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"felicia pa" Discussed on Aaron Mahnke's Cabinet of Curiosities
"There are structures in the world that feel like they've been there since the beginning of time. Petra and Jordan, the Great Pyramid of Giza, and Italy's coliseum are so much a part of the fabric of history that it's almost impossible to imagine the world without them we know almost nothing about the individuals who toiled away at their construction. All we have is the evidence of their work, incredible achievements in human engineering, but there is an equally amazing achievement that isn't often listed among other wonders. Yet, despite its relative obscurity, its existence has captivated archeologists for generations, mainly because of how it got there. It's called nan madol, meaning within the intervals, and it can be found over 1300 miles northeast of Papua New Guinea in the Pacific Ocean. Nan madol is just off the eastern coast of Pompeii as part of the Federated States of Micronesia. It is, or was a city that was built inside a lagoon and is comprised of nearly a hundred man-made stone islets, all of which are connected by a series of canals. This unique composition has earned it the nickname the Venice of the Pacific. Each stone weighs on average about 5 tons. There are stones so big they can reach 5 times that amount, which is what has baffled experts for so long. How were people able to build nan madol at all? It's possible that the entirety of the island's population was required to move such large stones, but nobody knows for sure. Those who live near Nando believe, however, that the original inhabitants had help from two sorcerers, Felicia pa and olo chappa. Brothers who had come to the area in a big canoe. They'd wanted to build an altar to the God of agriculture where they could worship. This alter eventually became nan madol. They were able to move the stones into place, they said, with the help of a flying dragon. Despite the story, no food grows on nan madol due to the lack of viable soil and fresh water. Instead everything must be sailed in from the mainland. Another legend claims that the island existed before people ever lived there. It suggests that the giant stones floated into place by themselves as if they had been moved by spectral hands, hence Nando's other nickname. The city of ghosts. Unfortunately, there is no definitive proof of how the island came to be. There are no written historical records, only the stories told by one generation to the next, scientists believe the truth is far less paranormal and that the stones were floated from Pompeii to Nam madol on bamboo rafts. And searching for historical documents has proven difficult as a local king once proclaimed that digging enamel would be considered breaking the law, an offense punishable by death. In fact, this declaration has invited speculation about a curse upon the island for anyone who dares disobey it. In 1907, a German governor named Viktor Berg decided to ignore the king's demand. Berg traveled to nah mandel and ventured inside a tomb, one that had been said to be the resting place for the remains of several ancient giants. Hours later, after the sun had gone down, the island became a hotbed of spiritual turbulence, lightning illuminated the sky, heavy rains drenched Berg as the sound of a conch shell blared in the distance. The next day, he was found dead. A German Doctor Who examined Berg's body could not determine a cause of death, but the locals knew what had happened, Berg had insulted the gods, and had paid for it with his life. The mystery surrounding nan madol has not lessened over the years. If anything it has only grown, and the island has gone on to inspire musicians, television writers and authors as well. Perhaps most notably, H. P. Lovecraft, creator of the cthulhu mythos, based the creature's home of role on nan madol, specifically the island's origin story. Nematode is the stuff of legends. We may never know how it really got here, but one thing is certain. It isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Because those stones are really heavy. This episode was made possible by shudder. Love a good fright starts streaming and screaming with shutter from the legendary monsters that fuel your nightmares to under the radar haunts and critically acclaimed exclusives discover what polygon calls a horror movie Paradise. And what Roger Ebert dot com says is one of the best streaming services in the world. Staffed with chilling content, all created by the industry's top horror experts. Shutters library of frightening films and eerie series cover the entire horror spectrum, meaning there's something for every type of fan. Come experience highly anticipated new releases like superhost seance starring Suki Waterhouse and the boule brothers Dracula. Plus, don't miss out on creep show, slasher flesh and blood and other mussy shutter exclusives available ad free and on the platforms you're already on. Sign up today at shutter dot com, shutter, so good, it's scary. NASA has captured a lot of strange and interesting things on camera. In the fall of 2014, they released a picture of the sun with its most active regions highlighted. It happened to form an eerie visage of a jack-o'-lantern. Two years later, the spitzer space telescope caught a glimpse of two nebulae that bore an uncanny resemblance to the USS enterprise ships from the original Star Trek series and its follow-up the next generation. These phenomena can be explained as pareidolia, also known as the tendency to see familiar objects or faces in inanimate things. But there was one subject photographed by NASA that defied explanation. It was massive, stretching over two miles long, and nobody knew how it got there. It was first noticed by pilot trex Smith, who had been flying over southern Australia in June of 1998. It was a geoglyph, a design made in the land that could be seen from a distance, and it depicted an Aboriginal man poised to throw a stick or a boomerang. The figure came to be known as the Maori man named for the township of Marie where it was found. Australians flocked to see the Maori man for themselves until the local government closed it down. But that didn't stop planes from flying overhead to catch photos for themselves. A picture taken by NASA's landsat 5 satellites in May of that year had showed nothing on the plateau. No man, not even a hint of an outline. A few weeks later, though the satellite snapped another shot and there it was. The Maori man in all its glory, as if it had appeared out of thin air. After its discovery, anonymous press releases were distributed to the Australian press. They contain phrases like your state of SA and Queensland Barrier Reef, none of which were used by those who lived there. It appeared that the Maori man had been made by outsiders, namely, Americans. How did they know that it had been Americans behind the geoglyph? Because the releases also mentioned something called the great serpent mound. The great serpent mound was a 1300 foot long ancient Native American effigy in Ohio, but although it had been a rich cultural site for ohioans, few outside the U.S. were even aware of its existence. From there, things only got stranger. In July of 1998, a glass jar was found near the Maori man. Inside was a satellite image of the site, as well as a United States flag, and a note mentioning the branch davidian religious group, the same sect that had been involved in a deadly siege with the U.S. government in Waco, Texas, 5 years earlier..