Episode #699

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week: Antarctic Ice

Question #1: Atlantis

  • This might make a nice segment on the classic skeptics subject of Atlantis. This channel on Youtube claiming to have found Atlantis in the Sahara has a few million views already: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsIlJ9eYylZQcyfMOPNUz9w Regards, Kick from the Netherlands. https://theness.com/neurologicablog/index.php/no-atlantis-has-not-been-discovered-in-north-africa/

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Fiction

    Examination of the ruins of the Great Library of Alexandria result in an estimate that it once contained 700,000 scrolls. https://www.ancient.eu/article/207/what-happened-to-the-great-library-at-alexandria/

  • Item #2 Science

    The Voynich Manuscript is a 15th century book entirely written in an unknown language or code, and full of mysterious images of plants, zodiac signs, and other undecipherable images. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/6-things-know-about-mysterious-voynich-manuscript-180964847/

  • Item #3 Science

    The Royal Library of Ashurbanipal is a 2,600 year old archeological find containing 30,000 clay tablets and fragments. https://www.ancient-origins.net/ancient-places-asia/ashurbanipal-oldest-surviving-royal-library-world-over-30000-clay-tablets-007127

Skeptical Quote of the Week

‘Atlantis continues to captivate people’s imaginations because it offers the hope that lost ideals or some untapped human potential will someday be uncovered, not the masonry blocks of a dead civilization.’ - Kevin Christopher, 2001 Skeptical Inquirer