Friday, December 31, 2004
The 25 Dumbest Quotes of 2004
Railroad murders expand into myth
The Boxcar Serial Killer and Freight Train Riders of America
Physicians Now Accepting Bioenergy More Readily
Just imagine: A patient is seen by his physician for chronic pain. The physician orders a few tests, pain medications and physical therapy. She also prescribes energy work by a local qigong healer. The physician tells the patient he needs to have energy work in order to completely heal.
This may sound a little far-fetched now, but this kind of medical care may happen in our lifetime.
Peter Rabbit gets hieroglyph tale
Beatrix Potter's classic children's book The Tale of Peter Rabbit has been translated into ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs by the British Museum.
Wednesday, December 29, 2004
Where are all the dead animals? Sri Lanka asks
Sri Lankan wildlife officials are stunned -- the worst tsunami in memory has killed around 22,000 people along the Indian Ocean island's coast, but they can't find any dead animals.
Link found, believe it or not, at the Drudge Report.
Monday, December 27, 2004
Medieval mural's tales of sorcery
A mural which has come to light in Tuscany has been identified by a British university lecturer as the earliest surviving representation of witchcraft in Christian Europe.
Witches, the Malleus Maleficarum, and a tree full of penises.
Tidal wave tragedy teaches humility
Natural disasters ancient and modern.
The records of some ancient civilizations hint at even worse disasters in the distant past. The Shu-King, the records of the legendary Chinese Emperor Yao tell of an immense wave "that reached the sky" before it flooded the entire land of China. The account states, "The water was well up on the high mountains and the foothills could not be seen at all." According to the ancient Chinese records, it took years of massive public works and the labor of millions to drain the land.
Who is feeding the Bin Laden Legend?
Robin Hood and Osama Bin laden
Rumsfeld says Flight 93 was 'shot down'
Slip of the tongue or the truth?
Sunday, December 26, 2004
Dale City man searches for sunken treasure
Ed Finck admits he is a frustrated treasure hunter.
He hasn't yet found a shipwrecked Spanish galleon with millions of dollars worth of doubloons in it, but there's always hope.
UFO Sightings over Iranian nuclear installations
Iranians complained about Unidentified Flying Objects at very low altitudes around its nuclear installations all around the country.
Digging into mysteries
The Field Museum's vast collection of mummies, fossils, pottery and other anthropological gems is riddled with mysteries.
Mercury, Mars, Venus in Rare Alignment
A rare alignment
and, apparently, the earth didn't like it.
Thursday, December 23, 2004
'Festivus' Shares Space With Fla. Nativity
Happy Festivus, everyone. Enjoy the Feats of Strength and the Airing of the Grievances. Let's get that aluminum pole next to every nativity scene in the country. That ought to give Bill O'Reilly conniptions
And here's an article from the New York Times that gives some good background on how the holiday was actually developed.
This all begs the question--is it a fake holiday if people actually celebrate it?
Fascinating note: The inventor of Festivus, Dan O'Keefe, wrote a book called "Stolen Lightning" (Vintage 1983), a work of sociology that explores the ways people use cults, astrology and the paranormal as a defense against social pressures.
Wednesday, December 22, 2004
Aromatherapy oils 'kill superbug'
Essential oils could kill the deadly MRSA hospital 'superbug', scientists have claimed.
University of Manchester researchers found three of the oils, usually used in aromatherapy, destroyed MRSA and E.coli bacteria in two minutes.
Janice Knowlton RIP
Hex Correspondent Elisabeth Reynolds has uncovered a longer, more informative obituary of Janice Knowlton
, author of "Daddy Was the Black Dahlia Killer". It's a pretty sad tale.
Thanks for the heads up, Elisabeth
Tuesday, December 21, 2004
Teaching the kids kung fu
It promises to make you as "soft as silk", and as "light as a swallow", yet as "hard as metal". Extravagant claims, indeed, but proponents of tong qi gong, or "kids' kung fu", swear by this unique martial art style.
Shaolin wushu impresses cops
The Songshan Shaolin Wushu Centre's troupe left such an impression at the Police Training Centre (Pulapol) here that Shaolin kung fu may well make its way into the centre's curriculum.
Ouch, My Third Eye Hurts!
Yes, I, Mr. Big-and-Clever, will now infiltrate a New Age convention in Marin County, searching for Yanni-inspired, dolphin-blazoned enlightenment. But it would be like shooting crystal-wearing fish in a unicorn-painted barrel if I rampaged through the gathering like a cynical bull in a vegan china shop. So I plan to exercise restraint. I'll go, but I'll be "open-minded."
Author lives up to title of his book
An interesting profile of Raymon Grace,
healer and author of the wonderfully titled "The Future Is Yours - Do Something About It."
Couple found innocent of teen's slaying
Another unsolved Juarez murder.
for more information on the Juarez murders of roughly 400 women over the last decade.
