Saturday, April 29, 2006
eBay: WALTER GIBSON SCRAPBOOK
One of Walter Gibson's scrapbooks has shown up on ebay.
For more about the amazing Gibson see here.
Friday, April 28, 2006
Egyptologists launch online encyclopedia
Frustrated with the poor quality of many Web sites dealing with ancient Egypt, a professor at the University of California has decided to create a massive online encyclopedia devoted solely to Egyptology.
Crusading monks . . . and a truth more gripping than fiction
ON FRIDAY, October 13, 1307, hundreds of Knights Templar, the wealthy and secretive order of fighting monks, were rounded up, tortured and massacred for alleged crimes against Christianity "too horrible to contemplate".
The existence of Bigfoot has remained a mystery for years. In Southeast Idaho alone, reports of encounters with the creature date back to 1887. Tammy Scardino caught up with a local county commissioner who offered his support in hosting an upcoming Bigfoot event.
Watch these girls dance and make unashamed love!
Horribly cheesy trailer for the 1961 Tiki-sploitation film Pagan Island.
It's nice to see that Ed Wood
didn't have a monopoly on stilted voiceover narration. A quick check of IMDB finds that actress Allison Louise Downe
also wrote the screenplay for the Herschell Gordon Lewis "classic" Blood Feast.
And, of course, actress Nani Maka plays a character named...Princess Nani Maka.
Go watch. You'll love it.
Source of loud "booms" in Port Angeles still a mystery
More West Coast skyquakes.One caller reported her glass sliding door shattered.
'As Many as a Half a Dozen' Members of Congress May Be Involved in Prostitution Scandal
Last night on MSNBC's Scarborough Country, Dean Calbreath of the San Diego Union Tribune - which recently won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the Cunningham case - said that "as many as a half a dozen" members of Congress could ultimately be implicated in the prostitution scandal.
And some of those hookers might be dudes
BROTHER, CAN YOU SPARE $4 BILLION?
What's a few billion between friends?
Jack Parsons Comics
Betrayer! You will feel the power of Babylon!
Hysterical. Check out Howard Hallis's other stuff.
Levitation and Flight in the Ancient World: A Modern Perspective
A nice long article from ThothWeb
. Via the Anomalist
My experiments continue...
Murder, an Acid Attack and More Downtown Fun
A tour of vintage LA mayhem
from the lovely people who brought you the 1947 Project.
Is the Zarqawi video a hoax?
Cannonfire has some questions. Thought provoking as always.
Houdini in the Desert
For magic aficionados this private collection--which Copperfield calls the International Museum & Library of the Conjuring Arts--might as well be the Vatican. If Copperfield himself is present, as he was for us, it's like having Michelangelo show you around. Few people other than magic scholars ever get the privilege of entering.
Ajax's long-lost palace discovered on Greek island
On a deserted green hill above the Aegean Sea, archaeologists have unearthed what may be the palace of Ajax, one of the greatest heroes in Greek mythology.
Old bones are telling new tales
Behind two locked doors at Central Washington University, what might be called Son of Kennewick Man sits inside a cardboard box.
The faceless skull dates back 9,000 years - just 400 years younger than the superstar skeleton unearthed from the banks of the Columbia River. While Kennewick Man ignited a legal battle over the control of ancient bones, the skull at CWU has barely raised a ripple.
Neuro Clues to the Mysteries of Acupuncture
Advanced imaging methods may reveal how this ancient healing technique affects the brain.
Atlantis Exact Location May Have Been Found
The geographer who demonstrated the similarity between Ireland and Atlantis is now providing more details. New data supports the hypothesis that the original tale came to Ireland from an island that sank much like Plato claimed. Geological data now points to an exact location--in the North Sea.
Once 1,100 people called this place home, drawn to the town for its thriving coalmining industry. But one day in 1964 an accident deep beneath the town sparked a fire that quickly spread through the mine's underground tunnels.
