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Posted by: nacho
« on: September 08, 2017, 07:22:17 PM »

More on this thing (though nothing conclusive...so more of the same):

http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/solve-mystery-voynich-manuscript-gibbs-crytography
Posted by: nacho
« on: July 13, 2017, 03:03:29 PM »

And... Debunked. Research has turned up the same photo with a caption dated 1935. History Channel offers no comment to spoofing the photo. Shame.
Posted by: nacho
« on: July 05, 2017, 04:07:02 PM »

Just coming to post about this!

The Japanese did a really good job at purging their records in 1945. They had a great window of opportunity (many weeks) to do so.

I really do think she was captured, though... TIGHAR has pretty much disproven the Gardner Island theory. Though they seem loathe to admit that!
Posted by: RottingCorpse
« on: July 05, 2017, 02:22:34 PM »

Just coming to post about this!
Posted by: nacho
« on: July 05, 2017, 11:14:22 AM »

Earhart in the news again. This time with a recently discovered (read declassified) photo.

Not very clear... But with other vague evidence it goes a long way towards supporting the "captured by the Japanese" theory.
Posted by: nacho
« on: October 01, 2016, 12:09:00 PM »

The Gauls, then! The proto-Frogs!
Posted by: monkey!
« on: October 01, 2016, 11:02:23 AM »

Celts didn't exist.
Posted by: nacho
« on: September 28, 2016, 12:03:42 PM »

Summarise!


Longer:
This device is strangely advanced for who we thought the Celts were, but we don't actually properly know who the Celts were because of Rome so now maybe we will and maybe we were also making a wild assumption that it had something to do with them.

Shorter:
We don't know what this thing is but we found a skull so at least we know it's not aliens.
Posted by: monkey!
« on: September 28, 2016, 09:22:57 AM »

Summarise!
Posted by: nacho
« on: September 20, 2016, 03:06:14 PM »

We found a skeleton at the Antikythera  wreck -- the ship from which we recovered the mysterious, complicated, and not quite understood "computer."

We've been assuming it's Celtic in origin, but now it looks like we'll get to figure out exactly who it did belong to. Or, at least, who was shipping it.


http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/found-a-2000-year-old-skeleton-at-the-antikythera-wreck
Posted by: nacho
« on: September 14, 2016, 07:45:07 AM »

We found the Terror:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/13/travel/hms-terror-franklin-expedition-ship-found-trnd/

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HMS Terror, a long-lost ship that vanished while searching for the Northwest Passage, sparking one of the world's great maritime mysteries, is believed to have been found, almost 170 years on.

The Arctic Research Foundation said it spotted the vessel, part of Sir John Franklin's polar expedition, on the sea bed off King William Island in the Canadian Arctic.
"If you could lift this boat out of the water, and pump the water out, it would probably float." foundation spokesman Adrian Schimnowski said.
Schimnowski said the ship was found in nearly pristine condition in about 80 feet of water, with most windowpanes still intact.
"Everything points to HMS Terror," he said.
The discovery came with the help of an Inuit ranger who told Schimnowski about seeing a mast protruding through the ice one day while on a fishing trip seven years ago.
"What's great about this discovery is that the search for this vessel was led by an Inuit story that had great validity and truth to it," Schimnowski said.
Forensic archaeologists will study images and film of the wreckage to confirm it is the HMS Terror.
"We do not take anything away from the site," Schimnowski said. "It is a sacred site. It has to be respected."
HMS Terror and its sister ship, HMS Erebus, together with a total of 129 men, disappeared in the late 1840s while under the command of British explorer Sir John Franklin.

Posted by: nacho
« on: July 12, 2016, 08:22:57 PM »

So, have they made any interesting DB Cooper movies?

If you can find it, The Pursuit of DB Cooper is a 1980 film that stars Robert Duvall and Treat Williams. It's not a good movie, but Duvall and Williams really bring it.

Everything else is shit.
Posted by: RottingCorpse
« on: July 12, 2016, 08:02:51 PM »

So, have they made any interesting DB Cooper movies?
Posted by: nacho
« on: July 12, 2016, 06:02:59 PM »

So History channel did a whole thing that "blew open" the DB Cooper case. I watched it. The first two hours were The Story So Far, and the next two hours were all conjecture and Al Capone's vault BS.

