Thursday, November 30, 2006
A History of the Movie Trailer
'Zombies' file lawsuit against city of Mpls.
With great zombie mug shots.
Scientists find first known human ritual
A startling discovery of 70,000-year-old artifacts and a python's head carved of stone appears to represent the first known human rituals.
Killer fairies caused four deaths
Four people buried 450 years ago in an English parish had been scared to death by Fairies, a historic document has revealed.
Early sketch of Stonehenge found
They got the date wrong by some 3,000 years, but the oldest detailed drawing of Stonehenge, apparently based on first hand observation, has turned up in a 15th century manuscript.
Researchers see link between moon cycles and stock market
If you've always suspected there's a little lunacy in the stock market, now there's proof.
R.A. Maguire Cover Art
Cover art by pulp master R.A. Maguire with very affordable prints for sale. Very cool stuff.
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
In search of lost time
Nature Magazine on the Antikythera Mechanism.
Maya Teased Ears Through Architecture
Some ancient civilizations may have had an ear - not just an eye - for architecture. Two recent studies suggest early builders intentionally added unusual, and often psychedelic, sound effects to their structures.
100 Billion Times
Area 51 "enthusiast" Bob Lazar, former KGB Agent Alexander Litvinenko and polonium-210. CrimeBlog's got it.
The Wilhelm Scream
Have you ever noticed that certain screams from movies sound the same? No? Well, now you will. I blogged this a while back
but now we have
hysterical video evidence
. Link via
Finding buried treasure
From Yorktown Beach alone, Ina Finn has filled a long tray with silver and gold. A 10-carat white gold ring with 10 small diamonds lies next to a small button dating back to the Civil War era.
Digging for lost treasure in Darbandykhan
Once upon a time, or as the Kurds would say, habu nabu, there was an Armenian King, Nerses, that ruled the Sassanian Empire (226-651 AD), which included Kurdistan within its borders. Standing high on a hill in the Berkl area near Darbandykhan is one of the only known remaining Sassanian monuments, and it is a monument to King Nerses.
Out of this world solution to a Scottish standing stone
The Newton stone is a small, rather unassuming pillar in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. On one side is faded, ancient writing, on the other a curling snake and cylindrical patterning. Many would say that it is a typical example of a Scottish standing stone.
Lost cities, hidden libraries, Atlantis, Velikovsky - this one's got it all. Neat stone though.
Mysterious Spider Boat Appears Out of the Fog
From Thrilling Wonder Story,
with amazing pics. Via the
Exploding Toy Murder Case Takes Odd Turn
The strangeness surrounding Patrick Hsu's 2001 murder began with the fact that he was killed by an exploding robot dog sent to him by mail.
Will sue to avoid goblins
Håkon Robertsen has refused to tear down a condemned barn for fear of reprisals from 'little people' and is ready to sue local authorities to protect the building.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
They predicted 9/11 - what else does Debkafile know?
What Is It?
Weird thing caught off Australia.
Floating in a Most Peculiar Way
New Rigorous Intuition.
Mystery lights reported second night in a row
For the second night in a row residents in western Victoria have reported seeing a bright light in the sky.
Mysterious Lion Moves Up To West Side?
There's been yet another reported sighting of the Central Ohio lion that's been spotted all over Central Ohio's suburbs.
RIP William Diehl
William Diehl, the bestselling author known best for "Sharky's Machine" and "Primal Fear" - fast-paced thrillers that became hit movies - died Friday at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. He was 81.
According to family lore, Mae West was once his baby-sitter, before she became a Hollywood sex symbol. On a school field trip in 1937, he witnessed the explosion of the Hindenburg, then the world's largest aircraft.
He also knew Dr. Martin Luther King.
The Mystery of the Three Hares
The mystery of the three hares motif. Pretty cool.
Steel for Muslim blades of crusade came from India
'By empirically optimising their blade-treatment procedure, craftsmen ended up making nanotubes more than 400 years ago,' said lead researcher Peter Paufler of the University of Technology in Dresden, Germany.
Bigfoot remains a Texas-size mystery
"It looks like a cross between a man and an ape, upright on two legs covered with hair."
Professor attempts to uncover Brown Mountain mystery
Long before the establishment of Appalachian State University, reports existed of mysterious lights appearing in the vicinity of the Linville Gorge, known as the Brown Mountain Lights.
