Moai are the monolithic human stone sculptures of Easter Island. The massive statutes are generally thought to be representations of the deified ancestors of the Rapanui people, who likely produced them between 1250 and 1500 CE. Carved from soft volcanic tufa, the statues range from 10 to 40 feet (3 to 12 meters) high, with some weighing more than 80 tons. Nearly half are still at the main moai quarry, but hundreds were transported and set on platforms around the island. How were they moved?
Back in the day
Many believe that the large fireball observed in the sky above Ontario, Canada, and six US states in 1965 was nothing more than a passing meteor. However, several residents of the small town of Kecksburg, Pennsylvania, claim to have witnessed a car-sized, acorn-shaped object with hieroglyphic-like markings crash in a nearby wood. The military initially denied these allegations, but, nearly 40 years later, in 2005, NASA made what admission regarding the suspicious object?
Born on a day like today
Haber was a German chemist whose work was instrumental in the development of poison gas during World War I. Although he defended gas warfare against accusations that the practice was inhumane, his wife's suicide is believed to have been prompted by his work. Despite Haber's conversion from Judaism and his service during World War I, he was exiled from Germany following the Nazi rise to power. Which of Haber's inventions did the Nazis likely use to kill many of his relatives during World War II?