Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Will the real Moses please stand up?
Was Moses actually an Egyptian priest who led a revolt against his country?
Did Grace Kelly have links with a secret cult?
The Order of the Solar Temple achieved worldwide notoriety in 1994 when 69 members in Europe and north America died in what appeared to be a planned series of mass suicides and murders.
A Chinese chupacabra?
It's a hairless...something.
Mystery Monkey's snarky fan page a hit on Facebook
As of Monday, the page had more than 58,000 fans.
Scientists reverse Alzheimer's-like memory loss in fruit flies
By blocking the cellular signaling activity of a protein, a team of neuroscientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) has prevented memory loss in fruit flies caused by brain plaques similar to those thought to cause Alzheimer's disease in humans.
Dog found on yacht but no sign of lost South African solo sailor
Janse van Rensburg disappeared during what should have been a straightforward three-day voyage from the Bay of Plenty off New Zealand North Island.
Secrets of the Psycho shower
A Dallas-born stripper who worked in Las Vegas, Renfro was one of the first Playboy Bunnies. Apart from Psycho, she only appeared in one other film, Francis Ford Coppola's 1962 soft-porn comedy-western Tonight for Sure. Then she disappeared, forgotten – until a news report in 2001 said a 34-year-old handyman had been sentenced for raping and strangling her, a crime that had occurred in 1988 but had gone unsolved for over a decade.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Lord Byron described as free love worshipper and 'monster' by ex-lover in newly-discovered memoir
Claire Clairmont's memoir was discovered by Cambridge graduate Dr Daisy Hay as she researched her first book in New York Public Library.
The Golden Age of Sea Serpents
The 19th century was the golden age for sea serpents. Many of the most vivid and credible reports of “sea monsters” come from 19th-century sailors – sometimes in such detail, with such eloquence, with such verisimilitude, that only the most cynical sceptic can dismiss them as the products of overactive imaginations or hoaxes.
Production company searching for Raystown lake monsterSea Monsters in San Gabriel!
MonsterQuest: ‘Gable Film’ Mystery Solved
MonsterQuest’s final episode was a continuation into the “American Werewolf” mystery. Focusing greatly on the infamous “Gable film” that we have extensively covered here on GhostTheory. So let’s get crackin’ and discuss the show and its findings.
Archaeologists find door to the afterlife
Archaeologists have unearthed a 3,500-year-old door to the afterlife from the tomb of a high-ranking Egyptian official near Karnak temple in Luxor.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Did Dahmer Have One More Victim?
Did Jeffrey Dahmer kill Adam Walsh?
Phantom of the Alley
With spooky pic.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
1969 Radio Shack Catalog
Remember when Radio Shack actually carried cool stuff?
Via this thread at Fark.
Friday, March 26, 2010
The strange mystery of the ship and the cursing stone
The six survivors of the sinking of the HMS Wasp at Tory Island in 1884 were given a rousing welcome when they got to Derry afterwards. Was the shipwreck the result of a catalogue of errors - or were dark otherworldly forces called up by the islanders?
World War II Plane Found Near Oregon Coast
Loggers came across the wreckage of a Curtiss SB2C Helldiver, but it's not clear how it got there.
British aerospace enthusiast takes NASA-style photographs using a helium balloon and a pocket camera
The unearthly beauty of this image taken high above the planet would make Nasa proud.
Chinese mummies bring surprises to surface
An exhibit in Santa Ana displays 4,000-year-old mummies with European ancestry, found in the arid lands north of Tibet.
Clay County, KY Election Officials Found Guilty of Election Fraud, Vote Buying
Each face up to 20 years in broad conspiracy that included manipulation of electronic voting machines...
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
DNA from bone shows new human forerunner, and raises array of questions
A team of European researchers has identified a new lineage of proto-human that left Africa about a million years ago, traveling as far as Siberia and then dying out -- a discovery that raises new questions about early human history.