The flames were so furious that nothing could be done to stop it, and 42 years later the fire is still raging under the streets. Temperatures have reached 1,000C, forcing the local petrol station to close. Tens of millions of tons of coal have been burned and experts say the fire cannot be put out.
POLK OBJECTS TO PROSECUTOR'S CROSS EXAMINATION
Deputy District Attorney Paul Sequeira began his cross examination of Eli Polk this afternoon amidst a barrage of objections from the witness' mother, defendant Susan Polk, who is representing herself against charges that she murdered her husband in 2002.
China lays claim to inventing golf
An exhibition in Beijing has added weight to the claims that China, not Scotland, invented golf.
Shipyard calls in vicar to expel ghost
STRANGE spirits have scared the life out of BAE shipyard workers, prompting top brass to call in ghost-busting experts.
Rare silver 5-cent coin auctioned for $1.3 million
A sliver of silver that once passed through the hands of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson crossed the auction block in Columbus last night for $1.3 million.
Mystery Mountain Lion May Be At Large In N.J.
It goes by many names -- Mountain lion, puma, cougar. But in a quaint subdivision in Montgomery Township, residents know the large feline by another name -- potential threat.
Film documenting Golden Gate Bridge suicides premieres
Always alone, they pace, hang their heads, linger just a bit too long. Some cry, jam hands into pockets, pull jackets tighter around them. They remove sunglasses, backpacks and purses.
And with traffic and tourists rushing past, they climb over the four-foot railing and jump off the Golden Gate Bridge.
Baby sign language a growing movement
It could be a year before Gregory, a normal, healthy 4-month-old, can speak, but until then, his mother hopes to get a jump-start on communicating with her baby through sign language, the language of the deaf.
People Brew Own Gas To Beat Pump Prices
Some people have become so desperate to find cheaper fuel for their cars they've begun making ethanol at home.
GOP Culture of Corruption Indeed
The GOP List of Shame
Thursday, April 27, 2006
Prosecutors seek to show that strange DNA does not exonerate priest
Does mysterious DNA on the body of nun murdered 26 years ago exonerate the priest charged with killing her? Or is it simply evidence of the careless crime-scene techniques of another era?
Author of "The Kelly Incident" Photographs UFO over Nevada
Olive branch solves a Bronze Age mystery
Scientists have discovered the remains of a single olive tree, buried alive during a massive volcanic eruption during the Late Bronze Age. A study that dates this tree, plus another study that dates a series of objects from before, during and after the eruption, now offer a new timeline for one of the earliest chapters of European civilization.
Police hunt for phantom that terrified drivers
Ghost in a miniskirt.
Another goodie from the Anomalist.
UK TEAMS OFFER NEW INSIGHT INTO RED RAIN MYSTERY
Scientists at Cardiff University say they can confirm that DNA, the genetic blueprint for life, did exist in the mysterious red rain which fell over India in 2001. This may be a key to learning about possible lifeforms in outer space.
With video. Via the Anomalist.
I was hunting UFOs, says Pentagon's UK hacker
So do aliens exist? Yes, according to McKinnon.
He said he came across a group called the "Disclosure Project", which had expert testimonies from senior figures who said technology obtained from extra-terrestrials did exist.
He said one NASA scientist reported that the Johnson Space Centre had a facility where UFOs were airbrushed out of high-resolution satellite images. So, he broke in to see for himself.
"I saw what I'm convinced was some kind of satellite or spacecraft but it was manufactured by no means I have ever seen before -- there were no rivets, no seams, it was like one flawless piece of material. And that was above the Earth."
America's rags-to-riches dream an illusion: study
America may still think of itself as the land of opportunity, but the chances of living a rags-to-riches life are a lot lower than elsewhere in the world, according to a new study published on Wednesday.
New hunter seeks money pit
The search for treasure on Nova Scotia's famous Oak Island may soon start again after a 10-year lull.
Dan Blankenship, a former construction supervisor who has spent five decades looking for booty on the Mahone Bay island, said Wednesday a new American partner has joined the hunt.
For more on the Oak Island Money Pit see here.
