The Piri Reis Mystery
Piri Reis was a Turkish cartographer and admiral. He made this map, giving credit to past cartographers and his own calculations. He used as many as twenty ancient maps, some from as far back as the time of Alexander the Great.
This is the only half of the map that survives, which shows the coasts of Europe and Africa, parts of Brazil, and other Atlantic islands. Not to mention Antarctica. It is made from the skin of a gazelle.
And. It. Should. Not. Exist.
Why? Because it's from the 16th century. Because it shows landmasses that were unexplored, unknown at that time. And still, it is alarmingly accurate. Even undiscovered mountains and rivers are detailed on this map.
Even more chilling, to cartographers, is the illustration of the coast of Antarctica, not showing what it was like even when this map was made, but what it looked like millions of years before, when it was not covered in ice!
How is this so? Some say Aliens. Ancient Alien Astronauts that came down to Earth and helped past civilizations and provided them with tools, and, perhaps, accurately detailed maps.
This line of thinking follows the studies of Erich von Däniken, who wrote the classic, "Chariots of the Gods", which gave detailed theories on alien-human interaction in the ancient world, with evidence springing from the Egyptian Pyramids, the Babylonians, and Stonehenge.
I love this theory, sure, but it makes me wonder about the intelligence of these creatures and what purpose they had of arriving on Earth and helping us humans. What did they get out of the deal? And if they were willing to help us so much, why didn't they give us death rays or flying cars? Why am I not on Mars right now, talking with Bill, the Alien (shown pictured), about hyperspace?
These Aliens don't seem too smart to me. The problem remains - how many DUMB aliens do you know fly through space?
Answer: None. Which is why I think we're dealing with smart humans here, humans that knew a lot more than we think they did way back then. History is rife with human stupidity, but also with genius.
Who knows what people will think of us 300 years from now!
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