Monday, October 31, 2005
Smearing skin with broccoli can help reduce risk of cancer
Eating cabbage, cooking meat with garlic and smearing your skin with extract of broccoli can all help reduce the risk of cancer, scientists have found.
Tarot readings: It's in the cards
David Kazmierzak enjoys helping people sort out their problems and find the correct paths to follow. Using a tool called tarot cards, he offers readings out of his home.
Folklore season waxes
They are the tales that gave us comfort after a bad dream and they are the stories told of great-grandparents. They are the chilling accounts of high school girls chanting "Bloody Mary" three times in the locker room mirror, and they are, ultimately, tradition.
Ghosts in the Machine
An interesting review of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's show dedicated to photography and the occult, "The Perfect Medium".
I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Halloween and to thank you for visiting Professor Hex. Have fun tonight and be careful.
Stomp! Shout! Scream!
In 1966, an all-girl garage rock band is on tour. Their van break down in a small southern beach town at the same time as a huge mass of mysterious debris washes ashore. Mangled bodies start showing up on the beach. Could it be the Skunk Ape, the Everglades' Bigfoot?
The Sea Serpents of Mount Desert Island
Monsters of Maine.
Echo of an exorcism: Ghosts in our backyard
Another article on the origins of the Exorcist story. With pics of the supposed house.
Whether he's legend or a legit beast, Big Foot's deep woods mystery is alive and well in East Texas.
El cucuy has roots deep in border folklore
Its name is whispered in hushed tones. For mothers, it is the ultimate threat that keeps their sons and daughters in line. For children, it is the bogeyman, the closet monster and their worst nightmares rolled into one hideous being.
It is el cucuy.
Good article about the Latino boogeyman. Also contains a reference to the Texas "Big Bird" sightings of the 1970s. For more on the Big Birds see here.
Houghton mansion is studied
Faces of the dead showing up in third-story windows, mysterious lights in empty rooms and disembodied footsteps on the stairs.
These sights and sounds have all been reported as evidence of the haunting of Houghton mansion, an aging Victorian building that has stood on Church Street since the 1890s and is now the home of a Masonic temple.
Creepy Cemetery Tales
There are people in this woodsy town who claim to have seen ghosts at the 200-year-old Palmer River Burial Ground on Lake Street - in particular, that of a small, grotesque child.
Cyber ghosts and e-mail from the dead
E-mail and cellphone calls from the dead. Ghostly orbs that appear in pictures taken by digital cameras. Demons captured on cellphone cameras. New technology is having an impact on how people experience the paranormal.
Stories of Ghosts and Unexplained Phenomena Haunt Region 8
It's the time of year for scary stories. But stories of mysterious lights, ghosts haunting local theaters and creatures lurking the countryside don't pop up in Region 8 just for Halloween...such unexplained phenomena are known year-round.
The Necronomicon has become a kind of egregore in the modern world. It is the most notorious grimoire of all time, a notable achievement for a book that never existed. There is no historical evidence that such a book was written, yet tens of thousands of people believe it is real and claim to have seen copies in various libraries in Europe and America, or assert that they know someone who owns a true copy. The very weight of persistent belief in the book has lent it a kind of shadow life that makes the question of its reality difficult to answer with a simple yes or no.
Ghosts at Sea
Tales of phantom ships that sail long after sinking, ships that vanish into thin air, haunted ships, and ships that have mysteriously lost their crew.
Wyo has its share of ghost stories
At first glance, Wyoming might not seem to be a breeding ground for ghost stories and haunted houses.
These are often associated with medieval castles or Victorian mansions, but in reality, the state's vast, wind-swept plains and the rugged mountains -- both often shrouded in mist and mystery -- support an array of eerie tales.
Ghost hunters utilize latest in technology
Paranormal research has become a popular pursuit.
Sunday, October 30, 2005
Lorena man's hunt for Bigfoot continues
Daryl Colyer of Lorena is obsessed with Bigfoot. But don't call him a fan, aficionado or enthusiast. Those terms are for people who watch B-movies about the hairy creature or collect Sasquatch dolls, he said.
Paranormal occurrences the norm for ghost hunter
Glowing balls of mysterious light, phantom footsteps, strange hairy beasts - all routine stuff for Noah Voss.
Neighbor offers new theory in slaying
A police report made the day before Pamela Vitale was killed in her remote Hunsaker Canyon home contradicts the theory that an expected shipment of marijuana growing equipment put her in contact with her killer.
