Sunday, February 27, 2011
Man spends 30 years creating model of Herod’s Temple
Cool. Check it out.
Medicinal beer? New study shows maybe the ancient Nubians were onto something
Anthropologists have found that thousands of years before the 1928 discovery of penicillin, people in ancient Nubia were using beer as an antibiotic to treat everything from gum disease to infected wounds.
Is there anything beer can't do?
Thursday, February 24, 2011
'Bear-Wolf' Stalks Southern Wisconsin
"I seen it come up out of the brush from one side of the road. And it come across the road," he said. "The head was really round and the ears were kind of pointy. I never seen nothing like that."
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
‘Columbo’ creator solves his own family mystery
Interesting article, especially for Columbo fans.
Scientists ‘step closer’ to solving Stonehenge mystery
Scientists are today one step closer to solving the 4,000-year-old mystery after making their most significant discovery in 15 years.
‘Amazing’ trove of Thomas Jefferson's books discovered
Dozens of Thomas Jefferson's books, some including handwritten notes from America's third president, have been found in the rare books collection at Washington University in St. Louis.
Monday, February 21, 2011
From the Field: Cryptozoology
Cryptozoologists investigate sightings of cryptids on nearly every continent, from the famous long-necked lake monsters of Lake Champlain and Loch Ness, to the gigantic Mokèlé-mbèmbé lizards of Africa.
Where did all the world's giants go?
Did you know that there's a subfield of cryptozoology that deals with massive hominids, sequestered on our planet's hidden places? Let's take a look at some curious cases of Brobdingnagians amongst us.
"Monsters in Texas?" Meet the man who wrote the book
Ken Gerhard, a cryptozoologist (a person who studies hidden animals), held a lecture Friday night in North Austin to a group of about 25 people who wanted to hear more about the unexplained.
Dashiell Hammett finally gets his say
Earlier this year, when Andrew Gulli was clicking through an online archive of the works of Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961), author of tough, taciturn and influential crime novels such as "The Maltese Falcon" (1930) and "The Thin Man" (1934), he came across a batch of short stories that didn't sound familiar.
Film Reveals Names of Long-Unidentified Triangle Fire Victims
The identities of the six has long been the enduring mystery of the tragic fire that claimed the lives of 146 blouse makers, most of them young Jewish and Italian immigrant women, who were trapped by flames on March 25, 1911.
Silvano Vinceti: no 1 art detective?
He’s found the bones of Caravaggio and unmasked the Mona Lisa. What next for art’s mystery man?
Amelia Earhart - DNA research targets mystery
Research set to begin in a Simon Fraser University forensic lab could produce the first DNA profile of aviation's most celebrated woman, Amelia Earhart.
Friday, February 18, 2011
The Battle Of Los Angeles making Hollywood History
Over a million people witnessed our military firing at a huge UFO that hovered over Culver City California for more than an hour and a half.
Is this Windermere's mysterious Bownessie monster?
This atmospheric photograph, captured by IT graduate Tom Pickles, 24, reveals a strange humped shape gliding through the still waters of the lake.
With pic. A slightly larger version is here.
Burmese Python in Urbana, Missouri
Hunter gets photo of eight mountain lions congregating in central Washington
RIP Len Lesser, Uncle Leo on ‘Seinfeld’
One of the Professor's favorites.
"I was at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, watching people put notes in the wall, it’s an esoteric day, very silent, very nice. All of a sudden: ‘Uncle Leo, where’s the watch?’"
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
West Wales 'cult' trial man denies charges
An “evil” cult leader tried to force a pregnant schoolgirl to give birth so the secret occult group could claim the child as its own, a jury heard today.
The mystery of London’s pyramid hat man
Q. What do you call a man with a metal pyramid on his head?
A. Dominic, apparently.
Mystery of wild cat remains as city workers find carcass missing
Mountain lion? Bobcat? Taxidermist?
A New Mystery In Warren’s Long-Lost Letter
There’s a new wrinkle in the story of Joseph Warren’s long-lost letter, and it doesn’t come until the tiny postscript. In that letter, Warren reports Continental victories at Fort Ticonderoga and Crown Point.
If you follow the link you can decide for yourself.
Scientists solve mystery of Van Gogh's colours changing hue
It is hard to imagine some of Vincent van Gogh's signature works without the vibrant strokes of yellow that brightened the sky in The Starry Night and drenched his sunflowers in colour.
Voynich manuscript: Mystery book gives up a secret
The most mysterious book in the world is finally slightly less mysterious: it has an age.
Remains of Raymond Chandler’s wife interred next to him
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Kinkajou Found In Texas: An Exotic Animal Mystery
Shakespeare authorship questioned at Lee College event
Some of literature's most famous questions are associated with William Shakespeare. But at a Lee College event tonight, the Bard himself will be the one being questioned.
Mystery of the Black Madonna
Many scholars say that the Black Madonna is a link to religions that existed long before Christianity.
Anthrax Letters After Sept. 11 Attacks: National Research Council Not Sure Dr. Brice Ivins Was Sole Source
A review panel said that the FBI overstated the scientific evidence that linked the anthrax flask controlled by Dr. Bruce E. Ivins to the anthrax used in the 2001 attack letters.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Aspatria Cist Stone
Can Our DNA Electromagnetically 'Teleport' Itself? One Researcher Thinks So
DNA Teleportation Nobel Prize winner Luc Montagnier describes a phenomenon in which DNA emits electromagnetic signals of its own construction, "ghost DNA" that can be mistaken by enzymes as the real deal and replicated in another place.
