Friday, December 26, 2008
I'll be away from my computer for the next few days so I will be posting sparsely if at all. In the meantime, enjoy the links and I'll be back soon with more strange and mysterious news. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and I wish all of you an excellent New Year.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Top Paranormal Events of 2008
According to About.com.
Chupacabras = Puerto Rican Monkeys?
Cyryptomundo looks to the trees.
Seriously, How Many Damn People Filmed JFK's Death?
Good thread over at Rigorous Intuition Discussion Boards with lots of footage you probably haven't seen. I hadn't.
Cities mark Poe bicentennial, battle over legacy
Pick a major East Coast city at random, and you're likely to find a 200th birthday celebration for Edgar Allan Poe.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Gloria-Lee Byrd, An Alien Contactee Who Starved Herself To Death
Awesome Or Off-Putting takes a look at the strange life of Gloria Lee. Wiki.
The vase that dreams are made of
Vase purchased for £1 at a boot sale sells for £32,450. Every junker and garage saler's dream.
Did Atlantis and Lemuria really exist?
The Police And The Poltergeist
More than thirty police officers attempted to untangle the strange web of events that took place in the Fall of 1960 in Lynwood.
Inside The 'Real Exorcist' Clinic
Photo gallery of the Occult Sciences Centre in Portugal where Fernando Nogueira, a man with no formal training and four years of schooling, removes demons from cute teenage girls. His treatment involves "prodding her with an oversized key and a crucifix while she appeared to be in an unconscious state." I'm not even gonna touch that.
Fire Destroys Historic Hemingway Home
Huge squid mystery
“I didn't think I'd ever see a squid this big from the North Sea!”
Beware of the Black Dog
It may come as a surprise to some people to learn that Conan Doyle's novel was actually based upon real legends of giant, devilish hounds that were said to haunt Britain's villages and countryside, bringing doom, tragedy and death in their spectral and demonic wake.
TOP TEN ARCHAEOLOGY FINDS: Most Read of 2008
National Geographic counts 'em down.
Patton 'murder' aided by US, says author
His book, Target Patton, contains interviews with Mr Bazata, who died in 1999, and extracts from his diaries, detailing how he staged the car crash by getting a troop truck to plough into Patton's Cadillac and how he then shot the general with a low-velocity projectile, which broke his neck.
GOP consultant killed in plane crash was warned of sabotage: report
The Republican consultant accused of involvement in alleged vote-rigging in Ohio in 2004 was warned that his plane might be sabotaged before his death in a crash Friday night, according to a Cleveland CBS affiliate.
Buried treasure unearthed in Catskill
A Catskill-based search team has solved a 17-year-old mystery, turning up buried treasure worth more than $10,000.
Purple squirrel caught on camera
You know you want to see it.
Salinger's signature and a Gutenberg Bible -- in Texas
A visit to The Harry Ransom Center in Austin, Texas, and a look at some of its treasures.
What was that star over Bethlehem?
Mystery remains, but the simplest explanation is the likeliest.
A Christmas Ghost Story: The Spectral Dog of Soho
Heart of Albion Press
Heart of Albion Press
to the links. Very cool stuff and some free downloads.
Pensioner injured after being attacked by mysterious ‘big cat’
Police believe some kind of big cat may have attacked a Highland pensioner, leaving her with deep cuts on her arms and legs.
Unearthing Ghostly Tales of Today
A nice overview of small press purveyors of weird tales with handy links.
"New" Roman battlefield in Germany may mean a rewrite of history
Archaeologists have discovered an ancient battlefield in Germany which indicates the Roman Legions were still fighting Germanic tribes deep inside "barbarian" territory as late as the 3rd Century AD - 200 years later than hitherto believed.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Cats keep lost boy warm
Argentine police say a destitute 1-year-old boy was kept alive by a colony of stray cats who shared food scraps and kept him warm in the city of Misiones.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
'Karl Rove's IT guru' Mike Connell dies in plane crash
A top level Republican IT consultant who was set to testify in a case alleging GOP election tampering in Ohio died in a plane crash late Friday night.
From the article:
"He has flown his private plane for years without incident. I know he was going to DC last night, but I don't know why. He apparently ran out of gas, something I find hard to believe. I am not saying that this was a hit nor am I resigned to this being simply an accident either. I am no expert on aviation and cannot provide an opinion on the matter. What I am saying, however, is that given the context, this event needs to be examined carefully." "Mr. Connell has confided that he was being threatened, something that his attorneys also told the judge in the Ohio election fraud case," concluded Alexandrovna.
