Monday, July 31, 2006
I've noticed two Mel Gibson movies on television today. Must be a Jewish conspiracy. In related news, Mad Mel has entered rehab. Not anti-Semitic rehab, just regular old alcohol rehab.
Diebold machines less secure than an X-Box
"Diebold has made the testing and certification process practically irrelevant," according to Dechert. "If you have access to these machines and you want to rig an election, anything is possible with the Diebold TS -- and it could be done without leaving a trace. All you need is a screwdriver." This model does not produce a voter verified paper trail so there is no way to check if the voter's choices are accurately reflected in the tabulation.
EXCLUSIVE: Bush Admin May Have Violated 26 Statutes, Dems Say
Bush break the law? I am SHOCKED!
Black Tom: The first U.S. terror attack?
The sound of the blast was unearthly, and the tremor was felt 100 miles away in Philadelphia. The night sky over New York Harbor turned orange. From Bayonne to Brooklyn and beyond, people were jolted from bed as windows shattered within a radius of 25 miles.
Crawley kids in a tilgate park
A scooter + playground equipment + bored teenagers = trouble. Wait till the end - it's worth it. At You Tube.
Via Boing Boing
Boggy Bottom Monster
Cryptomundo has the details.
'Monsterologist' doesn't dismiss the Bear Lake Monster
Still holding out for Cookie Monster as well.
'Great treasure' of rare cave drawings goes on display
More than 30 prehistoric cave drawings and etchings inside Dunbar Cave were put on display Saturday, giving the public the first glimpse of a "great treasure of North America."
Fairy Tale Phantoms
Do fairies, gnomes and goblins really exist? Suspend your disbelief for a moment, and consider these real-life encounters with creatures from the land of make-believe.
Death of couples at same time may be no coincidence
Elderly couples often seem to share times of death, be it the same day, week, month or year.
Tunnel-digging treasure hunters busted in Iran
Armed with a map to an eighteenth-century "treasure" buried under the sprawling bazaar in central Tehran, the seven men had been digging a 1.5 kilometer (0.93 mile) tunnel for seven months before they were caught, Jam-e Jam daily said.
France's new Stonehenge: Secrets of a neolithic time machine
A spectacular discovery of Stone Age menhirs in Brittany could unlock the code to one of the most puzzling chapters of human development, and transform our knowledge of mankind's early history.
Nice long article.
JOHNSON'S GUITAR? THE DEVIL ONLY KNOWS
Is this blues legend Robert Johnson's guitar?
Quack doctor had the motive to be Jack the Ripper
More on Dr. Francis Tumuelty.
Cambodia's magic elephant cures villagers' ills
In rural Cambodia where doctors and hospitals are scarce, poor villagers are turning to a magic elephant which is believed to cure ills ranging from typhoid to high blood pressure.
'I'm a descendant of Jesus Christ'
After flying thousands of miles to trace the mythical travels of Mary Magdalene after Jesus's crucifixion, and having convinced herself that she is a direct descendant of the two, Kathleen has written what she describes as a 'partly autobiographical' novel.
Large Shaanxi tomb belonged to 1st emperor's grandmother
After more than a year's excavation and research in northwest China's Shaanxi Province, Chinese archeologists have concluded that a large tomb belonged to the grandmother of Qinshihuang, the country's first emperor.
Soapbox racing pushed to extremes
It's extreme! (Insert guitar sound here).
Giant Dinosaur Discovered in Argentina
Argentinean scientists have discovered gigantic neck, back, and tail bones from one of the largest dinosaurs ever to roam the Earth.
Bush submits new terror detainee bill
U.S. citizens suspected of terror ties might be detained indefinitely and barred from access to civilian courts under legislation proposed by the Bush administration, say legal experts reviewing an early version of the bill.
Working for the clampdown.
Short Circuit Solo
Ever heard of circuit bending? Now you have.
Friday, July 28, 2006
'Nazi aircraft carrier' located
The Polish navy says it is almost certain that it has located the wreck of Nazi Germany's only aircraft carrier, the Graf Zeppelin.
They sighted it through the screen door on their submarine.
Archaeologists Hot on the Trail of Columbus' Sunken Ships
Indiana University archaeologists are confident they are closer to discovering some of Christopher Columbus' lost ships -- and the answer to a 500-year-old mystery, "What was on those ships?"
Mystery Mammal Scampers Through Neighborhood
A mystery mammal is scampering around a Cleveland neighborhood, leaving many residents scratching their heads.
Ever wonder what a squirrel with mange looks like? Wonder no more. With very weird pic, slideshow, and video.
