Did This Ancient Explorer Make It to The Arctic In 325 BC?

An explorer in the Arctic by Andreas Kornerup ( CC by SA 2.0 ) The first arctic explorer isn’t who you think. More than 2,300 years ago, Pytheas of Massalia traveled to the Arctic Circle and back – and, when he came home, nobody believed him. In a time when most people believed that the sun was dragged across the sky by a god, Pytheas made it to a place where the sun doesn’t rise all winter long. He found a place covered in permafrost, a frozen ocean, and drifting icebergs, and he had to come home and try to explain what he’d seen. He made discoveries so incredible that they were literally unbelievable – and it took more than a thousand years before we found out he was telling the truth. Who Was Pytheas? Not much is known about Pytheas’s life. He was, we are told, “ a […] Read More

Giant Snowballs Mysteriously Appear in Siberia

Siberia once again proves that the further north you go, the closer you get to a frigid bizarro world where nothing is as it seems and nature messes with minds to make them believe in giants preparing for ice ball battles. Residents of Nyda, a village just north of the Arctic Circle on the Gulf of Ob, have been waking up recently to ever-increasing numbers of giant snowballs and ice balls mysteriously appearing on the beach – perfectly shaped and neatly lined up for miles. We have them only in one place. It’s as if someone spilled them. They are all of different sizes, from tennis balls to volleyball. Who plays volleyball in Siberia? That’s a question for another day. Who or what is making millions of perfect snowballs the size of volleyballs and larger (some measure up to one meter (3.3 feet) in diameter but there’s no sports […] Read More