Buried at the bottom of the article:Meanwhile, sheriff's spokesman Lee said in an e-mail Friday that the sheriff's homicide unit does not believe there is a connection between the Vitale murder and a case Moraga police are investigating involving two illegally constructed structures and a decapitated calf.
Moraga police were called to a remote piece of property off of Rheem Boulevard near St. Marys Tank Road in late September after the property owner found an elaborately constructed and furnished treehouse and shed.
A month-old calf's head had been nailed to the door of the shed. A hand saw with fur and blood was found nearby.
Moraga officers investigating the structures wondered if there might be a connection between the structures and Dyleski after hearing about possible satanic and cult references in the Vitale case, said Moraga police Sgt. Bob Priebe.
Haunted Houses struggle to stay among the unliving
This article mentions many of the haunted houses in Kansas City, which has its own haunted house district. Eat your heart out, New York
McMartin Preschool accuser recants
Saying he lied to please his parents and protect his younger siblings, one of the children who claimed he was molested at the notorious McMartin Preschool in Manhattan Beach more than 20 years ago has recanted his original story.
Kyle Zirpolo, now 30 and living near Santa Barbara, was among 360 children who told lurid stories of rape, animal mutilations and satanic rituals that would shock the South Bay and reverberate around the world starting in 1983.
Bosnian explorer finds 'Europe's first pyramids'
More on the Bosnian pyramids.
Some people call ghostbusters.
Others call Joe Citro.
Citro is a writer who lives in Burlington and whose work focuses on mysterious and unusual Vermont lore. He researches and documents stories of the occult and supernatural, the weird and strange-but-true.
Forgotten master who lived like a swine and painted like a dream
The genius of Austin Osman Spare.
Spare, artist and occultist, was a fascinating figure. For more about Spare see here.
Germans turning to witchcraft and the occult
Amid double-digit unemployment and post-unification trauma, increasing numbers of Germans are turning to witchcraft and the occult to provide the solace they once found in churches, jobs and family.
Germans and the Occult? What could possibly go wrong?
Students, staff can't explain weird happenings
Ghost stories from St. Mary's College.
Friday, October 28, 2005
Pyramid found - in the heart of Bosnia!!
With pics. Pretty cool, if true.
Spellbound by sky lights
Mysterious, bright lights in the night sky Wednesday that alarmed or bemused scores of Bay Area residents were not mysterious at all but most likely a pair of planets whose orbits around the sun are carrying them close to Earth right now.
Others are not so sure.
Poltergeist (The Man In Black) haunts Tucson mom
She has four children, five grandchildren, countless ghosts and one poltergeist. Romie Holguin doesn't get much sleep.
Haunting tales of sea captain's wife
The Great Swamp has some scary stories to tell
The "Great Swamp Devil," the "Headless Hessian" and the "Wounded Revolutionary Soldier" are just a few of the haunting folklore that comes out of a 55-mile square mile area that spans two counties and 10 municipalities.
Cult followers kill police
Attempts by Indonesian police to arrest a mystical cult leader have left three officers dead, six in hospital and two missing in Central Sulawesi.
Witches Among Us
When his pentacle pendant hangs neatly beneath his shirt, Paul Jones looks like any other middle-aged computer programmer. As well he should. The fact that he's been practicing Wicca for 30 years is less strange than you might imagine -- or so he'd like you to believe.
Urban legends of the fall
The haunted past of OSU.
Satyrs for Halloween
Goatmen and satyrs from Cryptomundo.
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Clairvoyance and Occult Powers
The Project Gutenberg eBook of Clairvoyance and Occult Powers, by Swami Panchadasi.
Everything you need to know, just in time for Halloween!
More ghosts on the coast
Oregon coast hauntings.
Hex or hoax? Creepy stories haunt Quaker Cemetery grounds
Some locals call it the Providence Meeting House, others refer to it as Quaker Cemetery or Quaker Church.
Though it may be known to residents by several different names, there's one title that seems to overshadow the rest of them.
Tales of ghosts abound in Lode
'Tis the season.
Restless spirits haunt Luther
On a dark October evening under the light of a full moon, Larsen Hall appears enveloped in an eerie aura. Built in 1907, Larsen is the oldest building on campus. It also may be haunted.
