Archaeologists exploring Russia’s “Atlantis” have discovered a gem-adorned 2,137-year-old “iPhone case” buried in the grave of a young fashionista who scientists have nicknamed Natasha. The unusual rectangular object is made from the black gemstone jet and is inlaid with an array of contrasting precious gemstones, including turquoise, carnelian and mother-of-pearl. It is also decorated with ancient Chinese wuzhu coins, which helped the dating process. Natasha’s remains and her blinged-out accessory were excavated from the Ala-Tey Necropolis in the so-called Sayan Sea. Located in the Russian Republic of Tuva, the man-made reservoir is usually 56-feet-deep, but was drained over the summer, giving archaeologists rare access to the site. Although the seven-inch by three-inch object discovered with Nastasha looks very much like an iPhone case, scientists believe it’s a very ornate belt buckle. “Natasha’s’ burial with a Hunnu-era ‘iPhone’ remains one of the most interesting at this site,” noted archaeologist Dr. Pavel Leus. Nastasha lived during a time when a nation of nomads ruled ancient Mongolia from the 3rd century BC to the late 1st century AD. “This site is a scientific sensation,” Dr. Marina Kilunovskaya of the St Petersburg Institute of Material History Culture told labible.com. “We are incredibly lucky to… Read More
A couple of Sundays ago marked the 80th anniversary of the release of “The Wizard of Oz,” and to celebrate the occasion, Google unveiled a special animated search results page complete with dream-sequence rotating screens, clicking ruby slippers and a flying farmhouse. Those who Googled the term “The Wizard of Oz” saw a results page that, at first glance, looked pretty standard. It including the movie title, the year/category/runtime of the production, related images and an illustration of a pair of ruby slippers. Google had tweeted on Friday, “We’re off to search the wizard, the wonderful ‘Wizard of Oz.’” That phrase, combined with the flashing pink starbursts above the ruby slippers on the search results page, hinted that Google had something special up its sleeve. By touching the ruby slippers on the search results page, users were treated to an animation that began with the slippers clicking three times and an audio clip of Dorothy (played by Judy Garland) saying, “There’s no place like home.” (Fans of the movie will remember that Dorothy clicked her heels three times when she wished to return to Kansas during her fanciful visit to Oz.) Google then programmed users’ screens to spin five rotations counter-clockwise… Read More
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