Sunday, June 26, 2011
As society advances people seem more and more drawn to the sky and build their homes higher and higher, but you’ll be surprised to know somewhere in Africa some people choose to live underground.
In Tunisia, 450 km south of the capital of Tunis, lies the small but impressive village of Matmata, the largest community of troglodytes (people who live in caves) in the world. The name Matmata comes from the Berber tribe that lives in this area of the country.
The history of how and why this place was first built is unknown but instead there are many stories regarding its beginnings. The most popular one says Matmata was born a long time ago, shortly after the Punic Wars, when the Romans sent two Egyptian tribes to the region and gave them permission to slaughter the locals and make the land their own. The original inhabitants left their homes and fled to the desert where they built new ones into the ground. They would leave their well disguised homes at night and attack the invaders until they managed to drive them away.
Other stories say this ancient settlement was born 700 hundred years ago when the people just couldn’t handle the burning sun. The whole village turned into an underground labyrinth where the homes were linked through intricate tunnels. The temperature inside one of these troglodyte homes remains constantly between 20-22 degrees Celcius during both summer and winter.
One of the most amazing things about Matmata is that although it has been around for at least 1000 years, no one even knew it existed until 1967 when heavy rain flooded the troglodytes’ homes and they were forced to send a delegation to ask the authorities for help. Many underground houses collapsed but with the help of the state, new surface residences were built. Now there are only around 100 dug-homes but they are enough to draw in hundreds of tourists from all around the world, every day.
View of Matmata
Now you might say to your self: “this place looks familiar”, and if you are a Star Wars fan, you would be right. This is the place where George Lucas shot the scenes set on planet Tatooine where Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru used to live. In fact if you’re interested in experiencing the troglodyte way of life you can rent a room at the Sidi Driss hotel, it’s surprisingly comfortable and it has served as a set in the science-fiction blockbuster.
If you’re interested in troglodyte settlements you might want to read about the underground city of Cobber Peddy, in the Australian outback.
Violently Amazing & Uniq Real Weapons Ever Seen
Because you’re sick of your normal guns.
1. War Club (Tomahawk)
We’ll start off with a weapon from the distant past that makes us wonder how the British every colonized America, the tomahawk! Wait a minute, that doesn’t look like any tomahawk I’ve ever seen. In fact, it looks like the soul purpose of that is to slam a spike through your skull, seeing as how there is only one spike! Where did I find this weapon.
2. Brass Knuckle Knife
This brass knuckle knife, technically known as a trench knife was violently amazing for a reason. It was used in the most vicious spot in the most vicious war ever. The trenches in the First World War! Boy oh boy there is nothing that I would rather have with me in close quarters fighting for the sake of the world except for maybe a……
3. Brass Knuckle Gun
Apparently this weapon is so violently amazing that I could not even turn up any information about it other than multiple photographic evidence. It even looks like theres a switchblade at the end of it!!! If thats not a switchblade then it is clearly an arrow pointing to the nearest direction of the person you are supposed to kill.
4. Knife Gun
Ok now this is getting a little bit ridiculous. I take it you can just strap any combination of knifes, brass knuckles, and guns together and get an amazingly violent weapon. Ok that is definitely true, and the knife gun is no exception! Unlike the brass knuckle gun (which may or may not have a switchblade on it) this gun definitely has a huge knife on the end of it. You get the double pleasure of shooting someone when your gun is inside of them, which is also a plus.
5. Pancor Jackhammer
No, it is not some sort of a gun or knife strapped to a jackhammer, its just the most amazing shotgun ever designed. According to wikipedia the Pancor Corporation patented a 12 gauge automatic weapon. And its gas operated! I could not believe it but it seems that this is indeed quite a real gun, and that it can fire up to 10 rounds. Also of note, it was patented in 1987!! Its a miracle any of us made it through the 1980’s and into today so we could witness the power of….
6. Metal Storm
It is described as the Roman Candle of guns, because it uses a concept of stacked projectiles much like the most amazingly violent handheld fireworks in the world. Except instead of using fire to shoot fireballs at you it uses electricity to fire 1 million rounds a minute at you. It’s like bringing a brass knuckle knife to a brass knuckle gun fight.
Today we are featuring older creations, but amazing just the same - Star's weapons! Every one of these little beauties uses one or another piece in an unusual way. Take, for instance, the bat used in the sword above.
This axe makes good use of the Count Dooku lightsaber handle and the new Castle 2007 scythe.
These swords are among my favorite for their overall elegance of design.
Be sure to check out the entire gallery!
Some of the most beautiful and outrageous weapons from the most interesting medieval times. Think about it, maybe King Arthur or the famous and anonymous “Black Knight” used some of these absurd weapons.
The Flanged Mace
The Flanged Mace was a a great close combat weapon in Medieval times. It could smash through the toughest armor when wielded by a horse-mounted knight. As well as being powerful, these weapons were beautiful and extremely detailed as you can see in this picture, there are many engravings in it.
The Trebuchet was a siege weapon similar to the catapult. Though this had a different system to it that uses dropping counterweights. It could throw up to three-hundred and fifty pound objects at high speeds into enemy castles. Some times, the user would launch a diseased corpse into the enemies castle and hope it spread disease. This is similar to biological warfare.
The Finger Claws
Handy in close combat, the finger claws could cut someone up or pack a nasty punch. They were good if the wielder was unarmed with a sword such as archers who were only good for fighting long distances. These were a good back up.