Inside the Head of an Ancient Pharaoh
"While performing the CT scan of King Tut, we had several strange occurrences. The electricity suddenly went out, the CT scanner could not be started and a team member became ill. If we weren't scientists, we might have become believers in the Curse of the Pharaohs."
Britain tracing poison that killed spy
The British government began tracking radioactive hotspots in London on Monday to trace the poison that killed a former KGB agent, and three people who reported possible symptoms of contamination underwent testing.
Cryptomundo Round Up
Some good stuff from Cryptomundo over the last few days.
First up is
Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot = A Hairy Human?
which posits that the famous Patterson-Gimlin footage is of a giant "human". Not a "Bigfoot" or "ape" but some kind of human. It's all a bit vague at this point. See also
. For more Bigfoot see
Roadside Bigfoot Sighting in Southeast Texas
Next are some John Keel-related items:
Mothman + 40 + Bighoot = New Debates
John A. Keel: Demonologist?
Monday, November 27, 2006
Wahhoo, it's a Whoahaw!
The animal stopped in its walk, and turned two brilliant, fiery eyes upon Mr. Adams. They glowed with an unnatural brightness; looking more like hot coals than visual organs. He noticed too, that its 'snoot' was very long, like a pig's; and its tail if surprising length, stuck straight out behind. Mr. Adams clearly saw that, whatever his strange visitor might be, it was no bulldog. After looking at him steadily for over a minute, the beast slowly retreated to the fence, which it climbed by means of its claws, after the manner of a cat.
Hiking: Myth versus reality of Sasquatch in the Ossipee Range
"It was a small structure, yet made of big stones, stacked on each other," he said. "The roof was flat and made of thatched hemlock bows. There was an opening, like a rustic doorway. We saw a giant man-like creature inside, about seven feet high, and back to us. It was totally covered with tangled gray hair about three inches long."
Alligators-In-The-Sewers Are Real
Cryptomundo's got it.
Ex-employee says FAA warned before 9/11
The team repeatedly warned the FAA of the potential for security breaches and hijackings but was told to cover up its findings, Dzakovic says.
Friday, November 24, 2006
Nude, oil-covered thief caught
Thief posing as an orang minyak - a naked, supernatural being covered in oil who rapes virgins.
Iraq conflict passes WWII
War in Iraq now officially longer than WWII.
Iraq war tip-off a conspiracy theory
Suggestions the Australian Government told AWB of its plans to invade Iraq a year before the military action are crackpot conspiracy theories, said Foreign Minister Alexander Downer. The Cole commission, which is investigating $290 million in kickbacks paid by AWB to the regime of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, has released documents revealing that an Australian diplomat told a former AWB chairman of the invasion plans in 2002, more than a year before it took place.
RIP John Symonds
Childrens' author and friend of Aleister Crowley.
Cocaine, heroin cheaper than ever in Europe: report
The steep fall in heroin prices in 1999-2004 came as drug production in Afghanistan surged so much after the fall of the Taliban that supply could now be exceeding global demand for heroin, threatening to spur more drug use.
Heckuva job, Chimpy!
Lonelygirl15, Crowley, Bush and more
Cannonfire digs in. With special video appearance by Bigfoot, the Head-Butt Soccer Guy, Lee Harvey Oswald, and many more. I'm pretty sure I saw Django Reinhardt in there too.
Interesting Bigfoot Tale From New Hampshire
Cryptomundo's got it.
Amazing picture of a Fathead fish.
Kind of reminds me of
Before Lawndale, There Was Glendo's Boy-stealing Bird
In 1977, Marlon Lowe was attacked and seized by a giant bird that was never identified in Lawndale IL. Varying reports have the child being lifted off the ground and carried a short distance by his shirt. The idea that a large (very large) bird would attack a child has been written off as far-fetched by many ornithologists, but many sites on the internet, thanks in large part to research on the part of Jerome Clark and Loren Coleman, list a few nineteenth century tales of such attacks. May I add one slightly-more recent attack to their compilation.
'Cult' fights claims of child sacrifice
AN ANTI-CHILD-SEX campaigner accused an occult religious group of hosting parties at which naked children acted as waiters and at which members had sex with and murdered children, a tribunal was told yesterday. The obscure group Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO) claims Dr Reina Michaelson and the Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Program described it in a website article as a satanic cult that sacrificed children and ate their organs and blood.
