Alternate History of the World

Pre-1857 King's Boat in the Shape of a Fish. What kind of ship is this?

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She was a very unusual ship covered in fish-like scales possibly made of metal. Equipped with a rudder and displaying sliding doors, she allegedly belonged to the last Nawab of Awadh. It does not appear that this ship was designed to use oars, or sails. Two mermaid-like statues decorated her...

1915 Autopeds - first electric and gasoline motor scooters

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Just wanted to throw this out there. I keep on getting this notion, that some things do not belong to their time. On one hand the information is available if you know what to look for. On the other hand we do not run into stuff like this every day. I find it particularly weird, when a...

Towers of Bologna: the skyscrapers of the 12th century?

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Another interesting medieval story comes from the Italian city of Bologna. Apparently 800-900 years ago the citizens of Bologna enjoyed building tall towers. Between the 12th and the 13th century, the number of towers in the city was very high, possibly up to 180. The reasons for the...

World population: where are the missing trillions of people?

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Was browsing through some random 19th century family pictures provided by the Google Images search. And you can see for yourself that families were predominantly pretty big. I do understand that through out time there were wars, epidemics, volcano eruptions, floods, birth deaths, hurricanes, and...

St. Paul's Cathedral - Buffalo, NY (b.1851)

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Just a very short one, specific and dear to my heart. So, I wound up with this wonderful illustration of St. Paul's after seeing it a many years earlier online. I actually was met with scorn on a Buffalo Historical forum when I dared question some of the oddities contained in the illustration...

16th century Tartarian King Tartarrax ruled Quivira Regnum in North America

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Came up on some fun info pertaining to the North American continent, and its possible relation to Tartary. Here is what we have. Francisco Vázquez de Coronado was a Spanish conquistador and explorer who led a large expedition from Mexico to present-day Kansas through parts of the southwestern...

Faux marble, Alexander the Great, Dhul-Qarnayn, Ivan the Terrible and our Lost History

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When Dhul Qarnayn built Alexandria, he paved the ground and walls with white marble. The city’s inhabitants wore black and red clothes, whereas before that, the monks would wear black for the dazzling whiteness of the marble. The marble had the constituency of dough from early morning to noon...

1901 Pan Am Buffalo and why these Pan Ams were as insane as they look

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Everyone seems to ignore Buffalo's magnificent pan am of 1901. Full of electricity, the grossly infatuated architecture and street thugs taboot. What I just wanted to mention (this is my first post here, thanks for having me)... I think this idea that Pan Ams were partly used to set up the...

Ancient TOP 9, and their Coats of Arms

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Those things you run into while doing a little research here and there. Apparently the medieval people had their own TOP 9 of the historical, scriptural, and legendary personages who personify the ideals of chivalry. At least this is the official explanation provided by the contemporary science...

Was Cleopatra a medieval queen?

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It appears, today we have this image of Cleopatra, the ancient Egyptian queen, ingrained in our minds. In my previous opinion Cleopatra was a strikingly beautiful woman, who looked what an ancient Egyptian woman was supposed to look like. And of course, Cleopatra related movies contributed to...

Questionable antiquity of the "ancient" statues

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Wanted to ask for the community participation on this one. The idea is to show that ancient statues could be not as ancient as they seem to be. Personally, I am fairly convinced that this is the case but a little visual representation would make the case just so much stronger. Basically I...

Japanese legend of Utsuro bune. The hollow boat and the mysterious girl.

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Utsuro-bune (hollow ship), also Utsuro-fune, and Urobune, refers to an unknown object that allegedly washed ashore in 1803 in Hitachi province on the eastern coast of Japan. When defining Utsuro-bune, the bune part means "boat" while Utsuro means empty, or hollow. Accounts of the tale appear in...

Year 1834 - Russian submarine rocket launch

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I am not quite sure what to make of this interesting piece of information, but apparently Russians managed to launch some rockets from a submerged submarine as far back as 1834. Looks like they hit their targets as well. No clue why somebody would conceive such an idea in 1834. Granted, the sub...

79 A.D. no more: Pompeii got buried in 1631

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The official version states that in 79 A.D. the ancient Roman city of Pompeii was buried under 4 to 6 m (13 to 20 ft) of volcanic ash in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The site was eventually lost until its initial rediscovery in 1599 and broader rediscovery almost 150 years later in 1748...

Abandoned Saint Petersburg is ready for re-population, or why we do not know our true history...

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It is not the lack of people which disturbs me the most. It's the absence of life in these 1860s - 1870s photos of the Russian city of Saint Petersburg. The population of Saint Petersburg was supposed to be 682,300 in 1870. We see none of it. Streets are clean, vegetation is scarce, no stray...

Ironclad ships - another example of Tartarian technology?

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In my opinion, most of the ironclads (if not all) have nothing to do with progressive development of our technology. In other words, they came from nowhere. Another way of saying this would be something like this: we operated these ships, but we did not build them. I do not know who built them...

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