Wednesday, September 30, 2009
65 years after disappearance, search for WW II WASP pilot will begin anew
Divers, explorers and aviation archaeologists from the Missing Aircraft Search Team (MAST) and from around the country have launched an expedition off Los Angeles to search for former Summit resident Gertrude Tompkins, the last missing member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) of World War II.
South Pacific tsunami kills 119; death toll to rise
Residents of Samoa and American Samoa are recovering from an earthquake and an ensuing tsunami that caused at least 119 deaths and has left hundreds of others injured in the South Pacific.
Killer waves take young and old Two Powerful Earthquakes Leave Islands Reeling Up to 1,000 killed and more trapped by earthquake in Indonesia's Sumatra Two Powerful Earthquakes Leave Islands Reeling
This video shows what I believe is the second wave. Audio has praying and some disturbing screams in the background. It's pretty terrifying.
You Built What?! The Shopping Go-Kart
With cool video. That thing really moves.
U.S. astronomers discover weird planet
U.S. astronomers say they used multiple observatories earlier this year to observe a bizarre, Jupiter-sized planet with a highly eccentric orbit.
Weird, Rare Clouds and the Physics Behind Them
“They are some seriously weird looking clouds,” said cloud physicist Patrick Chuang.
Strange cloud formations over NYC
Mummy autopsy result 'was wrong'
The first scientific autopsy on an ancient Egyptian mummy probably got the cause of death wrong, research suggests.
Search for buried treasure at Springfield site unsuccessful, but owners of mysterious note vow to keep digging
The Mount Sterling woman and her husband, Buck, spent Sunday afternoon watching a backhoe dig a large hole on a property on North Fifth Street in Springfield. They had discovered an old note months ago that was tucked away in an antique chair, promising $250 in U.S. gold coins that were buried in a lead chest 12 feet below the surface. The note was signed, "Good Luck Chauncey Wolcott."
Murder suspect arrested in 33-year-old 'cold case'
In the 33 years since that night, Doisy has lived with the mystery surrounding her sister’s disappearance. Becky’s body has never been found. Until last week, neither had a suspect.
Did Nelly Arcan commit suicide?
Questions are surrounding the death of Nelly Arcan, the award-winning author of the risqué semi-autobiographical “Putain” (2002) and “L'enfant dans le miroir” (2007).
Was Mighty T. Rex 'Sue' Felled By A Lowly Parasite?
When pondering the demise of a famous dinosaur such as 'Sue,' the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex whose fossilized remains are a star attraction of the Field Museum in Chicago, it is hard to avoid the image of clashing Cretaceous titans engaged in bloody, mortal combat.
New film blames drug firm for plight of honey bees
Vanishing of the Bees, which will be released in Britain next month, claims the cause is the use of a new generation of pesticides that weakens the bees and makes them more susceptible to other diseases.
'I saw the body' insists ex-SS man as Hitler mystery refuses to go away
News from the United States that part of a skull – which Russia has claimed since 1946 was that of the late Führer's – actually belongs to a woman, is the signal the world's conspiracy theorists needed in order to trot out the old chestnuts about the demise of the Third Reich's creator.
Black magic ruled Rowling out of White House award
JK Rowling was denied the United States' highest civilian honour because members of the Bush administration believed Harry Potter "encouraged witchcraft".
FORWARD THINKING: Futurists put their minds on what lies ahead
How much moxie, adrenaline and/or nerve does it take to call yourself a "futurist?"
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
LSD's long, strange trip back into the lab
Nearly 40 years after widespread fear over recreational abuse of LSD and other hallucinogens forced dozens of scientists to abandon their work, researchers at a handful of major institutions - including UCSF and Harvard University - are reigniting studies.
Machen is the forgotten father of weird fiction
Arthur Machen might be little read today, but his ideas lie at the heart of modern horror writers Stephen King and Clive Barker.
Voodoo Scholarship on Voodoo Histories
If you are a singer in the “Conspiracy Theories are bunk!” choir and you love being preached to, then you will love David Aaronvitch’s new book, Voodoo Histories. If, on the other hand, you are even just a little sceptical of “Conspiracy Theory Scepticism,” then odds are Aaronvitch’s book will ultimately cause you to engage in um-ing, ah-ing and copious sighing.
