2,000-Year-Old Roman Hercules Statue Surfaces In Greece

By The Thornical Press Staff

October 7, 2022

GREECE – A 2,000-year-old statue of the Roman god Hercules was discovered by archeologists in northeastern Greece.

According to the Ministry of Culture and Sports the ancient statues from the Roman era was excavated on September 16 in the ancient city of Philippi.  The statue was identified as Hercules by other fragments found near the statue including the telltale club and lion often associated with the Hercules.  Archeologists from Aristotle University also uncovered an ornately-decorated structure believed to be a fountain.

Archeologists estimate the Hercules statue dates from the second century AD while the structure could date from the eighth or ninth century AD.

According to Roman mythology, which is a reflection of Greek mythology, Hercules (Heracles in Greek mythology) was born a “strong and fearless” mortal son of the Roman god Jupiter (Zeus in Greek mythology), who was the chief deity of the Roman state.

Photo: Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports

General Motors Heritage Center Is On The Move

By The Thornical Press Staff

September 30, 2022

DETROIT – For General Motors devotees and car lovers all around, it was announced by GM that their collection of 600 antique vehicles and trucks is moving.

GM announced that the famed and sought after collection will move from the Heritage Center to the former Customer Care and After Sales headquarters in Grand Blanc Township, MI, which will become the showcase for GM heritage.  It is a noteworthy move since it is near Flint, MI, the historic birthplace of GM under the maverick titan of the industry William Durant.

William C. Durant, co-founder of General Motors

“As General Motors transforms the future of the automobile, we also celebrate and commemorate our storied past and rich history with our fantastic GM Heritage Center.  Placing it near our company’s birthplace only makes sense and, much like our investment in Factory One and in our current operations in the area, aligns perfectly with our strong commitment to Flint, where it all began for us,” said GM President Mark Reuss.

Buick Y-Job Concept car by Harley Earl. Photo: Wikipedia.

GM’s historic collection includes 600 cars and trucks, including famous concept cars like the Buick Y-Job designed by the great Harley Earl.  The collection also includes 8 million still photos and 250,000 videos available to researchers.

Feature Photo: Wikipedia

Cheetahs Return To India After 70 Years Of Extinction

By The Thornical Press Staff

September 18, 2022

INDIA – After 70 years of extinction and a 5,000-mile ticket-to-ride, India has reintroduced eight cheetahs donated from Namibia into the Indian wilderness.

In the first international effort to relocate cheetahs from one continent to another, 5 female and 3 male cheetahs were transferred from a game park in Namibia to India on a chartered Boeing 747 for a long 11-hour flight to their final destination.

India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, released the cheetahs into the Kuno National Park located south of New Delhi.   Kuno National Park, a 289 square mile wildlife sanctuary, features grassland and fauna that is perfect for the predatory cheetah, also known to be the fastest animal on the planet.  However, the newly arrived cheetahs will have to compete with the well-established Indian leopard and other persistent threats.

The once dominant Asiatic cheetah, declared extinct on the Indian subcontinent in the early 1950s, had once prowled across Central Asia, India, and parts of the Middle East.  There have been reports of a small number of Asiatic cheetahs in Iran.

In 2020, the Supreme Court of India ruled that select cheetah subspecies could be imported from the African continent on an experimental basis.  It has been reported that the Iranian government refused to export Asiatic cheetahs to India or even participate in cloning experiments.

It will certainly take some time for the 8 cheetahs to adjust to the Indian climate.  Another viable threat will be poachers seeking the highly sought cheetah spot pattern.  Currently, those found guilty of poaching in India can face up to 3 years in prison and a hefty fine for their actions.

Though many are thankful and look forward to the reintroduction of the cheetah to the Indian subcontinent, many in India are disappointed that it is not the Asiatic cheetah.

Live Your Dreams: Oldest Man To Sail Solo Across The Pacific

by Yume Okamoto, Thornical Press

June 5, 2022

MATSUE, JAPAN – On June 4, 2022, Horie Ken’ichi became the oldest man to sail solo non-stop across the Pacific.  Horie departed San Francisco on March 27 and completed his voyage when he arrived off Cape Hinomisaki in Japan.

One of the world’s most famous solo yachtsman, Horie was born September 8, 1938 in Osaka, Japan and would complete his first non-stop solo passage across the Pacific in 1962.  Known as one of the first environmentally friendly yachters, Horie routinely develops and sails boats with sustainability in mind.

In 1962, Horie embarked on a solo voyage across the Pacific from Japan to San Francisco aboard a 19-foot plywood sailboat called the Mermaid.  Horie departed Nishinomiya, Japan, on May 12, 1962, and arrived in San Francisco, California on August 11.  In 1963, Kon Ichikawa directed the film Alone Across the Pacific, also known as My Enemy, The Sea, which was based on Horie’s 1962 book Alone On the Pacific.  The film was nominated for a Golden Globe award.  The Mermaid is currently on display at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park Maritime Museum.

Seeking new challenges, Horie completed his dream of circumnavigated the world from east to west in 1974 and then again in 1978 from north to south.  In an amazing feat, Horie sailed from Hawaii to Okinawa in a pedal powered boat from 1992 to 1993.  Horie’s next challenge was to sail a solar powered boat from Ecuador to Tokyo in 1996.

In 1999, Horie sailed from San Francisco to Japan in a 32.8 ft catamaran, designed by Kennosuke Hayashi, that was completely constructed of recycled materials including 528 beer cans and a mast made from recycled plastic bottles.

Horie has always promoted the construction and use of environmentally friendly boats including those powered by solar battery and constructed from recycled materials. According to Horie, mankind has used wind to sail the world for centuries, but has largely ignored to use of the sea’s own powerful waves to move across the ocean.