Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Dead Man Driving
A traffic camera snapped a picture of James Hamburg running a red light and the city mailed him a ticket. Trouble is, James has been dead for five years. So who was driving?
Why are men less religious? It may be form of risk-taking, impulsivity just as criminal behavior is
For decades researchers have pondered a mysterious gender disparity in religious commitment. It turns out they may have been asking the wrong question, according to a University of Washington religious scholar.
Instead of asking why women are more religious than men, they should have been asking why men are less religious than women, said Rodney Stark, a UW professor of sociology and comparative religion.
Stone 'jigsaw puzzles' yield clues about mysterious Saharan nomads
A faint image of mysterious ancient Egyptian nomads living in the Sahara Desert has emerged from thousands of stone artifacts painstakingly collected and reassembled by a University of Washington archaeologist.
Montreal teacher makes prehistoric find
The last time the rock face was seen was in a 1920 photograph, which was kept by a museum in New York State, but Scardera says the exact whereabouts of the rock were lost.
Congratulations to WeirdWriter
The Professor would like to congratulate Brian over at WeirdWriter
for completing the grueling writer's marathon known as NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).
NaNoWriMo takes place every November and requires the completion of a 50,000 word novel in one month's time. Quite an accomplishment.
Brian has been blogging extensively about his experience and his November posts are chock full of authorly insight and great links for scribes. You can read all of his posts for November here
Push envy of Iron Crotch aside as you contemplate phallic feat
Bay Area grandmaster of Qigong pulls truck with penis
Grandmaster Tu Jin-Sheng, best known for his "Iron Crotch," attached himself not once but twice to a rental moving truck and pulled it several yards across a parking lot in Fremont. In lace-up leather boots and a black tank top, the 50-year-old tied a strip of blue fabric around the base of his penis and testicles and tugged to make sure it was on tight. An assistant kicked him hard between the legs before he lashed himself to the vehicle.
He groaned, grunted and pressed against two men for resistance.
Then, slowly, the truck began to roll forward.
The article reveals that one of his students is named "Shawnee Wang."
Creativity linked to sexual success
Pablo Picasso, Lord Byron and Dylan Thomas had more in common than simple creativity. They also had active sex lives, which researchers said on Wednesday was no coincidence.
Psychologists at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and the Open University in Britain found that professional artists and poets have about twice as many partners as other people.
Their creativity seems to act like a sexual magnet.
Zambia bans suspected satanic church
Zambia on Tuesday banned a controversial evangelical church facing allegations of practising satanism and human sacrifice and the target of violent attacks over the weekend.
A Tinfoil Hat on Every Head
When seeking the source of a mysterious malaise, few people would think to blame ions trapped in their mattress coils or cyclotronic resonance from the electrical system.
But if they did, they'd find products already on the market to allay their symptoms.
The Mystery of Malta's Long-Headed Skulls
Another cool site I stumbled into.
Glimpsing the Bushman
I found this 2003 article in my files and thought it was still a good read.
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Mounds of Controversy at Ohio Club
Moundbuilders Country Club has been experiencing an unwanted popularity over the past few years. Besides an 18-hole golf course and clubhouse, the private facility in Newark, Ohio, is the home of a 2,000-year-old lunar observatory fashioned by the ancient Hopewell Indians. Since 1933, the members have played golf on the one-time sacred land. Only recently was the artifact discovered. And that's where the trouble began for the club.
Name the Mystery Fish
Hey kids! Can you name the mystery fish?
The health benefits of olive oil
I'm doing some research on olive oil as a topical skin application and I thought I'd share with you some of the interesting things I've found.
Olive oil 'wards off skin cancer'
The Skin Cancer Treatment Toolbox
The health benefits of olive oil
Virgin olive oil is the natural way to kill pain, scientists say
And a tremendous selection of links may be found here at Olive Trees - Information, History, Folklore.
"And wine that maketh glad the heart of man,
and oil to make his face to shine,
and bread which strengtheneth man's heart.".
- David, Psalm 93
Nicotine vaccine has promise for helping smokers quit
A University of Minnesota study indicates that the nicotine vaccine NicVax, which is now being tested in humans, appears safe, well-tolerated, and a potentially effective method for helping smokers kick the habit.
