Tuesday, November 30, 2010
An experiment in dog telepathy, circa 1920
With doggone awesome pic.
Barcelona Spain's Giant Winged Cryptid
The twentieth anniversary of an unusual and highly original case within Spanish cryptozoology took place a few months ago. In June 1990, a giant bird decided to frighten—with its imposing presence and unpleasant crowing—a sizeable number of Barcelona’s residents.
Sharing the woods with creatures that go bump in the night
ChrisChris was my backyard neighbor when I was growing up in Burlington.
Actually, he didn’t live in my backyard, but somewhere in the woods that stretched beyond my neighborhood out to Haw River. ChrisChris was Alamance County’s version of BigFoot.
Weird Roadside Attractions
Giant dinosaurs, houses filled with dolls and puppets, museums of the weird: America's most interesting roadside attractions are often overlooked, occasionally maligned, and usually hidden away from more heavily traveled areas.
Awesome or Off-Putting: The Green Clawed Beast
Every now and then, though, stories of a lizard man encounter creep up and make us swear off murky-water swims for the rest of our lives. Such is the case of the Green Clawed Beast.
Monday, November 29, 2010
CIA implanted electrodes in brains of unsuspecting soldiers, suit alleges
A group of military veterans are suing to get the CIA to come clean about allegedly implanting remote control devices in their brains.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Putting a Hex on Hitler, 1941
"On the wet windy evening of January 22, a youthful band of idealists went to a lonely cabin in the Maryland woods." Thus begins one of the odder stories LIFE magazine ever published -- a straightforward, tongue-nowhere-near-cheek account of a 1941 "hex party" convened with one aim in mind: "to kill Adolf Hitler by voodoo incantation."
Friday, November 26, 2010
How trees that glow like fireflies could one day replace our streetlights
A team of researchers are experimenting with genes to allow the trait that causes fireflies to glow -bioluminescence - to be implanted into a variety of different organisms.
The Golden Age of Science Fiction: A Pulp Primer, Pt. 2
In the second of historian Jess Nevins' series on science fiction pulps, he takes us through the Golden Age of science fiction, from the late 1930s through the "last efflorescence of the pulps" in the mid-1950s.
Why is Cthulhu on this 300-year-old gravestone?
The Reverend Ichabod Wiswall (1637-1700) is a historical footnote. When he's remembered, it's for giving the first funeral sermon in America, in Duxbury, Massachusetts. So why is there a Lovecraftian cephalopod on his gravestone?
Reasonable doubt in the Chandra Levy case
How reliable is the conviction of Ingmar Guandique for the 2001 murder, when the key evidence is a disputed prison confession?
Thursday, November 25, 2010
African-American workers were key to Atlantic City's success, new book argues
A little something for you Boardwalk Empire fans.
Do-it-yourself Tasers are a real shocker
Home-made stun guns crudely built from disposable cameras using instructions from the internet have hit the streets of Sydney.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Stonehenge builders familiar with ball bearing technology
The same technique that allows vehicles and machinery to run smoothly today could have been used to transport the monument's massive standing stones more than 4,000 years ago, says a new theory.
Local people think hair of unidentified creature could be from "Wild Man"
The Shennongjia Nature Reserve in Hubei province has examined a strand of hair which it has not managed to identify, prompting local people to speculate that it may belong to the "Wild Man" – China's own Bigfoot.
Secret chamber in National Library
National Library has always been reputed to haunted. Now, here is a really eerie secret. A mysterious room has been discovered in the 250-year-old building a room that no one knew about and no one can enter because it seems to have no opening of kind, not even trapdoors.
New Sutton Hoo photographs unearthed
Inside these unprepossessing packages were a photographic treasure trove which sheds new light on the discovery and the excavation of the Sutton Hoo ship burial.
When Truth Is Scarier Than Fiction
It sounds like a crazy conspiracy -- too extreme to be true. Flaming tap water, dead animals, secret chemical formulas, mysterious illnesses afflicting whole communities, and people afraid to speak up.
Cyberthieves use human money mules for risky work
Sitting at a computer somewhere overseas in January 2009, computer hackers went phishing.
Within minutes of casting their electronic bait they caught what they were looking for: A small Michigan company where an employee unwittingly clicked on an official-looking e-mail that secretly gave cyberthieves the keys to the firm's bank account.
Spirited Welcome For Conan Doyle
In 1923, a veteran Montreal journalist and his wife were apparently plagued by an evil spirit. They claimed to be a victim of a poltergeist, a mischievous ghost that played with an old set of child's blocks and left strange messages on random pieces of paper in their house.
1,700 year mystery into death of Egyptian child mummy is re-opened
Historians are probing a 1,700-year-old mystery after scans revealed that an ancient Egyptian mummy could have been murdered.