Battle of Bosworth 'is in wrong spot', claim archeologists
For hundreds of years history followers have visited Ambion Hill in Leicestershire, believing it to be the site of the Battle of Bosworth, which marked the end of the War of the Roses and the beginning of the reign of the Tudors.
Man kills identical twin in parking accident
An American man trying to parallel park a minivan has killed his identical twin brother.
Crystal balls offer glimpse of future, past
To complement the allure of Halloween during the month of October, the Rosenberg Library Museum is featuring an early 20th century crystal ball as the Treasure of the Month.
Freak waves spotted in microwave cavity
Freak waves towering as much as 30 m above the surrounding seas have long been reported by mariners, and recent satellite studies have shown that they are more common that previously expected.
Science Weekly podcast: Anomalistic psychology and Iraq combat music
Prof Chris French is coordinator of the anomalistic psychology research unit at Goldsmiths, University of London. He defines his field as the psychology of paranormal beliefs and of ostensibly paranormal experiences, cognition and emotion. Or 'the study of weird stuff'.
She was a simple French girl who died a century ago. So why are thousands across Britain queuing for a glimpse of Little Flower?
The atmosphere is part-wedding, part-funeral, part-royal visit, part-circus when I arrive in Bristol as around 1,000 people prepare to welcome the remains of this 19th-century French nun to St Teresa's Roman Catholic Church in the suburb of Filton.
Artifact find key in filling gaps in First Nation history
She’s investigating Mi’kmaq settlement patterns and social life following their contact with Europeans, specifically the years between 1750 and 1900. Most previous studies of Nova Scotia’s first people focused on the period before European contact, when any artifacts could be said to be exclusively Mi’kmaq.
Big cat spotted on Tamworth estate
The mystery big cat has been spotted in Tamworth again – this time on a housing estate.
Rosewood an alien invasion site?
Could it be that the truth really is out there - in Rosewood?
The DNA Mystery: Scientists Stumped By "Telepathic" Abilities
DNA has been found to have a bizarre ability to put itself together, even at a distance, when according to known science it shouldn't be able to. Explanation: None, at least not yet.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Monday Night's Murders
In northern India, village elders order 'honor killings' £10,000 reward to solve grisly murder Law Student's '93 Murder Still a Mystery The mysterious death of forest ranger Duncan McCoshen Eighty years ago, the body of the 71-year-old forest ranger was found in a remote part of the Petawawa military reserve near Half Mile Rapids. He had a bullet wound through the chest. Author teases truth from legend Who Killed Sherry Edgell? Former Centralia Woman Works to Solve the Brutal Murder of 9-Year-Old in 1959 Real-life crime captivated KC 100 years ago Was the home of the Swopes, where the old bachelor benefactor of Swope Park resided with relatives, in fact the scene of the cruelest and most cunning of killings? Or was the accused doctor, Bennett Clark Hyde — who had married into the family and admittedly “fooled around” with poisons — just made to look evil by the media, his mother-in-law and her money? Terror in Kentucky: Census Worker's Murder And the award for Most Tasteless Headline goes to : Dentist’s murder numbed investigators
The Big Question: Are so-called 'extinct' species really extinct, and will we rediscover any?
Because the human pressure on the natural world is increasing to such an extent that more and more creatures face being wiped out.
Hundreds Gather In Tyler To Discuss Belief In Bigfoot
They came from across the country to share experiences and become informed on the latest scientific clues that may prove that their belief in the so-called Bigfoot is not so implausible. The need to validate the existence of Bigfoot or Sasquatch has been an ongoing effort since the 1950s and it was thriving Saturday in Tyler.
'Monster of the deep' is filmed
Jonathan Downes, 50, spotted the "creature" thrashing around in one of the Lakes of Killarney in County Kerry, Ireland, while on holiday last week. Jonathan Downes
is also the director of the
Centre for Fortean Zoology. CFZ site.
What Happened to Amelia Earhart? A Local Documentary MAY Hold The Clues
The Mothers of Plaza Tijuana and Mexico's 'Disappeared'
The earlier discovery of mass graves containing the remains of victims dissolved in acid has not served to clear up the mystery of the disappeared.