'Believe' it: Carrey in Burton pic
Tim Burton and Jim Carrey are teaming up for "Believe It or Not!" an action-adventure loosely based on Robert Ripley.
Nowhere to run
There is a remarkable article in the latest issue of the American Jewish weekly, Forward. It calls for President Bush to be impeached and put on trial "for misleading the American people, and launching the most foolish war since Emperor Augustus in 9 BC sent his legions into Germany and lost them".
To describe Iraq as the most foolish war of the last 2,014 years is a sweeping statement, but the writer is well qualified to know.
He is Martin van Creveld, a professor at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and one of the world's foremost military historians. Several of his books have influenced modern military theory and he is the only non-American author on the US Army's list of required reading for officers.
An inside look at Opus Dei
Former head of the FBI, Louis Freeh, was one, so was the convicted double agent Robert Hansen. And in Australia, there are members on both sides of politics. We are talking about membership in the conservative Catholic movement known as Opus Dei, a term which simply translates as God's work. Opus Dei admits to having some 500 members in Australia and only about 200,000 worldwide. Yet it's investments are reported to total more than $300 million. Opus Dei says its aim is merely to place Christ at the head of all human activities and to spread the universal call to holiness through professional work. Its detractors say it's an elitist organisation with questionable recruitment practices aimed at the powerful and the wealthy.
The man who his lost mind
Electro-convulsive therapy wiped out 15 years of Jonathan Cott's memories. So he began piecing together his past and exploring what it means to remember.
Monday, November 28, 2005
The Cthulhu Circus
Family Circus comics with captions from H.P. Lovecraft! Freakin' hysterical.
A hoax most cruel
Simply unbelievable. A must read.
Setting sights on ocean floor
Is he a mad scientist or an ocean pioneer uncovering the mysteries of the deep? New Scientist magazine says inventor-engineer Graham Hawkes is on the cutting edge of undersea exploration, and his radical new sub design might supersede all of the world's manned submersibles in a few years. Maybe.
Smoke fills Bush adviser's airplane
Does Andy Card know too much?
Rosicrucian Order opens doors of mystery to public
Things don't look so hot from where Ian Niderost is sitting.
From atop telephone poles, the SBC lineman ponders the fate of the world - and his own.
"I think about worldly matters and politics and environmental degradation, all kinds of far-out things, trying to figure out the meaning of life all day long," Niderost, 28, said. "It feels like the human race has taken a wrong fork in the road and we need to start fixing things."
And not just phone lines. So Niderost and 50 other meaning-of-lifers found themselves drawn one recent night to a shadowy temple on a dark street in San Jose, Calif. It was an informational "salon" sponsored by the Rosicrucian Order, "an organization surrounded in mystery since ancient times," according to its literature, that was launching a unique membership campaign, "marking a rare foray into the public eye for an organization that has been shrouded in secrecy for over 6,000 years."
King Kong's playmate
What creatures might we be talking about by the end of December, thanks to the coming blockbuster, King Kong? Could one be a cryptid from the skies?
Is there a group of Jurassic pterosaurs (which includes the subgroup of animals called pterodactyls) alive and well in Africa? Sub-Saharan reports of giant flying monsters called kongamato ("overwhelmer of boats") by natives of today's Zambia (formerly Rhodesia) have been discussed in the West since 1923.
When the machines revolt, will you be prepared for it?
The unnerving thing about "How to Survive a Robot Uprising," this self-defense handbook with its splashy red neo-retro graphics showing tiny people fleeing huge machines, is that, now and then, you can't tell whether or not it's a joke. You suspect that it is, because -- well, because you're laughing. And because of its deliberate deadpan prose style that echoes those pamphlets you find in government offices and hospital waiting rooms.
'Psychic witness' helped police solve murder
TV show will spotlight Lebanon-area woman
Eagles may be to blame for 'giant bird' rumor
Q: When I was young, I believe it was in the mid-seventies or so (I was born in '62), there was a story circulating around the Peoria area about a "giant bird" that was spotted by several people around the area.
