The eerie story of a young girl that lost her life and was found thousands of years later

Image of the girl of Yde (Source: Rtvdrenthe)

In 1897, two men working in a wetland in the northeast of the Netherlands made a shocking discovery. The men were extracting peat, sometimes called turf, a natural material used in agriculture. While digging the ground they encountered what they believed to be some sort of leather bag. When they realised it was in fact the remains of a human being they tried to hide it and left.

The news of the mysterious find spread quickly, however, and the authorities rushed to the location in the wetland. They came too late; local villagers had damaged the find and it was…

The indigenous people of Tierra del Fuego are one of the most unique in their culture and customs. But their history and ancestry might be even more mysterious and significant in the history of mankind itself.

One of the last generations of the Yaghan, 1922 (Source: Anthropos Institut. Sankt Augustin)

You might have heard of Ferdinand Magellan, the Portuguese explorer who was the first to circle the globe by sea. As he and his ship curled around the rugged southern end of the American continent he must have witnessed a magnificent view; crystal clear glacial waters and snow-peaked mountains all around. A hostile world, but nonetheless timeless and beautiful. This area would later be known as the archipelago of Tierra del Fuego, Spanish for “Land of fire.”

What he did not know at the time was that these lands were the homeland of the Yaghan people and that it had…

The magnificent life of an elephant that served in the Second World War, walked a thousand miles home, and became the pride of an entire nation

Ah Mei, 1947 (Source: Wikipedia)

In February 2003, a very special animal passed away at the age of 86. This animal was the Indian elephant Ah Mei. This is the story of Ah Mei, an elephant that not only will forever live in the hearts of the Taiwanese people but one that led an unbelievable and unforgettable life.

Ah Mei was born in 1917 somewhere in the jungles of British Burma, now Myanmar. Not much is known about his early life. It is assumed that Ah Mei lived a peaceful life with his companions until 1942, the year that everything changed for him.

The War

In 1942…

The oldest pyramid in the world is found in Java, Indonesia

Gunung Padang in Java, Indonesia

You have probably heard about the magnificent pyramids of Giza, or the beautiful Mayan pyramids in Mexico and Guatemala. Those megalithic structures were built respectively 4500 and 1500 years ago according to archeological consensus. It would surprise many then that the oldest discovered pyramid in the world might have been constructed over 20,000 years ago. Gunung Padang is located on the Indonesian island of Java and has been discovered fairly recently by a team of independent international researchers led by Indonesian geologist Dr. Danny Hilman Natawidjaja.

A country forgotten and left in the past. Just how unique was Manchukuo? And what can we learn from its legacy?

The Kwantung headquarters in Manchukuo, 1935 (Source: Mainichi Newspaper Company)

Not a lot of people have heard of Manchukuo, sometimes called Manzhouguo, which was a puppet state founded with the support of the Japanese empire in 1932. This happened six months after the Mukden Incident, a staged event by the Japanese army that eventually led to the Japanese occupation of Manchuria in northern China. Puyi, the last emperor of the Qing dynasty, was installed as the emperor of Manchukuo. In reality, however, he was merely a puppet emperor submissive to the superior Japanese rulers.

Blond hair is a fairly uncommon genetic trait. Only two percent of the global population has natural blond hair and it is most prevalent among northern Europeans. However, one other place where blond hair is common is in Oceania; more specifically, in The Solomon Islands. Between five and ten percent of the dark-skinned islanders have spectacular blond hair. It seems to be especially common among children. For long it was theorised that this blond phenotype was caused by long term sun and sea exposure. …

Located in the pacific ocean just east of Papua New Guinea, the archipelago of The Solomon Islands is a fairly unknown sovereign state of which not many might have heard. It might surprise some, that of all places, The Solomon Islands are home to one of the most intriguing stories in the world.

During the 1990’s, the term hikikomori first surfaced in Japanese psychological fields. This term is used to describe people (often male young adults) that are scared to enter society. These young adults stay inside for a minimum of six months without working, participating in any form of education, and without having any or minimal social relationships. The reasons they do this vary. Sociologist Andy Furlong states that people that suffer from hikikomori cannot deal with the pressure society puts on them, which makes them depressed and/or socially anxious. According to a 2016 Japanese cabinet survey, Japan counts more than half-a-million…

Erik Juffermans

I write about history, culture, photography, travel, and everything else that catches my attention.

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