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The man who saved the world... 50 years ago, at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis, second-in-command Vasilli Arkhipov of the Soviet submarine B-59 refused to agree with his Captain's order to launch nuclear torpedos against US warships and setting off what might well have been a terminal superpower nuclear war. His story is finally being told - the BBC is airing a documentary on it.
On Chinese Foot Binding and America
The Agony of Chinese Foot Binding. It became very popular because men found it to be highly attractive, and therefore became Chinese women's way of being beautiful and to show that they were worthy of a husband. Foot-binding resulted in lifelong disabilities. How is this beautiful? This is horrible that a woman would think this to be acceptable.
Egypt Picture - Silver Coffin of King Psusennes
Most Egyptian funerary mask are made of solid gold, but in 1939, archaeologist, Pierre Montet, discovered the tomb of Pharaoh Psusennes, & his entire sarcophagus is pure silver, the only one ever discovered. Its discovery had little fan fare because it was the eve of World War II, & Egyptologists didn't want it to fall into enemy hands. The discovery is revered to be equal to the discovery of King Tut's tomb in 1922, but most of the world is unaware of its existence.
The ancient city of Persepolis in modern-day Iran was one of four capitals of the sprawling Persian Empire. Built beginning around 520 B.C., the city was a showcase for the empire's staggering wealth, with grand architecture, extravagant works of silver and gold, and extensive relief sculptures such as this one portraying envoys with offerings for the king.
According to legend, necropants could produce an endless flow of coins. It needed permission from a living man to use his skin upon his death. After burial, the sorcerer would then have to dig up the body & skin it in one piece from the waist down. A coin stolen from a poor widow must be placed in the scrotum, along with a magic sign called nábrókarstafur scrawled on paper. Once worn, the scrotum of the necropants would never empty of coins so long as the original coin remains.