Posts Tagged With: Egypt

Evidence of Martian Pyramids on Earth?

Thanks to satellite technology and Google Earth enthusiasts, we no longer have to go to Mars to find new pyramids.

If you guessed Cydonia, Mars you guessed wrong. This image of a pyramid is from a satellite orbiting 400 miles above Egypt, Earth. -DiscoveryNews

Seems like a minor theme of the Brain Burgers Blog is, “They keep finding new old stuff!” Now, they’re finding new WAYS to find new old stuff. Discovery News is reporting the identification of two previously unknown Egyptian pyramid complexes from satellites orbiting 400 miles above the Earth.

The “face” on Mars’s Cydonia Region was first spotted in 1976 in images from the Viking Orbiter. Other surface features in the same region resemble pyramids. -NASA

The sites, 90 miles apart in the desert along the Nile river, were found by Angela Micol, a satellite archaeology researcher using Google Earth. The images are eerily reminiscent of the notorious satellite pictures of the surface of Mars.

And these aren’t the only possible archaeological sites on Earth discovered via satellite. Turns out there are THOUSANDS out there. The high-tech imaging of satellites has been used for years to identify anomalies on the earth’s surface. Often they turn out to be ancient trade routes, human settlements, or dried-up rivers that hosted prehistoric villages on their banks. It is said that across the Middle East, so many mounds indicating ancient human habitation have been located that we’ll never have time to explore and excavate them all.

Satellite images of a pyramid complex in Egypt. Note the alignment of three of the four features at top reflecting the known “Orion” pattern at Giza.

What makes the latest Egypt discoveries so significant among so many minor ones is summed up in a remark by another satellite archaeology researcher Sarah Parcak at the University of Alabama at Birmingham: “To excavate a pyramid is the dream of every archaeologist,” she said.

And those archaeologists will be happy that they won’t have to suit up for a six-month flight to Mars to find that pyramid.

Now, here’s the cheese on this Brain Burger.

3 other unexpected things found on Earth from satellites:

  1. The Great Sandbox Face of Scooby-Doo (Lakeville Elementary School, Great Neck, NY)
  2. Massive exposed vein of gold near your house
  3. The Great Mall of China

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Dying to Keep a Secret

The secret society is dead in the Information Age – isn’t it?

Skeleton and Ouroboros coded motif thought to symbolize aspects of the Illuminati.

Depending on whom you ask, the concept of the secret society has survived many an age – at least as far back as the Bronze Age. Some claim that even the Space Age depended on secret orders to transport and hide the identities of Nazi scientists who would pilot the US to nuclear dominance and the moon. Can a shadowy concept as primal as this actually die in the constantly brightening light of moveable type, telegraph, telephone, radio, television, Twitter, and even Wikileaks?

Whatever its future, the secret society has undeniably common elements stretching deep into the past:

  • Secrecy: There’s something they want to keep most people’s noses out of. This secret could be as innocent as a personal bonding ritual (boyish spit-shake) or as important as the common thread believed to preserve a civilization. Whatever the big secret is, on some level it’s worth keeping only between the members.
  • Exclusivity: Ever heard of “Dunbar’s Number” – the theory that a person can’t maintain close, personal relationships with more than 150 people? Someone gets left out of every social circle. The larger the society, usually the more rules they have for membership. Seems, historically, that the first class of people to be excluded is women (ref: “boyish spit shake” above), which automatically cuts out over half the population. The various membership profiles are refined from there to let “us” in and keep “them” out.
  • Tradition: What’s the use in having a secret if it connects you to nothing and no one? Most people are curious about what came before them. Having stories, rites and interests in common with people of history is a simple but deeply meaningful rallying point for members.
  • Ritual: Joseph Campbell described the stripping of one’s identity to become part of a larger whole as a fundamental stage of human experience. The sometimes complex and mythical rituals of secret societies bring the individual out of isolation and bind them to something bigger.
  • Mutual gain: Since we’re all here, we might as well do something! Personal advancement, financial gain, benevolent or nefarious effects on others’ lives, cultural influence, etc. are thought be achieved by secret societies through control of information and markets, consolidation of skills or talents, and focusing the influence of its members.

Freemasons performing initiation ritual.

No one knows how long the secret society has existed. Some modern secret societies trace their histories back to remote and mythical beginnings (the Freemasons and King Solomon’s architect Hiram Abiff). The priesthoods of ancient Egypt were certainly secret societies, so why not even older civilizations, like the Mesopotamians, the Druids, or whoever built Göbekli Tepe 12,000 years ago?

Secret societies even lived through the Nuclear Age intact. But can they persist into the Information Age like the sneaky cockroach beating Atomic Armageddon? Maybe. The real question is: if they do survive, will we even know about them?


Now, here’s the cheese on this Brain Burger.

3 secrets that secret societies don’t mind you knowing:

  1. The first secret society was the Loyal Order of the Water Buffalos, whose high-profile members included Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble.
  2. Secret handshakes arose from the need of stoic men to express complex emotions in visually ridiculous ways.
  3. The first freemason started the club to extract dues from other masons who constantly mooched mead at happy hour and never paid for a round.
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