Friday, March 30, 2007
More than 2,000 years after Alexander the Great founded the city, archaeologists are discovering its fabled remains, from the likely site of Cleopatra's palace to pieces of an astonishing lighthouse that was one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
That's Alexandria in the upper left corner of this page. Link via Daily Grail.
Alligator in Kansas!
An alligator has turned up in Lake Shawnee in Topeka, Kansas. Of course, wildlife experts are saying it's an abandoned pet, but this is not the first alligator to show up in Kansas.
Startling Secrets Of Ostrich People
They are the Vadoma, or two-toed tribe, and they provide an unmatched example of genetic effects in a small population, for they have the condition known as ectrodactyly in which the middle three toes are absent.
Mystery of angelic apparition
Former policeman Andy Key has his very own guardian angel. He also has the photograph to prove it.
3D Helps Solve the Mystery of the Great Pyramid
Dassault Systemes' real-time 3D solutions enabled Jean-Pierre Houdin to model and explore the pyramid in 3D and run simulations confirming his theory that the pyramid was built from the inside!
Press release. See also: Ancient riddle of the Great Pyramid's construction is turned inside out
French nun in Pope John Paul's beatification case speaks of 'cure'
Smiling broadly, the French nun whose claims could be accepted as the miracle that the Vatican needs to beatify Pope John Paul II said Friday that she was inexplicably and suddenly "cured" of Parkinson's disease – thanks to him.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
These Mysterious Hills
An exploration of the anomalous, fortean, and otherwise strange or atypical phenomena, folklore and local history of the beautiful green hill country that ranges across western Massachusetts and southern Vermont, specifically Berkshire and Bennington Counties.
Neat site run by Joe Durwin, who's currently writing a book on the Bennington Triangle
. I look forward to reading it. Here is his blog
on the Triangle.
No Fading Star: Actress Gets Roles at 97
School: Pirates are not welcome
Flying Spaghetti Monster-worshipping pirate sent home from school for eyepatch. According to school officials, the eye patch was disruptive. Makes you wonder what they would do if a kid with a real need for an eyepatch enrolled.
New Malaysian Bigfoot Tracks!
Cryptomundo has photos!
Also at Cryptomundo is this informative essay on the so-called "de Loys ape" photo that was so common in cryptozooogy books when I was a kid.
Silvis woman claims to have seen a UFO maybe
What she saw through the open window of her car was a triangular shape in the sky, with bright red, green and white lights along its edges, outlining the shape.
Black Panther Sightings In Upshur County
Another report of a mysterious black panther, roaming a densely wooded area in western Upshur County.
Includes obligatory "there's no such thing as a black panther" quote from wildlife officials.
See also: Mountain lions are a fellow native
New lease of life for tattered documents
Was phantom tale maid up?
Years ago, a hotel near Newcastle gained notoriety when rumours circulated that it was haunted.
Serial Abandonment? Mystery Mom Dumped 3 Babies in 3 Years
This week, DNA tests established all three babies were almost certainly born to the same mother.
Detectives Wonder If Serial Killer Left Skeletons In South Florida
The discovery of eight human skeletons in a remote, wooded area just east of downtown has authorities quietly wondering whether a serial killer might be at work.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
John McCain - Douchebag of the Week!
Yesterday, Sen. John McCain (R-AZzhole) told CNN that that President Bush's escalation in Iraq is going so well, "General Petraeus goes out there almost every day in an unarmed humvee." On Monday, he told radio host Bill Bennett that there "are neighborhoods in Baghdad where you and I could walk through those neighborhoods, today." Then, apparently unfamiliar with the concept of recorded media, he denied he ever said it. Straight talk, indeed.
Unkown satellite-like device falls into Somalia
The space wars continue.
