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  1. Resurrection of Jesus by Jan Joest

    Resurrection of Jesus by Jan Joest

    Jan Joest, also known as Jan Joest van Kalkar or Jan Joest van Calcar (between 1450 and 1460 – 1519), was a Dutch painter from either Kalkar or Wesel (both now in Germany), known for his religious paintings. The painting was allegedly produced in 1508.
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    World War I: What weapons did they really use?

    My question about weapons is a rhetorical one. We know what weapons were used. Some of those were pretty big, some were straight up huge, but still, would they cause all this? How much shelling does it take to cause that much damage? Below are a few WWI images I googled out. Here are...
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    Movie | Failure of Engineer Garin (1973)

    Title: Failure of Engineer Garin Genre: Drama, Science Fiction, Thriller, Adventure Director: Leonid Kvinikhidze Cast: Oleg Borisov, Aleksandr Belyavskiy, Nonna Terentyeva, Vladimir Tatosov, Mikhail Volkov, Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy, Grigori Gaj, Algimantas Masiulis, Valentin Nikulin, Efim...
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    Flame-bladed swords. 15th Century Pro-Sports, and the Battle of Anghiari

    source This article is somewhat of a build up on the 17th century Electric Swords one. Flame-bladed swords are also known as flambard, flammard, flammenschwert and flamberge. These swords have a very distinctive look. I'm pretty sure you have seen those at one point or another. Flamberge...
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    17th Century: Electric Swords?

    Bizarre things dug out from the literature of the past keep on coming. Whatever is depicted on the images below is beyond my understanding, when looked from the conventional stand point. Of course being in French, and German, understanding of these books does not help my comprehension of the...
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    1855: Vortex Cannons during the Bombardment of Sveaborg?

    Air Vortex Cannon An air vortex cannon is a device that releases doughnut-shaped air vortices similar to smoke rings but larger, stronger and invisible. The vortices are able to ruffle hair, disturb papers or blow out candles after travelling several meters. A vortex ring, also called a...
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    1844 Recoilless Gun

    Per the narrative: The first recoilless gun known to have actually been constructed was developed by Commander Cleland Davis, just prior to World War I in 1910. His design, named the Davis gun, connected two guns back-to-back, with the backwards-facing gun loaded with lead balls and grease of...
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    1892: Patrick Cunningham and his Torpedo

    Meet Patrick Cunningham, a shoemaker turned weapons engineer. He was an inventor from the late 19th century known for inventing a torpedo which he fired down a high street during the 1896 presidential elections. Patrick Cunnigham 1844 - 1921 Patrick Cunningham was an Irish shoemaker who...
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    Electric Machine Guns, Coilguns and Death Ray Guns of Yesteryear

    Some things the past presents us with are not in the traditional textbooks. One of those things is the 1845 "Siva" Electric Machine gun. The "successful" machine gun history (per the narrative) started in 1862 and goes like this: The first successful machine-gun designs were developed in the...
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    Renaissance Cannons: Mysterious and Misunderstood

    It appears that 15th, 16th century cannons were conceptually superior to the ones used in the wars predating approximately 1840s. The name of the game here is stagnation and degradation. I guess, not all cannons were created equal, and some were better than others. Pseudo-historians, what...
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    Year 1834 - Russian Submarine Rocket Launch

    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...
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    16th century rockets: manned, multistaged and nozzled?

    I don't know much about the 16th century rockets, but some things appear to be so out of place, that acceptance of their existence is very strange. The origins of the knowledge are not being questioned. Why? According to our traditional science, even Siemienowicz's 1650 book should not exist...
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    18th-19th centuries: Bazookas, Rockets, Comets and Destroyed Cities

    And the rockets' red glare, The bombs bursting in air... I know, right? Considering how many times I've heard the US Anthem lyrics, it's pretty embarrassing that it took me that long to connect a few dots. Yet, it was right there, in my face. The poem was written in 1814. The date motivated me...
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    Ancient Cannons or Ball Mills or Cement Kilns?

    Guarding over the Dardanelles for about 400 years, the famed Ottoman super cannon is arguably one of the most important guns in history. Like Darth Vader’s Death Star, the Dardanelles gun imposed the overbearing, threatening presence that tacitly boasted of imperial grandeur of which pop-culture...
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    1860s: Advanced Civil War weapons

    Most of these weapons I have never seen before. And while I have known about the Gatling Machine Gun, some of the other ones appear to belong to a different time frame. They are not as advertised as our regular cannon balls. Yet the below killing machines do appear to pertain to the Civil War...
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