I was watching a documentary about the Great Sphinx of Giza on the History Channel two weeks ago and I was surprised to learn that the most mind-boggling thing about this miraculous structure is the general lack of knowledge about it. Nobody knows when or why it was built, much less who built it and how it was done. It has been in existence far beyond any retrieved records of it; some would even speculate that it’s been around even before any of the great pyramids were built.
The structure of it makes absolutely no sense, given how mathematically precise the pyramids are in comparison. The Sphinx’s proportions are completely off; disregarding that it’s essentially a man’s head (the popular theory suggests Pharaoh Khafra) with a lion’s body, the Sphinx’s head is tiny compared to everything else.
The front paws are so long that they’re off frame!
The statue’s erosion show much more damage on the body than the head, which suggests that the head was probably much bigger and was re-sculpted from a lion’s head at one point to what we see now. The erosion at its base make even less sense since it’s the type of damage that could only be done by extensive and prolong exposure to water, which makes me wonder whether or not the Sphinx was the centerpiece of a giant swimming since it is surrounded by walls — but then of course, the temples in front of it would be underwater as well, which is not practical at all.
This just the tip of the iceberg; there’s a lot more oddities about this statue that I won’t get into but you can look them up yourself if you like. It’s just something I found fascinating, and wanted to share.
source: pinimg & flickr
I must share this. It’s such an amazing story:
If you read a recent front page story of the San Francisco Chronicle, you would have read about a female humpback whale who had become entangled in a spider web of crab traps and lines. She was weighted down by hundreds of pounds of traps that caused her to struggle to stay afloat. She also had hundreds of yards of line rope wrapped around her body, her tail, her torso, a line tugging in her mouth. A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farallon Islands (outside the Golden Gate) and radioed an environmental group for help. Within a few hours, the rescue team arrived and determined that she was so bad off, the only way to save her was to dive in and untangle her. They worked for hours with curved knives and eventually freed her. When she was free, the divers say she swam in what seemed like joyous circles. She then came back to each and every diver, one at a time, and nudged them, pushed them gently around as she was thanking them. Some said it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives. The guy who cut the rope out of her mouth said her eyes were following him the whole time, and he will never be the same.
I don’t know where any of these places are but I want to be there.
So magical. ❤
I love collecting maps of places I’ve been to.
I absolutely love this photo… just goes to show you that it doesn’t really take all that much effort to stand out does it? You just need to find the courage to stand up and say “The hell with conformity! I’m going to do what I need to do, and that’s that!” =P
Jump the cut for more pics… By the way, visit the link at the end; I had to re-size everything so these don’t do the actual pics any justice.