Last month, the Greek government announced it had unearthed the largest burial site ever found in Greece. The site dates to the fourth century BC — the time of Alexander the Great. And so far, there is no word about who might be in it.
Two headless sphinxes guard the entrance in what was once ancient Amphipolis, a city of the Macedonian kingdom. Inside, two female figures, caryatids, warn visitors away with outstretched arms. The wall surrounding the burial site is 1600 feet (500 meters) in circumference — much larger than the site where Alexander's father is buried. So clearly, someone important was buried here, perhaps even Alexander's mother or wife.
The BBC has photos and found that locals are hoping it is Alexander himself buried inside — ignoring the fact that Alexander is known to have been buried in Egypt.
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Putin's control of media now extends to children's television
Russian President Vladimir Putin seems to have a penchant for media. He has closed several independent news stations that he didn't care for, only to reopen them as state-run enterprises. And when he heard that Russia's long-running kids' show, Goodnight Little Ones, would be introducing a new character, he intervened.
He "suggested" the show's new hero be Mur, the Siberian (or Amur) tiger. The show producers evidently had their doubts, but then saw the brilliance of the suggestion. Putin is a fan of exotic predators. The Guardian notes that MUR is also the acronym for the Moscow criminal investigation office. One twitter user suggested the new character would be there to enforce order on the show.
If you like quick results, American Sumo wrestling is for you
Long Beach, California, just hosted the US Sumo Open, featuring 85 competitors from more than a dozen nations. It's the largest Sumo event outside of Japan. And if your attention span is short, it's the sport for you.
Matches can be incredibly short, like five seconds. And there are no commercial breaks and no complex rules requiring referee discussions. If you push your opponent out of the ring or to the ground, you win.
PRI's The World talked with the founder of the competition, who is a former Sumo champion himself. He explained that being fat wasn't a requirement. You just have to exploit your opponent's weakness. At last year's competition, 175-pound American wrestler Liz Seward took down a 400-pound British wrestler. Apparently, it's not the meat, it's the motion.
Thinking of marriage in India? Is your detective lined up?
Indian weddings are known for their beauty and extravagance. The events often run for days and can have thousands of guests. It's a big investment for a family. So how do you protect that investment? Evidently, by hiring a marriage detective.
The BBC talked to one female investigator, Taralika Lahiri, who's been doing this work for more than 25 years. Typically, a family pays about $500 for a pre-matrimonial investigation. Clients want to check the wealth, family background and past relationships of the prospective bride or groom.
Back in the day when parents and aunts arranged marriages, fraud was tough to pull off. But now that children are meeting and picking their mates, sometimes via the Internet, marriage investigation is a thriving business. Lahiri has 15 people working for her. And as India's divorce rate rises, her team has added alimony and child custody investigations to its portfolio.
Hong Kong students are resurrecting the sit-in, for democracy's sake
Roughly 13,000 Hong Kong university students today began what they say will be a week-long boycott of classes at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Their aim? To support a campaign for free elections in the former British colony.
At the end of August, China's government announced that it would retain the right to veto candidates for Hong Kong's chief executive after 2017. That contradicts what residents believe was a promise made by China, before it took over Hong Kong, to allow free elections starting in that year. PRI's The World reports that Beijing's response is reminiscent of days gone by — it claims unnamed foreign forces are manipulating the protesters to undermine the prosperity of the area.
What we are seeing on social
My chief complaint over reasons for Qatar losing the 2022 WC is that it seems to centre on weather problems rather than human rights abuses.
— James Masters (@Masters_JamesD) September 22, 2014
Weather around the world
Some storms just won't quit. After leaving severe flooding in the Philippines last week, Tropical Storm Fung-Wong continued its havoc. It dropped 99 centimeters (39 inches) on parts of Taiwan over the weekend. On Monday, it grazed China's coast and brought 30 mph winds to Shanghai. Weather.com reports that even as it disperses, it will likely drench South Korea and threaten aprts of Japan that have experienced floods and landslides in the last month.