(12-09-2017, 07:02 PM)Accidental Stoner Wrote:(12-09-2017, 03:15 AM)Below Average Genius Wrote:(12-09-2017, 01:07 AM)Octo Wrote:(12-08-2017, 11:39 PM)Below Average Genius Wrote: Quick...name a country that doesn't get to decide where its capitol is.
Really? Do tell.
Russian Czar Alexander I had a hand in moving the Finnish gov
from Turku to Helsinki in 1828 something, after almost 20 years
of Russian rule. Closer to St Petersburg, easier to keep check on
stubborn Finns. Within 90 years, that was one of the smallest
problems of the Romanovs.
BTW, Alexander was involved in another tiny project as well. It starts with a Russian serf, which is a form of slavery. The man was ill with heart trouble, so he got shipped off to a very northern part of Russia near Finland (about 150 miles from the border) called Shunga. According to the story, the man couldn't walk much more than several feet without tiring.
After being there for a few days, the man's health recovered remarkably. This was not so surprising to the residents. They had long known that their water, which passed over what was probably meteoric rock, was the bees' knees.
In any case the serf let his boss know, who passed the word down the line. It must have been a pretty remarkable recovery because the story continued on until it eventually caught Alexander's attention.
He sent two physicians there to look further into it. After a year or two they reported back to Alexander or to his representatives. that the water did indeed have healing properties due to the unusual meteoric rock. (Further research indicates the rock showed up about 2 or 3 billion years ago, but who is counting.)
Alexander ordered that small bits of rock be added to his soldier's canteens because it was shown to have antimicrobial properties as well as the effects it had on the man's heart condition. There is at least one hospital in Russia that has the patient room walls made of shungite because it is believed that the rock accelerates healing.
Although the story doesn't say, the once ill man was probably able to return to his slave duties. LOL
As for the rock, it is called Shungite after the town's name. It is a very light carbon with the a molecular structure of a Buckeyball, named after Buckminster Fuller's fascination with the strength of things using that formation. There are electromagnetic fields in the structure.* Those fields seem to trap microbes among other properties. The outer surface of soccer balls have a very similar pattern as the shungite carbon.
Although it is often claimed that Shungite is exclusively found in Shunga, there are other places in the world that have the same type of rock. The more pure form has a silvery mirrorlike sheen when held at the proper angle in the light and is called "Elite Shungite."
For a time Shunga became a resort spa destination although one imagines that the weather in this far northern area imposes significant challenges. IIRC the spa aspect is making a rebound. IDK for sure.
The rock can be worn as jewelry and is quite cheap. I have a pendant made with colorful copper wire around the black rock. The pendant roughly resembled an arrow head of sorts. The colorful wire sets it off and has brought many favorable comments, such as, "I like your necklace," and "That doesn't necessarily mean you're gay."
*This third type of carbon structure earned some guy a Nobel Prize. His name escapes me. There are lots of articles about Shungite if one does a Google search for those who are interested.
Pray for me.