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Sometime around 1500 BC, after being hit by a terrible earthquake, the residents of Crete tried to calm the earth by lowering a large basket of olives into a well.

About one in four animals on earth is a beetle.

In Tanzania there are 125,000 people for every doctor, compared to one doctor for every 156 people in Cuba.

Asteroid 1227 is called geranium.

Novelist Joseph Conrad’s real name was Teodor Józef Konrad Nałęcz-Korzeniowski. He became fluent in English only in his 20s. He never lost his Polish accent.

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  1. Sometime around 1500 BC, after being hit by a terrible earthquake, the residents of Crete tried to calm the earth by lowering a large basket of olives into a well.

    Interestingly, only a hundred to a hundred and fifty years earlier Crete was devastated by a giant tsunami, generated by the eruption of an undersea volcano.

    Somewhere between the years of 1600 and 1628 BCE, the volcano erupted in what was estimated to be the third largest eruption in the history of eruptions. Ash from the volcano was found in Egypt, the skies above China were reported to have been red for days, and ash of the same composition has been found in ice cores drilled in Iceland. The eruption generated a tsunami, estimated between 115 and 490 feet high, which devastated the north coast of Crete. Unlike Pompeii, there’ve been no bodies found on the island, which implies an early evacuation – possibly earth tremors or rising steam gave the inhabitants a chance to escape.

    The volcanic eruption ended some civilizations and totally disrupted others, displacing a great number of people of diverse nationalities, customs and languages, all of whom, due to their lives on the islands of the Mediterranean, qualified as able seamen. It was about this time, that a horde of mysterious, barbaric, war-like, pirate-esque group of seamen, still to this day known only as the “Sea People,” began attacking the coastal cities of Egypt.

    Egypt, despite Hollywood depictions to the contrary, was rarely a united country – it was often divided into two kingdoms, that of the North, and another of the South. There was a time when those Sea People entirely took over and ruled the Northern Kingdom of Egypt, before finally being repelled.

    Evicted from Egypt, a group of these made their way to the coast of what is now Israel, settled, and became known as the Philistines of biblical fame. Sadly for the veracity of the Bible, Genesis 20 has Abraham, who allegedly lived in the 2nd millennium, visiting Abimelech, king of the Philistines, some 700 years before the Philistines ever settled in the Levant.

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