My co-workers all think that I have lost my mind as they don't recall anything like that.Here is Loren Coleman's response over at Cryptomundo.
An excerpt:"I congratulate Ms. Story for taking on the question, but she just looked in the wrong direction to discover an answer. Editors really need to become more aware of cryptozoology, and this inquiring reader was no doubt talking about the April 1977 flap of "big bird" encounters that centered on Lawndale, Illinois, but also included sightings near Peoria-Pekin, in such towns as Tremont, Delvan, and Minier."
Melvin and Howard: A true story after all?
It's Melvin Dummar's story, and he's glued to it.
The former Willard gas station operator - who forever will be tied to Howard Hughes through the so-called Mormon Will - still insists he picked up the billionaire recluse along a lonely Nevada road and saved his life on a frigid December night in 1967.
Now, nearly four decades later, new evidence suggests Dummar was telling the truth.
IRAQ DEATH UNDER INVESTIGATION
The mysterious death this summer of a military ethicist in Iraq, though ruled a suicide, is attracting further investigation. A story in the Los Angeles Times posits that Col. Ted Westhusing, one of the Army's leading scholars of military ethics, may have been the victim of foul play, as he was getting close to uncovering corruption and human rights violations by U.S. contracting companies in Baghdad.
Stonehenge's purpose still a matter of debate
For more than 1,500 years, countless Neolithic and Bronze Age peoples labored to build the mysterious stone structure known as Stonehenge. Why? What was its purpose? Legend once tied the structure to the Druids, but it was built far earlier than their era and there is no evidence they took any interest in it at all.
A Place in the Desert for New Mexico's Most Exclusive Circles
Secret Flying Saucer Base Found in New Mexico?
Maybe. From the state that gave us Roswell, the epicenter of UFO lore since 1947, comes a report from an Albuquerque TV station about its discovery of strange landscape markings in the remote desert. They're etched in New Mexico's barren northern reaches, resemble crop circles and are recognizable only from a high altitude.
Also, they are directly connected to the Church of Scientology.
(Cue theremin music.)
The hex files
Officer uses religious expertise to crack unusual cases.
Great article about Officer Bob Engborg.
See also: Officer unravels unusual cases
Teen occult interest told
The Little Village resident accused of kidnapping a young girl for a Satanic ritual is the frequent target of neighborhood bullies, his grandfather said Sunday.
Julian Rodriguez, a 70-year-old retired meatpacker, said he believed his grandson had been reading books about Satanic practices in the last couple of months. But he dismissed the notion that David Rodriguez, 18, planned to carve a pentagram into the chest of the 6-year-old girl, as prosecutors have said.
Mafia informer asked to solve mystery of stolen Caravaggio
Art lovers in Sicily are appealing to a mafia informer serving a life term in prison to reveal the hiding place of a stolen Caravaggio worth an estimated 20m pounds.
Nepal to probe mystery 'Buddha' boy
At least 100,000 devotees from Nepal and neighbouring India have flocked in recent weeks to a dense forest in southeastern Nepal to see 15-year-old Ram Bahadur Bamjon, who, his associates say, has been meditating without food or water for six months.
A crime for all time
He was known as a mild-mannered, sophomore zoology major who played the bassoon in the Kansas University band.
But in 1958, while he was home for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, 18-year-old Lowell Lee Andrews shot and killed his parents and his older sister.
He was one of the last to be executed in Kansas.
"Why, he was the nicest boy in Wolcott," a stunned neighbor told a newspaper reporter at the time.
A story for my fellow Jayhawks.
Friday, November 25, 2005
Baltimore Museum Of Oddities To Close
Okay, this is just depressing. Any well-heeled readers feel like pitching in? I never even got to visit. . .
6-yr-old girl killed in bloody ritual
The gruesome murder of a six-year-old girl in a remote village in Gulbarga district has brought to fore the bizarre practice of Bhanamati, a form of black magic that involves rituals performed with bones and dismembered parts of the victim’s body.
That's why the lady is a vamp
Vampires are all around us, in shops, supermarkets, the high street, everywhere - or so says a new book about the UK's modern day vampire scene. After tucking a large crucifix under my jumper and a discreet stake in my handbag, I went to find out more from the author of Vampire Nation.
