How much of your knowledge do you think is granted? You cannot know the exact answer. Donald Rumsfeld would call this the “unknown unknown”. You just do not know what you do not know. This can be even more confusing if you think that you know something precisely. Are you already addled? Well, that’s life. There are surprises around every corner. Sometimes they are hiding under the surface and sometimes in samples which we just do not realise. But the good news is that usually it is not a matter of life and death.
So, how many of the following things did you already know and how many did you think you knew?
The Huge Heads On The Easter Island
A few years ago scientists found out the the huge heads, called Moai (meaning: stonelike figure), do have bodies! They were just hidden below ground and are more than four times bigger then the heads.
Being part of the UNESCO world cultural heritage the statues were examined after researchers and archaeologists went upcountry and found Moais with head and body. These completed figures were found on huge flagstones in old temples and workshops on the island. Till this day 887 Moais were counted on the easter island. The oldest on was probably built 680 AD and the youngest 1000 years later.
The Mystery Of British Coins
Did you know that the new british coins are a puzzle? A few years ago the former Chancellor of the Exchequer and present Prime Minister Gordon Brown decided that the time had come to pimp up the front side of the british coins and started a competition. The winner was the 26 year old designer Matthew Dent from Wales.
If you now put a one penny, two pence, five pence, ten pence, twenty pence and fifty pence side by side you will see the emblem of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The one pound coin shows the whole emblem.