The Origin of Vril and “The Coming Race” by Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Edward Bulwer-Lytton is known for many things. He’s the man who coined the phrases “pursuit of the almighty dollar” and “the pen is mightier than the sword.” He gave us that most (in)famous of opening lines, “It was a dark and stormy night,” which spawned the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest. He was a novelist, a poet, …

Ancient Buddhist Statue, Discovered By Nazis, Was Carved From Meteorite

Scientists at the University of Stuttgart in Germany have discovered that a Buddhist statue, first located by the Nazis in 1938, was carved from ataxite, a type of rare, nickel-rich iron meteorite. Known as the “Iron Man” statue, it is believed to portray the god Vaiśravaṇa, or Namtösé in Tibet, and was likely created in …

New Discovery Casts Doubt On Mayan “Doomsday” Prophecy

This week, archaeologists working at the Xultun ruins in Guatemala revealed their latest discovery: Ancient Mayan astronomical tables. They were found in a surprisingly well-preserved “writing room,” where the ancient Mayans at Xultun likely worked on their astronomical calculations, setting the groundwork for their now infamous calendar system. Archaeologists even found something akin to a …