Bigfoot Seen and Photographed in Oklahoma
There have been some recent reports coming out of Atoka, Oklahoma of sightings of Bigfoot there.
Ebay sea monster
Sploid's got it.
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Great new Cannonfire
. And I'm not just saying that because he called me "esteemed".
'No right to privacy'
Going, going, gone.
War Is Heck
More douchebaggery from the Bushies. Now they want to stick it to Ken Burns for the salty language used by WWII vets in his new documentary "The War". Apparently, Hitler was a nincompoop.
Amazing Pictures of Native Americans on Ebay.
These are really cool. And the names - check out Sam Breaks In, Whirlwind Wife of Bird Necklace, and Chief Shot in the Eye. Amazing.
Colorado Man Says He Commited 48 Murders
A man serving a life sentence in Colorado for murdering a teenage girl has claimed responsibility for as many as 48 slayings across the country dating back more than three decades, authorities said Thursday.
Legendary gold stays shrouded in mystery
According to Superstition Mountain Historical Society records, nearly 150 treasure hunters claimed to locate the Lost Dutchman's gold since his death in 1891. To date, no one has produced the gold.
Via the Anomalist
Strong personalities swirl at center of Dyleski's trial
Opening statements today in case of teen charged with murder.
FOX News Deliberately Hides Fact That "Middle East Analyst" Is Apocalyptic Christian Preacher
Cell Phone Picture Called Obstruction Of Justice
Police harassment on a whole new level.
Mexico quietly ends probe of killings along border
Federal officials have quietly closed a three-year inquiry into the rape-strangulation of 14 women and teenagers in the border city of Juarez, leaving relatives with little hope the killings will ever be solved.
Via this Rigorous Intuition post.
ALASKA REFUSES - AGAIN - TO RELEASE 2004 ELECTION DATA!
Brad Blog has the news.
Quack doctor buried here may have been Jack the Ripper
Was Dr. Francis Tumuelty really Saucy jack?
'Columbus was an Ottoman spy'
Amateur historian Cezmi Yurtsever has again claimed to have decrypted secret codes on a map belonging to 16th century Ottoman Admiral Piri Reis and has come to the conclusion that Christopher Colombus was an Ottoman spy.
Will we ever be told the truth about the death of Dr David Kelly?
I'm gonna guess no.
UFO or Balloon? Either Way Man Dies in Pursuit
It was one of Kentucky's most famous and controversial UFO cases. It involved Kentucky National Guard Pilot Thomas Mantell, who crashed his plane and died in 1948 while chasing what he thought was a UFO.
Iran: The Next War
From Rolling Stone.
Jury acquits mother in 1997 stabbing of son
Nine years after the brutal slaying of fifth-grader Joel Kirkpatrick, a jury on Wednesday acquitted his mother, who claims a roving serial killer with St. Louis ties may have been the real killer.
The miracle book from the bog
The book has about 20 pages and has been dated to 800 AD to 1 000 AD. According to Trinity College manuscripts expert Bernard Meehan, it is the first discovery of an Irish early medieval document in 200 years. Never before has such a document been found buried in the soggy earth of Ireland.
Accused stripper no-show in court
A judge revoked bail Wednesday for the South Plainfield stripper accused of illegally possessing a severed human hand and six human skulls after she failed to show up for an arraignment.
Forgotten Jamestown well holds centuries-old artifacts
Outside Indian artifacts, the items are among the oldest ever unearthed in North America.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Detectives Seek 50 Women Connected With Death-Row Inmate
When photographer Bill Bradford was convicted in 1987 of murdering two aspiring models, he made an ominous statement to jurors deciding whether he should be sentenced to death.
"Think of how many you don't even know about," he said.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Suburban mayor charged with child porn
More Republican family values.
'Zombies' arrested in downtown Minneapolis
This just in: Minneapolis Police total morons.
Unsolved: Flying Humanoids
Astonishing accounts of "people" who fly - with wings or without
Via Cabinet of Wonders
. Check out this post and the strange flying man pic.
Looks a little like Iron Man.
Alchemy Enters The Academy
In Philadelphia last week, a group of scientists busily polished what was, until recently, a rusty old science. Alchemy, the ancient pursuit of transmuting base metals into gold, has been absent as a focus of serious scientific inquiry since roughly the mid-1700s. So who could have foreseen that this once obsolete practice would enjoy growth as a topic of modern academic analysis?
Severed hand, skulls found; woman charged
The severed hand is named "Freddy."
New Rigorous Intuition. All your base are belong to us.
CDC investigating mysterious new ailment
The CDC takes on Morgellons.
