Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Costa Rica's Mysterious Stone Spheres
Wow! This has been one doozy of a cold. I'm still sick! (And I rarely get ill.) I hope none of you have managed to contract this dreaded disease. If we're all hobbled (like poor International Mastermind) or ailing, who's going to keep an eye on the neighbors?
Despite the fact that I feel like crud, I didn't want to leave you without anything strange to ponder, so I offer for your consideration the Mysterious Spheres of Costa Rica . . .
Back in the 1930s, when banana farms popped up all over Costa Rica, workers started finding hundreds (if not thousands) of strange stone spheres scattered throughout the forest. Some were as big as a hut, others no larger than a coconut, but they were all perfectly round and cut from extremely hard rock.
Today the bizarre spheres decorate lawns and parks. (As well as Costa Rica's currency.) Though they're clearly ancient, no one knows exactly when the spheres were made, who made them, or what purpose they were meant to serve. They're a good example of what's known as "Out of Place Objects." These are objects (also known as ancient anomalies) that are discovered in unexpected locations.
Two good examples of "Out of Place Objects" are the Iron Pillar of Delhi (which hasn't rusted in 1600 years) and the Antikythera Mechanism (a computer-like device that was found inside an ancient shipwreck).
Interested in learning more about the mysterious spheres? Click here.