Safe travels to John Cooley
The Professor's friend and frequent partner-in-crime John Cooley leaves today for several months in Argentina and Peru. He's set up a blog to keep track of his adventures and has promised to keep us informed of any strange and mysterious happenings in the southern hemisphere. There's not much on there right now (except a picture of a cute dog) but if you have any insights on Buenos Aires (or happen to be Argentinean or Peruvian) please leave him a message in his comments.
Have fun, pal.
The Galileo sketches that turned the universe on its head
Long-lost illustrations by Galileo of the Moon's surface as he saw it through his telescope have come to light after four centuries.
Mudflap Man Stickers, For The Equal Opportunity Offender
This one's for the ladies.
Okay, not most ladies. Via Fark.
Mystery follows Jane Austen to the auction block
There's a reason for the fascination: the work being sold by Christie's on April 19 is the only known oil painting of noted British author Jane Austen - or is it?
Houdini family divided over his remains
The family of Harry Houdini's widow hopes to stop plans for exhuming the escape artist's remains, saying they are worried a disinterment to determine if he was murdered smacked of sensationalism.
Message in a Bottle Has a Grand Adventure
Bottle travels more than 2,066 nautical miles in five years.
Hidden rooms found at cafe
The two rooms, which were filled with rotted wooden kegs, a rusted pulley system and glass bottles dating back to the 1920s, confirmed CyberCafe owner Jeff Kahn's suspicion that his building had once housed an illegal speakeasy.
Mystery over ball of light
A strange ball of light was witnessed above All Saints Church, Driffield, last week.
Study into ancestry of Thomas Jefferson shows rare class of DNA
DNA testing carried out by University of Leicester geneticists and funded by The Wellcome Trust has thrown new light on the ancestry of one of the USA’s most revered figures, the third President, Thomas Jefferson.
Just one more thing: No more 'Columbo'?
Television idiots won't back new Columbo movie because they think Peter Falk is too old. Have they never heard of The Golden Girls?
Group Renews Search for 1950 Air Crash
All 58 people on board Northwest Airlines Flight 2501 died when the DC-4 plummeted into Lake Michigan on June 23, 1950, en route from New York to Minneapolis and later, Seattle.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
A Mystery at Hong Kong Horse Racing Track
It was a device worthy of Rube Goldberg, or perhaps Wile E. Coyote. A remote-controlled mechanism with a dozen launching tubes was found buried in the turf at Hong Kong’s most famous horse racing track last week; it was rigged with compressed air to fire tiny, liquid-filled darts into the bellies of horses at the starting gate.
Pennsylvania one of top states for Bigfoot sightings
Does Bigfoot exist?
The answer to that is still up for debate, but Pennsylvania ranks fourth among states in the number of alleged sightings of the elusive human-ape creature, members of the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society said.
Via the Anomalist.
Dog-sized toad found in Australia. With pic.
UFO mystery at RAF Lakenheath
Mystery surrounds claims that jets from RAF Lakenheath were called to intercept a UFO. UFO experts claim to have a recording which they have posted on the internet as proof that London Military Air Traffic Control contacted a flight of US Air Force F-15s from the base, after a UFO was picked up on their radar on January 12.
Is this the Beast of Banff?
Big cat and pic. With links to video.
Can the monkey god save Rama's underwater bridge?
Hindu groups are launching an international campaign today to halt India's plans to create a shipping channel by dredging the sea between India and Sri Lanka.
They say that the project will destroy an ancient chain of shoals known as Adam's Bridge, which Hindus believe was built by an army of monkeys to allow Lord Rama to cross to Lanka to rescue his abducted wife.Here's the Wiki entry on Adam's Bridge, with cool pic.
The Leather Man's story lives on
His body was found 118 years ago this month on a Mount Pleasant farm, close to where Old Chappaqua Road now snakes under the Taconic State Parkway. Like the exact date of his passing in 1889, the Leather Man's story is mostly unknown. The man who wandered back and forth between the Connecticut and Hudson rivers took with him in death the secrets of his identity and his impetus.
With leatheriffic pic!
