Thursday, April 3, 2008

By Nicole Sebula Staff Writer

One of the world’s biggest mysteries concerns how the Egyptian Pyramids were built. Many people believe there is no way any group of human beings could ever have constructed such monstrous creations. After all, the precision and strength needed to build the pyramids seems to be an insurmountable task even today, let alone 4,500 years ago; not to mention that the Great Pyramid is the last standing of the Seven Wonders.

There seems to be something a bit suspicious about that. Egyptians did not have the tools or skill sets which would have been needed to lift the two tons (or heavier) blocks, let alone make all of the flush cuts to butt the blocks up together without any gaps. Then, these extremely heavy blocks had to be lifted and placed into exact spots or the entire pyramid would come crashing down. So how were the pyramids built? One explanation is that aliens built them. It makes complete sense; no human being could have possibly created them. Maybe you need a little convincing, a little proof if you will.


Egyptians were great at writing down their history. Hieroglyphics were written and or drawn of every event that took place in Egypt since the beginning of time, including every other building built in Egypt except for the Pyramids. However, an event as big as the construction of the Great Pyramid was never written about or noted. If humans were to build the Great Pyramid it would have taken 10,000 workers 20 years to build, moving 100,000 rocks of epic size.

The fact is that ancient Egyptian writings actually often talk of beings from the sky, that the sky opens and bright lights come down to teach great technology and give wisdom. Many of the hieroglyphic pictures and symbols resemble that of UFOs and aliens. Maybe aliens built the Great Pyramid and not the Egyptians, which would explain the lack of history and writings about the Egyptians actually building it. Even if the Egyptians used ramps, they would need even more rocks to build the ramps. Now, what would they have done with all the excess rocks? For that matter, where would they have gotten all the rocks from in the first place? Not to mention the fact that the ancient Egyptians would have had to cut down a lot of date trees to build the ramps. The greatest export of Egypt is dates; it is also their main source of food. I would venture to guess that the Egyptians would not cut down their sole source of food to build ramps.


There is also some interesting mathematical evidence that would have been extremely difficult for the Egyptians to carry out without any tools or measuring type devices. The first is that the Sun on the first day of the summer solstice falls right between the Great Pyramid and its neighboring pyramid, dead center, middle, perfect.

For the Egyptians to figure out where the sun sets on the summer solstice and then build not only the Great Pyramid but another one to frame the sun, would be nearly impossible without highly technological help. Some of the pyramids are over 750-feet long, yet every base angle is perfectly square with 90-degree angles. If there are small differences in the lengths of the sides, they are by mere centimeters.

Another interesting math fact about the Pyramids: If the perimeter of the pyramid is divided by two times the height, the result is exactly equivalent to the number pi (i.e. “3.14”). The chance of this phenomenon occurring as sheer coincidence is remarkably small. How could they come up with this number alone? The number pi was not calculated accurately to the fourth digit until the 6th century! How in the creation of the Great Pyramids did they manage to calculate the number to the fifteenth decimal place out? The lines of longitude and latitude that the Pyramid lies on are 31-degrees north by 31-degrees west. (Is it just a coincidence that these numbers are the same) and are the same two longitudinal lines that cover the most combined land area in the world. The Pyramid is the center of all of the land mass of the entire earth! What about inside a Pyramid itself?


One thing that most researchers have said for generations is that there are only a few tunnels and chambers within the inner workings of the Pyramids, and nothing else. Recently however, evidence has been uncovered to suggest that there are more to the Pyramids than just the skeletal rooms and passages – a lot more.

One major discovery was a large, 63m shaft, thought to originally be an air shaft. But when a camera-robot was sent up the tunnel to further investigate the matter, it found a trap door at the end of the tunnel. The door had 2 brass fittings, one of which was broken. The odd thing about this passage is that it has layers of limestone, like that found on the walls of inner chambers.

Also, inside the king’s chamber, areas with loose-fitted stones were discovered, indicating either poor craftsmanship, (unlikely, especially for the king’s chamber) or that another chamber had been covered up behind the room. Though there appear to be many hidden cavities inside the Queen’s chamber, the Egyptian government has yet to permit any more investigations.