Triangle's fabled allure shows no sign of vanishing
Fans of sea legends and the supernatural are gearing up for the 60th anniversary next week of one of the great myth-making mysteries: the disappearance of Flight 19 and the birth of the Bermuda Triangle.
Project Paperclip: Dark side of the Moon
Sixty years ago the US hired Nazi scientists to lead pioneering projects, such as the race to conquer space. These men provided the US with cutting-edge technology which still leads the way today, but at a cost.
Pop music videos made from recut Sherlock Holmes TV show
A woman named Mary Van Deusen creates videos for old pop songs by recutting footage from the old Sherlock Holmes Granada TV series starring Jeremy Brett. This is practically the definition of "magnificent obsession" and some of the cuts are nothing short of genius.
Hand-built fortune-telling robot in Bangalore
Every sunday there is a guy with fortune telling robot on the place opposite of the main entrance of russell market in Bangalore.
Satanic Cult Played Role In Man's Disappearance, Says Family
A Central Florida family who believes a Satanic cult played a part in the disappearance of a loved one 16 years ago may finally get closure after new clues surface in the case, according to a Problem Solvers investigation.
Investigating the 'death metal' murders
One man's relentless search for his missing son led him to uncover one of the most shocking crimes in post-war Italy - a tale of satanism and violence that has gripped the country for more than a year.
Mushroom hunter rediscovers boulder
Bob Winegar went looking for mushrooms in the woods behind his house and he found "A. Einstein" and "H.E.B."
That is what is inscribed on a mysterious boulder that stopped the Rockford man in his tracks south of Krause Street between Northland Drive and the Rogue River.
Hughes 'Hoax,' a tall tale retold
Lasse Hallstrom recently shot a film that retells a decades-old story some of the players would rather forget. In a phone interview, Hallstrom, the highly regarded Swedish director, was clear about one thing: to make a movie about Clifford Irving isn't necessarily to love him.
Irving is still remembered as the writer who nearly pulled off one of the most audacious scams in publishing: an "autobiography" of Howard Hughes, based on in-person interviews of the reclusive billionaire, which was in fact completely bogus.
Chinese fortune telling may be 4,500 years old
New evidence suggests fortune telling has a history of at least 4,500 years in China, state media reported on Wednesday.
Archaeologists arrived at this conclusion after they unearthed a jade tortoise and an oblong jade article in an ancient tomb in Lingjiatan village, east China's Anhui province.
Wanted: Santa Claus
There is no clear motive why a man was stabbed to death by an intruder dressed in Santa gear, detectives said.
Stunning photo previews the death of our Sun
You've got 4-5 billion years to pack.
A mystery surrounding the death of one of the Hancock Museum's ancient residents is under investigation following a visit from world renowned Egyptologist Dr Joann Fletcher.
The mummy of Irt Irw, which dates back to 664-525BC, was found in a tomb near Thebes, Egypt.
What killed Chile's mystery mummies?
Living in the harsh desert of northern Chile's Pacific coast more than 7,000 years ago, the Chinchorro fishing tribe mysteriously began mummifying dead babies - removing internal organs, cleaning bones, stuffing and sewing up the skin, putting wigs and clay masks on them.
Street magicians fest to begin Dec 10
If you're passing through Thiruvananthapuram, check it out.
Lone gunman theory still on target
Those who believe killer Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone are in the minority -- but that doesn't mean they're wrong.
Thursday, November 24, 2005
The Magician's Hidden Library
I was researching the origin of the word abracadabra
when I stumbled upon this web site. I think the book, Magic Words: A Dictionary
, sounds particularly interesting.
'Blood-sucking creature' killing sheep in Fujairah
Rumours of a blood-sucking vampire-like creature preying on sheep have turned the sleepy Fujairah suburb of Sakmakam into a favourite hunting ground for scoop-seeking journalists.
Chupacabra in the UAE?
Bigfoot, the legendary man-ape from out West, might have some East Coast relatives hanging from the trees surrounding Lembo Lake.