It was the find of a lifetime
A Picasso buried under another Picasso.
Location Mystery Of Ulysses' Ithaca
Dutch Fugro NV company will use its modern equipment, which it normally uses in oil finding sites to exactly locate Ulysses' island kingdom of Ithaca and thus solve the secret of ancient Greece's greatest poet.
Monday, March 26, 2007
Ignorance is Bliss
Time and Newsweek finally figure out that Bush's failures don't sell magazines.
The real smell of ancient history at a Rome museum exhibit
I expect Miss Wit of the Staircase
to be jumping on a plane to Italy any minute now.
Link via Raw Story.
Evidence Suggests U.S. Attorney Firings May Have Been Part of White House Scheme to Help Game 2008 Election
I am shocked! Shocked!
Embattled AG now accused in sex scandal 'cover-up'
I know what you were thinking - this Attorney General controversy just doesn't have enough gay pedophilia to be a proper Republican scandal. Well fret no more!
And this is from World Net Daily - they're just to the right of Genghis Khan. Gonzales must really be in trouble.On March 2, 2007, Governor Rick Perry appointed Jay Kimbrough, his former staff chief and homeland security director, to serve as "special master" to lead an investigation into the Texas Youth Commission sex abuse scandal. Shortly thereafter, the commission stopped a hiring practice that had allowed convicted felons to work as administrators in the system. The practice had involved a requirement that prior criminal records be destroyed for employees hired by the commission.
I don't even know where to start.
Chinese Fisherman Serve Up World's Largest Shark Steak
We're gonna need a bigger wok.
Lake Champlain Thunderbird
So is Lake Champlain the epicenter of giant monsters or what?
Confessions of an Occult Mastermind
Cat has some new posts up, including a new money spell and a new edition of Questions You've Asked Me.
Eye in the Sky
has a YouTube page.
Medicine Hat prepares for shocking trial
Accused believes he is a 300-year-old werewolf.
What American accent do you have?
Take the quiz! The Professor is a Midland, which means I have a "good voice for TV and radio." Good face for radio, too.
Inside the Hollow Earth
Strange Maps peers inside.
Atlantis, Egypt, and Ireland?
Book Of Thoth takes a look.
Via the Anomalist.
The Last Confessions of E. Howard Hunt
He was the ultimate keeper of secrets, lurking in the shadows of American history. He toppled banana republics, planned the Bay of Pigs invasion and led the Watergate break-in. Now he would reveal what he'd always kept hidden: who killed JFK.
Via Covert History.
The secret White House comunication system
The White House has its own internal email system, ending in the .gov suffix, as mandated by the Presidential Records Act. The law requires that public business be conducted on a public server.
Yet documents made public in the course of the U.S. Attorney Purge scandal reveal that key Administration figures used such email addresses ending with "gwb43.com."
The Robert F. Kennedy Assassination: The Acoustics Evidence
Some years following the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel on the night of June 4/5 1968 critics of the official version of the assassination said there were audio recordings of more than 8 shots fired when RFK was shot. Such conclusions, if correct, would have established that more than one gunman had been firing because the assassin’s gun could not hold more than 8 bullets.
Crews Search Lake Michigan For Signs Of Decades-Old Plane Wreckage
Fifty-six years is too long for the wreckage of a missing plane to go undiscovered, say underwater search crews and amateur historians who have launched an impressive effort to find the remnants of Northwest Airlines Flight 2501. The DC-4 disappeared over Lake Michigan in June 1950.
Minnesota men find travel niche in haunted places
Dave Schrader of Circle Pines and Tim Dennis of Burnsville are leading groups as large as 220 people on trips to haunted hotels, spooky cruise ships and, this year, an abandoned prison.
Digging for history
Members of the Briggs Project Team said Sunday that remnants of a mid-1800s shipwreck off the Ogden Dunes beach might be from a ship used to transport runaway slaves to freedom.