Investigators Try to Link Cloth to Priest
Bloodstains on an altar cloth and the forehead of a nun slain in 1980 could have come from a sword-shaped letter opener belonging to the priest accused of stabbing her, a medical examiner testified.
Mystery disturbance traced to sound wave
A group of local scientists has uncovered some clues to the source of a mysterious disturbance that rattled San Diego County on the morning of April 4, shaking windows, doors and bookcases from the coast to the mountains.
Druid's machete wounds
A PAGAN was horrifically tortured with an axe or machete in an attack designed to cause him terrible suffering, a court heard yesterday.
More on the Peter Solheim murder trial.
Many questions linger
The unknowns of Flight 93.
What lies beneath
Since 2002, "The Mysterious Bog People" traveling exhibit has been awing audiences around the world. Now housed at Los Angeles' Natural History Museum until Sept. 10, the exhibit contains more than 400 artifacts and six "bog mummies," all found beneath peat bogs, which have existed for centuries throughout Europe.
Ghost hunters want your stories
Northwest Pennsylvania Hauntings, a paranormal investigators group based in Meadville, is in the process of compiling stories, legends and photographs of strange and unusual in the Western Pennsylvania area.
Official: Bouncer in student slay to be charged in 2nd N.Y. case
A bouncer charged in the death of a graduate student found raped, strangled and suffocated after a night out at a bar also tried to abduct another college student last year, a law enforcement official said.
2nd Arrest Made in Ferrari Case
A prominent European high-tech executive was arrested Wednesday at his Bel-Air estate on suspicion of posing as a police officer to buy at least one gun, widening an international investigation that began with the crash of a rare Ferrari in Malibu.
Fossil linked to rare sound-making skill
The team at the Duke Lemur Center speculate the animals may have used the balloon-like structural chamber that shaped their bizarre jaws to produce sound.
'UFO' is sighted again
Reported sightings of a 'UFO' above Reading have led to a flurry of calls to the Post's paranormal hotline.
Searchers ask for help in tracking down jet in Flathead Lake
Somewhere on the bottom of Flathead Lake just west of Yellow Bay is a jet plane's wreckage. Somewhere, also deep underwater, are the remains of the pilot, Capt. John Eaheart of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.
This Movie Really Stinks
Bad films inspire olfactory terms. Exiting a bomb with their noses curled, people will say, "Whew, that stunk!" or "Man, did that reek!" One-word reviews would include "rotten," "offensive," "garbage," "putrid" and, simply, "P.U."
Now, a telecommunications company is adding actual smells to a movie. A revival of an old idea that failed the sniff test 46 years ago, the latest version of scented cinema is being piped into Japanese theaters starting this weekend to accompany showings of "The New World."
Area-based actors, crew create horror on Web TV
If you were wondering where you could find campy sci-fi horror sketches featuring local actors that you could watch without leaving the comfort of your home, look no further than Ghoulapalooza TV.
Relic Row: A fight is brewing over Virginia artifacts
To alarmed archaeologists, these "safari" digs - although legal - represent the wholesale destruction of the past. Stripping sites of their artifacts also strips the ability to learn what stories they could tell.
E.T. true believers to descend on desert 'UFO-ville'
"E.T." has been back home for years, and now earthlings claiming contact with space aliens are planning a homecoming of their own Saturday in a section of the Mojave Desert that looks a lot like the moon.
Nearly three decades after a free-thinking Californian named George Van Tassel hosted his final gathering to honor alien visitors, pioneers of the UFO culture are coming back to the site of the nation's earliest extraterrestrial rallies.
Missing Time in Kelowna - Creepy Canada Documentary
Imagine the terrifying sensation of being unable to account for several hours of your life, the memory of what occurred completely stripped away; this is exactly what happened to two British Columbia women immediately after they sighted a mysterious object in the sky.
Advice from ninja: 'Be able to kill students'
The teachings of Grand Master Masaaki Hatsumi echo through my head as he entreats me to attack a blackbelted disciple with a practice sword.
"Always be able to kill your students," he says.
