Sunday, March 9, 2014

Your Daily Giant 6/17/2013

The Montgomery Tribune, January 31, 1908 pg 1. Another discovery of giant skeletons in a burial mound is given, "Rev. R. O. Triplett, pastor of three Methodist churches in this County-Wellsville, Middletown and Bethel has returned from an exploring trip in the hills of Callaway, where he found a mysterious mound or grave containing sixteen human skeletons, some of which he disinterred and brought to his home in this county. The preacher thinks that the men were probably killed in some prehistoric battle. The skulls and jaw-bones are in a splendid state of preservation and if it were not known they were those of human beings one could hardly believe that there ever lived in Missouri a race of people so gigantic in stature. One skeleton especially seemed to indicate a man eight feet high and the jaw bone of one seven or eight feet tall contains all the teeth which are fairly sound although in the opinion of Mr. Triplett they have been in the ground probably a thousand years...The mysterious grave was located on the farm of Wm. Noble, five miles from Calwood. It was originally twenty-five or thirty feet high but has been gradually lowered by cultivation, the farm having been settled many years ago. Some years ago Mr. Triplett was sent to the "Kingdom of Callaway", as an itinerant Methodist preacher. He noticed the strange looking mound and promised himself that when the opportunity presented itself he would visit the county and explore it. After digging two days with the assistance of a friend, W. M. Craighead he reached the skeletons of this strange race of people who probably inhabited the country before the Indians." Sounds like a hoax to me. I bet the reverend built the burial mound when he was a kid, stuffed some fake giant skeletons in there and then went back after a life of religious study and good deeds, only to fool a couple of people for no perceived gain. When I investigate these accounts I always find that the details check out. The people lived where stated, they had positions in society as stated and at the dates stated. So the people are not made up for storytelling in newspapers and historical documents. That being said the reputation of all the thousands of people mentioned in these accounts is certainly at stake when describing these finds. Academics like to turn anyone who existed in the past into a naive and unsophisticated fool if their observations are opposed to the current theory. The past is filled with brilliant thinkers often unclouded by the filtering of information we our subjected to in an era of unprecedented censorship. Regurgitation of incorrect theories and a superior grasp of censored information does not make one an expert.

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