Saturday, May 31, 2008
Yet Another D. B. Cooper Suspect: William Pratt "Wolfgang" Gossett
Steve Huff takes a look.
Also be sure to read Steve's account of the unsolved Keddie Murders. What happened in Cabin 28?
Friday, May 30, 2008
Jim Steinmeyer - Charles Fort and Magic
Daily Grail has an interview with the author of Charles Fort: The Man Who Invented the Supernatural.
Jim Steinmeyer is also the author of the justly celebrated Hiding the Elephant: How Magicians Invented the Impossible and Learned to Disappear
. Highly recommended.
Sapphire Energy turns algae into 'green crude' for fuel
A San Diego company said Wednesday that it could turn algae into oil, producing a green-colored crude yielding ultra-clean versions of gasoline and diesel without the downsides of biofuel production.
Via Daily Grail.
Bushnell: $1,000,000 For Bigfoot Trail Cam Photo
Cryptomundo takes a look.
World's First Phone Book Surfaces
The only known edition of the world's first telephone book has just surfaced in Connecticut.
Via Boing Boing.
6,000-year-old Jericho shroud might shed light on mysterious Turin shroud
Scientists have expressed hope that a 6,000-year-old shroud uncovered in the Judean Desert in 1993 could help solve the age old mystery of the Shroud of Turin.
'Crystal Skull' Has Connection To Indiana
"The Mitchell-Hedges skull is something that there's more mystery around it than anything you would probably imagine," said Bill Homann, who currently has the skull. "The story of Mitchell-Hedges is really a very complex story, too, just like the crystal skull, and it's neat that people now are going to find it interesting."
Video shown claims alien visit
"It starts out with a digital camera looking out across the room toward a window," Peckman described the video to ABC News. "There's a couple of flashes of light. After a few seconds, there is a small head clearly rising above a sill, panning the room, blinking its eyes, all slowly."
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Rare scimitars boom in value
Damascus steel weapons can be traced back to the 8th century and for almost 1,000 years had a mythical reputation as the finest available, anywhere.
Keeping alive an ancient martial art
Kalarippayattu is taught in five stages, from karate-style freestyle fighting to the mastery of weapons. Children are especially encouraged because it is believed to instil discipline and self-confidence. Meditation and yoga are also part of the exercise routine.
Ancient Egyptian city unearthed in Sinai
Archaeologists exploring an old military road in the Sinai have unearthed 3,000-year-old remains from an ancient fortified city, the largest yet found in Egypt, antiquities authorities announced Wednesday.
Man to unveil 'visual confirmation' of alien
A video that purportedly shows a living, breathing space alien will be shown to the news media Friday in Denver. Jeff Peckman, who is pushing a ballot initiative to create an Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission in Denver to prepare the city for close encounters of the alien kind, said the video is authentic and convinced him that aliens exist.
See also: UFO spotted in NE skies
(with pic)Unknown Object Captured on Surfline.com Web CamUFO blamed for mystery explosion in Vietnam
(with pic of metal from UFO)
RIP Harvey Korman
A legend has left us.
Here's a bit of his genius from Blazing Saddles
(probably not safe for work). I actually watched this last night with friends and we marveled at his brilliant line deliveries.
Rest in peace, Harvey. Thanks for the laughs.
Incredible pictures of one of Earth's last uncontacted tribes firing bows and arrows
Skin painted bright red, heads partially shaved, arrows drawn back in the longbows and aimed square at the aircraft buzzing overhead. The gesture is unmistakable: Stay Away.
Greek caves reveal mystery and history
At some point between AD575 and 600, at least 33 men, women and children entered a cave near modern Andritsa, southwest of Argolid, in the eastern Peloponnese. They carried a Christian cross, some money and food supplies, perhaps intending to hide from some temporary threat. They were never to see the light of day again. One by one, they died from starvation, unable or unwilling to escape the cave. Fourteen centuries later, Greek archaeologists discovered the remains of this early Byzantine community and its tragic and mysterious end.
Paisley memorial to ancient witches
A new memorial which honours seven Paisley ‘witches’ who were brutally executed has been unveiled – more than 300 years after their deaths.
Stonehenge was a royal family's burial site, researchers say
With lovely photo.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Tokens of doom: mascots seen as signs of times
Superstitious bloggers have linked China's earthquake disaster and other recent misfortunes to the five Olympic mascots, a Hong Kong newspaper reported yesterday.
NovelDiscoveries - The Secret of Invisibility is finally revealed!
I also have the power of invisibility but it only works with attractive women.
Easy, Do-It-Yourself Ghost
Rare portrait of Elizabeth I found
The rare find shows Elizabeth as a teenager alongside her siblings Edward VI and Mary I, father Henry VIII and his jester Will Somers.
