The Human Skeleton

The human skeleton is made up of 206 bones. The functions of the skeleton are to provide support, give our bodies shape, provide protection to other systems and organs of the body, to provide attachments for muscles, to produce movement and to produce red blood cells.

 

GCSE PE Bones of the skeleton

The main bones of the human skeleton are:

  • The Skull – Cranium, Mandible, and Maxilla
  • Shoulder girdle – clavicle and scapula – humerus, radius, and ulna
  • Hand – Carpals, Metacarpals, and

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The Real Dracula: Vlad the Impaler | Live Science by Impaler By Marc Lallanilla

Few names have cast more terror into the human heart than Dracula. The legendary vampire, created by author Bram Stoker in his 1897 novel of the same name, has inspired countless horror movies, television shows and other bloodcurdling tales of vampires.

Though Dracula is a purely fictional creation, Stoker named his infamous character after a real person who happened to have a taste for blood: Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia or — as he is better known — Vlad the Impaler. The morbid nickname is a testament to the Wallachian prince’s favorite way of dispensing with his enemies.

But other than having the same name, the two Draculas don’t really have much in common, according to historians who have studied the link between Stoker’s vampire count and Vlad III.

The real Dracula

By most accounts, Vlad III was born in 1431 in what is now Transylvania, the central region of modern-day Romania. However, the link between Vlad the Impaler and Transylvania is

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Please don’t be mean to ghosts by Victoria Baltimore Prutschke

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I’ve been wondering why most movies and videos portray ghosts as evil, scary, and malicious.  There are billions and billions of people on this earth that have encounters with ghosts….are they all bad.

Does a ghost have to look scary to be a ghost?  Does it have to do bad things to people to be accepted on the big screen?

I’ve had MANY encounters with ghosts….spirits, whatever you wish to call them, and none of them were scary looking or even mean for that matter.  Most of them came to me for help.  Some of them came to warn me about impending danger regarding myself, or someone else.

I just wish I could know the real reason why people are so afraid of them, and why they have to make them out to be something terrible in order to get people to watch the movies they make.

It sure would be refreshing to have a ghost series or movie featuring happy, cute, helpful ghosts or something similar.

Please, don’t be mean to the ghosts.

Namaste

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Haunted Places in Germany

Nothing raises the hair on your arms or neck like a really good ghost story. Shivering with fright around a crackling campfire or in a dimly lit room during a slumber party is a rite of passage for young children.
Today, Western culture is experiencing a heightened interest in the paranormal, evidenced by the proliferation of paranormal television programs, research groups, movies and genre novels – think Vampire Diaries. Not all travelers are looking for a sunny seaside resort or an exquisite shopping experience. Some are intrigued by creepy legends, haunted castles, crypto zoology and strange folklore, all widely available throughout Europe. While America has its share of haunted locations, Europe is unparalleled as a paranormal destination. From England’s famous crop circles and Scotland’s Loch Ness Monster, to legendary Romanian vampires and Germany’s Frankenstein Castle, the European continent is full of spooky locations.Castle Frankenstein

Haunted places in Germany:

  • B215: (between Stedebergen and Dörverden) near Verden/Aller is known to be a road with strange happenings. Fact to this day is, that this stretch of road has had more accidents (with deaths) then any other area of this road. Witnesses tell of a white lady appearing on the road between 2 and 3 am if you are driving to fast. It’s unknown if this apparition is suppose to be a warning to drivers or if it actually caused the accidents.
  • Babenhausen Barracks (German : Babenhausen Kaserne) – now a museum – The ghosts of German soldiers, some in World War II era uniforms, have been reported. Lights are said to turn off and on by themselves and voices are heard in the basement. Footsteps and commands are allegedly heard at night, supposedly without physical cause. Legend has it that if a soldier happens to visit the museum and pick up a telephone, a woman will at times be heard “talking backwards”, unintelligible, in neither German nor English. The town was the site of a witch burned at the stake in the 19th century, and her ghost is said to have seduced, and then killed, several German soldiers since then.
  • Bernkastel-Kues: Cemetery: At this cemetery, you may see The White Lady of Bernkastel-Kues with a long white dress floating from one to another. The story is that at times she cries. However, another story about this ghost concerns a hunter. He was terrified when he first saw the ghost and saw at it. The next day he was taken to Koblenz, a military hospital, with swollen legs and a high fever. He was rambling on and on about a white lady that attacked him. He died.
  • Berlin:

