Thursday, December 31, 2009
Mystery surrounds Hong Kong acid attacker
As hundreds of thousands of people prepare to gather for New Year's Eve, Hong Kong's police are on high alert as fears grow that a mysterious acid attacker terrorising the city will strike again.
Expert vows to get Sheppey big cat on film
An expert in mystery big cats has vowed that 2010 will be the year he catches the Sheppey beast on film.
Rumors abound that new Leonardo da Vinci painting has been found in Boston
Is the world about to gain another Leonardo da Vinci painting?
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
The Second Annual Fortean Tinged Links Of 2009
The Heavy Stuff has it.
Sharks, Zombies, Weird Clouds: The Most Popular Stories of 2009
We have often joked that the perfect Wired Science story is about robot sharks with lasers in space.
The Thing With A Thousand Young Is Not Amused
Many moviemakers have tried to recreate the weirdness of HP Lovecraft's horror stories on film, but few have succeeded. Steve Daniels tried a novel approach in his short Dirt Dauber, using paper cutouts and half-seen imagery. Behold Shub-Niggurath!
With video preview.
The Best Mystery/Crime Fiction of 2009
2009 was without question one of the best years for crime fiction in many years, and trust me when I tell you that my top ten has changed so many times in the last six months that I wish I could've put together a top 20, or even a top 30, but somehow I managed to narrow it down to ten favorites and five runners up.
Interview with Paul Dale Roberts, HPI Fortean Investigator
We investigate ALL things paranormal, from UFOs to Bigfoot. Shannon and I are Fortean Investigators or you can call us Esoteric Detectives. There is no paranormal case we will turn down.
Sylvanic Bigfoot, What’s The Story?
Todd Standing is a columnist for Unexplained-Mysteries.com and a Bigfoot researcher. He’s made quite a lot of headlines in the Bigfoot community by coming forward with video “proof” of these bipedal, ape-like creatures that he has filmed in recent expeditions. It doesn’t just end there, he also claims to know a secret location called “Sylvanic” (According to Todd, this is the name given by the “native” people) said to be a hidden valley nestled deep into the American Rockies.
Hypnotist tries for world record via Twitter and Facebook
British hypnotist Chris Hughes will use social networking sites Twitter and Facebook to attempt a record for the world's largest online hypnosis session.
White magic: The Woman in White has kept us in suspense for 150 years
One hundred and fifty years ago, The Woman in White was serialised in Dickens' periodical All the Year Round, following hot on the heels of A Tale of Two Cities. It was so successful that it helped raise circulation of the magazine from 38,500 to 100,000 a week, peaking at 300,000 over Christmas, and started a jittery mania for "sensation fiction", ensuring that society's nerve endings would be jangled more efficiently over the coming decades than the bells of St Paul's.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Collar Tech Tracks Wolf’s North Pole Treks
Egypt Alleges Germany Stole Nefertiti Bust, Demands Return
Egypt's antiquities chief announced he will formally demand that a 3,300-year-old bust of Queen Nefertiti displayed at Berlin's Neues Museum for 85 years be returned to its homeland.
Death and Time Traveling
How would you like to visit other worlds, the stars and planets on the other side of the galaxy? Or how would you like to live in the future, say several thousand years from now? The impenetrable light-speed barrier and the brief life span of humans appears to prevent any entity from achieving these goals. In spite of the life span and light-speed barrier, I will describe, not only how one might get to the stars and to the future, but that one can travel there, not by traveling close to light speed, not at the speed of light, but much quicker. Instantly. Instantly.
Tomb of ancient Chinese ruler found
Speak of Cao Cao, and Cao Cao arrives
More here:Archeologists Discover Tomb of Ancient Chinese Ruler
Mystery solved by Dream
Duane Hamacher, a PhD candidate at Macquarie University in Sydney, found a bowl-shaped crater at Palm Valley, near Hermannsburg, about 130 km southwest of Alice Springs, by searching for it on Google Earth - after being tipped off by Aboriginal dreaming stories.
Psychic predicts assassination of Obama in 2010
“I’m really getting that strong,” says Nikki, known as psychic to the stars. “I’ve been getting that for quite a long time now. It’s a very dark aura around him.”
Monday, December 28, 2009
What Happened to the Hominids Who Were Smarter Than Us?
“There’s just one thing we haven’t quite dared to mention. It’s this, and you won’t believe it. It’s all happened already. Back there in the past, ten thousand years ago. The man of the future, with the big brain, the small teeth. He lived in Africa. His brain was bigger than your brain. His face was straight and small, almost a child’s face.”
North York Moors blaze uncovers mystery monument near Goathland
A fire which swept across a large area of North Yorkshire moorland has revealed a mysterious monument which could date back to Neolithic times.