Couple crack the code to living their dream
The Da Vinci Code - the Board Game!
Mysterious booms, annoyingly persistent hums, and underground mechanical rumblings that defy explanation.
Satanic Sex Abuse Claims Reopen Old Murder Case
The Crime Library entry on the Father Gerald Robinson case.
Former neighbor praises Polk as diligent mother, wife
21-year-old Eli Polk described life as a child, and how his father hypnotized the family and never disciplined them.
His father routinely hypnotized their three sons twice a week as they were growing up, he said.
"I remember not remembering after the sessions," Eli Polk told the jury. "He gave us some sort of tea."
See also: Polk son testifies father bragged of spy buddies
Police witness paranormal activity in pub
Officers arrived at the Low Valley Arms pub near Barnsley in South Yorkshire, 250 miles north of London, after being told the alarm had been set off, but instead of finding any signs of a robbery, they were faced with a shaken landlord convinced he had encountered a ghost with half a face missing in the ladies washroom.
The world's most dangerous archaeological site
A careless step could prove fatal when you inspect the ancient archaeological treasures of Laos.
Family seeks woman's missing head
A distraught family is offering $10,000 for clues to help solve a gruesome mystery involving a 68-year-old woman whose body was decapitated in a funeral home last July.
Working for the Clampdown
The House version of the 2007 intelligence authorization bill would grant CIA and NSA security personnel the authority to make arrests for "any felony" committed in their presence, no matter how remote from the foreign intelligence mission it might be, the Baltimore Sun reported today.
U.S. seeks to keep evidence from 9/11 families
Prosecutors asked a judge to rethink granting 9/11 families suing airlines access to evidence gathered for the criminal case against al Qaeda terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui.
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Pyramid? I see no pyramid here
A level-headed take on the Bosnian pyramid.
Is America named after this man?
And it ain't Vespucci.
The Creature of the Black Lagoon
Beware the Lizard Men!
10 Reasons Republicans Are To Blame For High Gas Prices
When George Bush took office in January 2001, the average price of a gallon of gas was $1.46. Today, the price is $2.91, a 100 percent increase over the course of the Bush presidency. [AAA Fuel Gauge Report, 4/25/06]
Shifting Footprints and Messianic Missions: Staying In Iraq 'Till Kingdom Come
"I have been pleading with the American press corps for months to ask the Bush administration one simple question, a question designed to expose our true agenda: 'Are we, or are we not, constructing permanent military bases in Iraq?'
" -- Sen. Gary Hart, March 31, 2006
German Defense Minister Says Building 7 Used To Run 9/11 Attack
Former Helmut Schmidt cabinet member, 25-year German Parliamentarian and global intelligence expert Andreas Von Bulow says that the 9/11 attack was run by the highest levels of the US intelligence apparatus using WTC Building 7 as a command bunker which was later demolished in order to destroy the crime scene.
Thar He Glows? Hunt On For Mystic Whaler Ghost
The planks and rigging of the Charles W. Morgan creaked and groaned as Andrew Laird and his colleagues stepped aboard the 165-year-old whaling ship at Mystic Seaport around 9 p.m. Friday. They turned on their Trifield Natural EMF Meter and went looking for ghosts.
Archaeologists dig Roman dogs
Bones of dozens of dogs offered to the gods in Roman times and unearthed in Ewell 30 years ago is an archeological find that has triggered further investigation.
'SATAN CULT' PRIEST ON TRIAL IN '80 NUN SLAY
CHILLING EVIDENCE IN UNHOLY CRIME AS DECADES-OLD MYSTERY UNRAVELS.
Susan Polk gives opening statement, tells jurors she's not crazy and promises thrilling tale
The 48-year-old former stay-at-home mother told jurors she is not crazy, and they need to keep an open mind as she presents her side of the story. That story, Polk explained, will include information about her psychic abilities, her former husband's secret-life as a spy, and his refusal to tell the U.S. government about her warnings of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001. Polk said she knew of the attacks beforehand, and tried to prevent the tragedy.
