Monday, January 31, 2005
Rumor of a UFO crash in Nepal China border
In Darbhanga district of Bihar that borders Nepal, tourists returning from Nepal are talking about a possible UFO crash in Nepal. The rumor is also rampant in Kathmandu, capital of Nepal and other Nepali cities. The crash site is in deep Himalayan border of Nepal and China.
Freemasonry's Influence in Europe
To understand what is happening in Europe, the phenomenon of Masonry must be taken into account, says Protestant historian César Vidal.
Inside the Outsider
Interview with Colin Wilson from the Fortean Times
Alan Riding's Top Ten Curious facts About Shakespeare
Relinked by popular request.
Did You Know?
A great collection of trivia. Have you learned anything today?
The slogan on New Hampshire license plates is 'Live Free or Die'. These license plates are manufactured by prisoners in the state prison in Concord.
It is believed that Shakespeare was 46 around the time that the King James Version of the Bible was written. In Psalms 46, the 46th word from the first word is shake and the 46th word from the last word is spear.
The silhouette on the Major League Baseball logo is Harmon Killebrew.
Murphy's Oil Soap is the chemical most commonly used to clean elephants.
The naval rank of "Admiral" is derived from the Arabic phrase "amir al bahr", which means "lord of the sea".
Donald Duck's middle name is Fauntleroy.
Coca-Cola was originally green.
And hundreds more!
Another great link from Militant Platypus
Tech guru pitches $100 PC
With cool pic of the $185 AMD Personal Internet Communicator.
Link found at Militant Platypus
Check out the spooky ghost photo over at Weird Events
Sunday, January 30, 2005
Mail a camera, have postal workers take pictures along the way. Very cool. With great pics.
Giant pearl tied to death, intrigue, family squabbles
The pearl is purportedly a former amulet of Chinese philosopher Lao-Tzu, who is said to have carved his face and those of Confucius and Buddha into its surface. It was then planted in successively larger clams for generations; the convolutions on its surface resemble a human brain.
El Pasoan still searching for mystery rocks' origin
Wrapped in plastic bubble sheets and kept out of harm's way, plain-looking gray rocks continue to perplex Stanton James, a Northeast man who came across them more than three years ago.
With cool pic.
Friday, January 28, 2005
MOCKINGBIRD - The Subversion Of The Free Press By The CIA
"You could get a journalist cheaper than a good call girl, for a couple hundred dollars a month."
The more things change . . .
A must read from What Really Happened
RESIDENTS WARN OF 'DANGERS' OF ASPARTAME
Kim and Peter Dixon held the evening at St Thomas More Church Hall to portray the dangers of a sweetener, called aspartame, through the film Sweet Misery — A Poisoned World.
Aspartame can be consumed in a number of ways, through low-calorie drinks, diabetic food or weight loss products.
How David shrank as he faced Goliath
"It shrinks? I don't know how you guys walk around with those things." --Elaine Benes
In the living room of her home on North Edgemoor -- the bungalow where BTK strangled Joseph and Julie Otero and two of their young children 31 years ago -- Buffy Lietz wants to make a point. To her, she says, "this is just an ordinary house."
Wichita Police find missing communication linked to BTK
Investigators have tracked down a missing communication that may have come from the BTK serial killer, leading police to again appeal to the public for help in solving the case.
Haunted Places in Oklahoma
For my Hexies in the Sooner State.
Officer who nabbed Lee Harvey Oswald dies
Nick McDonald, a former policeman who arrested Lee Harvey Oswald at a Dallas movie theater after President Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, died Thursday. He was 76.
Thursday, January 27, 2005
Seymour Hersh: "We've Been Taken Over by a Cult"
A speech by Pulitzer-prize winning investigative reporter Seymour Hersh on torture from Guantanamo to Abu Ghraib to Vietnam.
Ancient cosmetics analyzed and then reproduced
Scientists at Bristol University have analyzed and reproduced a Roman face cream found in an archeological dig in London. The face cream's components were analyzed and then the substance was recreated; when applied, it created smooth white skin with a powdery texture. The small tin of face cream found in the dig is the first and thus far only intact cosmetic from the Roman era.
BTK connected to Park City murders?
Two unsolved murders near BTK's latest drop have similarities to other BTK murders.
Wednesday, January 26, 2005
Co. to Advertise on Neb. Man's Forehead
A Web-page designer who auctioned off the use of his forehead for advertising space is letting it go to his head.
Examiner Finds Man Breathing in Morgue
A medical examiner studying a body in a morgue was startled when the man took a shallow breath.
A new message from BTK?
Another BTK package may have surfaced Tuesday, when a postcard mailed to a Wichita television station led reporters, and then police, to a suspicious cereal box that was leaning against a road sign near Valley Center.
Reportedly, the message was inside a box of Post Toasties.
Gosh, maybe G-Man Melvin Purvis can catch BTK . . .
Do you think BTK sent away for this Post Toasties prize when he was a kid?
Haunted Places in Missouri
For my Hexies in the Show Me State.
