United by Cruelty: Carthage and America

Outside Carthage, a special part of a cemetery dedicated to the burial of infants. Photograph: Josephine Quinn

Ancient tales tell of how Carthaginians sacrificed their own children to obtain favors from the gods. Historians dismissed these accounts as mere propaganda, but new interpretations of the archaeological record suggest the stories were true. As the archaeologists and historians relate their new theories in this story from the Guardian, it’s clear that none of [Read More...]

St. Thecla’s Tomb Desecrated by Syrian Rebels, Nuns Still Missing

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Twelve nuns kidnapped from the Mar Takla Orthodox convent are still being held by our friends, the Syrian “rebels.” They were taken away in early December in a raid by terrorist Abu Jafar, leader of the Battalion of the Martyr Abu Taan. Jafar pillaged the monasteries there, and sold off the goods in Lebanon. On January 12th, [Read More...]

Ronald Walter’s Marble Machine [Beautiful Machines]

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Not all beautiful machines need to be useful. Ronald Walter describes his wooden Rube Goldberg machine as “an awkward, overly complicated mechanism for the sole purpose of entertainment and to make noise in the process.” Click the link to see details of his work.       [Read more...]

Dictionary.com [App o the Mornin']

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In the best of all worlds, I’d have complete access to the OED on my computer and mobile devices with all updates for a nominal price. This not being the best of all worlds, such a thing doesn’t exist, and the price for the OED web service is far from nominal. (Last I checked it [Read More...]


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