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Peruvian idol surprisingly turns out to have escaped conquistador destruction

 In 1533 Hernando Pizarro completed his conquest of Peru, and destroyed many symbols of the Inca Empire’s royal dynasty and religion. He ordered that the people break open the vault containing the giant wooden statue of Pacha Kamaq (“Earth Maker”), father of the popular goddess Pacha Mama (“Earth Mother”), and destroy its idol, which the []

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‘Baby Jesus’ finds the way home to Bethlehem after 40 years

 A library book due in 1980 was returned a couple of weeks []

Stone age monument defaced with ‘alien’ figures by unidentified vandals

 In the second week of January, Cheryl Straffon of the Cornish Ancient Sites Protection Network (CASPN) announced that the megalithic structure Mulfra Quoit had been marred by graffiti, which should wash off, but will require professional restorers to work carefully, as this is a registered historic site. []

A curious case of missing stars recalls an ancient mystery about the brightest star of all

 A team of astronomers has been comparing sky surveys done decades apart and keeps finding examples of stars that have seemingly []

Handcuffed for trying to open a bank account while indigenous

[Maxwell Johnson, photo: CBC/Jeff Houstey]

Maxwell Johnson is a member of the Heiltsuk nation on the central coast of British Columbia. From time immemorial the Heiltsuk have set up frames containing kelp fronds in the sea, to attract herring to lay their eggs there, and they relish this caviar-like delicacy. []

Mormon church sitting on $100 billion in reserves against tax law, says ex-employee

 Fascinating report in the Washington Post today about the Mormon church having much more money than anyone seems to have []

What’s causing Christianity to dive in the U.S.? Um, seen Europe lately?

[Dreher used this image for his column. Oh boy.]

Thanks to our friend Roy Edroso, we have long enjoyed the columns of conservative writer Rod Dreher, but perhaps not in the way Dreher intended. (That’s just our way of plugging our friend Roy — you should really read him if you don’t already — and to []

Four dead in Bangladesh over a Facebook post that offended Muslims

 Police in Bangladesh say they had no choice but to open fire on demonstrators who were threatening their lives. Four people were killed in shooting by the police, and many others were injured, photos posted by CNN []

Doomsday family lived in basement for 9 years waiting for the end of the world

 Very disturbing and confusing story coming out of the Netherlands today about a group of seven people who have been living in a farm’s basement for the past nine years waiting for the world to []