Woman May Have Killed Man In Wiccan Ceremony
A woman who claims she was going to perform a Wiccan celebration of spring is accused of using a ritualistic dagger to kill a man she invited to the ceremony.
Art of the Steal: On the Trail of World’s Most Ingenious Thief
The plane slowed and leveled out about a mile aboveground. Up ahead, the Viennese castle glowed like a fairy tale palace. When the pilot gave the thumbs-up, Gerald Blanchard looked down, checked his parachute straps, and jumped into the darkness. He plummeted for a second, then pulled his cord, slowing to a nice descent toward the tiled roof. It was early June 1998, and the evening wind was warm. If it kept cooperating, Blanchard would touch down directly above the room that held the Koechert Diamond Pearl. He steered his parachute toward his target.
THE HAIRLESS BLUE HORSE OF SOUTH AFRICA
Long before the hairless blue dogs of Texas were even a twinkle in the eyes of their controversial canine progenitors, another equally strange creature of unfurry skin and cyanescent hue had briefly gained headlines of its own.
Cryptids: The Elusive Bigfoot
Why is it so hard to find Bigfoot? We could say, “Because there's no such thing as Bigfoot!” and call it a day but that's not fair to Bigfoot.
James Shelby Downard's Carnival of Conspiracy
While Downard's original work was a tour-de-force of conspiratorial thinking, Carnivals is a different animal all together, a collection of nonsense and absurdity that even the most open minded conspiracy theorist will have a hard time digesting.
Walnuts could prevent prostate cancer, research finds
Experiments showed that eating a diet rich in walnuts reduced the size and growth rate of prostate cancer in mice.
Cold Fusion — Will It Save The World Or Be Forgotten?
Since cold fusion's troubled birth, it has been relegated to the fringes of science and the stuff of fiction. But this week, several chemists present evidence that cold fusion may be about to come online.
Finding Science in Acupuncture
High-Tech Tools Show How Acupuncture Works in Treating Arthritis, Back Pain, Other Ills.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
KU researcher investigates mysterious stone spheres in Costa Rica
The ancient stone spheres of Costa Rica were made world-famous by the opening sequence of “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” when a mockup of one of the mysterious relics nearly crushed Indiana Jones.
Dinosaur Buried Alive By Collapsing Sand Dune
Joe Pachak was hiking in the Comb Ridge area near Bluff, Utah, when he spotted the bony fossil protruding from the multicolored cliffs of the Navajo Sandstone.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Waiting for the end of the world: Georgia's 30-year stone mystery
The nearly 20-foot high series of granite slabs known as the Georgia Guidestones are inscribed with a series of admonitions for a future "Age of Reason."
Monkey Watch: More sightings in St. Petersburg
The elusive monkey has been spotted again!
Inventors Design Less-Lethal ‘Taser Me Elmo’ Rifle
Lund Technologies dreams up prototypes for just about everything, from hydrogen-powered toy rockets and light-up footballs to the top-selling Honey My Baby Pony and T.M.X. Tickle Me Elmo dolls. But with a little financing from the Pentagon, the company has also devised a new type of less-lethal rifle.
UAlbany scientists help solve garlic riddle
What happens to garlic at the precise moment you cut it? The seemingly simple question has challenged food scientists and chemists for more than 50 years.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
A New Rosslyn?
Those seeking a Templar-Mason connection should give up on Rosslyn Chapel and look instead to Kilwinning Abbey.
Colin Brazier asks: 'Did the Iraq war give me cancer?'
Recently, I had cause to think back to that day in the desert after a consultant at Salisbury District Hospital diagnosed a small, pea-sized lump under the skin near the hairline on the right side of my forehead as cancer.
The consultant didn’t use the dreaded C-word, of course, or call it a tumour.
That came later. She identified it as a ‘lesion’ and remarked that it was in an unusual place, and may well have been the result of exposure to radiation.