Some shaky images on an 8-year-old videotape have sent Bigfoot watchers around the world into a tizzy. They think they've found a baby Bigfoot clambering up a tree at the 300-acre former orchard off Route 44/55.
The video clip appeared on the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization Web site last week. The BFRO calls itself "the only scientific research organization exploring the Bigfoot/Sasquatch mystery."
Here is the link
to the BFRO page that will take you to a download of the video.
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Second opinion: advice from antiquity
Roman medicine and the Materia Medica.
And the Romans had, of course, olive oil to strengthen the nails, soften the skin and ease aching muscles and tired feet. Perhaps, speculates a classical scholar writing in The Lancet, its regular application after bathing might explain why athlete's foot seems to have been unknown in the ancient world, despite the enthusiasm for public baths that would certainly have spread the fungus around. Being a lifelong sufferer himself, he tested his theory by applying a couple of drops between the toes every day. The athlete's foot vanished, never to return. And that is very useful to know.
Top terrorist 'may be master hypnotist'
Amid fears that Indonesia's most wanted terrorist will strike again, some police have a new theory: Noordin Top is using hypnotism to elude capture and recruit more suicide bombers.
Indonesia's top terrorist is named Noordin Top
? Sounds like the Silver Surfer's brother or a small village in England.
A fairy story you can't tell to children
More on the fairies in the form of a new book on their dark origins.
Thousands still missing in Hurricane Katrina's hardest-hit areas
The whereabouts of 6,644 people displaced by Hurricane Katrina have not been determined, raising the prospect that the death toll could be higher than the 1,306 recorded so far in Louisiana and Mississippi, according to two groups working with the federal government to account for storm victims.
Don't anger the Fairies
Sploid's got the latest on the legal rights of fairies, including an interesting link to the Staten Island Fairies of the 1930s.
Pimped Out Megaphone Helmet
Man, I sure could be annoying with one of these babies. Okay, more annoying.
Weird tales from the Northern Seas: Norwegian Legends
Missing WWII submarine 'found'
AN Australian filmmaker is confident he has solved the 63-year-old mystery of the location of the third Japanese midget submarine used in the attack on Sydney Harbour during World War II.
Playground of P.S. 261 Site of Dig for Buried Treasure
Buried beneath the broken concrete, faded hopscotch squares, and steel slides of the playground at P.S. 261 in Brooklyn may lurk the kind of secret treasures children dream of finding.
19th century privy diving in Brooklyn.
Decoding da Vinci
Renaissance genius meets 21st-century high-tech under a cloak of secrecy and high security.
This is the Da Vinci Code with a difference ... a real-life riddle with a possibly priceless answer. And it's being partially unravelled in Mississauga.
The Wax Rider is a finely detailed little statue, height and length about 20 centimetres, of a horse and rider, modelled in beeswax and powdered marble. If it turns out to be what some people believe, it is unique - the only authenticated sculpture by Leonardo da Vinci
Monday, November 21, 2005
The Unnatural Natural
It was supposed to be a simple story about a mysterious senior-softball phenom whose legend was growing in America's heartland. Of course, nothing is simple.
75-year-old jewel thief looks back
The long larcenous life of Doris Payne. Fascinating stuff.
A brush with evil: Serial killer's painting brings bad luck, owner says
Malden man's guilty pleasure of investing in murderabilia has come back to haunt him thanks to a "cursed" clown painting by serial killer John Wayne Gacy, which the collector claims turned his life into a three-ring circus.
"I just want to get rid of it," said musician Nikki Stone about the late Gacy's signed self-portrait of his terrifying alter ego, "Pogo the Clown."
Corroborating Evidence: The Black Dahlia Murder
Was the Black Dahlia murder committed by the Cleveland Torso Killer? A new book hopes you'll want to find out.
Bowie brings magic to new film role
Rock idol David Bowie has landed a new movie role, playing the inventor and electrical genius Nikola Tesla.
Guitarist Link Wray dies at 76
Guitar master Link Wray, the father of the power chord in rock 'n' roll who inspired legends such as Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie and Pete Townsend, has died.
