What an excellent interview with Cliff Johnson! Cliff is the master mind behind the 'puzzle' inside Astana. Although he didn't offer anything specific about Astana, he shares many thoughts on how he designs puzzles:
In this modern age it is hard to believe that there are any famous lost graves to be discovered, but this has proven not to be true, especially when given the fact the body of the famous English King Richard III, immortalized by William Shakespeare, was discovered under a car park in 2012. Even so, you may be surprised to know that the graves of several famous characters from history are still to be found! Here are the Top Ten still to be found:
Lost Treasure: Tucker's Cross (was found, now missing/stolen)
In 1955, Teddy Tucker discovered what was considered one of the most valuable finds of the 1594 shipwreck, the San Pedro, a Spanish galleon. It was a seven emerald-studded 22-carat gold cross. On each of the arms and at the base of the cross were rings which hung tiny gold nails, representing the nails of the Crucifixion. It was an amazing find.
On October 20th, 1783, El Cazador , also known as The Hunter in English, set sail from Veracruz, Mexico, to New Orleans. New Orleans was a crucial port for trade at the time and under the control of Spain. El Cazador was sent by Charles III of Spain to deliver 450,000 Spanish reales to stabilize the failing currency there, but it never arrived. The ship was deemed lost at sea, with all crew and cargo, in June of 1794.
The loss of the El Cazador was devastating for Spain’s attempt to alleviate economic tensions. And although New Orleans was a key shipping location because it sat where farmers and traders of the north could send goods down the Mississippi River to be transported and sold wherever needed around the world, Spain began to question it’s value.
Some historians claim the costly shipwreck of the El Cazador is said to have ultimately aided in the decision of Spain to give up control of the lands there, and that this decision also helped create the America it is today. Theories propose .... read more on MW...
One of the fun sights to explore when visiting Rome is known as Bocca della Verita, or the Mouth of Truth. Legends speak that it will bite off the hands of liars. Below are 10 interesting facts about this mysterious and ancient marble mask.
Did you know that when the craze for all things Egyptian in the early and mid 1800’s was rampant, there came to be called and what was known as ‘Mummy Unwrapping Parties’? This type of party was held by some of the most Victorian elites and it is just what the name suggests. People would gather together, at a scheduled time and event, to ‘unwrap’ a mummy. Many times there were valuable trinkets around the body, so it wasn’t all to see the ‘dead person’ inside, it was to find hidden treasures as well.