Safe bet? Investigators believe town founder's lockbox is buried in city
It’s not the Ark of the Covenant, but the Safe of George Crawford is nonetheless something of a mystery, one ready to be solved by, no, not Indiana Jones. The Museum of the West and the Western Investigations Team have the situation well in hand.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Little Petroglyph Canyon full of wonders, secrets - SGVTribune.com
It's officially called Little Petroglyph Canyon, hidden high in the Coso Mountains of Inyo County west of Death Valley. There, true to its name, is the largest concentration of Native American rock art, or petroglyphs, in North America, and they may be as old as 16,000 years.
Mystery of the governess who haunts the Griffin Inn
Witnesses to this manifestation describe her wearing a black "funeral" veil that would have been worn in the Victorian era.
20ft giant squid caught by fisherman
Flamboyant archeologist believes he has identified Cleopatra's tomb
A flamboyant archeologist known worldwide for his trademark Indiana Jones hat believes he has identified the site where Cleopatra is buried.
Now, with a team of 12 archeologists and 70 excavators, Zahi Hawass, 60, the head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, has started searching for the entrance to her tomb.
And after a breakthrough two weeks ago he hopes to find her lover, the Roman general Mark Antony, sharing her last resting place at the site of a temple, the Taposiris Magna, 28 miles west of Alexandria.
Lindbergh's deranged quest for immortality
Flying had a strange effect on the great aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh, leading him to team up with a French surgeon and embark on a quest for ever-lasting life... for a chosen few.
Via the Anomalist.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Sweeney Todd - Man or Myth?
But most myths and legends have a basis somewhere in truth, and Sweeney Todd is no different. There really was a mad barber, he really did use a trapdoor and straight razor to rob and kill customers, and most did end up as filling for meat pies. Extensive, painstaking research by British author Peter Haining has shown this without a doubt. Todd's life and exploits are not nearly as romantic as Sondheim would have us believe, but then who would pay to see a movie or musical about a psychopathic mass murderer unless there was more to the story?
Lab-Grown Meat a Reality, But Who Will Eat It?
Jesus, Mary Magdalene And “Bloodline”
This remarkable documentary not only explores a burial tomb in the French village of Rennes-le-Chateau, where a mummified body and artifacts verified to be from the 1st century A.D. have been found, but it also follows Burgess and amateur archeologist Ben Hammott, who deal with unnerving threats to their exploration.
Manson ranch dig called off with no bodies found
Investigators and scientists went to Charles Manson's last hideout to hunt for clandestine graves that could contain other possible victims. The closest thing they found were animal bones.
Real life Indy on trail of treasures
How about Fleetwood's very own Atlantis – the legendary Portus Setantiorum which could be the mystery iron-age settlement discovered by the group last year?
'The Monster of Florence'
Excerpted from "The Monster of Florence" by Douglas Preston with Mario Spezi.
Crystal skulls 'are modern fakes'
Two of the best known crystal skulls - artefacts once thought to be the work of ancient American civilisations - are modern fakes, a scientific study shows.
Whale of a find in Lake Waccamaw
While exactly what's in the water might take several months to decode and reconstruct, what's not a mystery is how an estimated 20-foot-long whale ended up in Lake Waccamaw.
Answers About New Yorks Hidden Places, Part 2
A Q & A with the author of Secret New York: Exploring the City’s Hidden Neighborhoods.
Long-Lost Ship May Surrender Civil War Secrets
On an October night 145 years ago, the Kate Dale, a sleek sloop made of live oak and pine, lay at anchor beneath the cypress trees in the Hillsborough River just north of what is now Lowry Park, its hold full of cotton for a stealthy voyage to Cuba.
Fourth severed foot found
The gruesome mystery of severed feet being discovered on various B.C. coasts has washed up on the Lower Mainland.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Did Humans Colonize the World by Boat?
Research suggests our ancestors traveled the oceans 70,000 years ago.
UFO Round Up
UFO sightings in skies above North DevonUFOs do exist - we've seen themStephenville UFO incidents explored in detail
Lab agrees to test Shroud of Turin for new theory
A physics professor here has resurrected the mystery of the Shroud of Turin, the fabled burial cloth of Christ that 20 years ago scientists declared a fake.
First day of excavation at Manson clan's Barker Ranch uncovers bullet casing
It didn't take long Tuesday for a posse of Inyo County sheriff's deputies and forensics experts to mark their first find while searching for buried human remains at a remote, sun-scorched ranch once used as a hangout by the notorious Charles Manson family.
Remains of murderess' children exhumed
Each discovery only begs more questions, but as a team of anthropologists from the University of Indianapolis labors to solve a 100-year-old murder mystery, the time for Belle Gunness to reveal herself has arrived.
Is the government compiling a secret list of citizens to detain under martial law?
Is the government compiling a secret list of citizens to detain under martial law?
