Prehistoric European Cave Artists Were Female

There are recent articles about this same topic on some of those newsy newsiosh websites. A little research shows it is not an new idea and that it has been kicking around since at least 2009.

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Prehistoric European Cave Artists Were Female

nationalgeographic.com  |  Thursday, October 28, 2010

June 16, 2009–Inside France‘s 25,000-year-old Pech Merle cave, hand stencils surround the famed “Spotted Horses” mural.

For about as long as humans have created works of art, they’ve also left behind handprints. People began stenciling, painting, or chipping imprints of their hands onto rock walls at least 30,000 years ago.

Until recently, most scientists assumed these prehistoric handprints were male. But “even a superficial examination of published photos suggested to me that there were lots of female hands there,” Pennsylvania State University archaeologist Dean Snow said of European cave art.

By measuring and analyzing the Pech Merle hand stencils, Snow found that many were indeed female–including those pictured here. (Also see: pictures of hand stencils through time.)

—Photograph courtesy Dean Snow
Analyzing hand stencils dating back some 28,000 years in Spain‘s El Castillo cave, archaeologist Dean Snow concluded many of El Castillo’s artists had been female.”The very long ring finger on the left is a dead giveaway for male hands,” he said. “The one on the right has a long index finger and a short pinky–thus very feminine.”His findings suggest women’s role in prehistoric culture may have been greater than previously thought.

—Photographs by Roberto Ontanon Peredo, courtesy Dean Snow
Just as in prehistoric times, visitors today can leave behind handprints at Spain’s Maltravieso cave, a Paleolithic site dating back more than 20,000 years. “Elena’s hand [pictured] was typical for little girls,” said Snow.Hand proportions vary across populations. To assess prehistoric handprints from Europe, Snow used modern hands for comparison.”I had access to lots of people of European descent who were willing to let me scan their hands as reference data,” said Snow, whose research was supported by the National Geographic Society’s Committee for Research and Exploration. (The National Geographic Society owns National Geographic News.)

—Photograph courtesy Dean Snow
In France’s Gargas cave, a late Paleolithic left-hand stencil glows green from a night vision camera. Archaeologist Dean Snow concluded the hand was female.”We don’t know what the roles of artists were in Upper Paleolithic society [roughly 40,000 to 20,000 years ago] generally,” he said. “But it’s a step forward to be able to say that a strong majority of them were women.”Snow’s research was limited to Europe, but he hopes others will do similar studies at prehistoric sites elsewhere.
—Photograph courtesy Dean Snow

Missing boy found safe playing inside toy claw machine

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Another claw machine kid! I love these kids and apparently it is pretty common or at least it is in my weird world. For other claw or prize machine kids click here, and here and yes here.

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Missing boy found safe playing inside toy claw machine

Apr 15, 2014  |  Jenn Hatcher  |  klkntv.com

A 3-year-old Lincoln boy disappeared Monday night and where he was found is pretty amazing.

After his mother called 911, the toddler was located across the street from their apartment at Madsen’s Bowling Alley and Billiards, inside the businesses, get this, claw machine.

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‘Snotty’ new jellyfish discovered in Tasmania

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Many newly discovered species are teeny tiny little things, not these jellyfish!

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New species of giant ‘snotty’ jellyfish found in Tasmania

Megan Levy  |  Fe

A previously unidentified species of giant jellyfish is invading southern Tasmania this summer, baffling scientists after one of the animals washed up on the beach.

And watch out – the new species is described as being a type of “snotty”.

The Lim family were collecting shells on a beach in Howden, south of Hobart, last month when they stumbled across a monster 1.5-metre jellyfish on the shore.

So unusual was the gigantic blob that the family took a photograph, and forwarded it to the CSIRO.

“In Tasmania, we don’t do jellyfish. This was something else. We’ve just never seen anything like it,” said Josie Lim of their find.

Little did the Lim family know that, over at the CSIRO, Dr Lisa-ann Gershwin, who has been working with jellyfish for 20 years, had been hearing stories of this elusive animal in waters off Tasmania for more than a decade.

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Scientists confirm first two-headed bull shark

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Scientists confirm first two-headed bull shark. Credit: Courtesy of Patrick Rice, Shark Defense/Florida Keys Community College.

Scientists confirm first two-headed bull shark.
Credit: Courtesy of Patrick Rice, Shark Defense/Florida Keys Community College.

Image Wagner, et. al, Journal of Fish Biology, 2013

Image Wagner, et. al, Journal of Fish Biology, 2013

Image from http://lucyhagger.wordpress.com/2013/03/29/two-headed-animals-dicephalia-from-sharks-to-people/

Image from http://lucyhagger.wordpress.com/2013/03/29/two-headed-animals-dicephalia-from-sharks-to-people/

Scientists confirm first two-headed bull shark

www.sciencedaily.com  |  Date:March 25, 2013  |  Source: Michigan State University

Scientists have confirmed the discovery of the first-ever, two-headed bull shark.The study, led by Michigan State University and appearing in the Journal of Fish Biology, confirmed the specimen, found in the Gulf of Mexico April 7, 2011, was a single shark with two heads, rather than conjoined twins.

