Three things the Ancient Maya and Vikings had in common.

The Norse Vikings and the MesoAmerican Maya were by no means the same. Their cultures were very different and unique from one another.  However, there were a few similarities practiced between the two cultures. 1. Both the Maya and Viking cultures modified their teeth. The Vikings filed their teeth. A Swedish anthropologist analyzed 557 Viking skeletons dating from A.D. 800 to 1050 and discovered that 24 of them bore deep, horizontal grooves across their upper front teeth.  It is believed that they did this to look more fierce to their enemies. Vikings…

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The Ax, to a Viking, is more than just a weapon

The ax is probably the most characteristic weapon of the Vikings. One cannot think of the Vikings without thinking about their vicious axes. The Norse people evolved into an ax culture during their Stone Age period.  A period of time known as the Nordic Stone Age. The Viking Age is neither the beginning of the Norse people nor the start of their culture. The roots of the Norse go all the way back to the Megalithic and Neolithic Eras of the Stone Age. The Stone Age for the Norse was…

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Bizarre Viking Deaths: Sigurd the Mighty killed by a bite from a severed head.

Jarl Sigurd the Mighty, Viking ruler of Orkney, cut off an enemy’s head and hung it as a trophy from his horse’s saddle. Unfortunately, while riding, Sigurd grazed his leg on the severed head’s teeth and died from the resulting infection. Sigurd Eysteinsson, also known as Sigurd the Mighty, was the second Viking Jarl of Orkney and ruled from 875 to 892 AD. He was a leader in the Viking conquest of what is now northern Scotland. This was when the Viking presence in Scotland began to increase in the 830’s AD.…

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Stone Age Norse gave you the ability to digest Cow’s Milk.

It was during the time of the Nordic Stone Age that a prevalence of a gene that allowed adults of Northern European descent to digest lactose originated. This gene then spread to other cultures to become virtually universal. This was a genetic variant that was either rare or completely absent in early farmers from Central and Southern Europe. Lactase is an enzyme produced in the digestive system of infants and some (mostly European) adult humans to break down lactose. The lactase enzyme is essential in the digestion of whole milk.…

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LtGen Frank E. Petersen, America’s first Black Marine aviator

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LtGen Frank E. Petersen was not only the first black Marine aviator, he was also the Corps’ first black general. Read about the illustrious career of the Marine known as the “Godfather.” The “Godfather,” Frank E. Petersen, Jr., has become the first black Marine selected to receive a star in the Marine Corps. Petersen was one of eight colonels nominated for the rank of Marine Corps brigadier general by President Jimmy Carter. The others nominated were Richard M. Cook, Clyde D. Dean, Jerome T. Hagen, Mannon A. Johnson, Jr., James J.…

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Hoard of Viking silver brings English King out of obscurity.

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A ‘significant’ treasure trove of 186 Viking coins, ingots and jewelry was uncovered by amateur treasure-hunter James Mather, in a farmer’s field near Watlington, Oxfordshire, in October 2015. The Watlington Hoard, as it is now called, is a collection of silver bands, ingots, and 186 coins that is now unveiled at the British Museum. The find has shed some light on the period of Anglo Saxon history when King Alfred the Great of Wessex defeated the Viking Danes and then went on to banish his one-time ally, King Ceolwulf II of Mercia, from history. The…

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Did you know Hoss Cartwright on Bonanza was also a Korean War Veteran?

Dan Blocker, aka”Hoss,” was drafted into the United States Army during the Korean War. He had basic training at Fort Polk, Louisiana. Dan Davis Blocker (December 10, 1928 – May 13, 1972) was an American television actor and Korean War veteran. He is best remembered for his role as Hoss Cartwright in the NBC western television series Bonanza. He served as an infantry sergeant in F Company, 2nd Battalion, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division in Korea, December 1951 to August 1952. He received a Purple Heart for wounds in combat…

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President Gerald R. Ford pardons Tokyo Rose

On January 19th 1977, President Gerald R. Ford pardoned Tokyo Rose. Although the nickname originally referred to several English-speaking female broadcasters of Japanese propaganda over the radio directed at Allied troops during World War II, the nickname eventually became synonymous with a Japanese-American woman named Iva Toguri. On the orders of the Japanese government, Toguri and other women broadcast sentimental American music and phony announcements regarding U.S. troop losses in a vain attempt to destroy the morale of Allied soldiers. An American citizen born in Los Angeles, Toguri was in Japan at the time the…

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Giants once walked the Earth and your own DNA can prove it.

There may be some truth to the old legends of giants in just about every culture in the World. The Norse (Vikings) called giants, “jötnar” pronounced “yoot-nar” (singular: jotunn or jotun). They are also known to the Norse as the þursar (singular þurs, pronounced “thurs”), which are a race of giants that live in a place the Norse call Jötunheimr. Jötunheimr literally translates from Old Norse as “Giant Home.” There was also referencing to Utgard (Old Norse Útgarðr) in Norse Mythology as being the home of giants.  There is much…

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We all love JRR Tolkien’s “The Hobbit,” but did you know Hobbits were once real?

To our common knowledge, Hobbits are a fictional, diminutive, humanoid race who inhabit the lands of Middle Earth in J. R. R. Tolkien’s fiction novel “The Hobbit.” They are also referred to as Halflings. Hobbits first appeared in the novel The Hobbit, whose titular hobbit is the protagonist, Bilbo Baggins. Nevertheless, paleoanthropolgists have discovered the existence of real ‘Hobbits’ that had once existed on Flores, Indonesia.  The bones and tools of tiny hominins were found on the island of Flores, Indonesia and it has shaken up the world of paleoanthropology. During the 1950s…

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