Gold rush fever returns to the California hills
Almost 150 years after the first ’49ers swarmed into the mountains of California, a new gold rush is sweeping across the United States.
With video. Via Boing Boing.
Strange colored lights in the sky before Chinese earthquake
Search ongoing for Lost Colony site
Archaeological teams are geared up to answer the on-going mystery of Fort Raleigh's early settlers.
Warning: Using a mobile phone while pregnant can seriously damage your baby
Study of 13,000 children exposes link between use of handsets and later behavioural problems.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Bruce Burgess' new film 'Bloodline' stirs controversy
The documentary "Bloodline" asserts that Jesus Christ married Mary Magdalene, and that their wedding chalice was spirited off to the French countryside and protected by a secret society of Catholic priests.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Mystery of Lost Confederate Gold
Wesley Millett and Gerald White are the authors of The Rebel and the Rose.
Colombian 'hit' that set off a UK cocaine war
A drugs baron from Liverpool built up a £200m fortune through his links with the Colombian cartels. But when he tried to cheat the South American traffickers, he was brutally assassinated by a contract killer. Now police across Europe fear an international drugs war between the two syndicates.
Sistine set-up: the 500-year-old art mystery
Jealous rivals plotted in vain to humiliate Michelangelo. Alistair Fraser uncovers a 500-year-old art world mystery.
Rewriting RFK's Assassination
Now, forensic scientist Phil Von Praag is attempting to rewrite history with a startling revelation.
"I believe Sirhan was definitely not the only gunman," admits Von Praag. Praag's belief is based on a new computer analysis of six seconds of sound.
Huge "sturgeon ball" in Columbia a mystery
What they found below the spillways in February was not a giant pile of rock at all, but a humongous pile of thousands upon thousands of sturgeon — some of them 14 feet long or longer — lounging together in frigid water at the bottom of the river.
LaPorte native's skull interest reflected in Indiana Jones flick
Area man owns most famous of skulls guiding Indiana Jones film.
Investigation Discovery-The Criminal Report Daily: New Leads Sought in D.B. Cooper Skyjacker Case
The advent of new technologies and DNA testing has resulted in renewed efforts by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to solve the 36-year-old mystery of the D.B. Cooper skyjacker case.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Mysterious Remains Dated Nearly 150 Years Ago Found In Southern Utah
A mysterious discovery in the Escalante Canyons brought a dozen of agents from the F.B.I. and Bureau of Land Management to the national monument. Now agents try to solve the mystery that dates back nearly 150 years.
Alien Walks Into a Bar: What Do You Say?
On the windswept campus of the University of Wyoming, spring is struggling to arrive, students are fighting their way through finals, and Jeffrey Lockwood's creative writing class is grappling with how to talk to aliens. And they're not kidding.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Green aliens and UFOs said to visit UK
Aliens from outer space have been visiting Britain for years and UFO sightings doubled after the film Close Encounters was released in 1977, according to secret files collating reports by members of the public.Mysterious object seen flying over Southampton
Stonehenge may have been an ancient spa
The mysterious circle of stones that rises on Salisbury Plain near here has stood as an archeological marvel for thousands of years, its origins and purpose shrouded in the mists of history.
Hunt for Diamonds Yields a 500-Year-Old Shipwreck
The ship was laden with tons of copper ingots, elephant tusks, gold coins and cannons to fend off pirates.
But there was nothing to protect it from the fierce weather off a bleak stretch of African coast, where it sank 500 years ago.
How weird is Washington state? A new book lets you be the judge
A new book called "Weird Washington: Your Travel Guide to Washington's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets" (Sterling, $19.95) features oddities in our state ranging from notorious people to tales of hangings and haunted places, unusual roadside attractions, mythical flora and fauna and other esoterica.
Al Goodyear and the Secrets of the Ancient Americans
USC Professor Discovers 50,000 Year-Old Artifacts in S.C.
FTA: “To most people of my generation, saying you’re searching for something pre-Clovis is tantamount to saying you’re going looking for Elvis or E.T. It was that entrenched — it’s what I was taught myself and what I taught my students to believe. And lo and behold the first week we start finding artifacts.”
Last year's crop circle mystery solved?
Two crop circles in two years. It has residents in Monroe County scratching their heads wondering what or who is causing the circles in their hay fields. Wednesday night, they got some answers.
Children's remains exhumed in 100-year-old murder mystery
Forest Park graves may hold clue to whether Belle Gunness of Indiana killed children as well as suitors.
Searching for Amelia: The plane truth
The aviation world’s greatest mystery may be on the cusp of being solved.
N.H. man makes sense of paranormal events
David Manch was born to investigate the paranormal.
Local mediums see past, future
Need a psychic in Iowa?