The Monkey-Man of New Delhi
Awesome Or Off-Putting takes a look.
The secret salacious world of the Munchkins
Munchkin orgies at the Culver Hotel? I don't remember seeing that in the promotional material.
What is red mercury?
The most bizarre aspect of the trial of Abdurahman Kanyare and his two co-defendants was the fact that no-one in the court could be certain whether the terrifying substance on which the entire prosecution case was based actually existed.
Monday, July 24, 2006
Kathleen McGowan: The Da Vinci descendant
An American woman claims in a new book that she can trace her antecedents to Jesus and Mary Magdalene. Is she out of her family tree?
So-Called Indigo Teen Says She Can Read People
Self-important and annoying "Indigo Children" grow into self-important and annoying "Indigo Teens". "Indigo Acne" and "Indigo Fake IDs" right around the corner.
MAN ON MOON: WE SAW A UFO
Buzz Aldrin comes clean."There was something out there, close enough to be observed, and what could it be?"
A medicine man understood the secrets of this plant long before we did. How?
Japan's robots stride into future
"The machine is a friend of humans in Japan," said Shuji Hashimoto, a robotics professor at Waseda University in Tokyo.
Kaunos ancient theater had rotating stage, say archaeologists
Masonic house of the temple a not-so-secret marvel
Modeled after the tomb of King Mausolos at Halikarnassus and designed by John Russell Pope in 1911, visitors to the building climb sets of three, five, then seven stairs - the increasing numbers represent a Mason's climb to greater knowledge - pass between two huge stone sphinxes and ring the bell at a heavy bronze double door to enter. It is not unlike Oz.
Group dives into history beneath the surface of Lake George, marks historical sites
Underwater archaeology in Lake George.
Myths of the pioneers
Think you know all there is to know about Utah's pioneers? They're great stories, but there are times when history has inflated some of our favorite tales.
Sunken oceanliner still claiming lives
The Andrea Doria. George Costanza still not impressed.
Bohemian Grove retreat draws protest
Hundreds of protesters gathered outside an exclusive California retreat for government and business leaders Saturday to challenge the right of a "ruling elite" to make policy decisions without public scrutiny.
'Killer dragon' eludes Fortean team
The Centre for Fortean Zoology comes up short - for now.
"People can laugh, but new species are still out there. This year a pig the size of a sofa was found in Brazil."
Paganism Gaining Popularity in Prison
A pagan religion that some experts say can be interpreted as encouraging violence is gaining popularity among prison inmates, one of whom is scheduled to be executed this week for killing a fellow prisoner at the foot of an altar.
Europe's pyramid history unveiled
On 31 October 2005, various news agencies including Associated Press ran a story headlined "Bosnian explorer finds 'Europe's first pyramids'". This statement, as so many headlines are, is wrong. There are many small pyramids that can be found across Europe, from France to Greece.
Sunday, July 23, 2006
Mystery Flying Cryptid Photo
Cryptomundo's got it.
See also: Giant Spiders.
LOOKING FOR LITTLE GREEN MEN IN SPOOKY SUFFOLK
The Rendlesham Forest Incident.
An Italian town revives ancient cave dwellings
Peasants were evacuated from ancient cave dwellings in Matera, Italy, in the 1950s. Now people are going back in.
Spider expert's disappearance a web of disjointed clues
An interesting story, despite the hokey headline.
1941-Cape Girardeau, Missouri Crash
UFO crash in the Show Me state?
Taken quite literally, face reflexology sounds almost a contradiction of terms, as far apart as the extremities the words refer to. Yet it is actually a new complementary therapy that combines looking good with feeling good through a unique marriage of three ancient techniques; Chinese energy meridians, Chinese acupuncture points, and Vietnamese and Andean tribal body maps.
DIANA EXCLUSIVE: THE DRIVER'S LOST THREE HOURS
SCOTLAND Yard detectives investigating the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, are baffled over the disappearance of driver Henri Paul for three hours on the night of the Paris car crash.
Monkey business is slowly fading away for organ grinder
"In the next 50 years, the organ grinder will cease to exist in the U.S."
Organ grinders still exist?
1,500-year-old Byzantine port discovered
"This was the ancient harbor of Byzantium, the Theodosian harbor," Pulak said, pointing to the dusty site around him, which he said was probably an expansion of an earlier port known as Eleutherion.
He believes the ships were wiped out all at once in a giant storm. He said the wooden boats, all apparently destroyed around 1000, make up a sort of "missing link" in the history of shipbuilding because of the fusion of old and new techniques in a single boat.
