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Do Cows go to Heaven, too?
6/29/2012 1:14:32 PM

In Oakington, just outside of Cambridge, a collection of unearthed animal bones in a human grave has aroused a lot of interest. The grave was discovered as part of a larger fifth century cemetery, the burials of men and their typical grave goods being the norm. Realising the grave contained both a human and quadrupedal skeleton, archaeologists were excited to discover what they thought was another horse burial (coupled with the two others also discovered at the site). Their astonishment peaked upon realising that the skeleton was female, indeed all 31 of horse burials found in the UK have belonged to men. What really astounded them, however, was that rather than another equine burial this was the first European ritualised burial of a person and a common domestic cow.

Vampirism in the Medieval Period
6/26/2012 10:57:20 AM

Earlier this month, archaeologists revealed that they had discovered evidence hinting at a possible vampire destruction reminiscent of Van Helsing, as popularised in Bram Stoker’s gothic tale, Dracula. The two skeletal remains were unearthed in the Bulgarian Black Sea resort of Sozopol, both had been subjected to impalement after death. It has been suggested that the iron rod and ploughshare used to pin the individuals down was a preventative measure, designed to halt the dead from rising up and thirsting upon blood in their undead state.

The Nazis; An Earlier Warning From History
6/10/2012 12:02:36 PM

After more than eighty years after the succession of Adolf Hitler in 1933, it is hard to imagine that anyone at the time could have imagined, let alone predicted, the horrors of a National Socialist Germany. Critics there were, opponents there were still many, but for one man to provide a point by point summative warning, that is what it most surprising when reading in the twenty-first century. In the March 1932 edition of The Atlantic, Nicolas Fairweather wrote a stirring indictment concerning the head of the National Socialist German Worker’s Party. His ten point assessment of Hitler makes for fascinating reading, not only because it was so alarmist but that it was also incredibly accurate.

"The World’s Greatest Democracy" – The ‘United States’ of China
6/9/2012 5:56:44 PM

In 1922, Roy Anderson, the man who knew “more about China than the Chinese,” envisioned a nation purported to be the greatest and most peaceful of democratic countries; the United States of China (
华合众国; 中華合衆國). First devised in the early 1920s by Chen Jiongming, this new United States of China could be modeled on the United States of America itself. By taking a federalist approach, Jiongming believed that a united China could rise, bringing about economic and political stability. Anderson took this notion further, prophesising that “[t]he Chinese have a fine spirit of democracy, and the possibilities of the incorporation of that spirit into human institutions are almost beyond comprehension.”

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