The premiere of the show, and the fact that the FBI gets pretty razzed throughout the whole four hours, may have led to this:

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/fbi-closes-b-cooper-case-lack-credible-leads-article-1.2707826

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The FBI has closed the book on one of the greatest riddles of all time.

The lone agent assigned to the D.B. Cooper manhunt was assigned to other mysteries within the federal agency on Friday, effectively shuttering the 45-year-old case after the FBI — and troves of tipsters — failed to identity the infamous hijacker, the FBI announced.

“Unfortunately, none of the well-meaning tips or applications of new investigative technology have yielded the necessary proof,” FBI spokeswoman Ayn Dietrich-Williams said in a statement late Monday.
Posted by: RottingCorpse
« on: May 16, 2016, 11:11:50 PM »

The Queen Anne's Revenge confirmed...

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/08/110829-blackbeard-shipwreck-pirates-archaeology-science/

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Blackbeard's Ship Confirmed off North Carolina

After 15 years of uncertainty, a shipwreck off the coast of North Carolina has been confirmed as that of the infamous 18th-century pirate Blackbeard, state officials say.

The Queen Anne's Revenge grounded on a sandbar near Beaufort (see map) in 1718, nine years after the town had been established. Blackbeard and his crew abandoned the ship and survived.

Until recently, the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources emphasized that the wreck, discovered in 1995, was "thought to be" the Queen Anne's Revenge.

Now, after a comprehensive review of the evidence, those same officials are sure it's the ship sailed by one of history's fiercest and most colorful pirates.

"There was not one aha moment," said Claire Aubel, public relations coordinator for the North Carolina Maritime Museums. "There was a collection of moments and a deduction based on the evidence."

There were two main reasons for the team's certainty, Aubel said: the sheer size of the wreck and the many weapons that were found in the rubble.

No other ship as big as the Queen Anne's Revenge was known to have been in the area at the time, and a pirate ship would have been well armed, she said.

Shipwreck Loot Points to Blackbeard

Blackbeard achieved his infamous immortality in only a few years, operating in the Caribbean Sea and off the coast of colonial America before being killed in a battle with British ships in North Carolina's Pamlico Sound in 1718. (Also see "Grim Life Cursed Real Pirates of Caribbean.")

Some historians have speculated that he deliberately ran the Queen Anne's Revenge aground so that he could keep the most valuable plunder for himself.

Such loot has helped archaeologists link the wreck to Blackbeard since excavations started in 1997. Among the major recovered artifacts are:

—Apothecary weights stamped with tiny fleurs-de-lis, royal symbols of 18th-century France. Queen Anne's Revenge was actually a former French ship, Le Concorde, captured by Blackbeard in 1717. He forced Le Concorde's surgeon to join the pirate crew, and a surgeon at that time likely would have had apothecary weights.

—A small amount of gold found among lead shot. Archaeologists think a French crewman might have hidden the gold in a barrel of shot to conceal it from Blackbeard's pirates.

—A bell engraved with the date 1705.

ID of Blackbeard's Ship Never Really in Doubt

The disclaimer about the wreck's identity was more an acknowledgement of the strict code of scientific scrutiny than the result of any serious doubts about the ship's identity, said Erik Goldstein, curator of arts and numismatics—the study of coins and tokens—for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Virginia. Archaeologists working on the wreck were always sure of its identity.

State officials "were just being safe," Goldstein said. "At the beginning phase of an excavation, unless you find something like a ship's bell with the name engraved on it, it takes a little while to put the pieces together and gather documentary evidence. It was good, responsible behavior on the part of those folks."

There were two reasons for dropping the official doubt about the identity of the shipwreck, added David Moore, curator of nautical archaeology at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

First, the museum recently opened "Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge," a greatly expanded exhibit of artifacts from the shipwreck. Had the confirmation of the ship's identity not been made, curators would have had to title the exhibition something like "Artifacts From the Purported Queen Anne's Revenge," Moore said.

Also, removing the official caveat could help the museum secure private funding to continue excavating the wreck, Moore said. Although the state legislature provides some funding, he said, tight budgets are cutting into that money.