June 25, 2008

Odysseus Returned to Ithaca: April 16, 1178 B.C ( about noon)

Wow!
Via Jerry Pournelle
Scientists using archaeological and astronomical evidence have pinpointed the most likely date for the return of Odysseus to his wife Penelope, April 16, 1178 B.C ( about noon). The accuracy was due to the fact that only one total eclipse was visible from Greece during any time in the ballpark for an actual war between Greece and Asia Minor. Additionally several other astronomical events (some quite rare)  occurred about this time that seem to be alluded to in the Odyssey.



The date given  is fairly close to the most likely time frame of the fall of Illos/Troy and in any event astronomical cycles are likely a more precise dating system than some of the archaeological dating techniques.

More here, here and here.

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June 09, 2008

These Tomatoes are Bad for you.

The FDA is expanding its warning about Salmonella tainted Tomatoes.
The local WAWA seems to be pulling their salads as well.

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