Maltese lawyer in Australia claims 'scientific evidence for afterlife'
"My afterlife evidence is not just a summary of the available evidence," he says, "but a legal presentation of the evidence. The presentation of the admissible evidence is done in plain English but in a legally admissible way."
Knot knowledge ties together human history
British wreck could yield $1-billion in treasure
Up to a billion dollars worth of gold and silver on a sunken 17th-century English warship may soon be recovered following an agreement with Spanish authorities.
If New Mexico Builds It, Will Space Travelers Come?
Voters to Decide on Plan for Commercial Spaceport.
Sunday, March 25, 2007
How Spontaneous Human Combustion Works
Howstuffworks takes a look at SHC.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
The Robert E. Howard Bookshelf
I was wondering what books the creator of Conan the Cimmerian, Bran Mak Morn, and Solomon Kane had on his bookshelf. I wonder no more.
Houdini Kin Wants To Exhume Body To Solve Mystery Of His Death
Eighty-one years later, Houdini's great-nephew wants to exhume the escape artist's body to determine if enemies poisoned his renowned relative for debunking their bogus claims of contact with the dead. A team of top-level forensic investigators would conduct new tests once Houdini's body was disinterred.
I think this is a good idea. The circumstances around Houdini's death have never quite added up for me.
Colossal squid is largest ever caught
New Zealand's biggest aquatic celebrity, a colossal squid, has officially weighed-in at 495 kilograms, making it the largest ever caught.
With great pic.
In Search of the Mad Gasser
The Mad Gasser of Mattoon is often held up as a classic example of mass hysteria and has led to even more extraordinary claims of Nazi or alien involvement. But is the case really as mysterious as it seems? Jonathan Downes ventures to the American Midwest to investigate.
I just scored one of these at an estate sale. The Professor is pleased.
And don't forget to bid on the Loch Ness Monster Cheeto Cheese Puff.
directed me to this "vintage" alien photo
from artist Stephen Berkman.
University of Missouri Professor Understands the Power of the Kalanoro
According to travelafricamag.com, the Kalanoro is a physical creature covered with hair, less than three feet tall with long fingernails. One was reportedly captured by the Royal Geographical Society in 1889. The society discovered the Kalanoro not only had feet that point backward, the creatures were telepathic.
Chinese Flying Dragon
Cryptomundo's got it.
Fortean Times Sale
FT is having a big sale with out of this world prices!
Man at centre of UFO probe by police dies
His death comes nearly 28 years after he had his strange encounter while walking his dog in West Lothian.
Texas dog heading home after 900-mile mystery trip
There’s no fence too high or distance too far to stop Stetson.
Another sane person spots a mountain lion
I remain a skeptic when it comes to mountain lions in Virginia, but last Sunday I did have one of the ministers at our church tell me he had seen one near his house, and, of course, my wife swears she saw one.
The Mystery of Korea's First Aviator
One can imagine the astonishment of the general Korean population of Seoul in 1913 when they heard a strange roar from the sky and, glancing up into the heavens, espied a strange box-like device flying through the air.
Homeopath believes weak remedies bring strong cures
Tennenbaum, 65, a former New York City history teacher and dean, practices homeopathy, a treatment method based on what adherents reverently call "the law of similars."
X-ray system unlocks the mysteries of 2000-year-old geared device
The Antikythera Mechanism is believed to be one of the world’s oldest known geared devices. It dates from around the 1st century BC and is the most sophisticated mechanism known from the ancient world.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
New book says Portuguese discovered Australia
A 16th century maritime map in a Los Angeles library vault proves that Portuguese adventurers, not British or Dutch, were the first Europeans to discover Australia, says a new book which details the secret discovery of Australia.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Zodiac's written clues fascinate document expert
One I missed from earlier this month.
It's the Real Thing
Rigorous Intuition is thirsty for knowledge.
Rewriting History: America and the Vikings
The Vinland Mappa Mundi and the Kensington Runestone are just two pieces of a puzzle that point to Viking explorers having prospered in North America long before Christopher Columbus supposedly discovered the New World.
