Xenophilia (True Strange Stuff)

The blog of Xeno, a slightly mad scientist

30,000-Year-Old Giant virus revived

A 30,000-year-old giant virus has been revived from the frozen Siberian tundra, sparking concern that increased mining and oil drilling in rapidly warming northern latitudes could disturb dormant microbial life … Continue reading

March 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Saddle Ridge Hoard: Buried gold coin stash worth $10,000,000

The coins were in uncirculated, mint condition, adding to their worth to collectors A California couple found a stash of gold coins buried on their property last year valued at … Continue reading

February 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

500-year-old hidden butt song from Hell + the Xeno transcription (listen)

When Hieronymus Bosch painted The Garden of Earthly Delights some time between the years of 1490 and 1510, the man clearly had a lot on his mind. His triptych shows … Continue reading

February 17, 2014 · 4 Comments

Caveman With Blue Eyes Shocks Scientists

Scientists examining the DNA of ancient remains find surprising new evidence of how early Europeans had dark skin and blue eyes. Image: An artist’s impression of the face of a … Continue reading

January 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

Pre- Viking Brew: Surprisingly Good

Ancient Scandinavians quaffed an alcoholic mixture of barley, honey, cranberries, herbs and even grape wine imported from Greece and Rome, new research finds. This Nordic “grog” predates the Vikings. It … Continue reading

January 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

World’s oldest Buddhist shrine discovered in Nepal

Archaeologists in Nepal say they have discovered traces of a wooden structure dating from the sixth century BC which they believe is the world’s oldest Buddhist shrine. Kosh Prasad Acharya, … Continue reading

November 28, 2013 · 1 Comment

Mysterious Package Found in Century-Old Time Capsule

If you opened a 101-year-old time capsule and found a mysterious package addressed to the descendants of an unknown man, would you open it? That’s the question a church in … Continue reading

November 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

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