Amityville Horror Truth: George Lutz has his lawsuit against MGM 'tossed'
Controversial George Lutz is wearing half a smile today as a judge has ruled against the former haunted house owner, who claims he was defamed after being falsely portrayed in "The Amityville Horror" remake as an ax-wielding dog killer.
Does spontaneous human combustion exist?
A character in Charles Dickens' Bleak House burns to death without any apparent reason. Human spontaneous combustion is a belief which has been around for centuries but does it really exist?
A village of killer wives in Hungary
The sleepy Hungarian village of Nagyrev near here does not at first glance seem to be the kind of place where wives could have poisoned husbands. Old women in 'otthonkas' - the flowery all-in-one uniform of elderly women across Hungary - water their plants, farmers tend their crops and time passes in a languorous, pastoral haze.
But these elderly villagers nurse dark memories of the time when the women of the village embarked on a killing spree that saw scores of abusive husbands poisoned to death under the supervision of the local midwife.
From the sea, shards of the past
Washed ashore on local beaches, fragments of pottery, porcelain, and china offer a colorful connection to history, like messages from the deep.
A rollicking history of the devil's horn
When the precocious master Adolphe Sax unveiled his "new brass horn" at a Brussels trade show in 1842, a jealous competitor broke it with a savage kick. Sax's reward for inventing the first new instrument Europe had seen in a hundred years was to have his workshop torched, tools stolen, house bombed, and businesses ruined for three and a half decades.
The storied history of the saxophone.
Black magic, murder and madness in Satanist South Africa
A CHURCH custodian is murdered in the dead of night and his mutilated corpse, bearing vicious stab wounds to his head and side mimicking those of Jesus Christ on the cross, is left in front of the altar.
On the ground, in the victim's blood, is written the word "Satun" (sic).
Mystery Saxon whip goes on display in London
A small leather whip found in a 1,000-year-old rubbish dump may be evidence of the brutal treatment of slaves in Saxon London.
No Closer to Cracking the Kennedy Case
The conference was optimistically titled "Cracking the JFK Case," but it was widely noted that many of the speakers and members of the audience had grown gray hair or lost much of it while looking for the answers.
Saturday, November 19, 2005
Mystery of lost colony intrigues visitors to Outer Banks
Jamestown may get more attention as the first permanent English colony to survive. But if you're teaching American history chronologically, the start comes at Roanoke Island. That's where the earliest settlers sailing from England landed in 1585, decades before Jamestown was settled.
Haunted Places in Missouri
Right in my backyard.
Friday, November 18, 2005
Real sea monkey?
One smallish fur-bearing creature that Steller reported sighting at sea has never been seen since then. It was a playful animal with a head like a dog and a fat hairy body, and it cavorted around the ship for two hours. Steller called it a sea ape; he thought it must be an oceangoing primate. Today's cryptozoologists keep Steller's sea ape in their list of mysterious mammals, along with the Asian Yeti and American Bigfoot. Most people think it must have been a monk seal.
Green devil hunts kids
Sploid's got it.
Kungfu Secret Agent
Agent for Interpol comes clean on his career as an assassin.
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Richard Hamlin Vs. Satanic Ritual Abuse Conspiracy
The Placerville, California trial of Richard Hamlin, a successful attorney in Sacramento, has all the hallmarks of a high-level Satanic Ritual Abuse criminal conspiracy, including allegations of MK-Ultra mind control, bio-warfare, child pornography, snuff films, and other "black" (covert military) projects.
The power within
The winter season has left most of us faced with a narrowed scope of choices for outdoor activities. For people who are repelled by the idea of hitting treadmills or bending bodies for yoga, Chinese qigong could be worth a try.
Shaolin Temple to popularize Kungfu via modern media
China's famous Shaolin Temple is planning to cull outstanding Kungfu players worldwide via television, internet and mobile phones in a bid to better promote its 1,500-year martial art heritage and fame.
The penny which is worth a mint
A 1,000-year-old coin which once would have bought a meagre meal could go for a mint this weekend.
The medieval silver penny was made in Norwich while Edward the Confessor was king.
According to history experts the coin would have paid for no more than a few loaves of bread or some vegetables.