There have been other species of sharks, such as blue sharks and tope sharks, born with two heads. This is the first record of dicephalia in a bull shark, said Michael Wagner, MSU assistant professor of fisheries and wildlife, who confirmed the discovery with colleagues at the Florida Keys Community College.

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Ten Commandments statue with typos opens doors for Satanic monument.

Usually, I feature one story at a time, but these are so closely related I will post them both. One must admire the tenacity of the non-Christians to use the same freedoms as those who erected the Ten Commandments sculpture to erect one too at the State capital. The fact that the original Ten Commandments statue has typographical errors only adds to the mayhem of this intersection of church and state.

 

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It should be Sabbath, not Sabbeth. Image from ktul.com.

It should be Sabbath, not Sabbeth. Image from ktul.com.

That should be "maidservant" not "maidseruant" Image from kwtv.com.

That should be “maidservant” not “maidseruant” Image from kwtv.com.

A view of the whole monument. Image from amazonaws.com

A view of the whole monument. Image from amazonaws.com

Satanists Unveil Design For Oklahoma Capitol Monument

Jan 06, 2014   |  By Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY – A group has unveiled designs for a 7-foot-tall statue of Satan that it wants at the Oklahoma state Capitol.

The New York-based Satanic Temple released an artist’s rendering of the monument Monday. A spokesman says the group has formally submitted its application to a panel that oversees the Capitol grounds.

The statue features a goat-headed Satan sitting in a throne with children next to it.

The Satanic Temple says Oklahoma’s decision to put a Ten Commandments monument at the Capitol opened the door for its statute.

 

Temple spokesman Lucien Greaves says it’s moving forward with plans to have its monument approved, despite the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission’s decision to place a moratorium on new requests.

The commission says it’s waiting until a lawsuit over the Ten Commandments has been settled.

 

Misspellings Mark Ten Commandments Monument At Oklahoma State Capitol

By Chris McKinnon, News 9  |  www.news9.com  |  Nov 16, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY – A new monument at the Oklahoma State Capitol honoring the 10 Commandments was unveiled Thursday morning but Friday, the buzz was all about two mistakes carved into the granite stone.In the commandment “Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy” the word “Sabbath” was misspelled as “Sabbeth.” A second mistake was in the commandment “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant.” The word maidservant was spelled as “maidseruant,” replacing the “v” with a “u.”This six-foot tall monument cost about $10,000 and was installed Thursday at the State Capitol. Broken Arrow Representative Mike Ritze’s family funded the monument after the Ritze pushed a bill in 2009.The American Civil Liberties Union is also weighing legal action because this could be a violation of separation of church and state.

A similar monument installed at the Texas Capitol raised similar concerns in regards to the separation of church and state but the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to allow that monument to stand.

 

 

Beached Whale in New Jersey Becomes Frat Graffiti Mural

Way to keep it classy Tau Epsilon Phi!

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Beached Whale in New Jersey Becomes Frat Graffiti Mural

Denver Nicks  |  May 2, 2014 | www.time.com

The corpse of beached whale in New Jersey appears to have been spray painted with graffiti letters of a fraternity that has chapters at nearby schools. It’s not immediately clear what killed the animal, but it’s not uncommon for whale corpses to wash ashore in the area

The corpse of a beached Minke whale in New Jersey became a canvas for graffiti artists, Atlantic City police confirmed Thursday.

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Neighbor fatally shot over plate of food in Indiana County PA

This story really reads a lot like a soap opera or an old fashioned country song.

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State police: Neighbor fatally shot over plate of food in Indiana County

James Buterbaugh, 59, charged with homicide in death of David Ackerson

May 26, 2014  |  Ashlie Hardway  |  www.wtae.com

GRANT TOWNSHIP, Pa. —With the help of a walker, 59-year-old James Buterbaugh was put in a state police cruiser Sunday night, charged with homicide in the shooting death of his neighbor.

State police in Indiana County said Buterbaugh and David Ackerson, 51, got into an argument over a plate of food at Ackerson’s Grant Township home just before 6 p.m. Sunday.

Buterbaugh told state police that around 8 a.m. Sunday, he was awakened by Ackerson as Buterbaugh slept inside his pickup truck. He said the two men drank beer before Ackerson left for church and Buterbaugh fell back asleep inside the truck.

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London skyscrapers sets neighboring environment on fire

Any one who was worked with a Civic Organization can attest to the fact that money and developers almost always get what they want.  This is not an out of the blue event or accident and the architect has had similar incidents with previous buildings. This is an example of the unintended consequences of not using a slow, deliberate, thoughtful, process to development.

