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Atomic Bomb Depicted in Ancient Seal? No. Modern Art.

You may see this image on places like Pinterest and Instagram, posted without fact checking as proof of ancient super technology. This is art by Steven Parker. It’s a parody.

The story is fun. There is this video:

…. When I mentioned that I had colleagues in Iraq who could be counted on for logistical support, his encouragement became enthusiastic, and we spent the rest of the evening discussing the creation of such an expedition.  He was especially interested in my ability to travel inconspicuously in areas typically not visited by tourists or scholars. …

I immediately got in touch with a colleague who could not only navigate the difficult paths of government support for my work in Iraq, but also verify the age of any artifacts I would discover.   I engaged the services of Dr. Jemyel Sedyeqh, from the local Carbon Dating Service, and we spent that first evening discussing the goals of my expedition. …

Dr. Sedyeqh  was extremely skilled and knowledgeable, with connections in the highest places.  She related that one of her steady clients was quite a high ranking official who owned a large private collection of artifacts from Mesopotamia which had never been made available to the academic community.   …

The day of my tour arrived, and Dr. Sedyeqh informed me that we would be going to the collection in the late evening for an undisturbed viewing. …  Offering  to show me her client’s favorite piece, Dr. Sedyeqh removed a small object from a case and handing it to me, explaining that it was from the realm of Nebuchadnezzar II, around 600 B.C.E..  At that moment, we heard the sound of a distant door opening, and I saw a look of panic on Dr. Sedyeqh’s face.

She said, in a low and urgent tone, “Hu is at the door!”

I replied, “I don’t know, who is at the door?”

Dr Sedyeqh:  “Yes – it is Sad!”

I did not understand what was so unhappy about the situation, but perhaps Dr Sedyech had forgotten to make all of the proper notifications for our visit.  Cautiously inspecting the hall outside, she quickly brought me back the way we came, out to the car, and back to my quarters.

When we arrived in my rooms, I realized that I still held the object that Dr. Sedyeqh had given me in the gallery, and I asked her to tell me about it.  The panicked look that had almost left her face was replaced by one of abject terror.  She told me that our accidental removal of the piece would be considered theft and an act of espionage, and that her known possession of the keys would implicate her.  She advised me that she was leaving town immediately, and that I should do the same if I valued my life.  …

Not wishing to cause any more trouble for Dr. Sedyeqh, I left Baghdad on the next flight out, without incident, retaining the cylinder seal to guard it against any mishap until I was able to return it safely to the gallery where it rightly belonged. …

Arriving back in my studios in New York, I immediately began a study of the cylinder seal.  The intaglio was carved into a cylinder of gold, capped on one end by polished lapis lazuli (Fig. 1),  and on the other by a flat seal carved in gold with the symbol of Ishtar,  an eight pointed star (Fig. 2).

Here’s an image of the cylinder seal on their web site.

It opens to reveal two more inner seals, one of which has the bomb imprint.

Quite inventive. Nicely done. It would be an amusing piece to own, to perhaps keep in a glass trophy case to show special friends who think you are a world traveling mystery collector.

I do hope you noticed right away that it looks in improbably excellent condition for an artifact that is supposedly 2,600 year old.

Nebuchadnezzar II did rein as a king of Babylon around 605-562 BC, so that small detail was true.

If you read the “About” page on the acmeclockworks web site, however, you see that it is a parody.

Acme Clockworks represents the work of Steven Parker.  As you browse through the site, you will also find pieces that result from collaborative efforts with other artists – the synergy of such creation is incredibly rewarding.

Over the years, Steven Parker has been active in the design and manufacture of product in two industries – toys and jewelry. The work you see here brings together the knowledge culled from that experience with the elements of mechanics, narrative, and an interactive experience woven throughout. Another element present in some of Mr. Parker’s work may be apparent in the discoveries documented here of Mr. Parker’s alter ego, Dr. Kent Streaver – a barely perceptible hint of parody.

We hope you enjoy the work shown here, and look forward to adding more to the mix.

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A woman discovered in a new house a secret room with creepy dolls

A woman was sorting things out in a newly acquired house and found a secret room filled with creepy dolls. This is reported by The Mirror.

The TikTok user posted several videos on the social network, in which she told how she found a secret room in the house where she moved with her family a few months ago and regretted finding it. She discovered the room when she was taking apart one of the cupboards and noticed that there was space behind it.

