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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

...when it snows in the desert...

A couple of fascinating finds I made this morning:

Apparently it does snow in the desert: this is a recent image taken by NASA of the Taklimakan desert in Northern China.  There are other, more impressive photos, but I haven't been able to ascertain whether they are authentic.  Click here to see larger versions.

-Apparently there is something called the Voynich manuscript which has baffled scholars for decades.  So far they can't even agree on the basics.

-There is no shortage of mystery surrounding the JFK assassnation.  Turns out one of the
biggest mysteries is the presence of an unidentified woman who can be seen in certain shots.  
She has come to be known as the "Babushka lady," given her Eastern looking headscarf.  Although one person claiming to be her came forward in the early 1970s, her testimony and evidence contained many inconsistencies, and as such was dismissed.  

Click here to see a page
 with more relevant photographs.    


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