A Motorized Pram, Circa 1922

Notice the English nanny's smile and the child's doll. And the shockingly short skirt for a lady! Skirt lengths had been to the ankles until 1920, so this nanny's look was quite of-the-moment.

Salvador Dali believed he was the reincarnation of his older brother, who died nine months before Dali was born. This was probably aided by his parents giving him the same first name as their dead son. As an adult Dali painted the above work titled "Portrait of My Dead Brother."

Around 250 CE, large burial mounds in the shape of keys over top of sunken tombs began appearing in Japan. By the 400s CE these kofun were hundred of meters across. Inside all excavated kofun have been wooden coffins interred with precious grave goods such as bronze mirrors or well-made swords. On the slopes of the mounds are sometimes found terracotta figures used to mark the boundary between the kofun and the outside world. But only the smaller burial mounds have been examined.

Japan does not allow any excavations of kofun over a certain size and which is in the shape of a keyhole. This is because important resting places are believed to have been reserved for divine emperors. Digging into such tombs would be sacrilege. And if archaeologists found something that raised questions about the divine status of the world's oldest monarchy? Well, that would be even worse.

What is this?

Answer: a candle holder fashioned like a chicken's foot! From China during the Western Han Dynasty, 202 BCE - 9 CE.

The "mecha" genre of science fiction was created in Japan. The first depiction of Mecha Super Robots that were controlled by a person within a cockpit in the robot was introduced in the manga and anime series Mazinger Z by Go Nagai in 1972.

Justin Fashanu (1961–1998) was a British footballer (soccer player). He played from the late 1970s till 1997. Fashanu was the first professional footballer in England to come out as gay and to this day is the only British male professional player to have done so.

Someone living in Sweden during the Iron Age wore this cloak. Unfortunately, they wore it while they were murdered: forensic analysis found the holes in the cloak match how stabs would have penetrated the folds of the cloak when it was being worn. Dating to 360 to 100 BCE, is also the oldest known example of a houndstooth pattern!

Megalith Cist Burials Found in Southern India

  Archaeologists have uncovered a total of 250 cairn circles in southern India’s trade and industrial center of Kodumanal, which was inhabited from the 400s through first century B.C.E. The cairn circles were made of giant rocks or megaliths. Most of the cairn circles were around rectangular chambers built of megaliths, which in turn contained burial cists and three or four bowls or pots. The pottery was likely for offerings placed outside the burial cists, showing a belief system that included something after death. An impressive ten pots and bowls were recently unearthed in a larger circle made of boulders and rectangular-shaped cists made of stone slabs, surrounding a three-chambered burial. This larger, more complex burial might have been intended for someone important in the community.

Where Are The Sheep In Australia?

These two maps are from the 1920s series by George Philip & Son. Note that by this point, no land was in indigenous control.

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