Friday, November 30, 2007
America Ate My Brain
and Part Two
at Rigorous Intuition.
Giant Sloth in Ohio River Valley?
Cryptomundo takes a look.
Creating the Paranormal
The mind can tap into psychic phenomena. Can it also create physical phenomena?
Old Bible pages are answer to a church's prayers
Wind, water and woodpeckers have taken their toll on a Shady Cove church, but a 400-year-old Bible is funding its repairs. Requests to purchase pages of the stained and tattered Bible are pouring in from across America.
"I'll tell you what, it has been quite a journey," says Jack Bacon, pastor of the Shady Cove Assembly of God Church.
The pastor believes God sent him the water-stained book, which was purchased for a buck at a yard sale, as a way to fund $30,000 worth of repairs.
Absinthe Is Back
Want to party like it's 1899?
The mystery of sleep
Why do we sleep? More than 80 years after the world's first sleep laboratory opened in Los Angeles, and in spite of intensive investigations of the sleeping brain, we still do not know the answer.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Richard Leigh, RIP
Richard Leigh, one of the authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail, has died.
Town near Orlando attracts tourists to commune with Spiritualists
The scent of incense hangs in the air as one passes between the columns saying "Welcome Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp." So does a musty odour.
Real-life medium stars in creepy Christmas classic
A clairvoyant actor who’s had extraordinary encounters with ghosts will star in a classic creepy Dickens play in Broadstairs this Christmas.
Muslim Justice at the End of a Whip?
Two highly publicized cases of women who face the ancient sentence of lashing with bamboo whips have aroused an outcry in the West, but the practice is common in some parts of the world, and such sentences aren't extreme examples, experts say.
Tai Chi takes Borders, and Olympics, by storm. Softly
When next year's Olympics unfold in China's capital city of Beijing, one of the new sports on show will be one of the world's most ancient physical disciplines.
Lake Monster Legend Lives On In Northern Maine
For centuries people in Scotland have talked about a monster lurking in Loch Ness, called "Nessy." It turns out, just a few hours away from Bangor there is talk of a similar creature named "Ponik."
Roman artifacts found at London’s Olympic site
Roman pottery and a coin from the Iron Age have been found on the site of the aquatics center planned for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
TRIP TO A SACRED SITE
Remnants of Mayan human sacrifices can still be seen in cave in Belize.
Motorist reports strange object in sky above I-5
A motorist who is a high school football coach is seeking more information about a strange object he says he saw in the skies above Camp Pendleton late Tuesday.
US author to unveil Washington's Masonic past
A sequel to the blockbuster thriller "The Da Vinci Code" is set to lift the veil on mysterious Freemason symbols carved into the very fabric of the historic streets and buildings of the US capital.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Nazi hunters scour South America for notorious SS doctor
Aribert Heim, a one-time concentration camp doctor known as "Dr. Death" for his sadistic experiments on inmates, is now the focus of a last-ditch effort to hunt down Nazi war criminals in South America.
10 Things your science teacher was wrong about
Via Fark Geek.
'Human skin book bears image of hanged priest'
A 17th century book believed to be bound in the skin of a priest executed for treason appears to bear a "spooky" image of his face on the cover, auctioneers said today.
'About as spooky as a tea-towel'
Is that ectoplasm or cheesecloth? A ghost or a sheet? Adrian Searle attends a very strange exhibition - and wonders how these pictures ever fooled anyone.
Vancouver turns to native legends for mascots
The mascots -- or "critters" as their designers call them -- incorporate elements from real animals such as killer whales and coastal bears with those of mythical beings such as the sasquatch and the thunderbird of Indian legend.
Testimony set to begin in Hosanna Church case
The incendiary Hosanna case erupted in April 2005 when the former pastor of the church allegedly confessed to abusing many children as part of occult rituals, such as drinking cat’s blood. Arrests of other church members quickly followed.
Search For Sasquatch In The Tri-State
Whether you believe in its existence or not, the creature known as Bigfoot or Sasquatch has impacted cultures on every continent.
Ancient Greenland mystery has a simple answer, it seems
Did the Norse colonists starve? Were they wiped out by the Inuit – or did they intermarry? No. Things got colder and they left.
CIA Drug Planes Caught in Mexican Standoff
At least four men have already paid with their lives in Mexico during the ensuing confusion which followed the crash of the CIA-connected Gulfstream business jet which was carrying more than 4 tons of cocaine as well as an yet-unspecified amount of heroin, in the jungle outside of Merida in Mexico's Yucatan on September 24th of this year.
Semi-gory pics if you're sensitive to that sort of thing.
Update: Everyone wants a piece of the D. B. Cooper legend
One man suspected he worked with D.B. Cooper at a Kent glass business. A Spokane woman claimed to have rented a house to him. Several family members of dismissed FBI suspects insisted their relative was the right guy -- and one person claimed to be Cooper.
More Big Cat Sightings
SPECULATION that a big black panther-like creature is roaming the countryside continued this week with more people reporting sightings.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
The Top Ten Cryptozoology Stories for 2007
Loren Coleman counts them down.
Radar Runs Down the Latest Developments in the Foxy Knoxy Murder Case
Steve Huff has the lowdown.
Ancient Roman road map unveiled
. Via Fark.
Undercover restorers fix Paris landmark's clock
For a year from September 2005, under the nose of the Panthéon's unsuspecting security officials, a group of intrepid "illegal restorers" set up a secret workshop and lounge in a cavity under the building's famous dome. Under the supervision of group member Jean-Baptiste Viot, a professional clockmaker, they pieced apart and repaired the antique clock that had been left to rust in the building since the 1960s. Only when their clandestine revamp of the elaborate timepiece had been completed did they reveal themselves.
This may be the same folks who were showing movies below Paris.
Via Boing Boing
Shennongjia 'wild men' leave footprints
The investigation into the Shennongjia "wild men" made great progress when witnesses identified two footprints left along the Licha River where the two mysterious creatures had been spotted.
Waunlwyd beast seen on the prowl by dog walker
Wales has Alien Big Cats too.
Keepers of the Lost Ark?
Christians in Ethiopia have long claimed to have the ark of the covenant.
Spooky critter conjures chupacabra
For the believers among you, chupacabra is mysterious creature said to attack and suck the blood out of goats and other farm animals.
Chupacabra or Xoloitzcuintli? With video segment.
The secrets which lie below 'Çemberlitaş'
A chamber said to lie underneath İstanbul’s famous 1,700-year-old Çemberlitaş monument, also known as the Constantine Column, is thought to contain items that once belonged to Jesus Christ.
According to some, this chamber contains soil from Christ’s grave, original pieces and nails from the cross, a clay bowl, bread crumbs, a stone that belonged to Moses, a scepter believed to have belonged to Lot, an axe that belonged to Noah and a seven-armed candlestick believed to have belonged to Solomon -- all of which were thought to have been brought to İstanbul during the rule of the Emperor Constantine.
Russian Pilots Stumbled Upon New Anomalous Zone