Anglo-Saxon treasure find throws new light on Dark Ages
The treasures were chanced on in a Staffordshire field by Terry Herbert, a 55-year-old unemployed metal-detection enthusiast. The find - almost 1500 gold and silver items thought to date from the 7th or 8th century - has staggered archeologists.
Rebel sleuth hunts for gunboat
William Stevens has played the part of a Confederate soldier during Civil War re-enactments. Now he’s playing detective, hoping to find remains of a Confederate gunboat burned in the Arkansas River just before Little Rock fell to Union troops.
A chair, a key and a chase turn into a great adventure for Mount Sterling woman
When she tossed the seat to the floor, a small envelope fluttered to the floor. On it were the typewritten words, "Finders Keepers." Inside was a key taped to a typewritten note that detailed a location on North Fifth Street in Springfield where a lead chest containing about $250 in U.S. gold coins had been buried 12 feet below the surface.
A great treasure story.
Lawyer says Oklahoma City bombing tapes edited
A Utah attorney claims the FBI edited some security camera videotapes from the morning of the Oklahoma City bombing before releasing the recordings to him.
Why we need lake monsters
For several years, there have been reports of strange commotions in the water. In 2004, a woman and her father saw what appeared to be a long, dark creature swimming on the surface. One estimate put its size at four metres.
Eel reveals its migration secrets
The European eel's migration to the Sargasso Sea to spawn is one of nature's great unsolved mysteries.
Killer groupies an unexplained mystery
Even in his death row cell, satanic serial killer and rapist Richard Ramirez, the "Night Stalker," receives bags of mail. And of the dozens of people who try to contact him each year, officials say, about 90 percent are women.
Fresh doubts over Hitler's death after tests on skull reveal it is a woman's
Adolf Hitler may not have shot himself dead and perhaps did not even die in his bunker, it emerged yesterday.
The Oklahoma Octopus
Credited with being accountable for the notoriously high deathrate for bathers in this region, the Oklahoma Octopus is stated to be a wolfish predatory animal, which is also considered to be violently territorial.
Does the lion roam our yards tonight?
Have the big cats returned to New Hampshire for the first time since 1885, when the last mountain lion in the state was killed in the White Mountains?
Cougar story gets people talking - and that's no 'lion' Internet hoax spurs mountain lion mania
Friday, September 25, 2009
Listen to Cliff Roles interview Occult America author Mitch Horowitz
VB occult expert heads to Farmville
It was a gruesome scene in Farmville when investigators found four people dead inside a home in the small town last Friday. Now, that quadruple homicide has many people asking why it happened.
More on this "occult expert"
this excellent essay.
Another Publicity-Seeker Makes Wild Claims About Having Solved Zodiac Case -- And, Yikes, This One Was Law Enforcement
More mocking of Steve Hodel.
The Shakespeare truthers
The search for the “real’’ Shakespeare is a collective madness, one that has gripped (of all people) Sigmund Freud, Mark Twain, William and Henry James, and several Supreme Court justices with too much time on their hands. It is a madness with momentum.
Friday's Flying Saucers
(With pic) "Proof of Aliens," Fiery Bright Light (With pic) Was the cigar-shaped object seen in sky by photographer a UFO? Divers recover large rock from Sylvan Lake UFO? Mystery airplane buzzes the Banks UFO displays superior speed against fighter jets at air show UPDATE: Backyard UFO Tourists witness return of 'UFOs' at Northern Territory Our Third UFO Sighting The "Plasma Ball" UFO "H" style craft spelling it out for the human race? Are aliens patrolling the skies of Cannock? Silent UFO near Las Vegas hovers and disappears Triangle UFO hangs over Washington state two hours Police probe UFO sightings in West (With video) Couple rethink UFO view after sighting (With video) UFO Alert / Donut shaped UFO September 18, 2009 (Book review) Secret of the Andes and the Golden Sun Disc of MU Argentina: A "Firestaring" UFO in Calamuchita?
Probing Question: Is the Ark of the Covenant real?
The quest to find the real Ark has inspired generations of adventurers and Hollywood directors, but the trail has always gone cold. Is the Ark of the Covenant real?