In Thailand, A Little Black Magic Is Politics as Usual
The images were shocking - and strange. On Tuesday, thousands of Thai protesters splattered buckets of their own blood outside the Prime Minister's office in Bangkok as a Brahmin priest in flowing white robes lit incense, chanted spells and cast a curse upon the government.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
DNA experts reveal China's ancient open door to West
For four millennia their secrets lay hidden beneath the desert sands, the final resting place of a mysterious civilisation. And since their discovery in 1934, the Tarim mummies in China have perplexed historians and archaeologists.
Revisiting The Great Nicola
He performed all over the world from America to India and Asia. He acquired an elephant from a maharajah, broke out of prison and ultimately lost all of his equipment. His astonishing life begins and ends in Monmouth.
Hollywood's sweetheart: Olivia de Havilland
Olivia de Havilland, a star of Hollywood's golden age, lives in Paris in a tall townhouse near the Bois de Boulogne.
DARPA's Smart Blimp: Mysterious, Hovering Future of Battlefield Surveillance
In the future DARPA's ISIS blimp may be hovering above the horizon near to conflict zones, feeding real time radar data to troops and smart weapons from on high. True to its name, it's also a little more magical than the Goodyear blimp as it's almost totally automated.
Murder case of cheating wife and missing mattress grips France
Former students recall that Jacques Viguier, a brilliant law professor, liked to engage them in a debate about whether the perfect murder existed. That was before the academic, a fan of Alfred Hitchcock films, was accused of killing his wife.
Forgotten authors No.50: John Dickson Carr
Pennsylvania-born John Dickson Carr (1906-1977) hit on the ultimate mystery, the murder that takes place in a hermetically sealed room, and wrote variations that increased in ornate complexity, with cliffhanger chapter ends and solutions that still have readers slapping their foreheads.
Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? by James Shapiro
It's a tale of snobbery and ignorance, of unhistorical assumptions, of myths about the writing life sometimes fuelled by bestselling authors who ought to know better. The trail is strewn, Shapiro says, with "fabricated documents, embellished lives, concealed identity, calls for trial, pseudonymous authorship, contested evidence, bald-faced deception, and a failure to grasp what could not be imagined".
Thursday, March 18, 2010
'Goatman' of Prince George's to be shown at film festival
Move over Bigfoot, Loch Ness monster, creature from the Black Lagoon and other similarly scary Hollywood monsters. Prince George's County's urban legend of the Goatman is finally starting to earn some big-screen attention.
Magick Man | Kenneth Anger
in the 63 years since he found recognition among Jean Cocteau’s set for his homoerotic-cum-occultist art-film classic, ”Fireworks,” he has produced a body of moving-image work that has gained a (literal) cult following, become a leading expert on the occult and the work of Aleister Crowley, declared himself a Magus, churned out two volumes of his proto-gossip-rag tomes "Hollywood Babylon" and, lately, taken on a string of ritualistic musical performances with his collaborator-slash-manager, Brian Butler. Kenneth Anger, in short, is a man with a supernatural mind.
10 Uncanniest Irish Mythological Creatures
From the familiar and beloved (aye: the leprechaun) to the somewhat stranger, but still rewarding (the headless, horse-mounted dullahan; the fir bolg, or bear people), you’ll find a very bestiary here. Craic!
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Cerne Abbas Giant: Preserving an icon
The Cerne Abbas Giant is a 60 metre (180 feet) chalk figure brandishing a club, but his exact origins remain a mystery.
Skull of Illinois Woman Murdered in 1948 Center of Mystery
Investigators and forensic anthropologists were baffled to find the skull of the buried corpse and one of the vertebrae were not actually those of Reed. The rest of the body was DNA-certified to be the slain teenager's.
A 160-Year-Old Photographic Mystery
In 1851, Levi Hill claimed he invented color photography. Was he a genius or a fraud?
Where Have All The Werewolves Gone?