Attention to Lestlie:
Nevada - Cottey College - is haunted by 2 ghosts: (1) Vera: a student from long ago that was making candy in Rosemary Hall when her nightgown caught fire, and resulted in burning down the hall. Now she haunts the entire college, comforting some girls and tricking others (2) a man in black (or a black man) that haunts the college from slavery days, as the story goes, possibly looking for Vera.
Husband and wife's mysterious deaths puzzling to police
One bullet, two bodies.
Mystery of Hanuman statue on South African beach
Johannesburg,Scientists and religious leaders have expressed doubts that a statue of Hindu deity Hanuman found on a beach in South Africa had been carried there from Sri Lanka by strong waves from the tsunamis.
Ghost returns to scene of haunting
Dick Wolfe and Jim Buettner say they aren't the type to believe in ghosts, but last Thursday they witnessed something they said was "bizarre."
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
The search for the lost library of Rome
Even in our age of hyperbole, it would be hard to exaggerate the significance of what is at stake here: nothing less than the lost intellectual inheritance of western civilisation.
Monday, January 24, 2005
UFO Sighting and Strange Signals reported again in Indian Ocean - sub tectonic experiment?
People are again reporting heavy UFO sighting in Nicobar Island, Andaman, India, Maldives, and Sri Lanka coastal areas. The animals in these areas are again showing strange behavior. The fishermen and their families this time are taking these signs seriously and are refusing to move near the ocean. The tribal people of Andaman Nicobar Island have again moved to the high grounds. The sea birds are also showing strange signals.
Remember the strange light in the sky a week before the last quake and tsunami?
Something wicked this way comes - wicked cool, that is
Okay, let me get this straight -- a traveling, Chinese, Kung Fu, vaudeville, freak show, circus act? Have I died and gone to heaven?
Ancestor offers missing link between hippos, whales
An ancestor of whales and hippos is likely a "missing link" between the two groups, scientists say.
Police hunt poo protesters
Ladies and gentlemen, the Poo Protesters
Link found at boing boing
Changing your reality through hypnosis
"Anything that you use your mind for in any way can be helped or made better with hypnosis or hypnotherapy."
Oddballs, magicians, freaks haunt Ricky Jay's handbill history
Ricky Jay is the coolest.
Paranormal presentation levitates Braden
Award-winning paranormal specialists Jeff and Tessa Evason demonstrated their talents in telekinesis, telepathy and levitation during a show at Braden Auditorium.
Pre-Columbian artifacts links culture to the supernatural
Nobody told the people of pre-Columbian Latin America that you can't take it with you.
Class ring lost in 1978 found 26 years later
Edward H. Walsh was hanging out with friends on a South Boston beach in 1978 when he made a gesture with his hand and his high school class ring flew off and got lost in the sand.
Desperately hoping to catch a Tasmanian tiger by the tail
Like so many of the wonderfully strange beasts in Australia, the Tasmanian tiger looked like it was cobbled together from spare parts. Its rear half resembled a tiger -- well, sort of -- with black stripes and a long tail. Its front half could be mistaken for a wolf. And it had a pouch, like a kangaroo.
Or should I say "has"?
Serial Killers Not New To History
Press release for "Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters," by Peter Vronsky
Iraqis trying to solve $300 million mystery
Earlier this month, according to Iraqi officials, $300 million in dollar bills was taken out of Iraq's central bank, put into boxes and quietly put on a charter jet bound for Lebanon.
Delaware couple: UFO chased us at 80 mph
Husband, wife claim object followed them: 'I didn't want us to be alone with that thing'
Weeping Madonna remains a mystery
A review of the probe into a statue of the Madonna said to have shed tears of blood a decade ago concluded that the phenomenon has no human explanation, a newspaper reported.
Friday, January 21, 2005
Global warming linked to 'great dying'
An international team of scientists has found global warming, not a giant asteroid, may have nearly wiped out life on Earth some 250 million years ago.
Thursday, January 20, 2005
Factnet Report: Hubbard and the Occult
Long article on the roots of Scientology.
Pandering to animal lovers
Seeing through walls
Troy Hurtubise has done the seemingly impossible with his newest invention and defied all known rules of physics, he says.
The Angel Light - Hurtubise claims the concept came to him in a recurring dream - can reportedly see through walls, as if there was no barrier at all.
That's not all, though.
Tsunami folklore 'saved islanders'
Traditional knowledge handed down from generation to generation helped to save ancient tribes on India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands from the worst of the tsunami, anthropologists say.
Zodiac Killer, the Movie
Warner Bros. Pictures and Paramount Pictures are in advanced talks to co-finance Zodiac, a thriller detailing the obsessive efforts of three people who sought to bring the famed Zodiac killer to justice and the toll it took on their personal lives.
Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Tai Chi Used To Calm NYC Students
Their faces are calm, their bodies relaxed -- it's a lesson in stress-busting that students take seriously.
Jackalope May Become Wyoming's Official Mythical Creature
Meadowlark, bison, cutthroat trout, horned toad. All are officially recognized creatures in Wyoming.
