Skeleton Discovered, Fossil DiscoveryFossil Discovery: Skeleton discovered from a grave in Venice

As recently as Feb 2009, the researchers exhumed a skeleton from a grave in Venice. The discovery opened up a new horizon in many fields, as it is claimed to be the first known examples of the “vampires” that have been globally referred to in so many modern documents. Matteo Borrini of the University of Florence, Italy discovered the skeleton of a woman with a small rectangular piece of stone block in the mouth. Borrini discovered this strange skeleton while excavating mass graves of the middle aged victims of the Venetian plague of 1576 on the Lazzaretto Nuovo Island in Venice.

Borrini’s amazing discovery of the skeleton has helped the researchers to draw a link between the epidemic (plague) and human belief during those days. It was due to the wanton spread out of the plague, that people had been victimized by death. At the time the woman died, people used to believe that the plague was spread out by the “Vampires”, which did not drink people’s blood, but killed them by spreading out diseases by chewing on their shrouds after they died. According to Borrini, the grave diggers, put the small block of stone in the mouth of the dead women (those who were suspected to be “Vampires”) to stop them killing people by spreading epidemics.

According to the researchers, the belief in the so-called “vampires” had risen probably because of the fact that sometimes blood oozed out of the victims’ mouth while dying, which consequently caused the shrouds to sink inwards. Borrini presented his findings at a meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in Denver, Colorado during the last week of February 2009. He claimed that this might be the first known example of vampire to have been examined forensically.

Interestingly, Peer Moore-Jansen of Wichita State University in Kansas claimed that he had found similar skeletons in Poland. According to him, "claiming it as the first vampire is a little ridiculous". Borrini says that his study includes every detail of the earliest grave and shows archaeological "exorcism evidence against vampires".

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zig-zag lightning flashes, zig zag lightning flashesHere’s another very interesting thing that I had discovered from some reliable and valuable sources some years back. Someone had hit the media with an amazing question… “Why is it always that the lightning flashes are seen in zig-zag lines?” Well, a question like this is hardly faced by teachers and parents, I am sure. I personally haven’t yet come across too many kids asking such uncommon question!

So just read on… find why we always see thunder flashes in zig-zag lines. Lightning bolts are flashes that are produced by the high intensity electrical discharges in the atmosphere. Let's start off with an explanation that a lighting flash is a plasma and stripping the electrons off the atoms and molecules! The high intensity electrical discharges are produced due to the friction of the rising hot air with the condensed water particles in the cloud, thereby creating the positive electrical charges, accompanied by the build up of high intensity opposite charges – Negative Charges at the nearest point on the ground. This discharge doesn’t happen until the intensity of charges in the clouds exceeds the optimum limit. In this way a sequence of random discharges occur due to the repetitive crossing of critical limit of the intensity of the charges. The negative charges are discharged in step wise manner from the top of the cloud to its base. This is known as “Leader Discharge”. All the accumulated charges are discharged towards the Earth, which is actually the opposite negative charges and during this course of action reverse flow of electron (negatively charged particles) takes place from the ground towards the cloud, along the same path. The high speed of the high voltage current causes flash, which we call “Lightning”!

This flow and reverse flow of charges are of extreme high speed and are random and cross the atmospheric mediums of varied densities. As it happens randomly and crosses varied medium densities in atmosphere, which make the perception of the lightning in a wavy and zig-zag mode.

Remember, had this atmosphere been a vacuum, we could have seen lightning flashes in perfect straight lines

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