Thursday, January 31, 2008
Do extraordinarily large geese exist? Is there a Thundergoose out there?
Triangle-shaped UFOs are focus of sightings, research
People who report seeing unusual objects in the sky have described many different sizes and shapes.
Do We Collaborate?
42 sightings of big cats in the region
There were 42 sightings of big cats roaming the Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire countryside over the last year, according to figures released this week.
Dutch Reporter: I've Solved Holloway Case
After a Dutch journalist declared that his private investigation had solved the mysterious disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway, the chief prosecutor in Aruba announced today that he is reopening the case.
New DNA found on murdered student's bra not a match to three jailed suspects
DNA traces which do not match any of the three official suspects have been found on the bra of Meredith Kercher, the British student murdered in Perugia last November, suggesting that more people may have taken part in the attack than thought.
Amanda Knox: What if she's innocent?
Bruce Lee's Green Hornet screen test
So fast the camera barely registers his movements. We need a word for "more awesome than awesome."
Former Romanian priest jailed for exorcism murder of nun
A former priest began a seven-year jail term Wednesday for murdering a young nun during an exorcism ritual when she was bound, chained to a cross and denied food and water for days.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Ghosts. UFOs. A 9-year-old ...
Abominable snowman. Yeti. Loch ness monster. ... and all you other strange creatures out there ... I bow in submission. I throw in the towel, wave the white flag ... surrender.
Mike Conley's Tales of the Weird: More on the Texas UFOs
A couple of weeks ago, this column took a look at the strange UFO sightings in Stephenville, Texas. NASA's Pilot John B. McKay - Objects That Appeared To Be UFOs Over Edwards AFB Albany man sees UFO that no one else did, has blob video to prove it. Secret Air Force tests could explain Texas UFO sightings
‘Ghosts’ eject families
Mr Justin Kumbu told the Nation that the spirits had caused havoc to the their property through mysterious fires.
$150M Fairy Tale Chamber of Amber
In the 300 years since Frederic built the Amber Room for his home at Charlottenburg Palace, it has dazzled kings and queens, trading hands between Russian and Prussian rulers.
Nature Inspires Creepy Robot Swarms
Why is it that so many amazing new scientific discoveries end up being applied to distinctly creepy sounding robotics projects?
20 Things You Didn’t Know About... Science Fiction
Sci-fi author Gene Wolfe helped develop the machine that cooks Pringles, while Robert Heinlein conceived the first modern water bed.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Empire on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown II
New Rigorous Intuition.
Supernatural studies in the material world
One doesn't typically get the chills during a PowerPoint presentation in a well-heated conference room. But ghost stories were the hot topic at a two-day event in San Francisco's Cowell Theater billed as the first scientific conference on the afterlife for a general audience.
Weird Los Angeles: The Goatsucker!
Something strange is decreasing the abundant and once bold populations of coyote's in Southern California, and it's not from this planet!
Thompson’s Sea Serpent Hunt
Cryptomundo sets sail.
Conman? Intrepid scientist? A Texan who sees the cradle of civilization in the Bosnian hills is at least helping the economy.
Last glimpse inside ancient enigma
Silbury Hill is a pile of chalk just off the A4 in Wiltshire but it's been called "Europe's answer to the pyramids".
Rome Underground (the Catacombs!)
Recently, over dinner, a neighbor told me that my apartment building in Rome — indeed my entire neighborhood — is built over a series of ancient catacombs that contain the remains of tens of thousands of bodies. My first reaction was a shiver.
Mysterious light puzzles Albany man
Brian Wright of Albany saw a circular, bright light in the eastern sky about a year ago, and he’s wondered about it ever since.
With sort-of pic.
Martians in mood for Mexican? UFO theories fly again Qatar: Strange Lights Over Doha
Occult reaches students, staff
For some at Ohio State, the occult is a field of academic interest, but for some students it is a way of life.
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.
Exercise may slow DNA ageing
A new study hints that fitness buffs appear to have ``younger'' DNA than the chronically sedentary. The finding could help scientists understand the effects of exercise and aging at a molecular level. In theory, it might also motivate people to get off the couch.
