There have been bizarre claims before that Jesus Christ lived and died in India, with his tomb located in the state of Kashmir. In what can only be a testament to his omnipresence, another claim has been made to Christ’s whereabouts before his death, this time by the Japanese.
So the story goes like this – Christ visited Japan between the ages of 21 and 33. Of course, this is conveniently supported by the fact that the Bible skips over large periods of Christ’s early life. He spent this time studying the native language and culture, before returning to Jerusalem. What about the Crucifixion, you ask? Well, it wasn’t Christ that was crucified at all. According to this theory, it was his younger brother Isukiri, who took his place on the cross. In the meantime, Christ fled to Siberia. After a few years, he traveled via Alaska and arrived at the port of Hachinohe, 40km from the village of Shingo. He lived the rest of his life in the village, where he married, had three children and died at the age of 106.
The source of this story is a series of ancient Japanese documents that provide details about the escape of Christ from the Holy Land of Jerusalem. Called the “Takenouchi Documents,” they are said to be over 1,500 years old, and passed down from generation to generation in the Takenouchi family. English translations are available today. However, the real attraction in the village of Shingo isn’t the document or the story itself, but the very Tomb of Jesus Christ. On top of a wooded hill overlooking the rice fields lie two graves, each a mound of earth marked with a wooden cross. The grave to the left has the ear of Isukuri along with a lock of the Virgin Mary’s hair. The one on the right is where the bones of Christ himself are buried.
The theory has been described by many as a hoax, an attempt to boost tourism. Given the elaborate displays and stories that have been built around Shingo, it is rather ironical that the villagers are largely Buddhists, and only one woman subscribes to the Christian faith. However, observers and believers point out that there are a few unmistakable signs proving the story’s legitimacy. Shingo’s residents display certain characteristics that are not Japanese. For instance, babies are marked with a charcoal-drawn cross on the forehead. Young ones are also kept in round woven baskets, similar to the ones found in the Holy Land. The use of odd words, and the foreign appearance of some of the villagers, are other pieces of evidence for the believers. Toshiko Sato, the only Christian inhabitant of the village claims that the story is a lie, and does not visit the annual Christ festival that is held at the Tomb.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, often the harbinger of bad news about e. coli outbreaks and swine flu, recently had some good news: The life expectancy of Americans is higher than ever, at almost 78.
Discussions about life expectancy often involve how it has improved over time. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, life expectancy for men in 1907 was 45.6 years; by 1957 it rose to 66.4; in 2007 it reached 75.5. Unlike the most recent increase in life expectancy (which was attributable largely to a decline in half of the leading causes of death including heart disease, homicide, and influenza), the increase in life expectancy between 1907 and 2007 was largely due to a decreasing infant mortality rate, which was 9.99 percent in 1907; 2.63 percent in 1957; and 0.68 percent in 2007.
But the inclusion of infant mortality rates in calculating life expectancy creates the mistaken impression that earlier generations died at a young age; Americans were not dying en masse at the age of 46 in 1907. The fact is that the maximum human lifespan — a concept often confused with "life expectancy" — has remained more or less the same for thousands of years. The idea that our ancestors routinely died young (say, at age 40) has no basis in scientific fact.
..............Of course, infant mortality is only one of many factors that influence life expectancy, including medicine, crime, and workplace safety. But when it is calculated in, it often creates confusion and myths.
When Socrates died at the age of 70 around 399 B.C., he did not die of old age but instead by execution. It is ironic that ancient Greeks lived into their 70s and older, while more than 2,000 years later modern Americans aren't living much longer.
Pedestrians have sometimes felt neglected when it comes to GPS directions.
Indeed, not so long ago, one lady sued Google because the directions its map offered led her (she believed) to be struck by a car.
Now Microsoft has been granted a patent that is designed to make its maps more pedestrian-friendly.
Somehow, this patent has immediately been dubbed the "avoid ghetto" feature.
Not from Microsoft;
Someone seems to have already attempted a ghetto-related mapping exercise, in Ohio.
(Credit: CC JimBobThe Boss/Flickr)
The gist of it seems to be that Microsoft's GPS--which will reportedly be inserted into Windows Phones in the future--will use input from more varied and up-to-date sources in order to create suggested routes.
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