Dreadful tales of Little Egypt
Southern Illinois has many such legends. Some, like the Big Muddy Monster, may forever remain mysteries. With others, like the Old Slave House in Equality, Ill., the excesses of human nature may ultimately prove far more chilling than any supernatural activity.
And speaking of Southern Illinois, here is a nice profile of cryptozoologist Loren Coleman,
who got his start at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Local group investigates Blue Mist phenomenon
Blue Mist Road has a long history of being known for some unsavory occurrences, from being a site for Ku Klux Klan meetings to the habitat of an unknown creature.
The road, however, is well known for the tale of an unexplained blue mist that engulfs it every night. Like many other local legends, stories associated with Blue Mist have changed over time.
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Kansas City Strip: Ghost Dance
The Strip was at a dinner party a few weeks back when it heard a mighty juicy story that sounded perfect for Halloween tellin'. One of the guest's brothers had worked at Crown Center years ago and used to come home talking about how the Hyatt Regency Hotel was haunted. Now, even a sirloin as skeptical as this one was intrigued. After all, considering the magnitude of the skywalk disaster that killed 114 people back on July 17, 1981, it only made sense that some of those souls might not have quite checked out.
Pot not a major cancer risk: report
Although both marijuana and tobacco smoke are packed with cancer-causing chemicals, other qualities of marijuana seem to keep it from promoting lung cancer, according to a new report
What kind of animal makes a pawprint as big as this?
What's afoot? Mystery surrounds the discovery of a giant pawprint in Bollington which was spotted by walkers just hours before a sheep was mauled to death.
The huge print, which measures about 6in wide and 8in long, was found embedded in a soggy cow pat close to the mutilated caracass on a quiet track just off Oakenbank Lane last Tuesday.
The Dark Side: Texas Gothic
The very strange case of the mummified infants.
George Bush endorses Aleister Crowley
Ghost hunter looks for spirits
The idea of the dead coming back to make themselves known to the living has been around for centuries.
However, it has only been in the last 100 years or so that digital photography has made "ghost hunting" immediately satisfying.
With cool "haunted overpass" pic. I will confess that I was unaware that digital photography had been around for "the last 100 years." Maybe they meant ten years.
Spooky sighting - Do ghosts, spirits haunt I-75 Camper Village?
Creepy tales from the campground. Pretty spooky.
The Paulding Light: Still unexplained
The eerie scene replays every night. Come rain or snow, winter or summer, full moon or new moon; every night is the same. Hushed crowds of thrill-seekers drive miles just to gaze across an old railroad bed now lined by power lines. What, you may ask, could be the cause of all of this commotion? The answer is the Upper Peninsula's very own ghost occurrence: the Paulding Light.
York: The real Amityville horror?
York University haunts.
Ghostly experiences in Boise and from the Beyond.
See also: Other Southwest Idaho Hauntings
For Halloween, this is a murder memoir.
In the 1960s, I was like every other young reporter in Lexington. I dreamed of solving the infamous Betty Gail Brown murder case.
Brown was 19. A student at Transylvania University, her body had been found strangled with her own brassiere at 3 a.m. Oct. 27, 1961, in her car parked on the circular drive in front of Morrison Hall. The coroner estimated she had died between 1 and 1:39 a.m.
It was to become Lexington's best-known unsolved homicide in the second half of the 20th century.
Teen: Father feared a plot
Another California court case with allegations of Satanic abuse and conspiracy.
Update: This is a registration site but if you search for the story through Google News (just search Teen: Father feared plot
) it seems you do not have to register.
You can also read it here.
House has haunting history
As far as the residents of Union are concerned, the ghosts and goblins are not limited to the night of Oct. 31. Michael Yesenko, the township historian, knows his fair share of un-earthly residents who still occupy the places that make the township unique.
One of the most famous celebrities of Union is Hannah Caldwell, the wife of the famous Revolutionary reverend and patriot James Caldwell. Hannah Caldwell was killed in her home by a band of retreating British soldiers.
Local Officers Trained In Religious, Occult Crimes
Among the most disturbing crimes are crimes committed by people who believe supernatural forces are empowering them. Some experts believe those crimes are on the rise.
With video and slideshow.
Hell of a House
For sale: three-bedroom Colonial in charming neighborhood. Hardwood floors. Lots of personality. And, oh yeah: Satan slept here.
Excellent long article on the true story of the Exorcist.