Rosemary stars in ancient legends
A nice profile on the Professor's favorite herb
Surprising fact? "Rosemary oil is also a natural pesticide, which explains why it was once added to bedding to discourage bedbugs. Sprigs were once spread around a home's floor to deter fleas."
Carved Imagine May Be Ancient Map
The stone was uncovered after a wildfire devastated two and a half square kilometres of heather moorland on the North York Moors at Fylingdales, near Whitby, in September last year.
Winter solstice today evokes ancient rituals
Happy Holidays, Pagans!
Battling Voodoo's Legacy, Christians Shine Light in Haiti
More of that voodoo that you do.
Don't touch voodoo dolls, say Colombian cops
"Witches don't exist, but if they do, they do," Highway Police Captain Gerson Fajardo explained.
"I was a middle-aged zombie"
An inside look at the making of George Romero's Land of the Dead
Motorists' 'weird' speed excuses
I was desperate for the loo and had to speed to the nearest public toilet.
Indonesian authorities probe mystery blasts
Several loud blasts believed to be caused by a meteor shower echoed across the Indonesian capital Jakarta and nearby towns early on Sunday, startling residents who reported seeing flying objects in the sky.
A massive hunt was under way today for a hostage gang that looted vaults containing up to £30 million at Northern Bank's headquarters in central Belfast.
The raid, carried out yesterday evening, is believed to be the biggest ever cash robbery staged in UK criminal history.
That's $55 million US.
John Dee's Crystal Ball Stolen From Museum
A rare 16th-century crystal ball that belonged to a maverick consultant to Elizabeth I has been stolen from the Science Museum in London.
For more on John Dee, Queen Elizabeth's Agent 007, please click here
Monday, December 20, 2004
Knowlton, who believed her father was Black Dahlia killer, dead at 67
Janice Knowlton, the woman who became convinced her late father was the Black Dahlia murderer is dead.
The Los Angeles Times reports Knowlton died at her home in Santa Ana last March after taking multiple prescription drugs. She was 67.
Knowlton was the author of the controversial Daddy Was the Black Dahlia Killer
Has the Ripper Been Found? The Astrology Behind the Whitechapel Murders
James Mayfair's astrological chart from the Llewellyn Journal
Ohio Recount Stirs Trouble
As a statewide election recount got underway in Ohio last week, a Democratic congressman called on the FBI to impound vote-tabulating computers in at least one county and investigate suspicions of election tampering in the state.
Bigfoot museum a fresh look at mysterious 'creature'
To a nation fed on checkout-line tabloids, "Bigfoot" and "hoax" go together like chips and dip. Mike Rugg, the proprieter of a Bigfoot museum in Felton, Calif., respectfully - well, somewhat respectfully -disagrees.
"People are sent to death on less evidence than we have for Bigfoot," Rugg said.
Investigators probe theory that JonBenet killer has struck again
EIGHT years after the Boxing Day murder of child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey, investigators are looking into whether her killer may have struck again.
New DNA evidence.
Saturday, December 18, 2004
Da Vinci mystery gets more conjecture
Predictably, "Unlocking Da Vinci's Code: The Full Story" will probably most interest those already familiar with the best-selling book "The Da Vinci Code," the inspiration for this National Geographic Channel documentary airing tomorrow night at 9.
Marine Explorer Looks for Earhart Plane
At 17,000 feet beneath the surface, the temperature of ocean water is just above freezing, oxygen is sparse and currents are relatively calm. In other words, ideal conditions for preserving an airplane that might have crashed into the depths nearly 70 years ago, according to marine explorer David Jourdan, who hopes to answer one of aviation's greatest mysteries - the fate of famed pilot Amelia Earhart.
Friday, December 17, 2004
Author suing over Da Vinci bestseller
Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, two of the three Holy Blood, Holy Grail authors, are suing a over Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, and have launched legal action against the novel's publishers, Random House Group in Britain.
September 11 conspiracy theorist offers prize
Jimmy Walter has spent more than $US3 million promoting a conspiracy theory the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States were "an inside job" and he is offering more cash to anyone who proves him wrong.
In lone defense of Scott Peterson
A look at the Satanists-did-it theory in the Laci Peterson murder from a decidedly right-wing Christian perspective.
See also the author's follow-up piece.
Here's a 2003 Modesto Bee article on possible occult connections.
Mysterious booms have been noted for years
A loud boom breaks the stillness on a clear day. There are no storms in the area, no jet aircraft flying by and no reports of earthquakes or explosions.
The booms, heard from time to time in South Carolina, are popularly known as Seneca Guns, a folk term for unexplained booms that have been noted along the East Coast for years.
Am I the only one that thinks "The Seneca Guns" would be a great name for a rock band?
Wichita's Non-Stop Nightmare
More on BTK
Wednesday, December 15, 2004
Authorities Examining Suspected 'BTK' Serial Killer Package
Wichita, Kan. authorities are awaiting FBI test results on a package that may have been left by the notorious BTK, the self-coined "Blind, Torture, Kill" serial killer who has eluded capture for 30 years.