Haunting tales told at ghost conference
Describing the "true and shocking tale of a soul-eating house," Rosemary Ellen Guiley, a self-described paranormal researcher and investigator, told the story of a haunted house at a ghost conference here on Saturday.
Murder in San Francisco's Chinatown
Even though over a month has passed since the killing, no significant evidence or witnesses have emerged. Thuggish young men were seen at Leung's funeral, hinting at an organized crime connection, but nobody has spoken out.
What is clear is that Leung knew his life was in danger. In 2005 he asked the FBI for protection.
Theories surrounding Leung's mysterious death relate it both to Chinatown's past and its future.
Tenn. researchers work on Hunley mystery
A team of scientists from Tennessee, including experts from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, are looking at the mystery of the sinking of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley, the first sub in history to sink an enemy warship.
Treasure hunters riddled Carroll County's Indian Grave Ridge
In the 19th century, treasure hunters repeatedly scoured a place in Carroll County known as Indian Grave Ridge, looking for a cache of gold reputed to be buried there.
Mystery as car alarms go haywire
Car alarms and central locking systems are being sent haywire in the Black Country by a mysterious radio frequency blocking their signals.
Youth revered by Buddhists 17 today - and still a mystery
THE Tibetan youth considered by rights groups to be the world's youngest political prisoner turns 17 today, 11 years after disappearing from public view when he was named the Himalayan region's second-ranking religious figure.
Rumsfeld sued over Pentagon's recruiting database
Six New York teen-agers sued Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld on Monday, alleging the U.S. Department of Defense broke the law by keeping an extensive database on potential recruits.
Monday, April 24, 2006
I've added some more new links in the sidebar. Be sure to visit Cult News
, Strange Maine
, and Empires Fall.
Tell 'em the Professor sent ya'.
Senate Vote Inquiry Widens as Democrats Probe White House Link
Republican leaders are facing questions stemming from a criminal case involving efforts to suppress voter turnout in a U.S. Senate election in the state in 2002. Republican John Sununu won that race over Democrat Jeanne Shaheen, helping Republicans retake control of the Senate.
Build your own submarine!
Has UFO visited Brid?
Did you spot something strange flying over Bridlington on Easter Sunday?
With inconclusive pic!
A Cherokee legend.
Priests molested kids for centuries
A former Vatican lawyer and two ex-Benedictine monks have written an explosive book that shows the Catholic child-molestation scandal goes back to the earliest days of the church.
I am shocked! Shocked!
Canadian creates cigarette with vitamin C
Sunday, April 23, 2006
Introducing the Blacklight Tattoo
Blacklight reactive ink is a great way to have a tattoo that no one can see but under the blacklight or to add a little something special to trip out your friends.
Italy owes wine legacy to Celts, history buffs say
Luca Sormani, from Como, and Fulvio Pescarolo, from the tiny town of Robbio near Milan, have traced the region's wine culture all the way back to its Celtic roots and have started making it according to ancient methods.
What's behind mysterious booms?
Skyquakes across the U.S.
Sploid: Bulgarian UFO video!
A remarkable home video taken from the balcony of a Soviet-era apartment building in Bulgaria shows a shimmering egg-shaped UFO in full daylight.
Indian mound restored
Park rangers work on an archaeological site where tales of pirate treasure had attracted diggers.
TV seance claims to have reached John Lennon
A controversial television seance airing on Monday will claim it has reached the spirit of John Lennon, but viewers will have to pay $9.95 to find out what the peace-loving Beatle has to say.
My guess is that he says "Suckers...."
Mystery in her bones
Nice article on forensic anthropologist Laura Fulginiti.
Paging Mr. Lovecraft . . .
Police investigating death of man killed in mystery hole in home
Nepal curfew crushes Sobhraj's freedom bid
Bad luck continued to dog yesteryear's serial criminal Charles Sobhraj in Nepal with his final bid to win freedom from prison being stalled by curfew clamped in Kathmandu.