Because the Pyramids are so accurately aligned with the points of the compass, I am led to believe that only aliens could have built them all those years ago. After all, the angles of the slopes of the sides are so precise I find it difficult to believe that the Egyptians engineered them without any help.

Furthermore, the blocks being so heavy and the Great Pyramid so tall, how could anyone but alien builders have helped the Egyptians achieve this remarkable structure? The technology was simply not available to do this in their time.

In 2,500 BC man did not have the tools or the necessary knowledge to build the Pyramids. The Egyptians would have had to employ the use of advanced construction equipment that is even more sophisticated than what we have today. Where else could that technology come from? There are many questions that need to be answered, especially for me to firmly believe the Egyptians did not have any help from an alien source.

Until all these questions about how it was built and where the engineering technology came from are adequately answered, the builders of the Great Pyramids will remain one of mankind’s enduring mysteries. However, until evidence is uncovered to the contrary, I will continue to support the theory that they had help that was not of this world.

New Yinzer

TiNY Lives: Cynthia Grant
Nicole Sebula

Sterling silver, crystals, pink mother-of-pearl designed not only to form a beautiful locket but also created to help women. The locket, by Cynthia Grant, was designed to help fight the war on breast cancer. With each locket sold, 50% of the proceeds go to the Komen Foundation.

Over the past seven years Cynthia has been creating original one-of-kind pieces for clients such as Kolman Jewelers, Nemacolin Collection, Choices, Collage, Sugar Boutique, and 3rd Street Gallery. It wasn't until three years ago when Cynthia's passion for design turned into a mission to raise money for local charities. Inspired by the book Do Unto Others, written by Dr. Abraham Twerski, Grant wondered what she could "do" to contribute to those in need.

Three years ago, Cynthia contacted Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Pittsburgh branch. Her inspiration, a friend struggling with breast cancer, and her mother-in-law, a 3-time cancer survivor who volunteered her time motivating cancer patients, Cynthia created the "Locket of Love" bracelet to help support the Race for the Cure mission. Cynthia has a new piece that will be launched in May 2008, an additional pink ribbon line titled "Consider the Lilies".

Cynthia not only work designs jewelry for the Komen Foundation, she also designed a piece for the Gateway Rehabilitation Center and the third charity Cynthia is involved with is Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Being a mother of two, she feels very grateful to have access to one of the nations top ten Children's Hospitals.

Cynthia doesn't just stop at making jewelry, through her work with charities she continues to find ways to help those who are suffering. Cynthia was motivated to peruse the ancient Japanese practice of Reiki. During the past year she has become certified as a level II Reiki practitioner. Reiki is the ancient Japanese art of healing and relaxation and is used in many spas and hospitals across the United States. In fact, Grant is involved in a pilot program at Magee Women's Hospital to study the positive effects of Reiki on Chemotherapy patients.

All of her involvement has led Cynthia to establish the White Lotus Reiki Loft, which will be opening May, 2008. It will be located at 53 East Wheeling Street in Washington. She will provide Reiki treatments by appointment and will be offering a variety of products such as hand-made soaps, essential oils and air fresheners, along with organic lotions. All of Grants charity jewelry will be available as well.

Cynthia has recently started an organic line of beauty products. So far the line contains So Zen Lips, So Zen Soap and So Zen Spritzers. So Zen Lips is a luscious lip balm that is crafted with healing organic herbs and nurturing organic oils, providing lasting protection as it softens & moisturizes your lips. So Zen Lips comes in three varities: Citrus, Vanilla & Mint. The So Zen Soap’s base recipe is made from 100% certified organic oils and is purely herbal. The soap is scented with essential oils and colored with organic herbs and plant extracts only. It comes in ten varieties that include: citrus lavender, herb garden, lavender, lemongrass, oatmeal, patchouli, peppermint, pink grapefruit, thyme and unscented. The unscented is perfect for chemotherapy patients or anyone with sensitive skin or an aversion to smells.

