports:

The working theory at the moment is that the 115 colonists went their separate ways — two groups of them assimilated with the Natives, but kept their possessions.

And now it’s their possessions that are providing some critical evidence and they’ve been found at two possible sites: one on Hatteras Island, 50 miles from their original settlement, and the second on the mainland near a possible fort.

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Until Recently There Was No Such Thing as “Government” in Most of the World

John Vibes via Antimedia:

(ANTIMEDIA) Everything we know about history is wrong—in many ways. Even so, there is one particular lie that is especially damaging to the consciousness of the general population. It is the idea that most of humanity has existed under governments and empires throughout history.

To be clear, it is true that governments, empires, and other forms of organized thuggery took place throughout history, but these plantations only stretched so far. Vast areas of the planet were inhabited by free and relatively peaceful groups of people. They traded amongst themselves and helped each other through hard times—without authority and organized violence. Since the word “government” means so many different things to so many different people, for the sake of this conversation we can define the term as: “A territorial monopoly of force within a specific geographical region.”

One of the most popular misconceptions about human history is that there is no example of a thriving and peaceful anarchist society in our past.

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The Ghost Infested Island of Lake Huron


One summer while I was still in elementary school, my mom, dad, and sister, visited Mackinac Island. We stayed there for about a week. The island is just off the coast of Michigan in Lake Huron and it’s a rather idyllic little place. No cars are allowed on the island, people get around by bike or horse buggy

It’s also home to a rather rich paranormal past. Being a naive kid, I didn’t understand the rich history this little island held. I certainly didn’t realize it was haunted. To be honest, I’m not sure if my pops did either, otherwise I’m sure he would have used it to his advantage to terrify my little sister and I.

If you want to learn more about Mackinac Island’s paranormal history, Brent Swancer has written at length about it over at Mysterious Universe:

Perhaps a good place to start would be at the historical epicenter of bloody violence on the island, Fort Mackinac.

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Clavis Artis — Over A Skin Of Dragon


Clavis Artis is the title of an alchemy manuscript created in Germany in the late seventeenth or early eighteenth century, attributed to the Persian Zoroaster (Zarathustra). The work is in three volumes of medium format, two of which are illustrated here. The text is in German Gothic script cursive and is accompanied by numerous illustrations in watercolor depicting alchemical images. There are also some pen drawings depicting laboratory instruments.

There are 3 copies of the manuscript, of which only two are illustrated. The most well-known is the Biblioteca dell’Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei in Rome. Another copy is kept in Trieste at the Public Library Attilio Hortis. A different version, in a single volume and without illustrations, is located at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, of Monaco of Bavaria.

A copy of the manuscript was also present at the Duchess Anna Amalia Bibliothek, of Weimar, but was destroyed in the 2004 fire that hit the German library.… Read the rest

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Hunter S. Thompson on Outlaws

“I keep my mouth shut now. I’ve turned into a professional coward.”
— Hunter S. Thompson in 1967

In the 1960s, Hunter S. Thompson spent more than a year living and drinking with members of the Hell’s Angels motorcycle club, riding up and down the California coast. What he saw alongside this group of renegades on Harley’s, these hairy outlaws who rampaged and faced charges of attempted murder, assault and battery, and destruction of property along the way–all of this became the heart of Thompson’s first book: Hell’s Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga. Shortly after the book came out, Thompson sat down for a radio interview with the one and only Studs Terkel.


“I can’t remember ever winning a fight.”

“I used to take it out at night on the Coast Highway, just drunk out of my mind, ride it for 20 and 30 miles in just short pants and a t-shirt.… Read the rest

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