'Indiana Jones of Baghdad' Searches for Stolen Iraqi Art
The financing behind the violence that continues to disrupt Iraq may have an unlikely source: ancient treasure.
In a Leagure of Her Own
If you'd like to know the real story of the All-American Girls' Professional Baseball League,
go to www.merriefidler.com
and a purchase a copy of Merrie Fidler's recently published book, The Origins and History of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
Did Iceman accept mob contract on union boss?
When Richard Kuklinski died in a prison hospital wing in New Jersey last month there were few mourners. But the hitman and serial killer left behind a mystery: did Kuklinski really kill the union leader Jimmy Hoffa?
State joins search for warship
THE New South Wales Government will try to help solve the 65-year mystery of HMAS Sydney, contributing $250,000 to a new search for the missing warship.
Mystery of the 'mermaid' finally solved
"WHAT IS IT? Truthfully, we do not know. We obtained it several years ago from a young man who claimed he found it washed up on a South American beach. Several people have expressed the opinion that it is a 'MONKEY FISH' ... while others have said it is a 'MERMAID.' WHAT DO YOU THINK?"
A Message From The Republicans
So suck on that! Suck on it a real long time, then suck on it some more! Then keep sucking on it, and then suck a little bit more, and suck some more! And just keep sucking on it!
Saturday, April 22, 2006
Dean: If Past Is Prologue, George Bush Is Becoming An Increasingly Dangerous President
As the 2006 midterm elections approach, this active/negative president can be expected to take further risks. If anyone doubts that Bush, Cheney, Rove and their confidants are planning an "October Surprise" to prevent the Republicans from losing control of Congress, then he or she has not been observing this presidency very closely.
Are Scientologists behind attempt to rig poll for Tom Cruise?
It appears that Scientology and/or Scientologists may be actively involved in a spamming campaign to boost Tom Cruise's sagging popularity.
Buddhist monks to retrace Xuanzang's voyage to India
Two Buddhist monks would set out on a journey from China to India to retrace the footsteps of a famous predecessor Xuanzang (602-664 AD) who had travelled to India to study Buddhism about 1,300 years ago.
Of olives and oils
About olive oil and its health benefits.
THE earliest records of qigong being practised were found on archaeological artifacts excavated in Qinghai province, China, dated approximately 5,000 years ago. These were in the form of drawings on gallipots. Descriptions of qigong were also found in relics from the Western Han Dynasty (206-24 BC), excavated in Hunan province; and actual written records were found in the ancient Chinese classic Shanshu, of the same period.
Examining The Alien Agenda
The aliens are coming!
See also UFOs: Not Dead Yet
Murder trial jury gets case preview
A priest's letter opener fits a dead nun's unusual knife wound like a key in a lock, Lucas County prosecutors said Friday morning as they began presenting their case against the Rev. Gerald Robinson.
A terrifying tale from Malaysia.
The Burden of Proof
Another review of Sebastian Junger's book.
Case of the Mummified Baby
For decades, Charles Peavey's family has passed down what he admits is a most unusual family heirloom: the tiny corpse of a mummified baby whose mysterious history has been filled with legend.
With Mummy Baby pic!
Breaking into the US citadel was easier than child's play
Gary McKinnon hacked into Pentagon, army, navy and Nasa computer systems looking for evidence of UFO. He may end up in Guantanamo Bay for his trouble.He never did find anything about anti-gravity but he did stumble on intriguing details on extra-terrestrial activity. Computers in Building 8 of the Johnson Space Center, for example, contained satellite pictures showing what looked like alien space ships. But Mr McKinnon never saw these as closely as he would have liked.
Before he could download them fully, someone on the space center computer system noticed the unauthorised access on the network and cut the connection.
Security at the space center was subsequently tightened to the extent that Mr McKinnon could not re-enter. He did, however, find lists on other computer systems that referred to "non-terrestrial officers" and lists of ships that did not correspond to anything the US had in the air or on the seas - leading Mr McKinnon to suspect the existence of a secret space army.
Another goodie via the Anomalist.
Mysteries of 'UFO ranch' in spotlight