But the currency will go under the hammer on Sunday and is expected to fetch hundreds.
Democracy Breakin': Ohio's Electric Boogaloo
More on Ohio's Staggeringly Impossible '05 Results.
Supernatural powers that be
WITCH CRAFT or sorcery is an age-old practice from ancient times passed on through generations into the modern era.
In Papua New Guinea, sorcery haunts almost everyone, from the powerful elite in Waigani to the hamlets in the remote areas of the country.
Flight 19 crew honored by House
Disappearance began notion of Bermuda Triangle.
R.U. scared? Duo chronicles campus lore
Strange stories from Rutgers.
Free Sherlock Holmes
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Over 12 weeks from January through April 2006, Stanford will be republishing, free of charge, two early Holmes stories, "A Scandal in Bohemia" and "The Speckled Band"; the nine-part novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles; and the famous "last" encounter between Holmes and Moriarty, "The Final Problem." If you would like to receive paper facsimiles of the original magazine releases, you may sign up on our website. If you would prefer to download the facsimile as a pdf from the website, each installment will be available on successive Fridays. If you will be using the pdf files, please provide us with your email address on the subscription page, and we will send you an email every Friday, alerting you that the week's issue is available to download.
Also from boing boing
Cool Vintage Toy
Super-cool dad makes super-cool toy!
From boing boing.
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Perpetrators of Ancient War Crime Sought
Whoever they were, the invaders made short work of the enormous palace in the Mayan lowlands, ignoring half-built ramparts to corral nearly three dozen members of the royal household, systematically murder them with spears and axes, then dismember the corpses and dump the pieces into a ceremonial cistern.
Maine's Dog-Killing "Hyena"
Whatever hates dogs in central Maine is back. It kills, it slices dogs' throats, and it terrorizes the citizenry. Creepiest of all, eyewitnesses say it looks like a hyena.
Unveil the Secrets of Ancient Civilizations
When considering ancient history, there's lots of room for imaginations to run wild. One such speculative sprinter is acclaimed, internationally bestselling British author Graham Hancock, whose books Fingerprints of the Gods, Underworld, and Sign and the Seal explore such cryptic topics as lost civilizations and the origins of man, often using world megaliths (Stonehenge, Easter Island faces, etc.) and mysterious, man-made deep-sea structures as his dowsing rod.
A conversation with the Demon Dog of American letters.
His 'Zion' eyes: Levin confronts 'Protocols' in 'gonzo' film
Marc Levin is ready for a fight. He's a filmmaker so it probably won't be a fistfight. But he's so steamed, things could escalate.
"I am surprised that I didn't get punched in the nose," he says, describing the process of making his new documentary, "The Protocols of Zion," "or that I didn't punch someone in the nose."
That's the kind of reaction that the movie's subject - the old publication "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" - provokes.
In an old Celtic revival, spelling is a test of wills
No one knows for sure who the last native speaker of Cornish was, although some point to Dolly Pentreath, a resident of the village of Mousehole who died in 1777, apocryphally uttering the Cornish phrase for "I don't want to speak English."
Whatever the truth, sometime by the 19th century, the language fizzled out completely.
Since then, historians and linguists have tried to revive Cornish, one of a group of old Celtic languages whose cousins include Gaelic, Welsh and Breton. But the campaign is not going so well.
For one thing, only about 200 people currently speak it well enough to hold a conversation.
Lake Monsters unleashed
They're the Vermont Lake Monsters.
Building off Champ, their loveable mythical mascot who lives in Lake Champlain, the Vermont Expos announced Tuesday the state's only professional baseball team have become the Vermont Lake Monsters.
Secret government UFO file unveiled
National Security Agency affidavit sheds light on Cold War-era efforts.
Wife tells of beatings, lies, threats
In a plot involving mind control and extortion, Susan Hamlin told an El Dorado Superior Court jury, her husband would beat her every day and stab her in the scalp to hide puncture wounds.
"He strangled me. He punched me. He held a barrel of a gun in my mouth and asked if I was ready to die," a sobbing Hamlin said as her husband sat a few feet away, charged with torture, domestic violence and child endangerment.
