It turns out that a bunch of the bodies in Viking burial sites that were categorized as male because they were buried with swords, etc, are actually female
if you look at the bones. More details.
posted by rmd1023
on Jul 23, 2011 -
Why is there so much Viking
in Boston? The answer lies in racism and baking powder. Eben Horsfeld revolutionized bread-making in the 1890s
when he developed Rumford's Baking Powder
. Inspired by a Norwegian superstar and nationalist
and a mysterious stone
, he became convinced that the Viking Lief Ericson
had landed in Cambridge, which he called Norumbega
, and funded monuments and research to that effect. The Boston elite, threatened by new Irish immigrants, quickly seized on this concept, since it showed that the cleaned-up Viking, and not Catholic Columbus, that had first settled their sacred city
. A century later, it was discovered that the Vikings did reach America first
, though never Boston.
posted by blahblahblah
on Oct 3, 2007 -
Did the Viking landers find life on Mars 25 years ago?
Some scientists think so. I have too much faith in planetary scientists and
the newly minted field of exobiology, to believe this is a just a ploy to
rekindle waning public interest in space exploration. I think this is
genuine 20/20 hindsight coupled with better scientific understandings of life
existing in the extreme hinterlands of possibility. . .
posted by crasspastor
on Jul 30, 2001 -
The Kensington Runestone.
In 1898 a farmer in Minnesota named Olaf Ohmann, dug up from his property a stone covered in runes (viking enscriptions). When it was deciphered it read:
8 Goths (Swedes) and 22 Norwegians on a voyage of discovery from Vinland (of) the West...
Read more inside.
posted by lagado
on Dec 12, 2000 -