Weird Travel: Odd Wisconsin exhibit's odd items
Wisconsin has enough odd history that the "Odd Wisconsin" exhibit at the Wisconsin Historical Museum in Madison has swapped in 40% of what is on display. The result is a fresh look at Wisconsin's oddball undertakings.
'Chinatown' writer inspired by memories of L.A.
A couple of powerful flashbacks to the Los Angeles of his childhood persuaded Robert Towne to write "Chinatown."
Hope Diamond on display after 50 years!
For the first time in its 50-year stay at Smithsonian Institution, this week the Hope Diamond was taken out of its setting, giving the public a rare look.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Cryptozoological Play Set from Archie McPhee & Co.
'Horrorcore' Rap Adds to Mystery of Slayings in Va. Town
Folks in Farmville figured that the town, population 7,000 or so, was their haven, an oasis of quiet sanity in what a lot of them think is a mixed-up, gone-to-hell world. That was before a 20-year-old Californian, a rapper of luridly violent lyrics who billed himself as Syko Sam, alighted in their central Virginia community last week.
Black Dahlia Revisited
I need to make a few points about the coverage of the Black Dahlia case before I move on. The killing and the subsequent investigation are incredibly complicated and the false claims, ridiculous "true crime" books and crackpot websites have only muddied the waters even further.
Moon water findings are a game-changer
The discovery of widespread but small amounts water on the surface of the moon, announced Wednesday, stands as one of the most surprising findings in planetary science.
China’s Hairest Man to Bare It All for His Art
The 32-year-old Liaoning native is planning an extreme make-over involving hours—perhaps weeks—of laser-hair removal. “I just want to prove that I have talent and I don’t need this hair to be someone,” said Yu, who first found success in a movie called “Monkey Boy’s Treasure Safari.”
How we won out over the 'cavemen'
Two opposing hypotheses have vied to explain the relationship of Neanderthals to Homo sapiens . One proposed that Neanderthals were an archaic variety of our species that either evolved into or was assimilated by modern Homo sapiens . The other hypothesis proposed that Neanderthals were a separate species, Homo neanderthalensis , that were eliminated when modern humans entered their territory.
Local film, expert put new focus on ancient mystery
Not only does Wolter believe the stone is real and that it predates Christopher Columbus by more than 130 years, he also has come to the startling conclusion that the stone was carved by the Order of the Knights Templar, a medieval European military group, as a land claim for much of eastern North America.
Hunt for treasure of Bonnie Prince Charlie
IT started with an object no bigger than a button – but it could solve a 250-year-old mystery and lead to a hoard of thousands of gold coins.
Buried treasure found in Córdoba Largest Anglo-Saxon hoard found Metal detector hobbyist starts second career as treasure hunter
Freaky New Ghostshark ID’d Off California Coast
A new ghostshark species has been identified off the coast of Southern California, and it’s darker and weirder than any shark we know.
With freaky pic.
Muggers left six-inch knife in victim's bum
With x-ray pic.
Mysterious Bulawayo man lives with 100 000 bees
The bees, believed to have been more than 100 000, had camped in the kitchen cupboard and roof of House Number 652 but that did not bother the owner of the house who only identified himself as Mr E Ngwenya.
'Speak-easies' are the hot new bar trend
Thanks to the resurgence of classic cocktails, we now have a new species of cocktail den lurking in the hippest neighborhoods. But good luck finding them.
'Alien hand' spotted on estate agent website: ET sell home?
From where the photo was taken it appears that the rubbery, pink hand reaching for the knob has only three fingers.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Giant squid caught off coast of Louisiana
It’s only the second known giant squid obtained from the Gulf of Mexico.
George 'Evil Genius' Hodel Rides Again III
Against his better judgment, Larry Harnisch starts to dissect Steve Hodel's latest.
FBI Whistleblower says Neocons Negotiated Iraq Invasion with Foreign Agents in Summer 2001
In an interview with former CIA officer Phillip Giraldi, FBI translator turned whistleblower Sibel Edmonds named Douglas Feith, Paul Wolfowitz, and Richard Perle as having been wiretapped and recorded discussing plans with the Turkish ambassador in the Summer of 2001 to invade Iraq and occupy the Kurdish region bordering Turkey.