Chasing Monsters: Big Muddy Monster still has Murphysboro residents wondering
There are two dates from 1973 in Murphysboro that still leave some haunted - or at least curious.
The two police reports dated June 25 and June 26 relate the sighting of an unknown creature.
Ghostly Itawamba Legends
These three ghastly ghost stories were pulled from a past issue of The Times but exist in the quickening heartbeats of terrified Itawambians to this very day.
Railroad Museum a haunted hot spot
The Railroaders Memorial Museum in Altoona gets thousands of visitors each year. However, if one believes the museum's executive director and evidence gathered by a group of paranormal investigators, the museum has visitors that don't leave at closing time.
Nietzsche and the Nazis: Author Reveals Unique Links between Nietzsche and Hitler
Friedrich Nietzsche is probably best known as the philosopher who "killed" God. However, Abir Taha offers a new vision of him, one that involves the Nazi occult thought, which she details in her groundbreaking new book, Nietzsche, Prophet of Nazism: The Cult of the Superman; Unveiling the Nazi Secret Doctrine.
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Last secrets of Nazi terror - an underground labour camp
Somehow I doubt that this will be the "last" secret.
Sensations Rise around 25-centimeter Dwarf of Kerman
The 25-centimeter dwarf near Shahdad city of Kerman province and the rumors of the existence of an ancient dwarf city in Kerman province has brought a lot of questions to archaeologists and caused great sensations among the public.
Found over at the Anomalist.
Occult fear as sheep slaughtered
A DARTMOOR farmer who found six of his sheep with their necks broken and their eyeballs removed believes occultists could be responsible.
Four of the dead animals had been laid out in a square, while the other two were discovered near stones apparently arranged to make a pagan symbol.
Ranchers worry about horses
Folks in this close-knit community on the eastern plains are baffled and worried about two mysterious incidents in which 22 horses and a burro were found dead.
The rural residents in these parts are pretty level-headed people, and they scoff at the notion that UFOs might be responsible. But many were around when a spate of unsolved cattle mutilations occurred in the 1970s and again in the early 1990s, and they're willing to entertain the notion - maybe with a little tongue in cheek - that cults, creeps and "black helicopter" people might be to blame.
"There's strange stuff going on," Terry Ashcraft said Monday while doing some business at the Pikes Peak Co-op in Calhan.
Was Shakespeare a Fraud?
Mystery of the 'Great Bard' suggests others may have had a hand in his masterpieces.
Di was assassinated for supporting Palestinian cause, claims author!
Davis claims Diana, who along with her lover Dodi Fayed was killed in a Paris car crash, was murdered because she was about to give her support to Palestine, which could have outraged neighbouring Israel and worsened the Middle East crisis.
Monday, October 24, 2005
Cthulhu DVD said to be totally coolh
This is one of those genius, word-of-mouth, Hollywood-will-never-understand-it kind of films. Made mostly with love and hard work, plus a bit of money. It's both silent and black-and-white, which gives it a great Lovecraftian feel but guarantees it will never go mainstream. And considering they tried to use only materials that would have been available in the 1920s, they did an awesome job of bringing Cthulhu and R'Lyeh and all that other gooey Lovecraft goodness to life. The non-Euclidean geometry is built with cardboard. The ocean is really a sea of waving canvas. And the Elder God himself is a wacky stop-motion/clay-mation deal that still manages to be menacing. Best $20 I ever spent on a DVD.
The Man Who Would Murder Death
Want to live forever?
I couldn't come up with a funny headline
A deer gets its head stuck in a pumpkin. With pic.
Primrose spooky, but haunted?
Let's get this out of the way: Driving a wooded, lonely gravel road, especially one rumored to be haunted is, well, spooky.
Mission improbable: Challenging the official story of 9/11
For more than four years, the public has repeatedly been urged to ignore "outrageous" conspiracies theories about the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that set in motion the so-called "war on terrorism." However, the official explanation that has been provided - and widely embraced - also requires the acceptance of a theory, one involving a massive intelligence failure, 19 Muslim hijackers under the sway of Osama bin Laden, and the inability of the world’s most advanced Air Force to intercept four commercial airplanes.
Ripper hoax accused in court
THE man charged with being the Yorkshire Ripper hoaxer known as 'Wearside Jack' has appeared in court.
John Humble, 49, appeared at Leeds Magistrates' Court accused of producing the letters and tape which led police hunting the mass murderer to wrongly focus their inquiry on Sunderland.