The Smiley Faces
Hartland's Matt Kruziki was one of many young men who drowned mysteriously. Some suspect these are murders by a demonic gang that works with a smile.
Very thorough article on possible new developments in the Smiley Face Killers case. It's from
October but somehow I missed it. Better late than never.
Footprints at the River's Edge
for further information.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Top Ten Cryptozoology Books of 2008
Cryptomundo picks them.
Alleged Murder-For-Hire Rattles Small Town
"And I said, 'you want me to kill 60 people? You want me to kill the whole town of Shawano?"
With video. Thanks to Scott for the tip.
Cannock beast; paw print evidence?
Did Zodiac killer spend final days in South Sound?
A California man is trying to convince the FBI that his stepfather, who died in the Olympia area about two-and-a-half years ago, was the San Francisco Bay Area's notorious Zodiac killer.
Top 10 Unsolved Crimes
TIME slideshow. Some interesting choices.
Year of UFOs in Stephenville ending with more sightings
It looks like nearly the entire year of 2008 was filled with UFOs and other unusual goings-on in the town of Stephenville and Erath County, Texas.
Chemtrails: Strong Competitor for Dumbest Conspiracy Theory Ever
Most conspiracy theories are so ridiculous, it's hard to choose which are the least plausible or which faces the higher mountain of opposing evidence.
article that started it all.
Look for lively debate in the comments.
Indigenous groups keep ancient sports alive in Mexico
Once a year, supporters of the ancient sports stage an exhibition of games like pash pash, corozo, garabato and kuachancaca. In November, they came to Villahermosa, a humid, lowland capital in southern Mexico's Tabasco state that was once home to the Olmec, an ancient civilization that predates the Maya.
Falling bright lights puzzle state officials
The first puzzling calls reported a falling star, a fireball or a possible airplane crash around 6 p.m. Thursday over the skies of Georgetown County.
Meet the man eager to get to the bottom of the ghost mysteries
French clinical psychologist Thomas Rabeyron, 27, is undertaking a year's research attempting to trace the roots of paranormal experiences.
Portugal's Sorcerer of Fafe opens exorcism ward
Surrounded by clean hospital beds in his new Occult Sciences Center in northern Portugal, Fernando Nogueira makes exorcism sound almost mundane.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Discovered, mummy Tut’s daddy
New evidence in the form of an inscribed limestone block in Egypt might have solved the mystery of the identity of boy pharaoh Tutankhamun’s father.
Olive oil could hold key to developing new breast cancer drugs
Is there anything olive oil can't do?
Conspiracy Theories: The Mysterious Death of General Patton
Was General George S. Patton murdered?
Strange light seen in night sky
Was it a bird? A plane? Superman?
How to make cheap wine taste like a fine vintage
Traditionalists, of course, would insist that nothing can replace genuine quality plus long, slow ageing in an oak barrel and years of storage in cool, cobwebby cellars. But could there be a short cut?
Man stumbles on round, spinning ‘creek circle’
A Mississauga man’s photo of a bizarre “creek circle” — a round piece of ice, spinning, on the surface of a frozen creek — has become an Internet hit.
Peruvian ruins reveal the secrets of sex acts and ritualistic human sacrifices
Archaelogists in Peru have discovered the ruins of an ancient city that they hope might finally answer some questions about the fate of the Moche culture, best known for the ceremonial sex acts and ritualistic human sacrifices depicted on its pottery.
Montauk Monster Scores
The Montauk Monster and the three women who discovered it will be featured at 8 p.m. today on Animal Planet’s “Top 10 Animal Stories From 2008.”
Secret sketches a Da Vinci mystery
Drawings on the back of a Leonardo da Vinci painting may have been sketched by the Italian Renaissance artist, but only more tests by museum experts will tell.
Bermuda Triangle continues to fascinate
At Mike Conley's Tales of the Weird.
The Gralien Report
The Secret Sun
to the links.
Divers begin search for 400-yr-old Spanish treasure off Isle of Mull
A new mission has been launched to recover the hoard of treasure believed to be on a Spanish galleon that sank in the waters surrounding the Isle of Mull 400 years ago.
Science Fiction Solves the Mystery of Jack the Ripper
Be sure to watch the classic video from Amazon Women on the Moon for a cryptozoological chuckle.
The Unsolved Mystery
Three new books offer competing versions of J.F.K.'s assassination.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Metallica’s Alternative History of Tunguska
Metallica goes all unexplained in their latest video. I know from second-hand experience that guitarist Kirk Hammett is a fellow student of the strange and mysterious (and a horror movie buff) so I imagine his interests fueled the content of this video. Cool stuff.