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Reasons to Believe in Ghosts in America

About a year ago, I spent some days in Savannah, Georgia, and I bought a ticket for a ghost tour: my first. It was mid-evening, on a Saturday. The plan was to see haunted things around town and then hurry to a dinner reservation. I am not normally a spooky type of person—I avoid horror movies, and I don’t believe in ghosts—but Savannah boasts about being a haunted city, and it sounded nice to spend a twilight hour being told stories in parks. It was a lovely, creeping Southern autumn night: lukewarm, humid, and redolent of turning leaves and moss. At least four people in the group of ticket-holding hauntees were on the upslope of a bachelorette party. The guide was very earnest on the subject of ghosts; he began by playing wind-tunnel-like noises on his phone, and asked us whether we heard screaming voices in them. It would have shocked me if I had, since most phones I’ve encountered have a lot of trouble getting even normal voice reception in the middle of New York. But other people seemed to have better spiritual hearing than I did.

We walked around and saw the façades of gorgeous mansions whose residents had been murdered, or had killed themselves, or else had chanted spells. At one house, our guide said that sometimes, on some nights, the owner shines a blinding light on tours and screams for them to go away. This didn’t really seem so haunted, to me, but it was something to which I could relate.

Then we stopped at Calhoun Square, a small park trimmed in stately homes. A hurricane had come through only days before, and the lawns between the brick paths were still scattered with beaten branches and leaves. The guide said that Calhoun Square was the most haunted square in old Savannah. People walking here, across the centuries, had reported feeling shadows pass through them, a tightness or a great weight on their chests. The other spooky thing that we should know about Calhoun Square, he said, was that it had been a burial ground for slaves—some people estimated that a thousand bodies rested deep beneath the grass, but no one really knew for sure, because the graves were mass and unmarked. The bodies underneath, he said, made it a super-haunted place.

I thought about the Calhoun Square tour the next day, and on the fight home, and on and off through the week after that. The directed blindness of the guide’s account (this place has strange effects on passersby, and it’s unclear why—also, hundreds of uncommemorated slaves were dumped here) got me thinking about America’s fascination with the occult and the particular discomfort that spooky explanations can displace. I’d never considered what people meant when they expressed a fear of ghosts, or what it is to posit haunting in a person or a place. (“Haunted by the past,” we say, usually about people who require therapy.) Those of a rationalist bent assume—at least, I did—that individuals who report feelings of “shadows passing through” are breathing fumes of superstition. But is superstition really the right word for such a thing? It reveals a lot, perhaps, that, when the citizens of a Southern town report feeling strange paroxysms when they walk over the bones of humans raised as chattel, the only options seem to be that there is something ectoplasmic going on or that they’re nuts.

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What Are Ghosts?

What are ghosts?
Based on the title of this website Ghosts! Are they real?, you’ll know that it’s about the reality of ghosts, and haunting’s. To be honest, nobody knows with absolute certainty whether entities such as ghosts are real or not. But if we make the assumption for a few moments that ghosts are real. Then, in my opinion the next logical question to ask is. What are ghosts? What are these ghosts, that haunt our homes and scare us in the middle of the night? The simple answer to this question is that, ghosts are the disembodied spirits or souls of once living persons, persons who now walk the night and intrude into our nightmares and fantasies. This definition, is not very satisfying to anyone, believer or skeptic. Most paranormal researchers believe there are two distinct types of ghosts, the residual ghost and the intelligent ghost.

Residual ghost
The first type of ghost would be that of a residual ghost. It is a type of ghost, that is not real in any empirical or physical manner. I would not refer to this type of ghost as a spirit of a once living person, because the essence, soul or energy that animated that person in life would not be present. It would not have any intelligence, personality or physical mass and it would not be able to manifest itself at will, nor would it be able to interact with the living in any meaningful way.

A ghost of this type would very much be like watching a motion picture, that has an actor who is now deceased. The only real difference, it would be more akin to a 3 dimensional holographic projection of that actor. It, the ghost would be like an image of that once living person that somehow imprinted itself upon the physical environment.

Martin Burns

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