Jumbo squid hit Oregon beaches
Dozens of deep-sea-living Humboldt squid washed up along the central coast on Tuesday morning between Florence and Newport, providing a puzzle for scientists and a spectacle for beachcombers.
Interview With Sara Karloff, Daughter of Hollywood Legend Boris Karloff
I have been fortunate enough to have Dark Horse Comics agree to republish my father's 1960's comic book series Boris Karloff's Tales of Mystery in hardback format, hopefully in 4 volumes.
Police seize mafia boss' pet crocodile
Here's another of the Mafia's trademark offers-you-can't-refuse: pay or be eaten by a crocodile.
Mythical beast is ‘spotted’ in Windermere
Footage that some people believe appears to show the creature causing ripples in the surface of Windermere was shot by Lakes TV cameraman John McKeown on Saturday.
With link to video. When you get to the video link you have to click on "Bownessie" to watch.
10 Historic Political Photoshop Disasters
Long before there was Photoshop, image doctoring was the work of hobbyists, businesses and big governments alike.
Immortality only 20 years away says scientist
Scientist Ray Kurzweil claims humans could become immortal in as little as 20 years' time through nanotechnology and an increased understanding of how the body works.
Mad, or plain evil
Within days of his arrest, police were questioning whether Percy, who frequently travelled with his family on caravan trips, visited his grandmother's house in NSW on holidays and who joined the navy, aged 19, in late 1967, living and moving between ports, is Australia's most prolific child serial killer.
Bizarre Gelatinous Fish Found in Brazil
The man with phobia of women
Neil Dando, from Worthing, West Sussex, suffers from chronic 'loveshyness' – a psychological condition which means he cannot approach a girl without becoming a nervous wreck and suffering extreme anxiety attacks.
Ask the Mexican
Gustavo Arrellano, columnist, food writer and nationally bestselling author famous for his controversial “¡Ask a Mexican!” syndicated humor column, came to UC Irvine on Nov. 5 to talk about a less glamorous history of immigration.
Interesting. I've always enjoyed his column.
Iran downs strange bright craft over Persian Gulf
"Glowing objects were sighted over the Persian Gulf. IRGC air defense targeted one of the objects successfully, forcing it to plummet and sink in the seas off Boushehr (Province)."
The Hunt for Extraterrestrial Life Gets Weird
In the search for extraterrestrial life, some scientists say we’re focusing too much on finding signs of existence as we know it, and in the process, we may be missing more strange forms of life that don’t rely on water or carbon metabolism.
Tiny, Easy-to-Build Weapons Annihilate Office Boredom
Fun and cool.
T.V. has nothing on Old Doc's medicine show
Doc Corn's Medicine Show was quite the success until he hooked up with the wrong partner and sold tickets to view a strange animal called the Pollimazuke.
Magick and Me: Blondie's Gary "Valentine" Lachman on the Occult
Former Blondie bassist and world expert on the occult Gary Lachman talks to David Moats about participating in rituals, Mick Jagger's flirtations with magick, the Freemasons, and why there's more to the occult than being a drug fiend like Aleister Crowley.
George 'Evil Genius' Hodel Rides Again II
For anyone who knows anything about historic crimes, this book is a joke. If "Black Dahlia Avenger" was seeing the face of Jesus on a tortilla, then "Most Evil" is the whole enchilada -- with rice and beans.
Update: Chilling New Details Emerge in Syko Sam Horrorcore Murders Case
According to Paul Calcagno, McCrosky was part of a Satanic cult who engaged in ritual music videos and idolized David Berkowitz, the 1970s NYC serial killer who called himself "the Son of Sam."
At the American Museum of Natural History, Gossamer Silk From Spiders
Five years ago Mr. Peers and Nicholas Godley, an American fashion designer also living on the island, began a partnership to do what no one there, or anywhere, had tried for more than 100 years: to harness spiders to make silk in the same way that silkworm cocoons have been used for thousands of years.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Move Under Ground
, a Beat-style horror tale in which Jack Kerouac saves the world from Cthulhu, is available for free download. Follow the link to learn more or go
Garver's Flying Circus - Kansas Memory
Garver's Flying Circus was established around 1920 by Karl Garver from Attica, Kansas, and Cyle Horchem, an ex-army airman from Ransom, Kansas. These men and others, performed spectacular aerial stunts across the Kansas sky.