On March 22nd Cynthia will be participating in the Susan G. Komen for the cure Survivors Brunch Event. She will be selling her So Zen Organic products as well as jewelry and donating 50% of the proceeds to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

To find Cynthia's jewelry you can go to Each charity has a separate page to show off the jewelry for that charity. To find Cynthia Grant's creations check out her sites,,,, The organic body products can be found at (the site will be up and running at the end of March). You can also contact her at or 724.466.1157 or stop in Collage in the Strip District (2124 Penn Avenue) where Cynthia’s jewelry and organic lines are sold. She might even be there when you stop by.

Nicole Sebula

Growing up near Homestead, in the nearby borough of Whitaker, I remember what this town once was. More importantly I recall what Eighth Avenue was to the community. My family and I would spend Saturday mornings shopping on the avenue. The furniture that filled our house came from Katilus’, the shoes I undoubtedly would have on my feet were from Gold’s Shoes, my school uniforms, and so much more all came from the neighborhood shops. I took swimming lessons at the Homestead branch of the Carnegie Library. My preschool, which is now a builder’s outfit, was on the corner of Eighth and Ravine. Standing tall and sturdy, watching over my childhood was the old steel mill.

Today as I walk along Eighth Avenue so many of the buildings are boarded up and without occupants. Some buildings have been torn down and exist only in memory. All of the places that my grandmother would take me are gone. I try to make sense of where I am, get my bearings, but I find I am lost and unable to place where the buildings of my past were.

Homestead’s true existence began in 1880 when Andrew Carnegie handpicked the land for the mill. The mill would employ nearly 4,000 men despite Homestead only having a population of less than 600 people. In 1889 the steel workers, under threat of having their wages cut, declared a strike. William L. Abbott tried to break up the strike but the mill workers became riotous and the sheriff was called in to help calm the situation.

As I walk Eighth Avenue I try to imagine this area as a thriving mill, full of workers sweating for mere pennies on the dollar. It is hard to believe that at one time this area was enclosed by a three-mile long fence that was topped off with barbed wire and platforms for snipers.

In the 1970’s the steel industry was still going strong in Homestead. The mill provided secure employment and good wages. Eighth Avenue had every shop that the teeming community would need: shops for shoes, clothing, groceries, and a pharmacy to name just a few. In a time when most families only had one car, if that, everything being in walking distance was key to the way of life for this community.

After the mill closed in the mid-1980’s Eighth Avenue started to become rundown. Without the employment of the mill, workers and their families started moving out of the area and those who remained did not have the money to shop on the avenue. Eighth Avenue, along with other parts of Homestead, started to resemble a ghost town. One by one the stores closed, windows were broken, and buildings were boarded up. Squatters began taking over.

Recently I toured the area with Daniel Steinitz who is passionately involved in the revitalization of Eighth Avenue. Unfortunately, it is a very slow process. Eighth Avenue is part of three separate boroughs and to get everyone involved (politicians, business leaders, and residents) to agree on a course of action is an almost Herculean task. Also, there are liens on some of the properties owned by disinterested companies and recalcitrant owners who live out of state.

Daniel showed me around The Moose, or more accurately Lodge #60 of The Loyal Order of the Moose, a building which Daniel’s family has purchased and is deep in the process of remodeling. A huge three-story structure, The Moose features gorgeous wooden floors, crown molding, and ornately designed ceilings. Hidden in the basement is an old speakeasy from the 1920s which Daniel hopes to eventually re-open as a bar and restaurant.

To listen to Daniel speak so enthusiastically about what is happening and what has still yet to happen in Homestead is to be swept up in the excitement of all the possibilities that exist for this town.

Later, while sipping chamomile tea in a neighborhood café, I reflect on how unkind the last twenty-five years have been to Homestead. However, there is a glimmer of hope that grows brighter with each passing day. New businesses are beginning to dot Eighth Avenue. The Annex Cookery, Karma, retro, and Waters Edge Tanning and Tattoo bring with them a hope that a true revitalization of Homestead is not far away.