Crazy Like A Fox
Uxbridge is a large suburban town in northwest London. In 2009 it happened to be the prowling ground of a very unusual creature...or possibly something very normal.
Sherlock Holmes' Martial Art Comes To Pacific Northwest
Sherlock Holmes is portrayed as a man accomplished in Pugilism, grappling and Cane Fighting, all things combined in a historical martial art known as Bartitsu.
1909 hoax concocted by teen girl
Reports of extortion around the country by the "Black Hand," the secret arm of the Mafia, had appeared in the Springfield Daily News sporadically early in 1909.
Subterranean secrets of our lost giants
What happened to Australia's megafauna?
When Fear Makes Us Superhuman
Can an extreme response to fear give us strength we would not have under normal circumstances?
JFK photo hoax! Naked ladies on yacht from Playboy, not Camelot
TMZ gets punked.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
New Year's Eve gunfire has roots in witchcraft tradition
This would seem to be a very modern (and stupid) way of celebrating the new year and the unfortunate by-product of a gun infused culture but this activity has roots that go back hundreds of years.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Show us your tentacles: A Lovecraft art meme
Freaking cool. Check it out.
The 6 Stupidest Things Ever Done With Historic Treasures
Even though we're all grown up now, cherished items from the past seem to carry a very special significance for us. That's why we find it so unthinkable that someone would take a priceless relic, thousands of years old, and use it as a napkin or something.
Teens discover new species of cockroach in New York City
New Yorkers beware! A new species of roach may have emerged from the streets of the Big Apple.
An enduring mystery
On Christmas Eve 35 years ago, Priscilla Ann Frey, Kansas inmate No. 9782, escaped from the Lansing Correctional Facility.
Authorities haven’t seen her since.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
I added Kiki's Cauldron
to the links.
Historian Says New Smyrna Is State's Oldest City
One local historian said he has the research to prove that Florida's oldest city is not St. Augustine.
Chesterfield’s war on fortune-tellers
A Chesterfield tarot card reader and spiritual counselor has filed a federal lawsuit alleging that the county has violated her constitutional rights after misclassifying her business and denying her a license.
Wrestlers try to instill Mexican tradition
Lucha Libre lands in Denver.
Mystery cat spotted near OC could be a cougar
Police searched the Oyster Creek area last Thursday after a man reported seeing an orange and black striped tiger run across the road in the evening.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Tacoma’s Electric Sea Monster
One of my favorite stories from the annals of the weird.
The Not-So-Lost Ark of the Covenant: Hymns to an Ethiopian Religious Tradition
“We don’t have to prove it to anyone. [If] you want to believe, it’s your privilege. If you don’t want to believe, it’s your own privilege again.”
The Top 10 Cryptozoology Stories of 2009
Cryptomundo counts them down.
Ancient worship site unveiled
Could this be the eighth wonder of the world - in Fiji?
San Diego Booms: Earthquake or Skyquake?
Mysterious booms were also heard this week in Arkansas City, Kansas and in parts of Oklahoma. The booms were loud enough to shake the earth and register on the Richter Scale. "Experts" were quick to blame them on military airplanes despite zero evidence for this assertion.
How the ninja myth mutated
In the 50 years since it spread from eastern to western popular culture, 'ninja' has become synonymous with sudden, silent death.
Cryptic signatures that ‘prove Shakespeare was a secret Catholic’
Three mysterious signatures on pages of parchment bound in leather and kept under lock and key may prove the theory that William Shakespeare was a secret Catholic who spent his “lost years” in Italy.
Caravaggio's remains are retrieved by scientists
The remains of Renaissance artist Caravaggio have been retrieved by Italian scientists hoping to find out more about his death.
Ten celebrities who died penniless
The recent demise of Michael Jackson has shown how easy it is for some celebrities to fritter away their fortunes.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Tai Chi: Improving Balance with Ancient...
Tai Chi has been under the microscope of the American Academy of Otolaryngology (ear, nose, throat specialists) as a beneficial remedy for dizziness.
Treasure or trash, found footage fun
Hosts and curators Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher (a couple of Midwesterners, by the way) have been collecting this stuff -- celebrity exercise videos, instructional tapes, home movies and infomercials, all of it on VHS -- for nearly 20 years. According to Prueher, the fixation started in high school.
25 Days of Weird Christmas: Christmas Werewolves
The hellions really like to come out on Christmas. It seems that every third day I find some messed up mythical creature that takes special pleasure in making children suffer right around the holidays. To add to our ever-growing list of Yuletide demons and hags-- Kallikantzaros, the Greek Christmas goblin.
Top Ten Archaeology News Stories of the Decade
You may quibble as to whether the end of the decade happens next week, or not until the end of 2010, but as for me, I think it is high time to look back and reflect on the amazing archaeological discoveries over the past ten years.
