Today’s Trivia

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There is no archaeological evidence whatsoever that suggests Jews were ever enslaved in Egypt. (source)

 

Drying your hands with paper towel will reduce the bacterial count by 45 – 60% on your hands. However, using a hand dryer will increase the bacteria on your hands by up to 255% because it blows out bacteria already living in the, conveniently, warm moist environment. (source)

 

A World of Warcraft player had 36 accounts on 11 computers simultaneously and raided by himself (source)

 

An entire town was completely destroyed by a single, massive tornado. Population is currently zero and there are no plans to rebuild. (source)

 

Taumata­whakatangihanga­koauau­o­tamatea­turi­pukakapiki­maunga­horo­nuku­pokai­whenua­kitanatahu is the Māori name for a hill, 305 metres (1,001 ft) high, close to Porangahau, south of Waipukurau in southern Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. (source)

 

 

 


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  • Mediaan

    Interesting about the lack of archaeological evidence. Though, having been in Egypt a few times, not much survives of anything. A lot of flooded and sandy lat lands in the east, where most developed settlement seem

    From my (scant) knowledge of Jewish history I believe there are many periods of Jewish enslavement recorded in history, like in Rome a couple of centuries ago and earlier.

    The way I see it, Jews are clever workers and a tempting target for enslavement, plus they have fatal reasoning flaws that leave them power-takeover-vulnerable.

    One of these latter that I think I notice is:

    …they actively believe the stuff about “an eye for an eye” revenge being a good idea, and some of them are grim and determined enough to go after it, BUT. But they are easily fooled into blaming the early crime on the wrong person.

    (Not a way to achieve wide popularity, hitting the wrong bloke.)

  • Mediaan

    (Ignore my other comment. I am fighting with my computer which won’t let me type or edit properly.)

    Interesting about the lack of archaeological evidence.

    Though, having been in Egypt a few times, not much survives of anything. A lot of sometimes-flooded and sandy flat lands in the east, where most developed settlement seems to have been. Pyramids and Sphinx and cavern tombs and temples, heavy stone. Then flat fields, with many peasants desperate for arable land.

    But enslavement of Jews there seems very likely.

    From my (scant) knowledge of Jewish history I believe there are many periods of Jewish enslavement recorded in history, like in Rome a couple of centuries ago and earlier. Population sections were captured in war and enslaved as a matter of right.

    The way I see it, Jews are clever workers and a tempting target for enslavement, plus they have fatal reasoning flaws that leave them power-takeover-vulnerable.

    One of these latter that I think I notice is:

    …they actively believe the stuff about “an eye for an eye” revenge being a good idea, and some of them are grim and determined enough to go after it, BUT.

    But they are easily fooled into blaming the early crime on the wrong person.

    (Not a way to achieve wide popularity, hitting the wrong bloke.)

  • Dan

    Sorry Nick, but you’re completely wrong on the Jews/Egypt question. One article by a non-archaeologist doesn’t make something true. As an archaeologist myself who is familiar with a lot of the literature about the debate I can tell you the question is most definitely not settled. The fact that there is a debate at all should be evidence enough to indicate there are arguments to support both sides (and not just archaeological evidence but epigraphic, literary analyses amongst others). The lack of a mention in Egyptian texts/monuments is not surprising given that they seldom recorded their defeats/failures (or if they did altered them in such a way that disguised their true nature – see debate about the Kadesh battle narratives)

    • TomTom

      Nah. The Bible is just shit.

      • Dan

        Good answer, you must be a teacher… or teachers union negotiator. Glad to know the future our children in the hands of such a sharply honed and reasoned mind

        • TomTom

          Lol no I was just being a drunk student at the time.
          Even sober, I still come to the same conclusion – the Bible is shit.

  • Liberty

    If the exodus is true. The leader was a bit hopeless. 38 years to travel
    around 500km about 13km a
    year. Even allowing a bit of time to
    watch some fire and brimstone. It is all
    a bit far fetched.

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