Polonium-210 one of world's rarest elements
Polonium-210 -- the radioactive substance used to poison a former Russian spy in London -- is one of the world's rarest elements, first discovered in the 19th century by scientists Marie and Pierre Curie.
Looks like it wasn't Thallium after all. Polonium-210 is extremely rare - except in Russia, of course. See also
Radiation killed Russian spy, says Britain
Record-breaking catfish caught in Spain
BLAINE ESCAPES NEW YORK SHACKLES
US magician DAVID BLAINE took just 15 minutes to escape from his shackles four stories high over New York's Times Square.
Thursday, November 23, 2006
The Professor would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving. Here's some great Buzzcocks to go with your Turkey.
New Links for the Holidays
I've been slowly adding links to my links bar and I thought I'd take this time to highlight some of them (my apologies to anyone I miss).
a while back simply because I was reading it hourly in the run-up to the election. Good political discussion to be found there with a liberal point of view.
is Fortean writer Scott Maruna's cool blog. Jason Offutt's
From the Shadows
also looks at the Fortean and unexplained.
You can find all sorts of fun and educational science projects for kids (and adults) that you can make in your kitchen over at
Steve Huff of
, dedicated to unsolved crimes. If you click now you can see who Steve thinks the new Jack the Ripper sketch looks like. (Hint- One of the Professor's all-time favorites).
has all sorts of interesting links.
If you're into old mechanical illustrations from magazines such as
you're going to love
, where you'll find "Yesterday's tomorrow, today."
features really neat illustrations of Japan's legendary monsters and beasties. And they sell prints!
takes modern technology to new heights. Check out these
these anomalies off of Cuba. ShadoWraiths
keeps an eye on crime, while
watches out for weird stuff in the Pine Tree State.
links to news of the supernatural kind (natch), while
tracks "the hottest news in the blogosphere!" and has been kind enough to send me some traffic.
has all kinds of fascinating stuff.
Wit of the Staircase
was interesting, so I added it (check out her Esoteric section). Same with the
, who does an excellent job of reminding me not to dress like a slob, even if I don't live in New York City.
Archaeologists discover 1,000-year-old mausoleum in Peru
A team of Peruvian and Japanese archaeologists found a thousand-year-old mausoleum in the northeastern Peruvian department of Lambayeque, Peru's Carlos Elera, one of the team leaders, told local media on Tuesday. Peruvian ceremonial knife found
Historians scold ghost hunters
A group of homegrown ghost hunters have run afoul of the Stratford Historical Society over the accuracy of claims the group made during a series of "ghost tours" last month.
Stan Meyer and the Water Powered Car
MetaFilter's got it.
Bobby and Alexander
New Rigorous Intuition on Bobby Kennedy and Alexander Litvinenko.
The curious story of Jap Herron
Did Mark Twain write from beyond the grave?
Who Were The Dogheads?
Santa = Wildman
, in which we learn that Santa probably has a huge stocking.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
High tech helps solve mystery of ancient calculator
No artifact this complex has been recovered from the ancient world, though there are numerous written references, by Greek and later by Arab writers, to different types of geared mechanisms. The level of mechanical sophistication found in the Antikythera Mechanism was not to be seen again until the rise of European clock-making during the Middle Ages, more than a millennium later.
Raccoons in Brooklyn, yo. What are you looking at?
Olof Palme murder mystery may be solved after 20 years
The 20-year old Olof Palme murder enigma may be finally resolved. A new weapon-find, at the bottom of a lake in northern Sweden, is expected to unravel the mystery that has baffled investigators, and world at large, since the tragic killing of the former prime minister
Atlantic City murder mystery
All four of their blond heads had been positioned pointing east - in the direction of the glittery gambling mecca of Atlantic City and the ocean beyond.
Why did first submarine to sink a ship, sink?
How many ships could a sub ship sink if a sub ship didn't sink first?
High Weirdness at Skinwalker Ranch.
21st century technology cracks alchemists' secret recipe
A 500-year old mystery surrounding the centre-piece of the alchemists' lab kit has been solved by UCL (University College London) and Cardiff University archaeologists.
Riddle of pond treasure find
MYSTERY surrounds the origins of a silver plate found at the bottom of a drained pond.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Trenton Duckett Round-Up
Second Witness In Trenton Duckett Search Duckett case is cause celebre for online sleuths, psychics Family of missing boy's mother sues CNN, Nancy Grace
Magician David Blaine starts his latest stunt in New York's Times Square
The magician travelled to Times Square on Tuesday for a topsy-turvy Thanksgiving escape, stepping inside a gyroscope where his hands and feet will be shackled. Blaine has until Friday morning to shed the shackles in the spinning scope.