Friday, July 21, 2006
Searching for Spirits
Go ahead and tell Sue Sereno your ghost stories - she'd love to hear them.
See also: Haunted House For Sale In Central Florida - Ghost Of Woman Slams Cabinets, Moves Items
Banker in food scandal is found dead after Opus Dei meeting
A BANKER who had been questioned over a huge corporate scandal was found murdered yesterday, having apparently been kidnapped on his way home from a meeting of the Roman Catholic organisation Opus Dei.
See also: Banker linked to Parmalat scandal is found dead
"Found dead" is a euphemism for "chopped to pieces".
Mystery of the sunken Sydney
A 92-former Nazi sailor living in South America may hold the key to solving one of Australia's greatest wartime mysteries, the sinking and disappearance of the battleship HMAS Sydney.
Tour of Culture: The Watts Towers
There are 17 structures that make up the Watts Towers, the tallest is over 100 feet. Made of rebar, wire, mesh and concrete and embedded with broken pottery and glass, the site is one of only nine works of folk art listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
Tree Holding Mystery Boulder Falls Down
One of the strangest sights in Indiana is no more, but the mystery about it continues.
Whistleblower thinks 9/11 inside job
Sploid's got it.
Christopher Columbus - Douchebag
Christopher Columbus was a cruel, despotic tyrant who ruled over his subjects with an iron fist, according to new documents which have emerged 500 years after his death.
Okay, so now it's official: Columbus was an asshole. He was such a dick that even the Spanish thought he was cruel - and their cruelty is legend. And he wasn't the "first" anyway, so why does he get a holiday? So how will we replace Columbus Day?
Let's see what other exciting events happened on October 12 that we can use for a national holiday:
1773 - America's first insane asylum opens for 'Persons of Insane and Disordered Minds' in Virginia
1775 - The United States Navy is formed.
1810 - First Oktoberfest
1859 - Self-described "Emperor of the United States" Joshua A. Norton issues a decree dissolving the U.S. Congress
I'm going with the last one.
Silver Linings and a Cross of Gold
Guess who's excited about World War III?
Bigfoot Search In Lamar County
Is it an elaborate hoax? Or has a team of investigators found actual proof that "bigfoot" is roaming the woods of north Texas.
Or, did someone forget a question mark?
Demolition May Knock Ghosts Out Of Old Home
Gentrification on the spectral level.
Film to mark Bruce Lee's 35th death anniversary
The family of Bruce Lee is planning a movie to mark the 35th anniversary of the kung-fu legend's death, a news report said Friday.
Snake Vomits Dollars
If this was Snakes Vomiting Dollars on a Plane they might have something.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Gone to the dogs: the girl who ran with the pack
When she was found, at the age of eight in 1991, Oxana could hardly speak and ran around on all fours barking.
Paper made from mummy wrappings in Maine."I've been able to document Maine was a real hotbed," for paper-making with mummy wrappings, said Wolfe, who will be joined by her husband and technical adviser, Worcester Polytechnic Institute Professor David Rawson, in her presentation tonight in Gardiner. "Gardiner had four or five mills that made paper from mummy-wrappings. It's a fascinating bit of real Yankee lore. The big question is what happened to the bodies?"
Everyday women steal the stage as the queens of the new burlesque.
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
IU's Lilly Library will acquire world's largest collection of mechanical puzzles
Indiana University's Lilly Library will be home to the world's largest collection of mechanical puzzles, library officials announced today (July 19). Highly regarded for its variety and scope, the collection includes items dating from the eighteenth century.
The Mystery of Philadelphia's "Toynbee Tiles"
More in depth than usual.
Carved stone still mystifies scholars
Finally, a picture. A bizarre, head-scratcher of a picture.The American Naturalist suggested that the stone "commemorates a treaty between two tribes." Others have guessed the stone is Celtic or Inuit. A letter to the historical society in 1931 suggested it was a "thunderstone," which, the writer said, "always present the appearance of having been machined or hand-worked: frequently they come from deep in the earth, embedded in lumps of clay, or even surrounded by solid rock or coral."
Another curious detail is that there are holes bored in both ends of the stone, with different size bits. Each bore is straight, not tapered. Scratches in the lower bore suggest it was placed on a metal shaft and removed several times, according to an analysis done by state officials in 1994.
What is this thing?
Frank Miller Adapts Eisner's Spirit
Amazing news. A Spirit movie, directed by Frank Miller.
Charming and macabre, Edward Gorey House welcomes visitors
Deep DNA memory theories
Can we remember our ancestors' lives?
Mystery Fish Caught At Buffalo Springs Lake Identified