In six days of testimony that ended Tuesday, Hamlin said the domestic violence began during the last five years of their 20-year marriage and ended with Richard W. Hamlin's arrest Feb. 28, 2004.
After the beatings escalated in severity and number, Richard W. Hamlin, a defense attorney and former Sacramento prosecutor, began to brainwash his wife and the couple's four children into believing a twisted tale of incest, prostitution, child molestation and devil worship, she said.
Central to "the story," as the Hamlins called it, was a conspiracy to murder Richard Hamlin because his Christian beliefs would make him a "trophy" for a Satanist cult.Rigorous Intuition has a long link about this case.
BushFellas: New Links in Boulis Murder
As three men - Anthony 'Big Tony' Moscatiello, Anthony 'Little Tony' Ferrari, and James 'Pudgy' Fiorillo - pled not guilty in court this week, the MadCowMorningNews has discovered new details in the investigation into the 4-year old slaying of SunCruz casino ship owner Gus Boulis.
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Ambassador de Sade
Bush rewarded one of his loyalists with the ambassadorship to Italy -- despite his past as the founder of an cult-like teen rehab clinic.
Torture, greed, brainwashing - Republican values in action!
Unsolved cases in Nome attract FBI
FBI serial homicide experts have been called in to investigate a chain of disappearances and suspicious deaths of Native villagers visiting Nome.
Meditation builds up the brain
Meditating does more than just feel good and calm you down, it makes you perform better - and alters the structure of your brain, researchers have found.
Iraqi detainees claim they were put into cage of lions
Two Iraqi businessmen, who were imprisoned by U.S. forces in Iraq, claimed Monday that American soldiers threw them into a cage of lions in a Baghdad palace, as part of a terrifying interrogation in 2003.
Horse slasher leaves stables in fear
Up and down the country animals have been stabbed and mutilated but the culprits are elusive.
With map that would indicate that this is an organized effort carried out by more than one person. The question is why. Feel free to email me with suggestions.
Mysteries of the Watton underground
Victorian settlers seemingly lavished a great deal of time, effort and money on a warren of tunnels under a Norfolk town.
But no one is quite sure why they bothered.
Girl resurrects after 11 years
Sixteen-year-old Josephine Chilamba, who died at the age of five in 1994, is believed to have resurrected last month after spending 11 years in the world of darkness.
Josephine surprised people who spotted her walking around a graveyard as mourners were returning home after burial ceremony of one village member in Mkungula Village on October 2, 2005.
Digging up Old Chinatown's roots
On the oddly shaped corner of San Pablo Avenue and 20th Street stand two boarded-up old buildings with flat, wood-paneled facades, reminiscent of pioneer days before Victorian-style houses became all the rage in Oakland. A popular mom-and-pop barbecue joint, Chef Edward's, adjoins them.
But the two buildings, which date to 1883, are symbolic to some people and community groups, such as University of California, Berkeley archaeologist Anna Naruta and the Oakland Asian Cultural Center.
After digging up historical information, they discovered the corner is the site of the original Chinatown of Oakland, or the "Uptown Chinatown," one of the few visible remains of a bygone era.
Ancient Brewery Tended by Elite, Female Brewmasters
If the ancient mountaintop city in southern Peru was the vanished Wari empire's unique imperial showplace, the brewery was its piece de resistance.
The science of sea serpents
Findings debunk whale of whopping monster tales.
Monday, November 14, 2005
eBay: Original Kinsey Sign from Institute for Sex Research
Heart to Hart: The Will Hart Interview
How could these under developed, mud hut dwelling dudes manage all this? Who taught them all this nonsense?
Why, our benevolent space brothers of course!
Books Bound in Human Skin
Anthropodermic bibliopegy, the technical term for books bound in human skin.
A faint inscription on the last page of the book reads: "The bynding of this booke is all that remains of my deare friende Jonas Wright, who was flayed alive by the Wavuma on the Fourth Day of August, 1632. King btesa did give me the book, it being one of poore Jonas chiefe possessions, together with ample of his skin to bynd it. Requiescat in pace."
'Mothman' expert to discuss newest research tonight in Athens