Tag Archives: History Channel

Inside Mexico’s Zone of Silence

A location in Mexico known as the “Zone of Silence,” or Zona Del Silencio, is noted for its electromagnetic anomalies, but can science explain the phenomena? Everything stops inside the area. Compasses, mobile phones, electronic devices. Strange rocks are everywhere. It was first discovered by Mexican pilot Francisco Sarabia in the 1930s. It was then known as the Bermuda Triangle of Mexico. Does the Earth’s magnetic field have anything to do with it? More from The History Channel.

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Bernie Madoff Dead And Gone

Bernie Madoff, who orchestrated the largest Ponzi scheme in history, died in a federal prison Wednesday. The 82-year-old inmate was reported dead at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, North Carolina, apparently from natural causes.

Madoff pleaded guilty to a Ponzi scheme whereby he swindled thousands of clients out of billions of dollars in investments. He was a former chairman of the Nasdaq stock market and counted among his clients such powerhouses as Steven Spielberg and Sandy Koufax.

Here is a video report on the financial swindler from The History Channel. The piece is entitled, “Ripped Off: Madoff and The Scamming of America.”





Who Was St. Patrick?

Every March 17 people around the world don their best green attire to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. But chances are, there’s a lot you don’t know about Ireland’s patron saint.

For starters, St. Patrick wasn’t even Irish. He was born in fifth-century Britain, then part of the Roman Empire. He was kidnapped by Irish raiders when he was 16, spent six years in captivity, then returned to Ireland to spend the rest of his life as a missionary. Perhaps the most famous myth surrounding his legacy, St. Patrick drove all the snakes from Ireland, which symbolizes cleansing the country of paganism. Tune in to the History Channel for more.

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Tesla’s Alien Connection

While tracking storms with one of his inventions in 1899, scientist Nikola Tesla claims he received some kind of transmission from an unknown source. Biographer Marc Seifer wrote that the more Tesla thought about it, he believed the communication came from outer space, perhaps from the Martians. Almost immediately, Tesla’s enemies–of which he had many–pounced  on his conclusion and deemed him the “mad scientist.” Learn more from The History Channel.

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Another Earth in Our Mantle

Scientists researching the Earth’s mantle have discovered what they believe to be a vast body of water three times the volume of all of our oceans combined, contained within a mineral layer 400 miles inside the Earth. Since we have not drilled down far enough to confirm these findings, could we be wrong about our planet’s composition? Enter the alien astronaut theorists who claim that according to our earliest methodologies, another Earth may not be found in the heavens but deep within our own planet, which also gives credence to the Hollow Earth theory. Tune in as The History Channel unravels this mystery.

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Our Ever-Changing Christmas

Christmas takes on many forms and celebrations. We decorate trees, pack shopping malls in search of gifts and sing Christmas songs. In addition, Christians celebrate the birth of Christ on December 25. But in the early days of Christianity, Christians didn’t celebrate Christmas at all. There isn’t even any mention of Christmas in the Bible. Learn how holiday traditions came and went over the years in this special history of Christmas produced by the History Channel.

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The History of Christmas

“The History of Christmas,” a production by the History Channel, details interesting facts about our most celebrated holiday. For instance, did you know that the birth of the Christ Child was a mystery because the Bible never mentions when he was born. Since pagan Rome already celebrated the birth of Mithra on December 25, it is theorized that the church adopted the date as the brith of the Christ Child. In the fourth century, the church made it official, declaring December 25 as the Feast Day of the Nativity.

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Ancient Aliens Debunked

Brian Switek, science writer for Smithsonian.com, once lambasted the History Channel’s Ancient Aliens series as “some of the most noxious sludge in television’s bottomless chum bucket.” He was reacting to an episode that audaciously suggested that aliens had exterminated the dinosaurs to make way for the human species. That was a particularly spurious theory but this series, recently renewed for a fifth season, has been widely criticized for advancing all manner of pseudoscience and pseudohistory.

Perhaps the best take-down yet is this three-hour documentary, Ancient Aliens Debunked, by Chris White with an assist from Mike Heiser. While it’s long, it covers a lot of ground, including Puma Punku, The Pyramids, Baalbek, Incan sites and Easter Island. White and Heiser also get into ancient artifacts: Pacal’s rocket, the Nazca lines, the Tolima “fighter jets,” the Egyptian “light bulb,” UFOs in ancient art and the crystal skulls. Text issue they explore include Ezekiel’s wheel, ancient nuclear warfare, Vimana’s, the Anunnaki, and the Nephilim. If you’re curious at all about these arcane matters, give it a watch. H/T Ameristroika

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