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Archaeological breakthrough: 2,000-year-old pistachio nut is oldest found in Britain

The 2,000-year-old nut was found at the bottom of an ancient well in North Yorkshire. Archaeologists made the find while excavating as part of a project to upgrade the A1.

The discovery is one of thousands of objects located around Catterick, which used to be the town of Cataractonium in Roman times.

Experts believe the nut had been picked between AD 24-128.

Excavations in the region began in 2013, when Highways England commissioned a £400m upgrade.

While the discovery was made in 2017, experts have only just announced it publicly.

Archaeologists had to crack the shell open to be able to identify the nut.

A Highways Agency spokesman confirmed the finding.

She said: “Pistachios were first brought to Italy by Vitellius, father of the Emperor, who served in the Levant in the late AD30s.

“It was not possible to tell if the nut had been imported from southern Iberia, the north African coast, Greece or the Near East.

“However, its date of collection and deposition in the Trajanic period marks it as the earliest known evidence of pistachio consumption in Britain.”

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Phil Mickelson becomes the oldest person to win

Phil Mickelson becomes the oldest person

Mickelson became the 10th player to win majors in three decades.

SAN DIEGO — San Diego native and pro Golfer Phil Mickelson has done it again and this time he set a new record. Mickelson hasn’t finished in the top 20 over the last nine months but on Sunday, he changed all of that with a spectacular PGA championship win.

Fans at a local driving range had some things to share about Mickelson’s huge accomplishment.

“It’s golf history. I got chills watching it,” said James Peagraf, who lives in San Diego.

Phil Mickelson also known as “Lefty” won his sixth major Sunday, becoming the oldest golfer to win a championship at 50 years old.

He finished strong, with a 1-over 73, and stayed away from any mistakes on the back nine to finish at 6-under 282 for the tournament.

RELATED: San Diego native Phil Mickelson takes PGA Championship at age 50 to become golf’s oldest major winner

“Phil’s one of my longtime favorite players. He’s a San Diego guy, got to root for him. It’s a huge win for him and San Diego,” Peagraf said.

It’s been more than two years since Mickelson last won and it’s been almost eight years since he won a major.

“So it’s very possible that this is the last tournament I ever win. Like if I’m being realistic. But it’s also very possible that I may have had a little bit of a breakthrough in some of my focus and maybe I go a little bit of a run, I don’t know. But the point is that’s there’s no reason why I or anybody else can’t do it at a later age. It just takes a little bit more work,” Mickelson said after his historic win.

Mickelson has had an incredible career and his fans in San Diego are just proud to say he’s a native.

“That’s where Phil grew up and it’s showing still out on the golf course and he still plays here locally all the time so it’s awesome,” said Victor Hourani, a Mickelson fan.

Today Mickelson became the 10th player to win majors in three decades.

WATCH: San Diego’s Phil Mickelson speaks with News 8 after second Masters win in 2006

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Antarctica pyramids claim: ‘Oldest pyramid on Earth' is hidden on icy continent

YouTube user Derrick commented: “Snow covered pyramid shape in Antarctica, I believe geologists would call that a mountain.”

Lazaros Tsakpounidis said: “I feel like I’m losing my brain cells after watching this.”

And Mohammad Ziaul Mushtafa Khan said: “No evidence, only a bunch of authors referred them as extraterrestrial theorists claimed everything on Earth is conspired by some aliens, now latest victim is Antarctica.

“Maybe geologist must take lessons from so-called experts.”

And according to geologists, there is nothing unusual about the angular shape of the mountain.

Dr Mitch Darcy, a geologist at the German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam, argued mountains like this are known as nunataks.

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Phil Mickelson wins PGA Championship to become oldest major champion in history

But there was certainly a nervous ending for the 50-year-old as he carded three bogeys on holes 13, 14 and 17.

It gave Koepka some hope heading into the final hole with two shots between the pair of them.

And Mickelson sent his drive out left into the baying crowd while Koepka perfectly placed his in the fairway.

There were wild scenes as course officials attempted to hold back the overzealous crowd before Mickelson sent a marvellous shot into the middle of the green to all-but seal his sixth major.

Koepka putted out for par, leaving Mickelson to himself on the green with hundreds of spectators watching on, holding in their incoming cheers.

And they let roar when Mickelson holed out for par with the American holding his arms alot in celebration before embracing his brother and caddie, Tim Mickelson, in a touching moment.

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Fossil 'balls' are 1 billion years old and could be Earth's oldest known multicellular life

Scientists have discovered a rare evolutionary “missing link” dating to the earliest chapter of life on Earth. It’s a microscopic, ball-shaped fossil that bridges the gap between the very first living creatures — single-celled organisms — and more complex multicellular life.

The spherical fossil contains two different types of cells: round, tightly-packed cells with very thin cell walls at the center of the ball, and a surrounding outer layer of sausage-shaped cells with thicker walls. Estimated to be 1 billion years old, this is the oldest known fossil of a multicellular organism, researchers reported in a new study. 

Hester Ford, Oldest American, Dies

Author: Amisha Padnani
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Hester Ford, who was believed to have been the oldest American, living long enough to have experienced two pandemics, both world wars, Jim Crow discrimination, civil rights movements and the elections of 21 presidents, died on Saturday at her home in Charlotte, N.C.

Census records show conflicting information for her year of birth, but she was either 115 or 116. The Gerontology Research Group, which tracks supercentenarians, or people over the age of 110, listed her age as 115 years and 245 days.

Her death was confirmed by her family in a statement.

“She was a pillar and stalwart to our family and provided much needed love, support and understanding to us all,” her great-granddaughter Tanisha Patterson-Powe said in the statement.

Mrs. Ford was believed to have been born on Aug. 15, 1905 or 1904, on a farm in Lancaster County, S.C., where she grew up tilling fields and picking cotton. Theodore Roosevelt was president at the time.

She married John Ford at 14 and gave birth to the first of her 12 children at age 15.

The couple moved to Charlotte around 1960, and Mrs. Ford began working as a nanny. Mr. Ford died three years later, at 57. Mrs. Ford continued living in their home independently, until she was 108. Her family members insisted on moving in to help her after she fell in her bathtub and bruised her ribs.

Her eight daughters and four sons gave her 68 grandchildren, 125 great-grandchildren, and at least 120 great-great-grandchildren.

“She not only represented the advancement of our family, but of the Black African-American race and culture in our country,” Ms. Patterson-Powe said. “She was a reminder of how far we have come as people on this earth.”

Mrs. Ford celebrated her final birthday last year during the coronavirus pandemic with a socially distanced drive-by parade of friends and family members, who honked and waved from the street.

When asked what gifts she wanted, Mrs. Ford told the Charlotte television station WBTV, “Anything that anybody’ll give me.”

The Gerontology Research Group lists the oldest living person in the world as Kane Tanaka in Japan. She is 118 years and 114 days old. The next oldest American is Thelma Sutcliffe, who is 114 years and 207 days old and lives in Nebraska.

Mrs. Ford’s family said her daily routine involved a breakfast that always included half a banana, a trip outside for fresh air —  weather permitting — and sitting in her recliner looking at family albums, doing puzzles and listening to gospel music.

When asked about the secret to her longevity, she told The Charlotte Observer, “I just live right, all I know.”

The Associated Press contributed reporting.