Where can you find mutilated plastic children mounted on trees? La Isla de las Muñecas or Island of the Dolls in Mexico and one of the next stops on Destination Truth's crypto-tour of the world. Why dolls on trees? The man responsible didn't take this secret to his grave in 2001.
The gist of the story begins with Don Julián Santana who lived on the island for fifty years as a hermit despite having a wife and family. Shortly after arriving on the island he believed it to be haunted by a young girl who drowned while visiting the island. Some thought he fished dolls out of the canal because he was mad and was convinced they were real children. The truth is whenever he spotted a doll floating by he retrieved and placed it on a tree. Thus, appeasing the spirit and protecting himself from evil. One doll wasn't enough though. He soon turned the whole island in to a shrine dedicated to the poor young girl. He even traded home grown vegetables for old dolls to add to the collection.
Don Julián was found dead by his nephew in the very same canal the girl drowned in. Some believe there may have been foul play as Don often heard voices in the water calling to him. Beckoning him to come in. Since his passing, La Isla de las Muñecas has become one of Mexico's creepiest tourist attraction. Each doll is believed to be fueled with the paranormal energy of the girl. They supposedly move and whisper to travelers, offering an invitation to their home. Upon visiting the island, you must bring an offering of a doll, candles and hard candy to appease the spirit. But is she the only one? Some think Don Julián also haunts the property warding off visitors. I warn you not to trespass on La Isla de las Muñecas. It is private property and you need permission from Don Julián's nephew Anastasio Velasquez.
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Grant Wood, American painter, born February 13, 1891.
* Valentine's Day. February 14.
Oregon became the 33rd state to join the Union, February 14, 1859.
John Barrymore, American actor, born February 14, 1882.
Arizona became the 48th state, February 14,1912.
* Galileo, Italian astronomer and physicist, born February 15, 1564.
Inventor Cyrus McCormick born February 15, 1809.
Susan B. Anthony, American woman suffrage leader, born February 15, 1820.
Elihu Root, U.S. statesman and lawyer, born February 15, 1845.
* Henry Adams, American historian, born February 16, 1838.
* Thomas Robert Malthus, British economist, born February 17, 1766.
* Mary I, first reigning queen of England, born February 18, 1516.
John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress was licensed for publication, 1678.
Jefferson Davis took the oath as provisional President of the Confederate States of America, 1861.
Wendell Willkie, American political leader, born 1892.
San Francisco's Golden Gate International Exposition opened, 1939.
* Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus born February 19, 1473.
David Garrick, English actor, born February 19, 1717.
Thomas A. Edison patented the phonograph, February 19, 1878.
* Astronaut John H. Glenn, Jr., became first American to orbit the earth, February 20, 1962.
* Richard M. Nixon became first U.S. President to visit China, February 21, 1972.
* George Washington, first U.S. President, born in Westmoreland County, Va., February 22, 1732.
German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer born February 22, 1788.
James Russell Lowell, American poet, born February 22, 1819.
The United States acquired the Florida territory from Spain, February 22, 1819.
* Samuel Pepys, English diarist, born February 23, 1633.
English composer George Frideric Handel born February 23, 1685.
W. E. B. Du Bois, American civil rights leader, historian, and sociologist, born February 23, 1868.
Amendment 25 to the U.S. Constitution, on presidential succession, proclaimed, February 23, 1967.
* Winslow Homer, American painter, born February 24, 1836.
* Jose de San Martin, liberator of Argentina, Chile, and Peru, born February 25, 1778.
Enrico Caruso, Italian singer, born 1873.
Amendment 16 to the Constitution, authorizing the income tax, proclaimed, 1913.
President Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines resigned from office and fled the country, 1986.
* Victor Hugo, French poet and novelist, born February 26, 1802.
Napoleon escaped from island of Elba, 1815.
American frontiersman William Frederick Cody, better known as "Buffalo Bill," born 1846.
* Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet, born February 27, 1807.
Marian Anderson, American singer, born February 27, 1897.
* American author Ben Hecht, born February 28, 1894.
Vincent Massey took the oath as the first Canadian-born governor general of Canada, February 28,1952.
* Marquis de Montcalm, French commander in Quebec, born February 29, 1712.
Gioacchino Antonio Rossini, Italian composer, born February 29, 1792.
