Shooting a Giant Squid

Giant Squids, Minotaurs, and Bigfoot are all creatures that were a myth at one time or another. The difference between them, however, is that we know one exists, we know that one doesn’t, and we aren’t so sure about the third. Humans have given hundreds of amazing creatures places in our myths and legends since the beginning of oral history – many of which are believed to be real. In this series, we look at some of the origins and theories surrounding some of the most fantastic of these creatures.

A team of Japanese scientists has recently captured a live giant squid on film in its natural habitat for the first time in history.  Per a CNN report, “the mission that finally tracked down the creature involved 55 dives in two special submersible vehicles that spent a total of more than 285 hours far beneath the waves. Some of the dives went deeper than 3,000 feet.”  The 10-foot squid was finally found off the coast of Japan.  While this is a relatively small giant squid (they can reach 44 feet in length), this is a momentous scientific discovery – the Giant Squid is one of the most storied and evasive sea creatures in history.   Continue reading

How the World Will End (Pt. 1)

This is part one of a series (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4) (Part 5) covering several ways that humanity’s time on Earth could conceivably come to an end. The study of the apocalypse, known as eschatology  has been a pervasive force in religion, science, and popular culture since the development of the first cultures on Earth. Some of the theories about the end of days are more plausible than others, but all are thought-provoking nonetheless. In Part One, I recount the history and science surrounding the Impending End of the Mayan Calender that has led to the popular 2012 phenomena. Cheers to the end!

It’s almost here, folks! In just five short days, the world will end – at least according to ancient Mayan predictions. The fact has been known for a long time, but as December 21st, 2012 draws closer, interest and speculation has only grown about how our world might end. Case-in-point: the movie 2012, which was completely inaccurate scientifically but still turned many people into doomsday preppers. But who were the Mayans, what were there predictions, and how reliably to they point to a 2012 apocalypse?’

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