the baghdad batteries

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The oldest known Battery to mankind called “Battery Baghdad” is almost 2000 years old!

The Baghdad Battery is believed to be about 2000 years old (from the Parthian period, roughly 250 BCE to CE 250). The jar was found in Khujut Rabu just outside Baghdad and is composed of a clay jar with a stopper made of asphalt. Sticking through the asphalt is an iron rod surrounded by a copper cylinder. When filled with vinegar - orany other electrolytic solution - the jar produces about 1.1 volts. 

There is no written record as to the exact function of the jar, but the best guess is that it was a type of battery. Scientists believe the batteries (if that is their correct function) were used to electroplate items such as putting a layer of one metal (gold) onto the surface of another (silver), a method still practiced in Iraq today.

Lancea Longini #2

Summary: Modern-day AU where Steve is a college professor whose specialty is WWII. You work for Stark Industries and after leading an excavation of Hitler’s secret bunker, you find an object that was thought to be a legend.
Characters: Steve Rogers, Bucky Barnes, & Female Reader
Word Count: 1,333
Warnings: Suspense and language, I guess. 
Author’s Note: If a tag is crossed out, it’s only because Tumblr is dumb and won’t let me tag you. GIF credit [x] [x] [x]
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Your voice was raspy from the burn of whiskey, “What do you know about the Holy Lance?”

With one eyebrow arched, Steve stared at you, scoffing when you asked the question again. “You’re serious.”

“As a damn heart attack, Professor.”

He scoffed again and pushed away from his desk. “Only one problem with that, Miss Y/L/N, the Holy Lance, or Spear of Destiny as most know it as, doesn’t exist. It’s pure mythology. Even the Catholic Church has not made a claim to the authenticity of the ones in Rome and Vienna.”

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Mysteries that science has yet to explain.  Hopefully the pictures and the title arouses curiosity within you and you get a chance to look them up

  1. The Voynich Manuscript
  2. The Mpemba Effect
  3. The Baghdad Batteries
  4. The Giant Stone Spheres of Costa Rica
  5. Space Roar
  6. The Baigong Pipes
  7. The Antikythera Mechanism
  8. The Bloop