CIA role claim in Kennedy killing
New video and photographic evidence that puts three senior CIA operatives at the scene of Robert Kennedy's assassination has been brought to light.
World has under decade to act on climate crisis: scientist
The world has less than a decade to take decisive action in the battle to beat global warming or risk irreversible change that will tip the planet towards catastrophe, a leading climate scientist said on Tuesday.
Taser-happy Cop's History Was One Reason For Tasers at UCLA
LAist takes a look at Tazey McShockalot's background.
Then you can rinse the bad taste out of your brain with
this hysterical mash-up of Jack Chick comics and the Mighty Marvel Universe!
RIP Robert Altman
Robert Altman, the caustic and irreverent satirist behind "M-A-S-H," "Nashville" and "The Player" who made a career out of bucking Hollywood management and story conventions, died at a Los Angeles Hospital, his Sandcastle 5 Productions Company said Tuesday. He was 81.
an amazing career.
News Corp. Accused of Hush Money Offer
Rupert Murdoch tries to buy off the Goldmans and the Browns. Doesn't work. Judith Regan still an evil bitch.
"When twilight dims the sky above"
New Rigorous Intuition.
Shot dead on his way to work: comic who gave Iraqis a laugh
One of Iraq's best known TV satirists was shot dead on his way to work yesterday.
Another Dead Bigfoot Photo?
Cryptomundo's looking for info.
Jon Swift's Complete Amazon Reviews
Jon Swift reviews books he's never read. Deliver Us from Evil: Defeating Terrorism, Despotism, and Liberalism
by Sean Hannity
17 of 25 people found the following review helpful:
I am against evil, January 19, 2006 I have not actually read this book but I agree with Mr. Hannity that evil is bad. I am against all evil whatsoever, whether it is in an axis or solo. Liberals are always making complicated distinctions between things that are a little bit evil and things that are moderately evil and things that are very evil. Not Mr. Hannity. Everything to him is either good or evil, period. I think that's a much easier way to view the world and it saves a lot of time.
The GOP's dirty deeds of 2006
At Salon, so you have to watch a very short ad starring the lovely Nicole Kidman. It's quite painless.
The Scottish Lord with the elixir of life
Sir Simon Loccard and the Lee Penny, an amulet which contained mysterious healing qualities. Cool story.
Jack the Ripper's face 'revealed'
Using new profiling techniques, investigators have created a picture of what they believe the 19th Century murderer would have looked like.
Some commentary from
Submarine carrying 3 tons of cocaine seized off Costa Rica
Tipped off by three plastic pipes mysteriously skimming the ocean's surface, authorities seized a homemade submarine packed with 3 tons of cocaine off Costa Rica's Pacific coast.
With picture of homemade sub.
Pink dolphin population tumbles off Taiwan
A dolphin that lives along the west coast of Taiwan is declining to dangerously low numbers because of over-fishing and pollution, local environmental researchers said on Monday.
Putin the Pedophile?
Alexander Litvinenko, a former KGB spy struggling for life after being poisoned with thallium, had earlier accused Putin of being a pedophile.
Where mysticism meets medicine
On the second floor of an anonymous building on a side street in St. Louis Park, Minn., a shamana is at work. As cars trundle by outside her office window, she sings and taps a plant rattle across her client's back as she calls for the Great Spirit to heal body, heart and mind.
Monday, November 20, 2006
ASI finds carved rocks near Mahabalipuram
Rocks with step-like cuttings, a wall and carved blocks have been found under the sea in the southern coast near the heritage site of Mahabalipuram.
Did the CIA Kill Bobby Kennedy?
Covert History wants to know.
Four Were Framed With The FBI's Help
Oh, there's a big difference, Mrs. de Marco. The mob is run by murdering, thieving, lying, cheating psychopaths. We work for the President of the United States of America.
US Government Documents Show 160 Saudis Flew from the US Between September 11 and September 15, 2001
"...including but not limited to members of the House of Saud and/or members of the Bin Laden family."
The real prehistoric religion of Malta
Forget the goddess theory, which you hear every tourist guide trying to explain the huge statues at the National Museum of Archaeology or while touring Hagar Qim. That may not have been the original religion of Malta.