Bigfoot bounty is rescinded before it's formally announced
A proposed $1 million reward for evidence leading to the live capture of Bigfoot, the abominable snowman or the Loch Ness Monster has been withdrawn even before it was formally offered.
Cryptozoo Crew Volume One
A Portal for Restless Spirits?
The hallway of Vina Rae's Cafe in Avard is decorated for the Halloween Ghost Tours. Owner Nan Wheatley opens the building for the tours to allow visitors a chance to see the ghosts believed who call it home.
The theory of "morphic resonance" posits that people have a sense of when they are being stared at. What does the research show?
The mystery with the UFO story
My husband told me not to do it; he said I would open a real can of worms. When did he get so smart?
I didn't listen to him and boy have the UFO sighters come out of the woodwork.
Sunday, October 23, 2005
UNDERCOVER ON THE OTHER SIDE
As All Hallows' Eve approached, I decided to visit three of San Francisco's fortune-telling palm readers in a day. I borrowed some cash from my editor, showed up unannounced and didn't reveal much of who I was -- sort of like a psychic Consumer Reports. After all, they were the ones with the answers.
They should have known I was coming.
Obit: Ronald Pearsall
Ronald Pearsall, who has died aged 77, was a literary jack-of-all-trades, writing on matters as diverse as antique dolls and the history of monarchy as well as publishing children's books, thrillers and even pornography; he was best known, however, as a historian of Victorian sub-culture.
In his book The Worm in the Bud (1969, the title a quotation from Twelfth Night: "But let concealment, like a worm i' the bud, Feed on her damask cheek") Pearsall investigated the often seamy reality behind the Victorian "whited sepulchre" ideal of sexuality.
Pearsall was also the author of The Table Rappers (1972), an examination of "the Victorian passion for the occult, revealing a colourful world of tricksters, charlatans and entrepreneurs, including venomous mediums who sabotaged each others' seances."
The Pamela Vitale Murder: Satanic or Ritualistic Crime and Murder
The news coverage of the extraordinarily brutal murder of Pamela Vitale, wife of well-known California criminal defense attorney Daniel Horowitz, seems to have renewed interest in ritualistic crime.
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Would you believe that George Bush and Colin Powell are related?
Biological alarm in Washington
On Sept. 24, 2005, tens of thousands of protesters marched past the White House and flooded the National Mall near 17th Street and Constitution Avenue. They had arrived from all over the country for a day of speeches and concerts to protest the war in Iraq. It may have been the biggest antiwar rally since Vietnam. A light rain fell early in the day and most of the afternoon was cool and overcast.
Unknown to the crowd, biological-weapons sensors, scattered for miles across Washington by the Department of Homeland Security, were quietly doing their work. The machines are designed to detect killer pathogens. Sometime between 10 a.m. on Sept. 24 and 10 a.m. on Sept. 25, six of those machines sucked in trace amounts of deadly bacteria called Francisella tularensis. The government fears it is one of six biological weapons most likely to be used against the United States.
Worth a read. It's Salon so you might have to watch a short ad.
Monday, October 17, 2005
Made-up words in The Simpsons
A collection of brilliance from Wikipedia.
Helen of Troy Existed?
Helen of Troy, described in the epic poem The Iliad, was based on a real woman, according to a new book that weaves history, archaeology and myth to recreate the famous ancient Greek beauty's life.
According to the new theory proposed by Bettany Hughes, Helen's mythological character was inspired by a wealthy Bronze Age leader from the southern mainland of Greece.
Producer says no foul play involved in Bruce Lee's death
Bruce Lee's former producer, Raymond Chow, says the kung fu star's sudden death at age 32 was a tragedy but there was no foul play involved.
Trial to start in 1990s killing spree
As fear spread throughout New York's gay community in the early 1990s amid news of the grisly dismemberment deaths of homosexual and bisexual men last seen alive in Manhattan, investigators quickly became convinced that they were dealing with a serial killer.
The killer's identity would remain a mystery into the new millennium.
Then, in 2001, new fingerprint technology linked three of the victims to one person: a man working as a surgical nurse in Manhattan who had been accused of killing before.
A MYSTERY THAT HAS BAFFLED THE WORLD FOR OVER 2,000 YEARS IS FINALLY SOLVED
One of the most exciting classical discoveries of our time was revealed at a London press conference today and in a new book, Odysseus Unbound: The Search for Homer's Ithaca (Cambridge University Press).
