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I immediately thought of Mr. FLG when I read about this:

A Kevlar-like armor might have helped Alexander the Great (356–323 B.C.) conquer nearly the entirety of the known world in little more than two decades, according to new reconstructive archaeology research.

Presented at the annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America in Anaheim, Calif., the study suggests that Alexander and his soldiers protected themselves with linothorax, a type of body armor made by laminating together layers of linen.

“While we know quite a lot about ancient armor made from metal, linothorax remains something of a mystery since no examples have survived, due to the perishable nature of the material,” Gregory Aldrete, professor of history and humanistic studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, told Discovery News.

“Nevertheless, we have managed to show that this linen armor thrived as a form of body protection for nearly 1,000 years, and was used by a wide variety of ancient Mediterranean civilizations,” Aldrete said.

Interesting but not surprising: I’ve used some table linens in my time so heavily starched I believe they could have deflected incoming projectiles.

This may seem like a ridiculous question to those of you who understand horseless carriages and the electrical fluid, but here goes anyway:  Is there some way to send a document straight from a wireless laptop to a printer attached to the home p.c. (and on the same Verizon Fios LAN), or do you have to manually hook the thing up each time you want to print?

I ask because the eldest gel attempted to send a homework essay to herself this morning by gmailing her doc to the p.c. and somehow managed to crash it.  This, of course, when we were already late trying to scramble out the door.


No bones about it:

MADISON, Maine (AP) — A Maine woman on an outing to an old cemetery in the town of Madison says she “freaked out” when she realized what she thought was a coconut turned out to be a human skull.

Ann Chesley was taking her boyfriend’s two children to the cemetery on East Madison Road recently so she could teach them some history.

But 9-year-old Dakota Webb and 11-year-old Devon Webb of Showhegan found the skull.

Town officials say the skull is probably 200 years old.

Chesley took the skull to the Somerset County sheriff’s office.

Lt. Carl Gottardi tells the Kennebec Journal it appears an animal dug up the skull, but it wasn’t suspicious.

The skull will be reburied.

Well, what did she expect?  What I don’t understand is what on earth this woman would suppose a coconut to be doing in a Maine graveyard, where there are neither African nor European swallows.

Happy Friday, everyone!


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