The Walkie-Talkie was cheerily waved through the planning process by London's chief planner.' Photograph: Andy Scofield/PA

The Walkie-Talkie was cheerily waved through the planning process by London’s chief planner.’ Photograph: Andy Scofield/PA

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The Walkie-Talkie skyscraper, and the City’s burning passion for glass

Oliver Wainwright  |  theguardian.com  |  Tuesday 3 September 2013

The 20 Fenchurch Street building reportedly has car-melting properties – this has happened before, to the same architect

It has been trumpeted as “the building with more up top”; a swollen pint glass of a tower that bulges out as it rises to pack in more offices at the lucrative higher levels, with a Babylonian sky-garden up above. What its developer might not have bargained for is that, like every Bond baddie lair, the Walkie-Talkie building would also come with its own death ray.

News this week that 20 Fenchurch Street, designed by Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly, “melted” part of a Jaguar parked beneath its bulbous mass, only adds to the impression that the building is the ultimate symbol of everything that is wrong with the City of London – a physical monument to capitalism destroying itself.

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Flying bear kills two in Ottawa

Although this story it is not new, it is new to me and remarkable. Condolences to the families of those who died.

This vehicle was damaged in a bizarre two-vehicle collision with a bear, north of Gatineau, Quebec, northeast of Ottawa on Monday June 6, 2011. Two young men were driving on highway 148 when their vehicle struck a bear. The impact sent the bear airborne into the opposite lane where an oncoming vehicle slammed into it, killing two people. (TVA/QMI AGENCY)

This vehicle was damaged in a bizarre two-vehicle collision with a bear, north of Gatineau, Quebec, northeast of Ottawa on Monday June 6, 2011. Two young men were driving on highway 148 when their vehicle struck a bear. The impact sent the bear airborne into the opposite lane where an oncoming vehicle slammed into it, killing two people. (TVA/QMI AGENCY)

 

2 dead in crash with bear

By Kelly Roche  |  Ottawa Sun | Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Members of a local band are mourning their drummer who was killed along with one other person in a horrific crash involving a bear late Monday.

Steven Leon, 40, was in the back seat of a Nissan Pathfinder when the bear came crashing through the windshield after being hit by another car in the opposite lane of Hwy. 148 near Luskville around 10 p.m.

The 25-year-old Ottawa woman driving the SUV was also killed.

Her boyfriend, the 28-year-old man in the passenger seat, survived the crash. He was taken to Hull hospital with minor injuries and later released.

Leon’s mother, Lorraine Leon, had little to say when reached at her Gatineau home Tuesday.

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Man kills enormous rat in Sweden

39.5 centimeters is a little bit more than 15 inches. That is one big rat and one brave guy.

The rat measured 39.5 centimetres. Here is is shortly after it was caught. Photo: Justus Bengtsson-Korsås

The rat measured 39.5 centimetres. Here is is shortly after it was caught.
Photo: Justus Bengtsson-Korsås

"I couldn't help but do the old classic and jump on the kitchen table and scream." Photo: Justus Bengtsson-Korsås

“I couldn’t help but do the old classic and jump on the kitchen table and scream.”
Photo: Justus Bengtsson-Korsås

"It had jumped into the waste bin and had a Swedish smörgåsbord with all the leftovers." Photo: Justus Bengtsson-Korsås

“It had jumped into the waste bin and had a Swedish smörgåsbord with all the leftovers.”
Photo: Justus Bengtsson-Korsås

Erik and Signe's two sons, who were also terrified of the unwanted house guest. Photo: Justus Bengtsson-Korsås

Erik and Signe’s two sons, who were also terrified of the unwanted house guest.
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The cat was terrified for a week." Here is Enok the cat, which Erik believes would have lost if it got into a fight with the rat. Photo: Justus Bengtsson-Korsås

The cat was terrified for a week.” Here is Enok the cat, which Erik believes would have lost if it got into a fight with the rat.
Photo: Justus Bengtsson-Korsås

"We thought it could be a little mouse, but after a while we figured it couldn't be because it was making too much noise," Signe Bengtsson told The Local. Photo: Justus Bengtsson-Korsås

“We thought it could be a little mouse, but after a while we figured it couldn’t be because it was making too much noise,” Signe Bengtsson told The Local.
Photo: Justus Bengtsson-Korsås

 

I killed Sweden’s most famous celebrity’

28 Mar 2014  |  www.thelocal.se

 After a 40-centimetre dead rat went all kinds of viral, The Local speaks again to the man behind the catch about fame, ruining a career in Hollywood, and getting accused of animal cruelty.
“The most tragic thing about all this is that I’ve killed the most famous personality in Sweden,” Erik Korsås told The Local on Friday afternoon.
“I feel really awful; this thing could have been a Swedish superstar. It could have had a career in Hollywood.”
Trademark humour from the 48-year-old, and it has helped his story about a 40-centimetre dead rat spread across the entire world.
Indeed, ever since The Local was the first to publish the story in English on Wednesday morning, the phones haven’t stopped ringing. The BBC, the Daily Mail, Fox News and many more… all wanting to know more about the Rat from Hell, which is now also known as the Viking Rat, Ratzilla, and the Putin Rat. In fact, one BBC reported told us that their version of the story had over one million readers.