Lost yacht mystery continues 30 years on
It has been 30 years since the Hobart yacht vanished en route to the Sydney-Hobart start line.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Fake flies in urinals reduce "spillage" from men
The presence of a fly in a urinal literally changes human behavior, he thinks — or at least the behavior of human males.
Arkansas City tries to solve mystery of booming sounds
The mystery of the loud booms heard earlier this week by several people in the Arkansas City area — sonic booms, some have theorized — may be solved.
Or maybe not.
Skeleton of infant wrapped in 1935 newspaper found in house - Local & National, News - Belfasttelegraph.co.uk
The skeleton of a baby wrapped in newspaper from the 1930s has been found in a derelict building in Portstewart.
Mistletoe in the wild used to be a plant of mystery as well as love
Mistletoe's shape and characteristics – forking branches with splayed leaves and milky white berries – undoubtedly enhanced its standing as an ancient fertility symbol.
Rosa Luxembourg murder case reopened
German prosecutors are re-examining the 1919 murder of the communist leader Rosa Luxembourg, amid claims investigators at the time replaced her corpse with that of another woman.
Baby born without a brain lives for first birthday
A baby boy in Pueblo is a living miracle. Nicholas Coke was born without a brain. This week he's marked a milestone nobody dreamed could happen.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
I added the Oregon League of Western Fortean Intermediatists
to the links.
Memory's secrets still elude scientists
In hospital etiquette, Alzheimer's patients pose a problem for the busy clinician passing them in the hallway. Is it rude not to say hello to someone who does not remember ever having met you?
Ghosts, masturbation and weird findings
Weird, wild and decidedly offbeat research findings have emerged in 2009.
Needles successfully extracted from boy in Brazil
Police say the boy's stepfather, 30-year-old bricklayer Roberto Carlos Magalhaes, confessed to pushing supposedly "blessed" sewing needles deep into the child because his lover told him to while in trances.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Carrots really do improve your eyesight. Wolf eyeballs, not so much
Carrots are certainly a simpler remedy for eye trouble than many other ancient suggested cures. Ancient Hindus believed that eating turtle was good for the eyes, as were tonics made with gold.
My new post at the Examiner.
Egypt lifts huge 'Cleopatra temple' block from sea
A huge granite block thought to have once formed part of a temple pillar in a sunken palace of Cleopatra has been raised from the sea at Alexandria.
£2.9m Michelangelo figure a fake?
oubts have been raised over the authenticity of a `Michelangelo` work of art which cost the Italian government 2.9 million pounds.
Stephen King: My Top 10 Books of 2009
Mysterious light, caught on camera?
A man who has devoted several years of study to the mysterious Brown Mountain Lights in northwest North Carolina claims a possible breakthrough in his research.
OAHSPE AND THE REMARKABLE MR. NEWBROUGH
One morning the die was cast for real. A light struck the backs of both of Newbrough’s hands and led him to his typewriter for fifteen minutes of a vigorous pounding of the keys. Though he had never mastered the art of typing on his own, suddenly he was serving as a channel for a very competent typist. He was told not to read what he was typing, and, fearful of losing his spiritual connection to his source, he obeyed that order reverently. The basic pattern repeated itself morning after morning.
Human-like fossil find is breakthrough of the year
The discovery of a fossilised skeleton that has become a "central character in the story of human evolution" has been named the science breakthrough of 2009.
Boy impaled with needles during rite - police
A Brazilian man and two women have been arrested on suspicion of putting 42 metal sewing needles into the body of a two-year-old boy in what may have been an occult or religious act, police said on Thursday.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Atlantis in the Caribbean? It’s not the first time
"Unnamed" archaeologists are claiming to have found the remains of an underwater civilization in the Caribbean. But we've been here before.
Shaolin temple of kung-fu monks to sell shares in China
The ancient Shaolin temple - famous for its fighting kung-fu monks - will soon be a part of the stock market.
Paul Naschy, 75, Spain’s High Priest of Horror Movies, Dies
Paul Naschy, an actor, director and screenwriter widely acknowledged as the dean of Spanish horror films, whose dark web of credits includes “Night of the Werewolf,” “The Night of the Executioner,” “The Nights of the Wolf Man,” “Night of the Howling Beast” and “Good Night, Mr. Monster,” died on Nov. 30 in Madrid. He was 75.
A Ghostly Trace of the Jewish Occult
A newly discovered piece of stained, wrinkled paper conjures up the details of a Jewish exorcism that appears to have been performed sometime in the 18th or 19th century.
Secrets of the Great British Sex Clubs.
Not for the prudish, perhaps, but absolutely fascinating. If you're interested dig around Slate and read his other articles. Neat stuff.