At the press conference this morning Robert Bittlestone, James Diggle, and John Underhill announced that they have found new and compelling evidence in support of the location of ancient Ithaca, the island described vividly in Homer's Odyssey.
Sunday, October 16, 2005
Bush Family History On Theater Marquee
Totally sweet. It's a must see.
New Black Dahlia book
The Black Dahlia Files by Don Wolfe
In the Homicide Division of the Los Angeles Police Department, the Black Dahlia case file bears the stamp "OPEN and UNSOLVED." After more than 50 years of dead-end investigations, Donald H. Wolfe identifies the killer and reveals his motive - along with a cover-up involving a corrupt L.A.P.D.; shady, famous Hollywood figures, and crooked politicians. In 1947, the dismembered body of a young movie-land wannabe named Elizabeth Short was discovered in a vacant lot near the Wilshire district of Los Angeles. The gruesome details of the case instantly made headlines and captured the attention of the nation. Elizabeth Short became known as the Black Dahlia and her murder became one of the most notorious of the 20th century.
For the first time, the Los Angeles District Attorney's office has opened its files on the Black Dahlia, and Wolfe has unearthed shocking, new revelations that no other journalist or author has.
Special thanks to Hex Correpondent Elisabeth Reynolds for the heads up.
Fertile Goddesses Unveiled in Haft Tepe
Recent excavations in the historical site of Haft Tepe has led to the discovery of three clay statuettes of fertile goddesses.
Early Study Shows Spice Stunts Deadly Spread To Lungs
Curcumin, the main ingredient of turmeric and the compound that gives curry its mustard-yellow color, inhibits metastasis to the lungs of mice with breast cancer, report researchers at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.
Researcher Takes Aim at Alien Abductions
Susan Clancy is sick of space aliens. The Harvard psychologist figures she has read every book and seen every movie ever made about extraterrestrials, and she has interviewed roughly 50 people who claim to have been abducted by aliens. All in the name of scientific truth, not science fiction.
"I have become a reluctant scholar of alienography," Clancy said.
See also UFOs just what name implies, says Perrin veteran
$1 million bounty to be offered for live capture of Bigfoot
A Maine scientist is preparing to release details of a $1 million reward for a photograph that leads to the live capture of Bigfoot, the abominable snowman or the Loch Ness Monster.
Loren Coleman, a professor at the University of Southern Maine, said the bounty would be paid for by an unnamed company and that he will release more details at a cryptozoology symposium at Bates College over Halloween weekend. Cryptozoology is the scientific study of hidden, rumored or unknown animals.
Bigfoot conference in Texas draws hundreds
Next to a lifelike replica of a giant ape head, the believers milled around tables Saturday covered with casts of large footprints, books about nature's mysteries and T-shirts proclaiming "Bigfoot: Often Imitated, Never Invalidated."
Latest word on ancient order
The Rosicrucian Order, an ancient society that traces its roots back to the myths of Atlantis, launched a membership drive this week at the Waldorf-Astoria. It coincided with the publication of its first manifesto since 1616.
"Well, it's part of the widespread interest in examining life and making sense of it," said Julian Johnson, a New York educational company executive and member of the national board of directors of the Ancient and Mystical Order of Rosae Crucis.
Wife of TV Legal Analyst Found Slain
The wife of prominent defense attorney and TV legal analyst Daniel Horowitz was found slain in the couple's San Francisco-area home, police said.
Horowitz, currently leading the defense in a sensational murder trial in Martinez, called 911 Saturday evening to report that the body of his wife, 52-year-old Pamela Vitale, was in the entryway of their home, police said.
The "sensational murder trial" Horowitz is leading the defense for is the trial of Susan Polk
, who is accused of murdering her husband. She has claimed self-defense. Her late husband, Felix Polk, often lectured about satanic cults and claimed that one molested his son when he was a toddler. A few days ago I said that this case had it all. I was wrong.
Friday, October 14, 2005
Holy Shelf Unit, Batman!
Cool secret room.
Man Pleads Guilty to Fraud Over Rembrandt
A man who posed as a member of the Saudi royal family in an effort to sell a fake Rembrandt painting for $2.8 million has pleaded guilty to mail fraud.
Study turns pot wisdom on head
Forget the stereotype about dopey potheads. It seems marijuana could be good for your brain.