Modern tools help WWI museum officials reveal tanks mystery
After 177 years, origin of Hoosier still isn't clear
While others have dabbled in lesser questions such as the meaning of life and how many angels can balance on the head of a pin, Hanover College English professor Jonathan Clark Smith has zeroed in on The Really Big One: The genesis of the word "Hoosier" as applied to residents of the great state of Indiana.
Mystery of Diana's missing papers takes centre stage in court
In a tense day of testimony to the High Court, Princess Diana's sister, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, vehemently denied she destroyed a box of potentially explosive secrets that was kept locked in apartments at Kensington Palace.
Finnish amateur astronomer photographs Kern arc for the first time
The Finnish astronomy magazine Tähdet ja Avaruus ("Stars and Space") made history on Monday when it published the world's first photographs of an extremely rare phenomenon known as the Kern arc.
The horse who disappeared
As the 25th anniversary of the horse's kidnapping approaches, the puzzle of Shergar's final hours finally has been solved, and why his remains have never been found, how the Garda, the Irish police, bungled their investigation and the precise circumstances of Shergar's grisly death also are revealed.
Edward D. Hoch, RIP
Over five decades, Hoch published more than 900 mystery stories in periodicals like Argosy, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and The Saint Mystery Magazine. For the last 35 years he was a fixture of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, which published a story of his every month from 1973 until his death.
Experts Stunned By Discoveries In Home Of Late 77-Year-Old Frugal Librarian
Jean Preston worked most of her life as a librarian. She rode the bus to work every day, ate almost all of her meals at home from frozen foods and never really went out on the town. She lived a quiet life in her plain looking red-bricked home in Oxford, England. And when she died at age 77 in 2006, her final moments came much the way she lived - with few people really noticing her passing. But that changed when stunned experts came to collect her belongings. They found one of the biggest art collections in recent memory inside that non-descript home, a stash of paintings and other valuables worth nearly $8 million.
Monday, January 28, 2008
FROM THE HEX FILES
The Kansas City Star, May 8, 1924 COLUMBUS HAD THE DATA? ______________ Explorer Didn't Make Blind Voyage To Find America ______________ Documents Indicate He Knew of Existence of Islands to the West After Someone From This Side Visited Europe _____________ New York, May 8. - Two significant historical facts were revealed today with publication by Albert and Charles Boni of "The Journal of First Voyage to America," by Christopher Columbus, based on documents found in 1820 in the archives in Madrid. One is that long before Columbus discovered America, someone from the western hemisphere visited Europe. The second is that Columbus was definitely informed of this, as well of the existence of "islands" in the west - long mooted question among American historians. It has been believed Columbus sailed to discover the wealth and jewels and mysteries of "the Indies" on mere guesswork. LETTER CONTAINS EVIDENCE The new historical evidence is contained in a subjoined letter which Paul Toscanelli, a Florentine physician and celebrated astronomer, wrote to Columbus in 1474 - eighteen years before the journey of discovery to America was made. This letter, according to Don Fernando Columbus, in his biography of his father, had a great effect in causing Columbus to undertake the voyage. Although Toscanelli refers to the islands in the west as Cathay, he gives the distance due west from Lisbon as 3,900 miles. He said, in the letter, an ambassador from the Great Can (King of Kings) came to see Pope Eugenius IV, and that he himself was a great deal in his company. GAVE DESCRIPTION OF HIS KINGDOM "He gave me descriptions of the magnificence of his kingdom," he wrote, "and of immense rivers in that territory, which contained, as he said, two hundred cities with marble bridges, on the bank of a single stream. this is a noble country and ought to be explored by us, on account of its great riches and the quantity of gold, silver and precious stones which might be obtained there." Later, he refers to Quisay, or City of Heaven, containing "ten marble bridges built upon immense columns, of singular magnificence." Another island, he said, contained such abundance of precious stones and metals that the temples and royal palaces were "covered with plates of gold." Many entries made by Columbus in his record are pointed to by students of that period as proving he had definite knowledge of the existence of land where he finally found it, since he remarked many times his determination not to vary his course even when other and more expert navigators with him thought it advisable as a result of their observations and reckonings.
Explorer retells Bigfoot sighting of '67