Over a decade ago, a woman in Vietnam at the age of 50 owned 13 gold statues weighing around 100kg in total, discovering the assets by chance while plucking vegetables in an ancient tomb. Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper journalist, she wore a simple suit - one that is most common for women to wear to do housework or to go to the local market. She is Nguyen Thi Bay who resides in the Nhon Tri Village, of Phu Long Town, in Ham Thuan Bac District of the central province of Binh Thuan. Bay admitted that she felt relieved to finally be rid of the burden the gold had placed upon her, a type of 'gold-debt' which she had previously viewed as an unexpectedly wonderful 'gold-fortune'. However, she said she sometimes feels upset with 'unexplainable happenings'. A sudden gold fortune Bay strolled toward an ancient tomb near her house, one whose age she was unaware of, in order to pluck a few vegetables to use as herbs. On pulling up the root of a vegetable plant, she discovered a hand … [Read more...] about The pain of a Vietnamese woman who accidentally found 13 gold statues
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The new novel "Sisterland" by best-selling author Curtis Sittenfeld tells the story of twin girls who have a psychic connection. About one out of every 30 babies born in the United States is a twin. Identical twins are of particular interest to scientific researchers because they help control for genetic variation between patients in studies. It's not surprising that identical twins share much in common, since they have the same DNA. Scientists know that what makes us who we are — including, to some degree, our intelligence, personal preferences, and so on — is part nature and part nurture, a combination of heredity and environment. Stories about mysterious connections between twins — and especially identical twins — are ancient and legion. Some say twins share some psychic connection, or even feel each other's pain. There are stories of twins who happened to give birth to baby daughters on the same day, completely by chance, and twins who were separated at … [Read more...] about Do Twins Have a Mysterious Connection?
The tower is located between the My Ly elementary school in Yen Hoa Village and an area where local residents are piling up said in order to build houses. No villager knows when the 30-meter-high tower was built or what its real name is. They all know of some "mysterious stories" related to it. Shaped like a pen with its nib reaching out into the sky, the tower, which is around 8-10 meters wide at its base, was once called "Xang To" after the previous name of village. In 1992, when the village, which belongs to My Ly commune, Ky Son Town, got the name "Yen Hoa," the tower's name changed as well. Vi Thi Quyen, 90, a villager, told Tuoi Tre: "When I was born, the tower was there. Even my dad and his dad told me that it had was already there when they were still little kids". "It used to stand in the middle of a thick jungle, surrounded by many huge trees," she recalled. These days, electric wires chaotically hang from a branch of some tree coming out from one of tower's crevices. … [Read more...] about Ancient, mysterious tower in Central Vietnam in danger of collapse
Ghosts and goblins will roam the streets and haunt your doorstep in the hope of some treats next week on Halloween. In honor of the ghoulish festival whose origins are said to stretch back to ancient harvest festivals online travel adviser Hotwire.com (www.hotwire.com) has compiled a list of its Top 10 spookiest destinations. Reuters has not endorsed this list: People dressed up as zombies walk on the street during an event in New York, October 20, 2012. Hundreds of people took part in the event known as "ZOMBIECON" during Halloween celebrations and to pay homage to the character typically depicted as the mindless walking dead with a penchant for human flesh and brains, made popular in movies, books and comics. Photo: REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz 1. HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA The city of Hollywood is so glamorous that even spirits have a hard time leaving it behind. In fact, Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift are just two of the many ghosts rumored to dwell in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. … [Read more...] about Travel Picks: Top 10 spookiest destinations for Halloween