Cool. Thanks, Scott.
Centuries-Old Cave Reveals Secrets of Ancient Humans
Tools and teeth found in Israel could be oldest ever discovered.
Funeral pyres an option in Colo. mountain town
Great article. Thanks to Scott for the tip.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Silent films recovered: These new releases are oldest in a long time
In a large mahogany box embellished with silk pockets and Cyrillic lettering, 10 lost pieces of America's cultural heritage recently landed in Culpeper, Va. - thanks, in a roundabout way, to the Soviet Union and a bureaucratic penchant for filing.
Friday, February 11, 2011
Experts determine age of book 'nobody can read'
Using radiocarbon dating, a team led by Greg Hodgins in the UA's department of physics has found the manuscript's parchment pages date back to the early 15th century, making the book a century older than scholars had previously thought.
Giant rats lead scientists to ancient fossils in East Timor cave
The experts were digging in Timor's Lene Hara cave, a treasure trove of fossils and rock art, when they chanced upon a group of stylised human faces etched in the rock.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Parcheesi and Planchette
Massive Bigfoot Search Gains Momentum
About an hour east of Charlotte, Troy, NC has a population of just over 3000, residents say everyone knows their neighbor. That was until super bowl Sunday when someone spotted a hairy beast.
See also: Does Bigfoot exist?
Russian expedition seeks to unlock Arctic mystery
Two amphibious all-terrain vehicles will set on an expedition around the world on February 17 via remote Arctic regions in Europe, Asia and North America. It is hoped that the Russian expedition, Polar Ring, will solve the mystery of Sigizmund Levanevsky’s ill-fated Arctic flight.
Did Ferris Bueller really take TWO days off?
Does anyone have the answer? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
J. Michael Straczynski Speaks On His Doyle/Houdini Screenplay
Voices spins a roaring ’20s mystery thriller out of the real-life friendship between Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle and escape artist Harry Houdini.
Mob war over memorabilia
With not one but two Mob museums planning to open this year, a fight for Chicago Mob memorabilia is now on.
DNA Could Solve 170-Year-Old Mystery Of Fate Of Central Texas Pioneer
Experts from the Smithsonian institution will spend Thursday and Friday taking DNA samples from remains found in a grave in a slave cemetery in Falls County that’s believed to be the final resting place of early Texas Ranger and Central Texas pioneer James Coryell.
75-year-old mystery quilt sends Nebraska woman on voyage of discovery to Santa Cruz
She says that it was like finding King Tut's tomb, and maybe she's right.
Raymond Chandler and wife to be reunited after death
Two Chandler aficionados from Malibu have moved heaven and earth to reunite Philip Marlowe’s creator, who died here in 1959, with the love of his life, wife “Cissy,” who had succumbed five years earlier.
Did mystery object cause Morpeth rumble?
People described how their homes were shaken violently, with doors banging and windows rattling. The noise was compared to thunder by some, while others said it sounded like snow falling off the roof, but there was no snow on the roof.
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
Sinister Sites - The Denver International Airport
The airport facilities themselves raised a ton of questions regarding the true purpose of the mega-structure.
Dashiell Hammett's lost works found in Texas
A cache of unpublished works by famed writer Dashiell Hammett, often seen as the father of hardboiled detective fiction, has been found and is set to be unveiled in America.
Monday, February 07, 2011
Jack the Ripper victims to feature in art exhibition
Portraits of the victims of Jack the Ripper are to feature in an exhibition in Chelmsford later this year.
Ghost Horse Caught on Tape During Egypt Protests Sparks Theories of Biblical Proportions
The "Ghost Horse" appears at about 1:18 in the video. It looks like an effect from the Haunted Mansion.
Smith and Wesson
Indian documents ancient science of Anthro-Biometry
A mystic Indian has successfully documented the ancient science of Anthro-Biometry, the science that incorporates a universal system of Sacred Geometry to predict the rise and fall of man's activities and that of civilisations.
Fate of ancient Egyptian library a mystery
Ancient Alexandria lies under modern Alexandria and into the Mediterranean Sea as well. If you want to see the city of Alexander and Cleopatra, you will have to dig or dive.
Paine’s missing remains make macabre list
What do Thomas Paine, Maori tribespeople and St. Francis Xavier have in common? Far-flung body parts.
See also: Top 10 Famous Stolen Body Parts
Sunday, February 06, 2011
Oregon Mysteries of the Sea
Includes famous "exploding whale" video, which, really, is not that mysterious. Hysterical, sure, but not that mysterious.
Also: Author Stan Allyn of Tradewinds Sportfishing fame was a witness to a sight so unusual it was four years before he related it to anyone. Gazing out to sea from his beachside home he noticed something at the water's edge. As he watched, several yellow tentacles came out of the surf and groped around on the beach.
Remind me to never camp on an Oregon beach again.
Snowy sea serpent a hit at Quincy shipyard rotary
Cute. With video and wicked awesome accents.
Hitler aide Bormann ‘escaped to Latin America’