Amateur Cryptographers Go Gaga Over New Kryptos Clue: B-E-R-L-I-N
To mark the 20th anniversary of his “Kryptos” sculpture, and its lingering mystery, sculptor Jim Sandborn has released a clue to deciphering the message engraved on the statue.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Grandma's Superhero Therapy
A few years ago, French photographer Sacha Goldberger found his 91-year-old Hungarian grandmother Frederika feeling lonely and depressed. To cheer her up, he suggested that they shoot a series of outrageous photographs in unusual costumes, poses, and locations. Grandma reluctantly agreed, but once they got rolling, she couldn't stop smiling.
Awesome. Via Fark.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Our Valued Customers
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work at a comic book store? Well, wonder no more!
Hitler's secret flying saucer: Did Fuhrer plan UFO attack on London and NY?
As Hitler's armies began to crumble on fronts as far apart as Stalingrad and North Africa, he turned in increasing desperation to his scientists to create a war-winning super-weapon.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Who is the 'Merchant of Death?'
He's known as the "Merchant of Death" and the "Lord of War," -- an alleged international arms dealer straight out of a cloak-and-dagger spy novel who eluded authorities for years and inspired Hollywood villains.Understatement of the week
: At one point, the State and Treasury departments were going after Bout while the Department of Defense continued to pay him. "It was one of those contradictory situations," Farah said.
DNA shows nurse was mom of mummified infants in LA
The work began last August when two women cleaning the basement of the apartment building near downtown found the long-discarded trunk and what initially appeared to be its treasure trove of 1930s-era memorabilia.
There were books, antiques, an iron, girdle, nurse's uniform, letters and postcards - and the bodies of the two babies.
Mystery surrounds Trinidad school 'devil attack'
Mystery still surrounded an alleged demonic attack at a Trinidad high school today after students fell ill and began rolling on the ground, blabbering in a strange tongue.
Not sci-fi anymore: experts find way to hold antimatter
Antimatter fuelled the Starship Enterprise to go where no man had gone before, but in reality it remained strictly in the realm of science fiction.
Six Of The Most Widely-Believed Alien Conspiracy Theories
Want an alien conspiracy with some meat on its bones (or exoskeleton, as the case may be)? Here are six of the greatest real-life alien conspiracy theories.
Fort Myers murder mystery: 8 skeletal remains, who killed them?
The largest excavation of human remains in Florida history happened in the brush off Arcadia Street in Fort Myers three years ago.
The truth is out there: UFO hunter Werner Walter
'Help, I've just seen a UFO!'
Ronni Chasen’s Killing a Mystery
Left with more questions than answers a day after a well-known movie publicist was shot to death on a winding side street here, a stunned Hollywood started scripting possible scenarios of its own.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Drug expert told police Iraq whistleblower David Kelly was ‘murdered’
The death of Dr. David Kelly, a former weapons inspector in Iraq, was "murder" and not suicide, according to a drug expert who spoke with British authorities during the ensuing investigation.
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Mystery 'missile' launch near L.A. no threat to national security, government officials say
Move along, citizen.
Bhootbilli, India’s Ghost Cat, Strikes Again
A “weird, scary creature” has been giving residents of Sanjay Park area sleepless nights.
Monday, November 08, 2010
Creatures of the Woods
Holland would later explain that the creature looked like a strange combination of ape, dog, lion and rhinoceros.
What lurks in Rendlesham Forest?
Weird, Wicked Weird: The occult. Witchcraft. Demonlogy. Library books that grow legs
If Professor Hex was a library book it would have been stolen a long time ago.
1572 parish church found
What they found was solid evidence of a church dating from 1572 -- evidence of the location of the first parish church of St. Augustine.
Researchers look for China's Roman links
Researchers from China and abroad are once again teaming up in an effort to solve a decades-old mystery over whether hundreds of blue-eyed residents from a village in Northwest China's Gansu Province could be the descendants of Roman soldiers.
Three Crosses at Czech-German Borders
There is an area in the Czech Republic called Trojmezi, meaning "Three Borders", which is an ideal place for mystery seekers.
Skeleton discovered in ghost town, reappears in Kemmerer
“This man wasn’t buried,” Richins said. “He was found in an old underground structure that had been used to hold ice in the ice cream parlor in the ghost town of Sublette.
Mysterious booms rock N.C. coast
The skyquakes are back.
Mystery, debate still surround sinking of Edmund Fitzgerald
The Edmund Fitzgerald's wreckage sits 530 feet below Lake Superior's surface. There are two large, intact sections at either end, but the middle was broken into pieces. The ship sank during a storm about 17 miles from Whitefish Point.
Trew: Did lost colony in the Okla. Panhandle exist?
The Case of the Vanishing Blonde
After a woman living in a hotel in Florida was raped, viciously beaten, and left for dead near the Everglades in 2005, the police investigation quickly went cold. But when the victim sued the Airport Regency, the hotel’s private detective, Ken Brennan, became obsessed with the case: how had the 21-year-old blonde disappeared from her room, unseen by security cameras?
Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead, British Museum, review
A new show at the British Museum brings us face to face with our darkest imaginings.
UFO in the sky over Isle of Arran Scotland?
Saturday, November 06, 2010
Is Death the End? Experiments Suggest You Create Time