Facts from World Book Millenium
some of the famous people born in February
Lived 1685 – 1750, English poet and playwright
Israeli diplomat, 1915-
16th President of the USA
Adlai E Stevenson
He was the grandson of Adlai Ewing Stevenson, who had been vice president
American Democratic politician 1900 – 65
French racing driver, 1955+
Director of Angel Heart
Actor, often gets the villainous parts
Austrian psychologist 1870-1937
Alfred North Whitehead
English mathematician & philosopher. Lived 1861 – 1947.
American poet, 1874 – 1925
Photographer, 1902 – 84
Israeli Prime Minister
German philosopher. Lived 1788 – 1860
Famous actor, was toyboy to Demi Moore’s younger man
American poet, 1934 – 92
Novelist, lived 1905 – 82
American baseball player
Drag queen Dame Edna Everage
Irish boxer, 1961+
US mathematician, 1893 – 1964
Benicio Del Toro
German novelist, 1812-82
American feminist, 1921-
American politician, 1952+
Famous musician, 1945+
US tennis player, 1918 – 95
Footballer, turned manager, famously of England and Newcastle. Well known for his gaffes!
Russian novelist and poet
Russian statesman, 1931+
Actor and athlete
Irish playwright 1923-64
US golfer, 1912+
Italian writer, 1707 – 93
Winner of a gymnastics gold at the Olympics Athens 2004
American comedian, 1967+
Popular Australian athlete
Scientist, famous for the Theory Of Evolution
Very famous English author, 1812 – 1870
English essayist, 1775-1834
US aviator, 1902-74
The voice of an angel, who began singing professionally when she was about 12 years old
American comedian, who has starred in several movies. 1966+
Model who was married to Billy Joel
English playwright and poet 1564-93
One of the original supermodels
Outspoken British politician, respected by some disliked by others, 1946+
From the movie ‘Gone With The Wind’
Actress, model and producer from the USA
An American Vice-President, 1947+
English actor 1717-79
As Del Boy in Only Fools and Horses
American inventor, 1891-1971
One of the stars of the remake of film Charlies Angels among countless others
Edna St Vincent Millay
American poet, 1892-1950
Actress who was born in 1932 and began her career at a young age
American Journalist, 1927 – 1996
Antarctic Explorer. 1874 – 1922
1838 – 1916, physicist
Scientist who was punished for his claims that the earth revolves
Writer and journalist renowned for reporting the “unreportable”
George F Kennan
British rock musician
George Jean Nathan
Us writer and theatre critic
English novelist 1828-1909
Hungarian born writer
Famous American politician
George William Curtis
American author, 1824 – 92
French novelist and essayist, 1888 – 1948
Early twentieth century author and legend
The man who was Chancellor of Great Britain for ten years but always wanted to be Prime Minister. And he became Prime Minister on 27th June 2007. Yes, pinch yourself hard but you won’t wake up – Gordon Brown aka the Clunking Fist, the man who destroyed all Brit’s pensions (outside the public sector at least) and has been described as ‘unelectable’ by many became Prime Minister… without an election. A new government, with new priorities…
Golfer, the Great White Shark
1934+ Baseball player
English writer of tracts
English sexologist, 1859-1939
English poet and playwright, 1914-86
Editor of the New York Tribune
Jewish spokesman and writer 1864-1926
American comedian, 1894 – 1974
US film actor, 1925 – 2001
Rich businessman who was involved in Microsoft
Famous writer, lived 1882 – 1941
James Russell Lowell
Think Friends and Brad Pitt
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Actress, star of ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ movies
Philosopher, 1748 – 1832
Actress, of Startrek fame
British writer of easy-read novels
John Foster Dulles
John Henry Newman
English theologian, 1801-90
Fiery tennis player turned commentator
Philosopher, 1921 – 2002
English art critic 1819-1900
Actor who is most renowned for his role in the movie Grease alongside Olivia Newton-John
American Musician, 1932 – 2003
Botanist, 1743 – 1820
Footballer turned Manager/Coach
American film director
American lead singer of Nirvana, 1967 – 1994
Succesful actress who starred in films from 1937-1976
US poet, 1902 – 67
TV producer, 1928+
Athlete, born 1959
American scientist, 1898-1964
US chemist, 1901 – 94
Lisa Marie Presley
Daughter of Elvis, and ex-wife of Michael Jackson. An interesting mix! 1968+
Australian tennis player
American architect, 1901-74
American lawyer, 1902 – 1994
American novelist, 1924+
Successful athlete, one of the best swimmers ever, 1950+
Cartoonist and creator of The Simpsons
Cute and talented American actress, 1979+
Owner of a TV station and a New York mayor
Tennis player, 1972+
Founder and CEO of Dell Computers, 1965+
British novelist 1918-
Aussie singer, ex-Neighbours
US actor, 1941+
(1848-1917) an anarchist and radical journalist
Prolific actor, 1938+
Wafer thin model, who has received much unwanted publicity due to videos of her and a former boyfriend which have been released onto the Internet. Super-rich – member of the Hilton family which owns the worldwide hotel chain
Peter De Vries
American actor, 1939+
American consumer protectionist
French author, 1903 – 76
Starred in “The Thomas Crown Affair”, “Lethal Weapon 4″…
Formerly of early 90s boy band ‘Take That’, now enjoying massive success as a solo artist with many smash hits including ‘Angels’
English writer and Roman Catholic priest, 1888-1957
S J Perelman
Russian writer and director
One of the latest Latin Americans to follow J-Lo in making Latino popular
Film star most famous for her role in Basic Instinct.