The Real Bigfoot and Genuine Bigfoot Tracks
By noted researcher Mark A. Hall. Part One. Part Two.
See also: Unknown Chilean Primate?
Jury awards Procter & Gamble $19.25 million in lawsuit over Satanism rumors
Procter & Gamble Co. has won a jury award of $19.25 million in a civil lawsuit filed against four former Amway distributors accused of spreading false rumors linking the company to Satanism to advance their own business.
Fear of Yoga
Super-Love Cults, Commie Swamis, Loose-Limbed Women, and Other Hysteric Headlines.
Pyramid's Secret Doors to Be Opened
Doors will soon open to reveal one of the mysteries of the Great Pyramid in Giza, Dr. Zahi Hawass, chief of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, told Discovery News in an exclusive interview.
Mystery of attacks on 27 horses at stud farm
The owner of a stud farm where 27 horses have had their manes and tails viciously cut off spoke yesterday of her horror after the bizarre attacks.
Girl's survival after fall is a mystery
How a 5-year-old girl survived a three-story fall onto a concrete sidewalk Saturday is still a mystery to emergency personnel.
Sticking to tradition
Irish martial art has a storied past and a modern-day practioner in Milton.Here
is some more information.
U.S. Attorney's firing may be linked to CIA probe
Fired San Diego U.S. attorney Carol Lam notified the Justice Department that she intended to execute search warrants on a high-ranking CIA official as part of a corruption probe the day before a Justice Department official sent an e-mail that said Lam needed to be fired, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Sunday.
In Kenya, the bookmobile is a camel. Really cool. Marsha Hamilton has instructions on how you can donate books.
Friday, March 16, 2007
Flying Humanoids Filmed Over Mexican Skies
via this Rigorous Intuition discussion thread,
which has pictures of other similar "unknowns" and links to more video.
Random Beer Name Generator
My beer was L. Ron Hubbard and Cletus's Tubular Pilsner
Family's fear as UFO heads for thier home
I fear certain headline writers need spell check.
See also: Judges: UFO Conspiracy Didn't Cost Woman Election
Scientific evidence suggests Puerto Rican woman is an Extraterrestrial-Human hybrid
Milagros Garcia is an alleged Alien and Human inter-species hybrid. The blood DNA from this Puerto Rican woman has yielded analyses so unusual and interesting that the physician involved is now interested in meeting the subject for further study. The DNA is possible in humans but is very rare.
Lee farmer offers reward for information in cattle slayings, mutilations
The Crystal Skulls: An Ancient Mystery
According to common historical accounts, the "Skull of Denstiny" was found in 1927 by the English explorer Fredrik A Mitchell-Hedges among Mayan ruins, in Lubaantun. Other voices declare that the investigator bought the piece in a Sothebys auction that took place in London in the year 1943.
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Newly revealed emails implicate Rove in US attorney firings
"New unreleased e-mails from top administration officials show the idea of firing all 93 U.S. attorneys was raised by White House adviser Karl Rove in early January 2005," reports ABC News.
Also worth reading: This editorial from USA Today outlines some of the important questions
and Talking Points Memo
has a Canned US Attorney Scandal Timeline
that's quite informative.
Outside the Box
New Rigorous Intuition.
New Species Declared: Clouded Leopard On Borneo And Sumatra
With cool pic.
Rocky Mountain Bigfoot Investigation
Cryptomundo's got a link and photos.
Experts: Events at Yonkers cemetery may be crude attempt at hex ceremony
A pierced animal heart, hollowed gourd and other objects found at St. John's Cemetery Wednesday night look like a crude attempt at a Palo Mayombe hex ceremony, an Afro-Cuban religion, experts said.