UFO over Suffolk Cathedral: Possible photo emerges
Reproduction of 2,100-year-old calculator deepens mystery
A new working model of the mysterious 2,000-year-old astronomical calculator, dubbed the Antikythera Device, has been unveiled, incorporating the most recent discoveries announced two years ago by an international team of researchers.
Colony Collapse Disorder
No one knows the cause of Colony Collapse Disorder. But it could mean ecological disaster.
Derinkuyu, the mysterious underground city of Turkey
In 1963, an inhabitant of Derinkuyu (in the region of Cappadocia, central Anatolia, Turkey), knocking down a wall of his house cave, discovered amazed that behind it was a mysterious room that he had never seen, and this led him room to another and another and another to it ... By chance he had discovered the underground city of Derinkuyu, whose first level could be excavated by the Hittites around 1400 BC.
Baby Born With Feet In Brain
When Sam Esquibel was born in Colorado three months ago, doctors knew there was something going on.
Grocery shop owner brushes off claims of sorcery
The owner of a house in which a starving burglar claimed he was trapped has brushed off any claims of sorcery.
Ghost photographed in haunted hotel
With cool pic.
The city that bites you back? Vampire culture thrives in Philly
Nina Auerbach is convinced vampire fascination is in Philly's blood. She's viewed it firsthand.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
6 Insane Discoveries That Science Can't Explain
Bill Crider's Pop Culture Magazine.
MORMON MISSIONARIES LEAN TOWARD BIGFOOT BELIEF
The house sits in front of a lake and Beck said in the four-and-a-half months he has been there, he has seen all manner of coyotes and wolves. This is the first time he has seen any sign of the fabled creature.
UFO Seen In The Skies Above Cheshunt
Newbury's 'alien landing' reinvestigated Remember the ’67 UFO student hoax?
The face of Cleopatra re-created
Scientists have gathered historical evidence, including a ring bearing her image, to recreate her face.
And she's pretty cute, too.
Seven unsolved medical mysteries
William Gahl recently set up the Undiagnosed Diseases Program to hunt for the answer to mysterious diseases that have defied all other medical experts.
Baffling beast of the sea mystery
Bermuda Triangle Mystery: Search for Plane in Caribbean
Authorities were searching near the Turks and Caicos Islands on Tuesday for a missing plane that reportedly had 11 people on board.
Busting the Sicilian Mafia's Board of Directors
Much like a board of directors, or even a parent-teacher association, the Sicilian Mafia has been known to operate with a whiff of organizational democracy. In the past, "La Cupola," a kind of consultative board of regional bosses met from time to time to resolve internal disputes and forge long-term strategy.
Amanda Knox film causes political storm in Italy
In the 55-minute film Ms Knox, 21, appears with 11 other women inmates as they imagine escaping the confines of the jail.
Fears full moon to blame for mini-crime wave
Much of the Northern Rivers was hit by a mini-crime wave over the weekend, with street assaults and car thefts jumping, sparking speculation the criminal behaviour was influenced by the full moon.
Pushing the Limit - For Climbing Legend at 85, More Peaks to Conquer and Adventures to Seek
He had been called a vagabond, a recluse and a schemer, a cantankerous mountain man hiding his little black book of secret climbing techniques from the world. In seven decades, he had claimed more virgin ascents than any mountaineer alive. Some ascribed his feats to vengeance of a long-ago slight, others to the murder of his own fears. He was said to howl at tourists. His past was the stuff of lore, his plans the stuff of mystery.
Do stones lie?
Here's the deal. In 1937, a traveling salesman from California turned up a 21-pound stone in a creek four miles from Edenton, N.C. Scratched on the stone, in what appeared to be antique script, was a cross, and the names of Virginia Dare and her father Ananias Dare, who "went hence Unto Heaven 1591" supposedly killed by "salvages."
What's Behind The Mystery Cancer Cluster?
There, in a community of about 1,000 people, 14 residents have developed brain cancer. Nationally the rate is roughly seven out of 100,000. Coincidence?
Monday, December 15, 2008
Ten Thirteen: Grill Flame
The Secret Sun digs deep.
Did pulp novelists kill JFK?
Did Noah's Flood start in the Carmel?
The new theory about the source of the great flood detailed in the Book of Genesis comes amid continuing controversy among scholars over whether the inundation of the Black Sea more than seven millennia ago was the biblical flood.
Cryptozoologist of 2008: Dr. Andrea Marshall
One of the greatest discoveries of cryptozoology for the Year 2008 has been the verification of a new species of giant manta ray, the world’s largest species, which was identified for the first time.