While other studies have shown that periodic use of marijuana can cause memory loss and impair learning and a host of other health problems down the road, new research suggests the drug could have some benefits when administered regularly in a highly potent form.
Dude, I am so totally remembering you right now.
Castle snubs German TV on Holy Grail quest
OFFICIALS at Hertford Castle have snubbed Germany's equivalent of the BBC from filming at the tourist attraction for a Holy Grail documentary.
Town council officials gave state TV station ZDF the cold shoulder and sparked fury among the county town's tireless promoters.
Everybody Chi Kung Tonight
If you're skeptical about alternative medicine, yoga, and all things new-age, then chi kung might seem too good to be true. Disciples claim that the ancient Chinese art, also known as qigong, can cure otherwise incurable diseases and prolong the lives of its practitioners. Adherence to this mysterious and ancient discipline is said to result in a rejuvenated libido, weight loss, and improved intellectual performance.
Paranormal Investigators appearing at Northern Tier
Diane Illis, a communications specialist at Northern Tier Library, has always been interested in ghosts. Although she's never seen a ghost, Illis does believe she's encountered them in college while living in a house she says was haunted.
'I healed my own heart with stem cells'
Two years ago Ian Rosenberg, from London, was told he had two and a half months to live. The 59-year-old had pioneering stem cell treatment which enabled his heart to repair damaged tissue.
Pair isn't afraid of zombies
Images of zombies - those nameless, soulless, plodding creatures straight out of a horror movie - would send most people running.
Not Drs. Peter J. Dendle and Kevin A. Boon, assistant English professors at Penn State Mont Alto who are collaborating on the book, "Zombies in America."
The book, which will take about two years to complete, "hopefully will lay the foundation on all future studies of zombies," according to Boon, 49.
Investigators Search for Canadian Lake Monster
Canada's Lake Simcoe, some forty miles north of Toronto, supposedly holds a monster known as Igopogo (after its more famous relative Ogopogo, in Lake Okanagan, British Columbia) as well as other appellations. Residents of Beaverton, on the eastern shore, call it Beaverton Bessie, while others refer to it as Kempenfelt Kelly, after Kempenfelt Bay, which has the lake's deepest water and claims the most sightings.
Mysterious 'half-animal, half-plant' marine microbe discovered by Japanese researchers
A mysterious marine microbe, half of whose individual cells eat algae like animals while the rest perform photosynthesis like plants, has been discovered, a University of Tsukuba research team said.
2.009 Product Engineering Processes: Archimedes
Ancient Greek and Roman historians recorded that during the siege of Syracuse in 212 BC, Archimedes (a notably smart person) constructed a burning glass to set the Roman warships, anchored within bow and arrow range, afire. The story has been much debated and oft dismissed as myth.
TV's MythBusters were not able to replicate the feat and "busted" the myth.
Intrigued by the idea and an intuitive belief that it could work, MIT's 2.009ers decided to apply the early product development 'sketch or soft modeling' process to the problem.
Cornish cayman eludes intrepid adventurers
the Centre for Fortean Zoology gets some press.
Thursday, October 13, 2005
Bush Teleconference With Soldiers Staged
It was billed as a conversation with U.S. troops, but the questions President Bush asked on a teleconference call Thursday were choreographed to match his goals for the war in Iraq and Saturday's vote on a new Iraqi constitution.
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
A slew of cool stuff from boing boing
Man, some days boing boing
just knocks it out of the park.
Check out Pancho Villa's mummified trigger finger
For eerie beauty you can't beat the Staten Island Boat Graveyard
And don't miss the crystal meth rocket
, which has to be seen to be believed (scroll down).
1000 Things Made Of Bamboo
Oh yeah. Very cool. With another picture of an amazing bamboo bicycle.
Two pictures painted of Polk as trial begins
Murder, rape, satanic cults - this one's got it all.
Monkeys on the loose in Pennsylvania
Well, not really. Just ignorant fundamentalists. A great piece of writing.
In geography class when the lesson plan calls for the teacher to explain that the earth is round, the students should be referred to Isaiah 11:12 and Revelation 7:1 where the earth is described as a four-cornered object. The students would then be aware of an alternate view of the earth as a flat-sided square or perhaps a tetrahedron. The Flat Earth Society would welcome the recognition.
Ancient sciences hold key to quake prediction