The jackalope, the most elusive of the state's critters, may soon join the list.
In Rome, Hints of Buried Treasure
When the infamous emperor Nero fell from power in A.D. 68, weakened by military revolts, his successors decided no personal trace of his reign should remain. They covered with debris the giant and sumptuous Domus Aurea -- the Golden House -- that he built on a hill in central Rome. They replaced an adjacent artificial lake with the Colosseum.
The entombment of the palace was meant to make everyone forget Nero. Instead, it conserved, as if in amber, his residential compound as few ancient sites in Rome have been preserved. This week, almost 2,000 years after Nero's rule, Rome city officials unveiled a new find from the palace that offers a tantalizing hint of the treasures buried beneath the hill.
Boy 'abducted for sacrifice' rescued
A WOMAN who planned to "offer a child for sacrifice" after kidnapping him from the neighbourhood has landed herself in the police lock-up.
Forest family had an elaborate camp among trees
A man and his 12-year-old daughter spent the last four years living in a remote hillside in Portland's Forest Park, police said.
Remarkable story, highly recommended.
Hillary Reveals Encounter with Shackleton's Ghost
Mount Everest conqueror Sir Edmund Hillary says he has met the ghost of eminent British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton who died during an expedition to Antarctica in 1916.
Iraq's 'saviours' guilty of vandalism
The damage wrought by the construction of an American military base in the ruins of the ancient city of Babylon must rank as one of the most reckless acts of cultural vandalism in recent memory. And all the more so because it was unnecessary and avoidable.
Potholers discover ancient Roman mosaic
Potholers exploring a site near Nero's palace have discovered a mosaic showing ancient Romans trampling grapes to make wine.
Teens nabbed in grave heist
The young men did not damage the bones, which included a human skull, and took them because of their "gothic" beliefs.
Mysterious moaning sounds prompts evacuation of law library
Southern University building is back open after being evacuated Tuesday night. The problem? Students reported hearing a voice calling for help from inside the walls or ceiling.
Quoth the visitor, 'Once more'
Mystery fan marks Poe's birthday for 56th time
Woman baffled by 'beam of light'
A woman was left mystified this morning after she saw what she thought was a UFO over Telford.
Mystery compound in beer fights cancer
Some cancers are caused by heterocyclic amines, DNA-damaging chemicals found in cooked meat and fish. When Sakae Arimoto-Kobayashi's team at Okayama University in Japan fed these chemicals to mice, the DNA damage to their liver, lungs and kidneys was reduced by up to 85% if the mice drank non-alcoholic beer instead of water.
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
Want to live longer? Then drop the fitness regime and put your feet up
It is the news that all sloths have been waiting for. Scientists in Germany have found that too much exercise is bad for you and that doing less could lengthen your life.
Top 10 Net Hoaxes / Urban Legends of 2004
The year is at an end and it's time to unveil About's partly-scientific, partly-subjective roundup of the Top 10 Net Hoaxes and Urban Legends of 2004.
Hockney 'was wrong' over art copying claims
Hockney's claims that Renaissance painters employed optics is disputed.
Flying Triangle sightings on the rise
New analysis spurs speculation on secret planes
Hammer, don't hurt 'em!
Hammer Films Studio, which produced the horror classics "Dracula", "The Curse of Frankenstein" and "The Devil Rides Out", has lured investors back after nearly 30 years in oblivion.
Bush's Grand Plan? Incite Civil War in Iraq
Is Bush trying to start a Civil War in Iraq?
Corresponding with the Fantastic: The Sorcery of Fritz Leiber
Leiber was a different kind of writer, and weird horror was only one of his strengths.
Monday, January 17, 2005
Ufo Peach Sees Its Popularity Take Off
A flat peach first inspired by a Chinese emperor more than 4,000 years ago has seen its popularity take off once again by being marketed as a UFO.
PRESS RELEASE: The Indian Ocean Tsunami and Atlantis Linked
The current disaster in the Indian Ocean that affected Indonesia (Sumatra), Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, and many islands is part of the same geological system that destroyed Atlantis, according to at least one researcher.
The Living Unknown Soldier by Jean-Yves Le Naour
Future unknown for castle with secret past
THE MOST secret moated castle in England stands empty and forlorn, its future unknown and undecided after more than seven centuries of occupation. The ancestral portraits have been stripped from the walls, the books emptied in their thousands from the library shelves and elegant Georgian furniture removed by the lorryload.
Was Robert Kennedy killed by a real 'Manchurian candidate'-style assassin?
A book review of Nemesis, by the British author Peter Evans.
A new book claims to reveal evidence that the CIA, FBI and Aristotle Onassis hypnotised a Palestinian man into assassinating Robert Kennedy.
The alleged Onassis involvement reminds me of the Gemstone Files.
The author Dominick Dunne, in his Vanity Fair column last month, described Nemesis as presenting "a startling revision of American history."
Important discoveries in medieval codices and manuscripts of the Plato's Critias.