A Different Pyschic Vampire
The Paranormal Pastor takes a look.
New Species Alert! Hot Pink Millipede, Collosal Spider, and Tiny Deer Emerge
For the last ten years, two new species a week have been identified in the Greater Mekong, a swath of diverse ecosystems along the Mekong River in Southeast Asia.
Swiss watch found in 400-year-old tomb
Remains found in Caylee Anthony case match predictions of forensic astrologers
If the child’s remains found by a meter reader Dec. 11 about a half-mile from the Anthony home are determined to be Caylee’s, which logic and probability say they are, the astrological sleuths at Websleuths.com will have several new and notable confirmations to their credit.
Scientist says he has found oldest spider web
The tiny tangled threads of the world's oldest spider web have been found encased in a prehistoric piece of amber, a British scientist said Monday.
Chopper Read in mystery axe attack in Victoria
Infamous Australian underworld figure and writer Chopper Read attacked by a man with a tomahawk.
More on Chopper
Museum mummy murder mystery
Results from previous X-rays revealed an unidentified metal object lodged in the back of the mummy’s neck, which some archaeologists believe may be an arrow head – meaning he could have been murdered.
15th century masterpieces hung unrecognised in parish church for a century
The rare Italian works by the early Renaissance master Sano di Pietro have been valued at around £300,000.
Puerto Rico searches for panther prowling suburbs
Farm animals have died in inexplicable episodes on the island for decades. In the mid-1990s, widespread news coverage chronicled the exploits of a mysterious beast known as "Chupacabras," the "Goatsucker" in Spanish, which was rumoured to dine on the blood of livestock and household pets.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Archimedes and the 2000-year-old computer
The device was discovered more than a century ago by sponge divers from the Aegean island of Symi. In 1900, after a gale blew them off course, they took shelter by a barren islet called Antikythera.
TOP TEN PHOTO GALLERIES: Most Viewed of 2008
National Geographic brings the cool stuff.
Buried in the Churchyard - A Good Story, at Least
At first glance, it seems like any tribute to the deceased. But Ms. Temple appears to have been make-believe.
Mystery shrouds the ancient Oshoro circle
In 1861 at Oshoro, southwestern Hokkaido, a party of herring fishermen, migrants from Honshu, were laying the foundation for a fishing port when they saw taking shape beneath their shovels a mysterious spectacle — a broad circular arrangement of large rocks, strikingly symmetrical, evidently man-made. What could it be? An Ainu fortress?
Ghost Imprisons House Burglar For Days
A burglar will not soon forget his experience attempting to burgle his latest mark: The house was haunted.
The Hollow Earth, Hollow Mars, UFOs and Military Secrecy
People have believed in the possibility of a Hollow Earth for well over a century. Now, some say there also may be a Hollow Mars.
Something smells fishy
From Elvis sightings to 9/11 scare stories, urban myths have always been irresistible.
How the Illuminati influenced Beethoven
Founded in 1776 by a Bavarian professor named Adam Weishaupt, the Illuminati joined radical politics and Jesuit-style hierarchy to fanatical secrecy. The aims of the order were ambitious, all right: They intended to change the world and had a plan to do it.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Houston Today Missionaries find sasquatch print
Two missionaries with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints received a scare on the night of Dec. 2 when they saw what they think was a set of sasquatch footprints outside of their Burns Lake home.
With cast pic.
Peter the Great’s lost ship found?
Archaeologists from St Petersburg have discovered a ship in the Gulf of Finland that probably belonged to the fleet of Russian Emperor, Peter the Great.
Oldest human brain unearthed in York
The oldest surviving human brain in Britain, dating back at least 2,000 years to the Iron Age, has been has been discovered in the grounds of York University.
Macabre Mexican mummies eye world tour
A set of macabre mummified corpses, some with their mouths eerily agape or wearing the boots they were buried in, has captivated Mexico and will soon be off to tour the world.
Scientists baffled by mysterious acorn shortage
Up and down the East Coast, residents and naturalists alike have been scratching their heads this autumn over a simple question: Where are all the acorns?
Bettie Page, RIP
Bettie Page, the brunet pinup queen with a shoulder-length pageboy hairdo and kitschy bangs whose saucy photos helped usher in the sexual revolution of the 1960s, has died. She was 85.
Cow mutilation is strangest thing to have happened
The cow's left eyeball was removed, the bag and udders had been excised and there was a large excision in the rectal region. There was no blood in the carcass or on the ground.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
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