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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-05-27 06:08
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Easter Island statues had bodies — Did no one ever think to look?

CSR project aims to create a high-speed, carbon-neutral steam-powered locomotive — Oh, cool. (Thanks to David E. Vincent.)

Egos and Immorality — Paul Krugman on the Wall Street fairy tale.

Scientist: Evolution debate will soon be history — This is stupid. The evolution debate has been history for a long time. What you have today is a combination of religious willful ignorance and conservative political opportunism. It's not a "debate" in any meaningful sense of the word, as the anti-evolution side has no evidence, logic or credibility.

Conservatives used to care about community. What happened? — They lost their fucking minds.

?otd: Ever been electric motorboated?

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Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.5 (solid)
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Currently reading: Shattering the Ley by Benjamin Tate; Of Blood and Honey by Stina Leicht

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User: scarlettina
Date: 2012-05-27 13:24 (UTC)
Subject: Easter Island
I clicked from Gurney's post to the actual site documenting the story. Key excerpt:

Rano Raraku was first reported to the outside world in 1868 by officers of HMS Topaze. The world was fascinated, and many sketches, essays, newspaper articles, and books were published describing the statues embedded in the slopes as “heads.” Over 90 excavations in Rano Raraku since that time exposed the torsos of many statues. Katherine and William Scoresby Routledge of the Mana Expedition to Easter Island, 1914-15 published photos of their own digs illustrating the bodies of many statues. In 1954-55 Thor Heyerdahl and his Norwegian Archaeological Expedition to Easter Island excavated others, further documenting the existence of complete, but partially buried, statues.

People have been looking at--and documenting--the torsos for more than a century. It just hasn't penetrated popular awareness until now.

Edited at 2012-05-27 01:25 pm (UTC)
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They Didn't Ask Me
User: dr_phil_physics
Date: 2012-05-27 19:29 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Easter Island
I remember reading Thor Heyerdahl's Aku-Aku as a kid and he showed excavation pits with bodies, including one with a Portuguese (?) sailing ship carved on the stomach.

Of course, Easter Island heads factor in the new stop motion The Pirates! Band of Misfits. (evil grin) (bump, bump, bump!)

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