Did the arrival of Darwin's theory of evolution put paid to a widespread belief in half-human creatures?
Canadian finds long-lost moon rover in new NASA images
The tracks were clearly visible on the moon's surface, leading lunar sleuth Phil Stooke straight to the long-lost Russian rover — and effectively solving a 37-year old mystery over the craft's location.
Possible Last Episode For MonsterQuest
I’ve been reading on various sources that the show might not be renewed for season 5. Although I’m generally saddened by this, I am not surprised.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Shrimp Dinner Found Beneath Antarctic Ice
A shrimp-like creature and a jellyfish have been discovered below a massive Antarctic ice sheet.
After 13 years, police still hunting for the East Coast Rapist
The man studies women carefully. He watches them leave for work and walk home from the mall, and he notices whether they lock their windows and doors. He knows when they are most vulnerable and when they are home alone with their children. He stalks them in neighborhoods he knows well.
Then he rapes them and vanishes.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Shakespeare's 'lost' play is published... or is it just a Double Falsehood?
Tangled relationships, women disguised as men, intrigue laced with tragedy and comedy - some might say it has all the hallmarks of Shakespeare.
But for the best part of 280 years The Double Falsehood, or the Distressed Lovers, has been dismissed as a falsehood in more than just title.
Digger’s Gallipolli Bible finds its way home
A bible lost by a brave young Digger almost a century ago on the World War 1 battlefield has found its way home to the soldier’s Seven Hills family.
Crop circles: shamen says they are 4,000 years old
“These circles were an amazing sight to see,” says Zulu holy man Credo Mutwa. “The gods never cut the stalks of the corn or millet when they formed these depressions. It appeared as though a great circular disc-shaped force had descended on the field.
Heidi Montag hires psychic manager, fires Spencer Pratt
Media "personality" and plastic surgery enthusiast Heidi Montag has reportedly dumped her manager, husband Spencer Pratt, and hired psychic Aiden Chase to manage her career in both the physical and, we assume, the astral plane.
25 Nostalgic Photos Comparing Past to the Present
Really cool and a little bit sad.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Who really wrote Shakespeare?
Surely not that 'upstart crow' from Stratford? As James Shapiro's new book rehearses the loony arguments about our greatest playwright, we ask some of today's finest Shakespearean actors and directors their thoughts on the authorship question.
The Mysterious Phenomenon of Shadow People
Each and every week there seems to be more and more stories and reports involving these mysterious beings, and they certainly have become a hot topic and a subject of growing interest of research by investigators.
Recalling a Legless Daredevil
As a boy, Charles Zibelman had fallen beneath a streetcar in Chicago, losing both legs below the hip. Zimmy later taught himself to golf and to drive a car with special mechanisms, but his claim to fame came as a marathon swimmer.
When a Connecticut mansion located near journalist Bill Dedman went on the market, it was simple curiosity that made him inquire how much it was selling for and who owned it.
The name of 103-year-old Huguette Clark didn’t ring a bell.
History, progress clash at mysterious Alabama mound
Overlooking the Interstate and an outdoor shopping mall here stands a sad little hill, bald but for four bare trees and a scattering of stones.
That the stones are there is beyond argument. But everything else about them — whether somebody put them there, how long they have been there and what should be done with them — became a matter of fierce debate last summer and has continued to yield surprising twists into recent weeks.
Who steals art?
Twenty years after the Gardner heist, detective Charles Hill says art thieves aren’t so clever.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
The Mysterious Death of Bush's Cyber-Guru
Shortly before six o’clock on the evening of December 19, 2008, a man standing outside his home in Lake Township, Ohio heard the whine of an engine in the sky above him.
Moments later two red lights broke through the low clouds, heading almost directly toward the ground. It was a light aircraft, and for a second, as it descended below the tree line, the man thought it would climb back up. Instead, there was a terrible thud, and the sky turned orange.
Friday, March 12, 2010
French bread spiked with LSD in CIA experiment