“An elderly woman who lived here kept everything. My children said that I should record on video how I move the closet and see what’s behind,” the author of the video said behind the scenes. 

“There’s no one home now, so I don’t think this is a good idea, but I’m dying to see what’s there,” she said.

The cramped space was filled with various knickknacks such as old coins, toys and art. Most of the subscribers of the woman were scared by the numerous dolls.

One TikTok user wrote, “I don’t know why, but I feel like it’s very bad.” 

“Has anyone else noticed a baby’s head that looks different from the last video?” another said. 

“When you forgot where you hid your Christmas gifts,” a third joked. 

One commentator suggested, “Throw out the whole house.”

The owner of the house admitted that she felt uncomfortable in the room and did not know what to do with the find. 

“I decided to lock this room. I think she should go back to who she belongs to. And it should be you girls,” she said on one of the tapes and focused the camera on the dolls.

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Now you can find out how people will look after the zombie apocalypse

According to the developers of one of the projects of the so-called generative adversarial network (GAN), on the eve of Halloween, they decided to make a modest gift to the global network community. 

And now, to the famous toys FaceApp, AI Portraits Art, Toonify HD and others, they have added the makemeazombie.com site, which in two clicks allows you to see how some famous personages will look after being bitten by a walker during a zombie apocalypse:

The service works very simply: use the 1 button to select the desired image

after which, with button 2, we look at the vision of the possible future by the Artificial Intelligence and enjoy the result:

As you can see, the Artificial Intelligence is working and the algorithm that processes the image gives a complete picture of how a person would look if he was made up as a zombie. 

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What kind of lights appeared in the sky over Hawaii?

Hawaiians saw bright lights in the sky the size of a football field and decided it was Elon Musk’s technique. However, scientists have come to the conclusion that the Starlink satellites have nothing to do with it. The bright lights are already 12 years old, and they revolve around the Earth for completely different reasons.

On the night of October 24, unusual lights appeared in the sky over the Hawaiian Islands, moving eastward. Witnesses of the bright show filmed it and published it on social networks. A group of about ten bright lights the size of a football field moved in the sky after 22:00, Khon2 writes.

People described the group of lights as a massive but transparent flat figure. Some even thought the silhouette was the size of a football field, but the lights did not make any noise.

Many residents were worried about the strange light show and put forward different versions of what was happening.

One of the eyewitnesses, who filmed the lights on camera, said that he was worried when he saw the unusual sight.

I started filming it and when the lights got closer I got worried. I could not understand what it was all about, – says a resident of the island of Molokai Kuyip Kanavalivali.

The lights were visible from the shores of Waikiki to Eva Beach and even on neighboring islands. The brightest show was seen by the inhabitants of the island of Molokai.

We didn’t know what to think. We did not know what it was and where it came from, ” Sheri English said, who also lives in Molokai. – In fact, it was a very eerie feeling.

On social media, people argued about where UFOs came from. Some people thought it was a meteor shower.

Others decided that the lights belong to the satellites of Elon Musk.

However, experts from Mauna Kea observatories have a simpler explanation for the spectacle. In their opinion, it was a rocket booster launched in 2008.

In all likelihood, what people saw last night was the return of the 2008 rocket booster. It was a Chinese rocket that launched a communications satellite for Venezuela, John O’Meara explained, chief scientist at the Keck Observatory.

According to scientists, over the years, the orbit of the launch vehicle collapsed. Astronomers have found a map of the flight path of the object, which was located near the Hawaiian Islands. She also predicted when the rocket booster would re-enter the atmosphere.

We can’t be 100 percent sure because we don’t have a single piece of its wreckage. But the pattern of light we saw in our timeline is aligned with this map. This flight path really makes us believe it was Venesat-1 re-entering the atmosphere,” Mary Beth Leichuck explained, director of strategic communications for the Canadian and Hawaiian Telescope.

It is believed that such phenomena are not uncommon, as similar objects are constantly launched into space. To spot them, you just need to be in the right place at the right time – right along the flight path. But when the rocket booster enters the atmosphere, people will be able to see an even brighter light show.

It will begin to disintegrate, heat up, and become very hot. And when it reaches the extreme temperature, it will become very bright and fall apart, – O’Meara added.

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