Saturday, January 31, 2015

Creepy Medical Supplies Found Amid Wreckage Of Pirate Blackbeard's Ship


Ahoy! Archaeologists excavating pirate Blackbeard's sunken ship, named Queen Anne's Revenge, recently unearthed from the wreckage various medical devices--and some of them look pretty darn terrifying.



Among the grisly finds were a urethral syringe that would have been used to treat syphilis, two pumps, and a porringer that would have been used in bloodletting, Live Science reported.



"We just have to understand that these people were suffering," Dr. Linda Carnes-McNaughton, an archaeologist with the U.S. Department of Defense who volunteered on the excavation, told CNN. "They were seeking relief for any kind of ailment, and certainly if there was warfare on the water, there were wounds among other ailments that needed treatment. It wasn't always a formally trained person in desperate times. That's probably more common than we know."



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A mortar and pestle that was likely used to grind ingredients to make medicine.



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Supplies used to measure medicine.



Blackbeard lost his flagship when it ran aground off the coast of North Carolina in 1718. The ship was hidden by water and sand for more than 270 years until it was rediscovered in 1996. Now, the shipwreck is being closely studied as part of the Queen Anne's Revenge project of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.



Thanks to the medical artifacts found aboard the flagship, archaeologists are learning more about how Blackbeard's crew treated not only small wounds and ailments, but also chronic illnesses.



"Because his passion for piracy [sic], I think he cared very much about keeping it going, and to keep it going, he had to have a healthy, functioning crew," Carnes-McNaughton told The Washington Post.



She described the new findings at the Society for Historical Archaeology’s annual meeting on Jan. 8, 2015.

Mysterious Space Globule Looks Undeniably Beautiful


Some astronomers call it "God’s Hand." Others say it looks like the gaping mouth of a gigantic celestial creature.



Featured in a new image taken by the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope, a small cloud of gas and dust dubbed CG4 is nothing short of stunning. Just check it out below.



The image of the so-called "cometary globule" -- which lies some 1,300 light years from Earth -- shows a close-up of the space cloud's head, and was released by ESO on Jan. 28. Although the globule shines bright in the image, it's a faint object in reality and, therefore, difficult to detect.



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A Very Large Telescope image of the cometary globule CG4, which has a comet-like shape with a head and tail.



The head of CG4 is around 1.5 light-years in diameter, while its tail is about eight light-years long -- that's so big that it basically dwarfs our entire solar system, according to Discovery News. Astronomers hope to study more cometary globules -- like CG4 -- to solve the mystery of why they have their distinct comet-like shapes.

Justine King Arrested While Allegedly Sitting Pantless On Whisky Bottle


A woman arrested on suspicion of DUI made a memorable impression on officers for allegedly sitting naked on top of an empty bottle of whisky.



Justine King, 33, was arrested Sept. 30, after officers allegedly found her sitting naked from the waist down in a blue Chevrolet Malibu that she crashed, KDKA TV reports.



King's pants were under the car's pedals and she was sitting on a bottle of Black Velvet whisky, according to an affidavit filed Jan. 15 as part of the court case against her. The documents were obtained by The Smoking Gun.



Officers told King to put her pants and exit the vehicle. She allegedly responded, “I don’t have any pants! I left my home without them!” the affidavit said.



The report says King was finally pulled from the car, handcuffed and placed into a cab, all while being “extremely belligerent, kicking, pulling away, and struggling."



The suspect initially refused to identify herself, telling authorities, “The government got my name. You ain’t getting it! Ask the government." On the way to the station, officers said King kept "banging her head off the inside of the window panel."



King was taken to a nearby hospital, but refused to take a blood test or put on pants, according to SundayWorld.com.



King was arrested on charges of drunken driving, resisting arrest, reckless driving, open lewdness, and disorderly conduct.



She is due in court Feb. 20 to be arraigned on charges of drunk driving, resisting arrest, reckless driving, open lewdness, and disorderly conduct.







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