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Scientists: Vikings' 'mythical' sunstone found

Discussion in 'Science, Math, History and Language Studies' started by BIV, Mar 8, 2013.

  1. BIV

    BIV I'm Biv Dick Black, the Over Poster.

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    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/03/07/vikings-sunstone-crystal-myth/1970277/

    Paging Three Hole Puncher
     
  2. Creasy Bear

    Creasy Bear gorgeousness and gorgeousity made flesh
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    Feldspar.

    Yeah... that came up on the Vikings show on the History Channel.

    I watched a show once where some smarty pants guys, scientists and navigational experts, put that to the test. They were trying to see if the Vikings could've really made it to North America(which we know they did)... and they tested the sunstone as a navigational tool.

    The sunstone didn't really work all that well. They could sorta detect the position of the sun on a cloudy day, and after sunset, with the stone, but not with anywhere near the accuracy required to be of any use in navigation.

    But what do I know from fancy sailing stones? Just give me a map and a container of coffee, and I'll get to the job site.
     
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  3. Saikotic

    Saikotic Scraping a dull blade across your tender eyeball
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    That had better be translated from "Give me a sword and a spear and I'll get to the lands we're going to raid."
     
  4. CousinDave

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    Back then you would have ruled the world
     
  5. Creasy Bear

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    No doubt... they would've been tossing women at me. Those were the days

    Back then, "white guilt" meant the sad feeling of regret you got when a few Skraelings managed to escape the town you were raiding.
     
  6. Cunt Smasher

    Cunt Smasher Caligula Jr.

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    I dunno, go west far enough, you'll hit land. If you go too far norf, it gets cold, so you go back souf. Easy.
     
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    They made funny nicknames for you if you refused to kill children. I think THP would fit right in.
     

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