Searching for the Real Crystal Skulls with Lester Holt
It's safe to say that if you don't know what a crystal skull is, by the end of the summer you might be an amateur expert on one of life's long-standing mysteries.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Bizarre Japanese Arcade Game: Live Lobster Catcher
Remember those coin-operated “claw” games in the 80’s, where you could snag some fuzzy dice if you moved the robot hand with enough skill?
'Smiley Face' Killers May Be Linked To Man Found Dead In Jan.
A young man was found dead in Delaware County and investigators want to know if he is the latest victim of the smiley face killers.Investigators: Drowning May Be Linked To 'Smiley Face' Killings
Giant space vegetables ‘could feed the world’
Or destroy us all!
In pictures: The giant cow that's the size of a baby elephant
That's a lot of cow.
Inca Skull Surgeons Were "Highly Skilled," Study Finds
Inca surgeons in ancient Peru commonly and successfully removed small portions of patients' skulls to treat head injuries, according to a new study.
Fond du Lac area is hot spot for UFO activity
Several Fond du Lac area residents aren't surprised that Long Lake, located near Dundee, was recently named the top UFO hotspot in Wisconsin. The area is notorious for strange lights and objects, plus an occasional crop circle.
Do You WANT TO BELIEVE The New X-FILES Movie Trailer Is Online??
Ain't It Cool News has the info.
Bigfoot, aka Sasquatch, will draw hundreds to a conference next weekend
Ohio has a proud history: Mother of presidents. Birthplace of aviation. And don’t forget, bastion of Bigfoot.Bigfoot searchers to returnBigfoot Hunters Capture Unidentified Audio Recordings
(with video that has the audio)
Variety speak: The bizarre Hollywood terminology you'll need to clinch a movie deal
Now Variety has put its 2005 book "The Hollywood Dictionary", a collection of some of the most popular slanguage terms, online for the first time.
A billionaire's sweet purchase turns to 'Vinegar'
In vino veritas? Patooie.
Fakery born of greed has infested the wine trade pretty much since the first grapes were fermented. The Canterbury Tales warned of doctored juice; Thomas Jefferson, America's first famous oenophile, probably got burned by Bordeaux merchants who added cider and vegetable dye to "improve" the product.
But as Benjamin Wallace illustrates in The Billionaire's Vinegar, his splendid account of an international wine scandal of recent vintage, it was some wealthy collectors in the 1980s and 1990s who really got hosed.
1948 “Birdmen” Cases Revisited
Cryptomundo looks back...and up.
Friday, May 09, 2008
Bigfoot: Daylight encounter with two hunters south of Union (w/ cellphone photos)
Interesting report over at BFRO.
Gay Bigfoot & the 7 Weirdest Mythical Creatures in the World
Funny and probably not safe for work.Cryptomundo has a cleaner take on it.
Thursday, May 08, 2008
Kelso Theatre Pub ghost highlighted in 'Weird' book
Washington is the second-weirdest state in the union when it comes to mysterious phenomena, according to a company that compiles ghost stories, unsolved mysteries and colorful characters into factoid-rich books.
Centuries-old source of healing waters in line for restoration
For centuries its murky waters were prized by nuns, lepers and royalty alike for their mysterious health-giving powers.
Iron mask legend endures
For more than 300 years, one of Europe's greatest unsolved mysteries continues to fascinate historians, writers and even Hollywood filmmakers: Just who was the man in the iron mask?
The Facts Behind The Medical Mystery Of Morgellons
Is Morgellons related to Lyme Disease?
Spain Says Treasure Wreck Was Its Warship
Although experts have long suspected the wreck was a Spanish frigate, Spain said for the first time on Thursday it could prove it was the La Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes, thus giving it sole ownership of the wreck and its contents, despite its lying in international waters west of Cadiz.
Drowning victim’s mom questions eerie demise
Another “Smiley Face Murder?”
Discovery of Mummies at Durango, Mexico, 1848
The Texan Star states that a Million mummies have been discovered in the environs of Durango, Mexico. They are in a sitting posture, but have the same wrappings, bands and ornaments, as the Egyptians. Among them was found a sculptured head, with a poignard of flint, chaplets, necklaces &c, of alternated colored beads, fragments of bone polished like ivory, fine worked elastic tissues, (probably our modern India rubber cloth,) moccasins worked like those of our Indians today, bones of vipers, &c. It remains to continue these interesting researches and America will become another Egypt to antiquaries, and her ruins will go back to the oldest period of the world, showing, doubtless, that the ancestors of the Montezuma lived in the Nile.
Is the above one of the playful paragraphs of our “American Fast Man,” or is it true?
From the Boston Evening Transcript, August 4, 1848.
Also reported, with slight differences, in the Gentleman’s Magazine, Vol XII, July to December, 1939
Wednesday, May 07, 2008