Category: Ann - Part 27

Ancient Hockey Shrine discovered at Terracotta Warriors Site

The game of Hockey has been around from the time of early civilization. Some of the reports find the earliest origin of the game 4000 years back. Field hockey was reportedly played even before the birth of Christ. Basically known as the ball and stick game, it was played since ancient times in places diverse as Rome, Scotland, Egypt and South America. The game was referred to in different names but the basic idea of playing the game was the same. The most apt used term was Hockie by the Irish. Though the term was coined centuries ago, the word found its way through to the present generation.

Ancient hockey shrine, dating 210BC

This recent discovery at the Terracotta Warriors Site, is an important one for the history of sports, as it proves that the “hockey stick” as we know it now, was not first used in the 18th century but was already known during the rule of the First Qin Emperor.This means 210BC!

Impressive is the detail of the Warrior’s ice skates seen on the statues. Most likely these were unknown to any other army during that period and gave those who wore them a huge advantage in speed over their enemies.

This Terracotta Army equipped with hockey skates, sticks and gloves image is kindly supplied by, known for publishing the most amazing archaeological findings (even if this means they need to make them up). 😉

The Shimizu Project – A giant, modern day pyramid for the living

More than 12 million people make urban Tokyo one of the most crowded places in the world.Another 2,5 million flood in from the suburbs each morning.The city is packed to the breaking point.If a bold engineering proposal by Japan’s Shimizu Cooperation becomes reality, there may be some surprising new real estate, right in the middle of Tokyo bay.In a ‘mega city pyramid‘.It’s shape is familiar, but this pyramid is unlike anything on earth.

The Shimizu Pyramid is not a building, it is a revolutionary urban environment.It squeezes 2 dozen 80 stories skyscrapers into a 3-dimensional frame.It’s footprint would cover an area the size of 275 city blocks.To let the equivalent amount of land, would cost more than 10 billion a year. The Shimizu Pyramid is proportionally similar to the Great Pyramid of Egypt, an assembly of 55 smaller pyramids, each about of the size of the Giza Pyramid. It would host 750,000 people.

The real marvels of this massive structure are the ‘mega trosses’.These are the bones of the circulatory system of the living city and they contain the critical transportation that keep hundreds of thousands of people on the move.Anetwork linked by a 140 kilometres of horizontal and diagonal area tunnels meeting at 65 transfer points called ‘nodes’.It’s not much smaller than an average city transit system, but it’s squeezed into an area just about 1/50th of the size.

A complete, self-contained, self-sufficient city. With homes, businesses, parks, … everything anyone could ever need. Of course, there are still some technical issues to overcome, but if build, the ‘Shimizu Pyramid‘ will be the largest structure on earth.