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Flight the dream of humankind by Jim Down

digitalized hieroglyphics from the Temple of Abydos

Is it possible that humans developed the technology to fly in early civilizations - or in civilizations that are now lost to history? Well according to accepted history, it wasn't until the 1780s that two Frenchmen achieved lighter-than-air flight when they were lifted into the air in a hot air balloon near Paris. Then powered, heavier-than-air flight became the goal. And although it was theorized that heavier-than-air flight was possible as early as the 13th and 16th century, it wasn't until the Wright brothers made their first successful flights at Kitty Hawk in 1903 that powered flight became a reality.

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Living alongside with Giants by Gus Leous

Charlie Russell and Maureen Enns

It may be the most unusual -- and adventurous -- adoption ever attempted. In the spring of 1997, naturalist Charlie Russell and artist Maureen Enns became the proud foster parents of three rambunctious daughters.

But these were no ordinary little girls: they were wild grizzly bear cubs whose mother had been killed by a hunter. And it was no ordinary adoption. Instead of trying to tame the youngsters, the new parents hoped to teach their sharp-clawed "kids" just enough to survive on their own in the rugged wilds of Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula.

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Lotus Temple of Bahapur by Jim Down

The lotus temple

It is located in Kalkaji, south of Delhi and is shaped like a half opened Lotus flower. This recent architectural marvel of the Bahai faith, is made of marble, cement, dolomite and sand. It is open to all faiths and is an ideal place for meditation and obtaining peace and tranquility. The lotus flower signifies purity and peace, a representation of the Manifestation of God, to the people of India.

Rising pure and unsullied above stagnant, muddy waters, the Indians have seen this flower as worthy of emulation, teaching them to be detached from material preoccupations.…

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Mandragora officinarum by George Delis

MEDICINA ANTIQUA: LIBRI QUATTUOR MEDICINAE, 13TH CENTURY. Codex Vindobonensis 93. Facsimile. (Washington University, Becker Library)

Mandragora officinarum is a southern European plant that has greenish-yellow flowers and a branched root. This plant was once believed to have magical powers because its root resembles the human body. The mandragoras are one of the most strange magic plants in the world. The mandragoras can undo powerful charming spells. You should be very careful with these plants, because the mandragora is dangerous. The cry of the mandragora is fatal to anyone who hears it. They like the light and the heat. Instead of roots at the bottom, there is a baby-like creature, with leaves that are purple-green on…

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