A sad but cool piece of history. Thanks to Ian for the tip.
Some little boys like football or dinosaurs, but as a young child Alan Petrucelli had a passion for dead celebrities.
Oral myths and truths explored at conference
Did Aboriginal people find the treasure from a sunken ship off Stradbroke Island and use it to finance community purchases?
Mothman Festival 2009
Every year since 2002 as the leaves begin to change, the town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia becomes the site of the Mothman Festival, dedicated of course to celebrating the history, legend, and lore that sprang from the 1966 sighting of an ominous man-like winged creature by Linda and Roger Scarberry.
Exact Date Pinned to Great Pyramid's Construction?
The Egyptians started building the Great Pyramid of Giza on August 23, 2470 B.C., according to controversial new research that attempts to place an exact date on the start of the ancient construction project.
Can a daily pill really boost your brain power?
In America, university students are taking illegally obtained prescription drugs to make them more intelligent. But would you pop a smart pill to improve your performance?
Bigfoot convention event to bring big bucks to Tyler
When Kim Doughty got the call about Bigfoot believers wanting to use her Sleep Inn & Suites as the host hotel for convention-goers, she didn't know what to think.
Now You Can Find Out What Cthulhu Smells Like
Everybody wants a sniff of the gods of the deep, and that's why Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs has created a bunch of perfumes inspired by HP Lovecraft.
Call for greater recognition for Welsh scientist
The scientist in question? Occultist John Dee.
George 'Evil Genius' Hodel Rides Again
Steve Hodel, whose last book claimed that his father was the Black Dahlia killer,
has a new book coming out in which he claims that his father was several other serial killers, including San Francisco's Zodiac Killer.
My Daddy was Jack the Ripper!
Monster mystery on Cameron Lake
Kirk, the president of the B.C. Scientific Cryptozoology Club, was on the shore of Cameron Lake Saturday, on an expedition to look into reports of sightings of strange waves and wakes on the lake surface that might indicate the presence of a large, as yet unknown animal.
Brutal Destruction Of Iraq's Archaeological Sites Continues
These days Ancient Mesopotamia looks more like a scene from the movie Holes.
It's a strange world -- The Strange Family Circus
The Stranges could not find a baby-sitter, so they took their children to work, which on this night was at an asphalt parking lot in downtown Phoenix during the monthly First Fridays Art Walk. The couple set up a play table, where their two daughters could color and read, next to the stage, where Mom and Dad would eat fire and swallow razor blades.
The most creepy stuff on the web
They're among the creepiest videos and photos online, with some bordering on the sheer terrifying. Some may find this content disturbing.
I don't know about creepiest but not a bad list.
Masons: the reluctant text symbols
The Freemasons held their fraternal breath as midnight approached last Monday.
New Lizzie Borden book teased at lecture
Lizzie Borden is a woman who most people know as infamous, who may or may not have committed the murder of her father and step-mother, who lived in Victorian times stuffed in high ruffled blouses, who was a wealthy spinster who’d been ostracized by society and who lived the remainder of her life alone at Maplecroft.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Baby's First Mythos
H.P. Lovecraft for children.
Monday Night's Murders
A decade later, Nix's murder still a mystery Ten years have passed since 18-year-old Elaine Nix made a call from a convenience store pay phone and was never heard from again. Yale Murder Motive May Remain a Mystery The Mystery Behind Hendrix's Death A former Jeffery associate, James Wright, asserts in his 2009 title, Rock Roadie, that the manager confessed to the murder in 1971. “That son of a bitch was going to leave me,” Jeffery said. “If I lost him, I’d lose everything.” Drifter's death thaws two cold cases Three decades and two countries apart, the young couples were shot to death in the night as they slept under the stars. Then the killer crept into the shadows of a mystery that only now is beginning to come to light. Mystery of woman found dead under floorboards Rolling Stones Drama Continues: New Suspect Pointed Out in Brian Jones Murder Enquiry, Mick Taylor Denies He’s Suing the Band Did Double Life Lead to Craigslist Murder? Six-month Claudia search takes toll The disappearance of Claudia Lawrence has occupied the minds of her family and the time of North Yorkshire Police for six months now.
Cyprus a victim of lunar larceny