American novelist, 1885 – 1951
British writer 1900-69
Founder of Apple Computers
Sven Goran Eriksson
English football coach
Wife of David Duchovny of “The X-Files”
British comedian – Monty Python
Thomas J Watson
Scientist, 1874 – 1956
US journalist, 1940+
American actor, 1920 – 2004
W H Auden
English poet and dramatist
Lived 1826 – 1877, English economist and essayist
English physician, 1865-1940
English playwright 1670-1729
William Henry Harrison
American president, 1773-1841
Russian writer, 1884-1937
Wife of John Lennon
Born February 24, 1914, actor
Sexy star of Crouching Tiger
Zsa Zsa Gabor
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How Egypt Turned Off the InternetYesterday, something unprecedented happened: Egypt turned off the internet. A nation of 80,000,000 instantly disconnected. So how'd they do it?
There was no giant lever or big red button involved, but in reality it was almost as easy: the Egyptian Government simply issued an order for ISPs to shut down service.
"Under Egyptian legislation the authorities have the right to issue such an order and we are obliged to comply with it," Vodafone Egypt explained in a statement shortly after. Along with Vodafone, Egypt's other three major ISPs, Link Egypt, Telecom Egypt, and Etisalat Misr, all stopped service. Jim Cowie, the co-founder and CTO of internet monitoring firm Renesys, told the WSJ:
What is most likely is that somebody in the government gives a phone call to a small number of people and says, ‘Turn it off.' And then one engineer at each service provider logs into the equipment and changes the configuration of how traffic should flow.
It was likely as easy as that.
Renesys saw the effects immediately. Some 3,500 Border Gateway Protocol or BGP routes—the places where networks connect and announce which IP addresses they are responsible for—disappeared in an instant:
At 22:34 UTC (00:34am local time), Renesys observed the virtually simultaneous withdrawal of all routes to Egyptian networks in the Internet's global routing table. Approximately 3,500 individual BGP routes were withdrawn, leaving no valid paths by which the rest of the world could continue to exchange Internet traffic with Egypt's service providers. Virtually all of Egypt's Internet addresses are now unreachable, worldwide.
How Egypt Turned Off the Internet
But Stéphane Bortzmeyer, an IP communications whiz, surmised that Egypt pulled the plug on the net literally: "BGP is the symptom, not the cause. The cables have simply been unplugged."
Withdrawing BGP routes (or just unplugging cables) is a much more effective way of blocking the internet than, say, turning off DNS, in which case users could use DNS from overseas to access the internet. Compared to Tunisia, where certain BGP routes were blocked, or Iran, where internet connections were simply throttled, Egypt's disconnection is a severe one.
As of last night, Renesys estimated that 93% of Egyptian's networks were unreachable, with only one service provider, the Noor Group, still serving its customers. It's unclear why they're the only ones who didn't get turned off, though some are speculating that its role as service provider for the Egyptian Stock Exchange is what's keeping it online.
Reports from Egypt suggest that citizens may be able to use dial-up to access the internet, and LifeHacker has the nitty gritty on how to do it. It's not going to be fast, but it seems like for a vast majority of the Egyptians, it might be the only option. [Renesys, DomainIncite]
this article was taken from gizmodo.com
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