Following in H.P. Lovecraft's creepy footsteps
A visit to Lovecraft's hometown is a must for American culture buffs and fans of the author of "At the Mountains of Madness," a famous novella about a doomed archaeological expedition. Visitors can stroll the same streets where Lovecraft imagined stories about dormant gods returning to torment or annihilate mankind.
Modern technology reveals mummy's past
Acquired by a Hermann, Mo., dentist at the turn of the century in the Middle East, the mummy ended up in an attic of some of his relatives, before being donated to the Science Center in 1985.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
19th Century Shipping Posters
Cool collection on Flickr.
Via Boing Boing
Do you have plans for a Pi Day party?
Today's a great day to be a nerd. Not only is it Albert Einstein's birthday, but it's one of the few times that math geeks get to show off their prowess with Pi.
Mexican Wrestler Campaigns to Stop the Enemies of the Sea
Mexico's famous professional wrestler "Hijo del Santo," or "Son of the Saint" broadened his battle arena March 8 to encompass the Pacific Ocean's eastern coastline, where overfishing, turtle egg hunting, and pollution are threatening marine resources.
Lab has conducted fascinating research on the paranormal
The subject is things we cannot explain, such as extrasensory perception (ESP) and paranormal events. Such matters have been studied at a Princeton laboratory since 1979, but the laboratory will close at the end of February.
Newly Unearthed Footage Exposes 9/11 Media Scripting
More media clairvoyance on 9/11.
Jim the Wonder Dog
Missouri's psychic canine.
Rattlesnake pits. Poisonous ants. Undiscovered ancient pyramids.
Walter Witschey is having the time of his life.
Sightings Of Ufos Over Sussex Reported
With video link.
Satellites track monster whirlpool off the NSW coast
A massive, mysterious whirlpool of cold water has developed off the coast of Sydney, forcing the sea surface to fall almost 1m and ocean currents to change course.
Retired cop recalls brush with Zodiac
What haunts Charlie Beene, a retired San Francisco police captain now living in Billings, is just how close his fellow officers came to cracking the riddle for good - by capturing the notorious killer as he left a still-fresh crime scene.
Rare finds make stacks of cash for book scouts
Meet Wayne Pernu, book scout.
Monday, March 12, 2007
Cryptids In Maine
Cryptomundo is curious.
See also: New Manitoba Bigfoot Video
Witch rumors prompt teacher lawsuit
Jurors in federal court are scheduled to start hearing Wednesday about how Berrios endured harassment from former Hampton Bays Elementary School principal Andrew Albano, who she claims falsely accused her of being a witch.
Cop Story: Ohio
A profile of "cult expert" cop Dale Griffis. Touches on the Son of Sam case and the West Memphis Three.
UFO prompts flurry of calls to police
Was it a planet? A plane? A meteorite? Little green men?
See also: FOIA turns 40 amid more secrecyUFOs spotted throughout the years in Weld CountyAlien UFO Detector Strap: Dating Necessity
Sleuthing may solve coffin's mystery
Students from a Madison County high school think they know the identity of a body in a cast-iron coffin found by excavators late last year.
Friday, March 09, 2007
Exclusive interview with Richard S. Prather
Linda Pendleton very kindly directed me to this in-depth and fascinating interview with Richard S. Prather she conducted in December of 2006.
Prather, of course, was the creator of Shell Scott
and wrote many other crime novels, including the recent Hard Case Crime edition of The Peddler
In this incredible interview, Prather gives detailed notes on how to write a novel (he literally tells you exactly how to do it using Jack Woodford's technique), and touches on topics as diverse as books every writer should read, plotting, numerology, automatic writing, channeling, gurus, UFOs and more!
Linda Pendleton is the widow of the late Don Pendleton
, creator of Mack Bolan, the Executioner
, and a writer in her own right. I would like to thank her for providing this very valuable resource.
Thursday, March 08, 2007
13 things that do not make sense
Scientists Study Earth's Missing Crust
Right about where Plato said Atlantis was.
The Provenzano Code: the Mafia's answer to Dan Brown