Monday, December 13, 2004
Return of the Black Widow
The story of Sandra Camille Bridewell must be read to be believed. The Anomalist
recently linked to the latest Dallas Observer
article on her "exploits" but there's also a previous article by the same writer, Glenna Whitley, that gives some great background. Part one "Return of the Black Widow" is here
Part two, "Seductress of the Saints" is here
Whitley is a great writer. Some of her other work may be found here
Kudos to the Dallas Observer for running such interesting articles.
Gary Webb, Author of Controversial CIA/Crack Series, Dead in Apparent Suicide
Gary Webb, 49, a Pulitzer-winning investigative reporter who became best known for a widely-criticized series linking the CIA to the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles, was found dead Friday after an apparent suicide, authorities in Sacramento said.
Church window 'has clue to Holy Grail'
A CLUE in the search for the Holy Grail lies in a Hertford church, a secret society in the town sensationally claimed this week.
Riddle of 'Baghdad's batteries'
An older article on the mysterious 'Baghdad's batteries'
. Link found at the Fortean Times
Reporters give DNA samples in BTK case
"Most of us thought it wasn't a big deal," Laviana said. "It's almost like joining a fraternity. You want to get a T-shirt that says, 'I'm not BTK.'"
Texas School Distributes Calendar of Satanic, Sexual Rites
In a case of missing oversight and the proliferation of satanic beliefs, a school officer in the suburb of Houston, Texas handed out calendars to students containing satanic rituals and sexual rites for various days of the month. The officer was supposed to be handing out calendars delivering an anti-gang message.
Can I have a copy?
Trying to Crack An Icy Mystery
Cryogenetic Secrets May Aid Organ Transplants
Case of the Sherlock Holmes fanatic 'who killed himself but made it look like murder'
Did Richard Lancelyn Green fake his own "murder"?
Mystery meteors slice sky tonight
Scientists disagree on the origins of the annual Geminid shower but agree that conditions this year favor a spectacular show.
Wednesday, December 08, 2004
The Secrets of Rennes-le-Chateau; Notes on a Strange World
From the Skeptical Inquirer
THE MEKONG'S MYSTERIOUS FIREBALLS
FOR two nights every year, thousands gather along the banks of the Mekong River to watch a strange phenomena the Thais call the Naga fireballs.
Monday, December 06, 2004
Black Dahlia Mailbag
I received a very nice letter from Elisabeth Reynolds concerning my post about the CBS "48 Hours" Black Dahlia program. She's graciously allowed me to share it with you.
I read your blog entry "Black Dahlia Revisited". I also saw the "48 Hours" show in question, and read Steve Hodel's book.
You wondered what CBS's lawyers thought of Tamar Hodel calling director John Huston a raping pedophile. I think I know the answer to that: nothing. That's because, unless there's been some big, recent change in the law that I've somehow missed, dropping dead ends all one's legal protections against libel. It doesn't matter if you're long dead, like Huston, or still warm. As soon as you kick it, you're fair game for anything. Tamar could have said she saw Huston eating pan-fried baby-brains at center stage in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and nobody could do anything about it.
For what it's worth, my reading of Lawrence Grobel's biography of the Huston family would seem to indicate John has a pretty good chance of being out of the country at the time that Tamar's (calculatedly?) vague account places the alleged crime. But who's counting.
Likewise for Tamar contention that "dirty old" Man Ray took naked pictures of her pubescent self. Tamar and Steve present no evidence that this actually happened (like, say, any record of, you know, the pictures), but they don't have to. I'm sure the fact that Man Ray's oeuvre evinces no interest whatever in photographing or otherwise depicting nymphet types, clothed or not, won't slow them down, either.
It's enough to make you think that maybe there's a reason that two psychologists and half Tamar's relatives (including her maternal grandmother, accused molester George's ex-mother-in-law!) testified in court that she was a pathological liar.
Actually, the nekkid pictures story is nothing compared to some of the stuff about Man Ray that Hodel passes off as fact, as if nobody could catch him on it. Suffice it to say that if Man Ray were alive to sue, he and his libel lawyer would be rolling in dough faster than you could develop a rayograph.
Here's my favorite: The bit about how Man Ray had to hightail it back to France at the end of in 1949, because the cops were closing in on George and Man Ray knew he might be next. The Hodels' former boarder, Joe Barrett, vividly remembers the long talk he personally had with Man Ray in the Hodel house, on the very day Man Ray cleared out of town. Steve eagerly reports this as fact, and Tamar backs him up on it, too. Great story, right? Too bad that in what we laughingly call "real life", Man Ray didn't go back to France until March of 1951, a year after George Hodel had left the country and sold the house this conversation supposedly took place in. Old Joe gives Steve plenty of other juicy first-hand accounts for the book. I'm sure they're all just about as valid.
At any rate, I'm glad you enjoyed Hodel's book. In my own weird way, I did, too. But it should be remembered that any resemblance therein to any persons living or (especially) dead is strictly coincidentally. Or at least non-actionable.
Thanks for the letter, Elisabeth.