R. Crumb and Basil Wolverton take on the Good Book.
Making magickal teas
Making a magickal tea is a wonderful way to bring magick into your daily warm cup of tea. By combining herbs with magickal energies and holistic benefits, you can create a tea that assists you in whatever energy and magick you wish to draw into your life.
Novelist Agatha Christie suffered from Alzheimer's
Two Toronto university professors have finally proved what many biographers of the world's top mystery novelist have hinted at: that Agatha suffered from mental illness.
What lies beneath: Nazi wreck off Fujairah
The Gulf of Oman's pithy-black deeps have finally surrendered secrets of the mystery sinking of Nazi submarine U-533 during the Second World War.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Oral Roberts: Faith Healer
Oral Roberts's career spanned both the depression-era tent revivals and the multi-million dollar televised evangelism industry. Today, his name is synonymous with fire-and-brimstone sermons and broadcast appeals for money, but few remember the controversial and ancient practice that led to his rise to fame - faith healing.
Previously undiscovered ancient city found on Caribbean sea floor
Researchers have revealed the first images from the Caribbean sea floor of what they believe are the archaeological remains of an ancient civilization. Guarding the location’s coordinates carefully, the project’s leader, who wishes to remain anonymous at this time, says the city could be thousands of years old; possibly even pre-dating the ancient Egyptian pyramids, at Giza.
Very very cool. More pictures here.
Ancient herbal mint remedy is effective, safe pain reliever, new study finds
Brazilian mint, known to botanists by its Latin name Hyptis crenata, has long been used by traditional healers in Brazil to treat pain and discomfort from a variety of ailments, including stomach aches, fevers, flu and headaches.
100 swords suggest legends
The museum exhibit traces the history up to 19th century American Civil War military and includes African and Asian versions, including ornate, curved Islamic blades, with descriptive text for each example.
How the Nazis stole Christmas
As a new exhibition in the western German city of Cologne shows, the Nazis tried to skew the Christmas story to do away with the Jewish baby Jesus and impose their racist ideology and propaganda on the popular festival.
Black magic fears as boy, 2, is hospitalised with 50 sewing needles inside his body
Police have launched an investigation to discover who carried out the attack amid fears the boy may have been used as part of a sinister black magic ritual.
With sick and sad x-ray picture.
Polanski and Kubrick: Two occult tales
Article at Boing Boing written by Jacques Vallee.
Mystery deepens around poet Lorca's bones
The mystery deepened Wednesday around the lost bones of Federico Garcia Lorca, Spain's most acclaimed modern poet, after experts appeared to have failed to locate the mass grave near Grenada in which he is alleged to be buried.
Jesus-era leper sheds light on Turin shroud mystery
Israel experts said on Wednesday that a burial shroud known as the Turin shroud, assumed to be the type used to wrap the body of Jesus, did not actually originate from Jesus-era Jerusalem.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
The Grinning Man
The Grinning Man seems to be a paranormal oddity akin unto Spring Heeled Jack or The Mad Gasser of Mattoon in that it seems to be very human-esque, but nobody is really sure.
Did soup kill ill-fated Franklin crew?
Tests performed at McMaster Tuesday have opened new questions about the role of lead poisoning in the deaths of 129 members of the ill-fated Franklin expedition.
Scientists Investigate Cause of 'Singing Dunes'
When an avalanche occurs or even when the sand is pushed by hand, it emits a powerful, monotonous sound that can last up to several minutes and be heard more than a mile away.
Octopus snatches coconut and runs
With awesome video.
Lost Giants: Did Mammoths Vanish Before, During and After Humans Arrived?
This is getting confusing.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Move over Elvis: History hopping with jackalope sightings
Great article on the maybe not-so-mythical jackalope.
Why We're Fascinated by the Paranormal, Masonic Myths and Secret Societies
By making paranoia part of pop culture, writers like Dan Brown have made a fortune. Then again, maybe he belongs to a secret cabal.
An Important Announcemant
After almost six years of running this blog I have decided to stretch my leathery wings a bit and start writing for the Examiner as the Kansas City Strange & Mysterious Facts Examiner.
I'll be covering the same topics you see here but I'll be writing more content and digging a little deeper.
I have no plans to end the Professor Hex blog so you'll still find the cream of the weird here almost daily. I do hope you'll find your way over to the Examiner to read my stuff there as well. I'll post links when I have new articles up.
And don't forget to become a fan of the Professor on Facebook.
And if you do become a fan please recommend me to your friends.The Professor is now also on Twitter
though I confess I have no idea what I'm doing over there. I need to take a tutorial.
I also updated Haunted Hex
this morning with a passel of new and spooky stories.
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Thanks for your continued readership,
Pie eating competitors to be drug tested