September 2, 2017: Illuminated Site of the Week: Going But Not Forgotten
Who says history professors have no sense of humor? To be fair, they probably didn't provide the Graffiti from Pompeii resource just to tickle the funny bone of anyone looking for some scatological laughs, but even serious research has to go to the bathroom sooner or later. Scientists felt obliged to preserve some of our ancient ancestors' scribblings for future generations (especially since thick ash from the eruption of Vesuvius got the ball rolling), and it's all collected herein. Keep in mind, some of it is racy - even harsh. But it just goes to show you, folks are alike all over.
August 26, 2017: Illuminated Site of the Week: Itís All Ancient History
You've probably heard of the show of the same name, but The Ancient Aliens aren't limited to cable TV. If this site is to be believed, these creatures from beyond the stars have been visiting us for millennia. That's why you can find them depicted in cave paintings, helping build early stone architecture, and more. Providing a comprehensive database of our friends(?) from far away, The Ancient Aliens is your one-stop shop for illuminated knowledge, enough to fill up the most voluminous cone-head skull.
July 15, 2017: Illuminated Site of the Week: When Human Resources Isnít Getting The Job Done
On the outside, it looks like your everyday private-detective agency. On the inside, though, they advertise any number of things to help you with those most pernicious bugs: the ones the government implants in your body and doesn't have the decency to tell you about. Advanced Electronic Security Company, about as straightforward a name as anything in this world, helps its patrons avoid electronic surveillance and keep the latest mind-control lasers (orbital or otherwise) from finding their victims and erasing them memory by memory. There are costs, of course, but if you do call them for help, they ask you not do it from a compromised phone or device.
Keeping the wolves at bay no matter what portal they pry at is big business, and this digital-age harassment is just the tip of the iceberg. The Daily Beast has the story in greater depth.
-- Suggested by Ben Radford
July 2, 2017: Illuminated Site of the Week: We Already Made Change For That Dollar
So you won't be flipping it to determine heads or tails; it's still a fascinating bit of history. What do you do when money is barely worth the metal it's stamped on? Add value. Literally. Do as the Texas banks did, back before laws and standards became currency events: Hammer some additional coins onto it. Never mind the odd looks you'll get on the bus when they ask for exact change, or the phone calls tellers at your local bank branch will make with their hands cupped over the receiver. Just remind them necessity is the mother of invention and our faith in the system is the heart of our economy. (And you thought coin collecting was dull.) Numismatics.org has the pictures.
-- Suggested by Steve Jackson