Jamestown Skeleton Still a Mystery
Bones discovered four years ago at the site of America's first permanent English settlement could be those of Jamestown's unsung founder, a knight or a captain.
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Is this the best way to Climax?
From Barstardo in Italy to Wank in Germany such funny-sounding place names have people doubled up with laughter. Now they have been recorded in Rude World - a book of 100 places and how they got their bizarre names.
A History of Tanning
We take a brief look at how things developed over the years
Scientists regenerate a wing in chick embryo
Researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have successfully regenerated a wing in a chick embryo, a species not known to be able to regrow limbs.
Mystery island hum sneaks out from below sound barrier
With a podcast of the hum that sounds a lot like a hum.
Follow the ghosts via London's Tube
Neat ideas for a trip.
The mystery of the iron dagger
Mysterious iron artifacts of the Northwest Coast.
Jack the Ripper's face revealed 120 years on
The face of Jack the Ripper has been pieced together by Scotland Yard experts from evidence left by the Victorian killer.
With an illustration of the presumed face of Saucy Jack.
Slow-acting killer that was Saddam's favourite instrument of vengeance
A profile of thallium posioning.
Discovered: Circa 1350 A.D. Hominid
Cryptomundo's got it, with illustration.
RIP Ruth Brown
One of the pioneering rhythm and blues singers, Ruth Brown, has died aged 78.
First trial in Ponchatoula rape case scheduled for August 2007
Austin "Trey" Bernard III, 38, of Hammond, has accused people charged with him - and his ex-wife, who wasn't indicted - of participating in a satanic ritual, according to a Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office report turned over to the defense Wednesday. Investigators have said they did not find any evidence of such rites at Hosanna Church, which has since been closed, or at the suspects' homes.
Well, it looks like the cover-up is complete. Please have a read over at
to get yourself up to speed on the alleged devil worshipping, child molesting, bestiality enthusiasts from the Hosanna Church. You can start with
Hosanna Coverup (part 1)
Church publisher now critical of 9-11 conspiracy book it printed
The board that runs the Presbyterian Church's publishing wing is criticizing a book it printed that alleges the Bush Administration was behind the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Scientists experiment with mushrooms
Banned hallucinogens may have medical benefits, but results are unpredictable.
Fossils of sea reptile found in Montana
A retired pastor and his son unearthed the skull and lower jaw of a sea reptile believed to be about 70 million years old, Montana State University said.
Prize Whippet, Phantom Mascot
Remember that Whippet show dog that escaped from JFK airport in February and they couldn't catch? Yeah, still can't catch her. With great map of sightings.
Good article on the mysterious murder of bank executive Alistair Wilson, still unsolved after two years.
Once taboo, the world of illusion still astonishes
For Simon During, an English professor at Johns Hopkins University, the relationship that a civilization has to magic says something profound about its culture. He made his case in the 2002 book Modern Enchantments: The Cultural Power of Secular Magic.
RIP Albert B. Friedman
Albert B. Friedman, a retired authority on folklore and balladry at what is now Claremont Graduate University, whose work anticipated the folk music revival of the late 1950s and 1960s, died Nov. 11 at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. He was 86.
Witches In South Florida
Witches who ghost hunt. A reporter's dream.
Cal U professor investigates the paranormal
Rene Kruse has performed more than 450 ghost-hunting investigations in the past 30 years.
'Big cat' seen by dog walker
A mystery "big cat" was prowling through fields in Telford, a dog walker claimed today. Diana Young, 65, said she saw a long dark-coloured animal in open fields between Lawley and Dawley this morning.
Between "Lawley and Dawley" - God, I love England.
Bigfoot and his hairy girlfriend are chillin' with the Loch Ness Monster in Kansas City.
Review of the Cryptozoology: Out of Time Place Scale show at the H&R Block Artspace in Kansas City. The author also admits to a childhood sighting of a creature "part raccoon and part fur-covered toddler."
Qi - the energy of life
Dr. Amir Farid Isahak on pi-water.
Autism - A Terrible Mystery
New clues and new questions in the hunt for a cause.
Ghost hunters report findings from James site
Jesse James, that is.
Friday, November 17, 2006
Working for the Clampdown
This one goes out to the UCLA campus police. Have a nice safe weekend everybody.
New low for the hyena of books