Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Another human foot washes ashore in B.C.
What. The. Hell.
The West Memphis Three: Their First Taste of Freedom
For 17 years, I have only seen Damien Echols—gaunt, pale, always behind thick glass—in an Arkansas supermax prison. Our voices—his always quiet—crossed through a metal grille.
Rare find discovered amid town's Old West kitsch
The Gypsy sat for decades in a restaurant amid the Old West kitsch that fills this former gold rush town, her unblinking gaze greeting the tourists who shuffled in from the creaking wooden sidewalk outside.
Friday, August 26, 2011
King Arthur's round table may have been found by archaeologists in Scotland
The King's Knot, a geometrical earthwork in the former royal gardens below Stirling Castle, has been shrouded in mystery for hundreds of years.
Farmers Kill Mexican “Troll” With Machete
In March of 2010, in the farming community of Chiquimitio, Michoacán, in Mexico, some locals encountered an odd creature creeping into town.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
The hidden charms of occult books
Publishing director of Ourobos, Kiesel is also a key organizer of the third annual Esoteric Book Conference, which takes place at the Seattle Center on Sept. 10 and 11 and may be the biggest gathering in this country for aficionados of occult books.
Scientists find lager beer's missing link — in Patagonia
German lager yeast appears to have originated on beech trees in southern Argentina. But how did it get to Europe 600 years ago?
Workers unearth old wagon wheel during bridge project
Friday, August 19, 2011
'West Memphis Three' -- Convicted Of Killing Boy Scouts -- Free After Serving 17 Years In Prison
After serving 17 years behind bars for the brutal murder of three children in eastern Arkansas, Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley Jr. and Jason Baldwin -- dubbed the "West Memphis Three" -- have been released from prison.
Orange Goo At Alaskan Village Found To Be Fungal Spores, Not Eggs
The orange goo that took over the shore of a remote Alaskan village is actually a mass of fungal spores — not microscopic eggs, as scientists at the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration first believed.
At 83, subject of ‘American Girl in Italy’ photo speaks out
The iconic 1951 image “American Girl in Italy” turns 60 on Monday. As its anniversary approaches, the stunning woman in the photo — Ninalee Craig, now 83 — is speaking up about it. She wants to explain what the photo represents, and what it doesn’t.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Human precursors went to sea, team says
The tools the team found are so old that they predate the human species, said Thomas Strasser, an archaeologist from Providence College who led the team. Instead of being made by our species, Homo sapiens, the tools were made by our ancestors, Homo erectus.
Is Christine O'Donnell secretly for gay marriage?
Is that why she botched the Piers Morgan interview? My latest at Big Think.
Texas vampire arrest sparks discussion on pop culture
The arrest of a Texas man who broke into a woman's house, threw her against a wall and tried to suck her blood over the weekend has sparked discussion over the impact of vampire books and movies on U.S. youth culture.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
The St. Michael Line: a Straight Story?
The St. Michael Alignment is arguably the most prominent and intriguing of the many ley lines that criss-cross Britain.
Road to 600 home runs a memorable one for Jim Thome
Thome has hit home run No. 600, the eighth man out of the slightly more than 17,000 major leaguers in history to reach that level, a level with only Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Alex Rodriguez, Ken Griffey Jr. and Sammy Sosa as prior members.
Also: He is the nicest, gentlest, kindest guy you will ever meet . . . to everything except the baseball, he still hits that really hard.
World War II veteran who survived Bataan Death March, built legacy of hope dies in Ill. at 105
A doctor once told Albert Brown he shouldn’t expect to make it to 50, given the toll taken by his years in a Japanese labor camp during World War II and the infamous, often-deadly march that got him there. But the former dentist made it to 105, embodying the power of a positive spirit in the face of inordinate odds.
Monday, August 15, 2011
Old text, new wrinkles: Did Butch Cassidy survive?
Did Butch Cassidy, the notorious Old West outlaw who most historians believe perished in a 1908 shootout in Bolivia, actually survive that battle and live to old age, peacefully and anonymously, in Washington state?
Pregnant plesiosaur fossil solves mystery
Ancient dinosaur trusted to New Jersey expert proves that some reptiles gave birth to live offspring
Mystery lingers for missing man found in chimney
The narrow, brick chimney of a Louisiana bank became his tomb for 27 years and now Joseph Schexnider will be laid to rest Sunday in a proper grave with a proper farewell by his family.
Life of 1920s Bloomington race driver filled with mystery
During the Roaring Twenties, the vroom-vroom of an automobile engine signaled to American youth a new world of open roads, high speeds and the more unrestrained sexuality of the Jazz Age.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Firefly population may be dwindling in Massachusetts
There may be nothing so evocative of summer nights as the flashing of fireflies over lawns and meadows.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
The annotated apocalypse: Anthropologists tackle 2012
It's August of 2011, do you know when your Apocalypse is?
Riots, wild markets: Did space storms drive us mad?
Some academics claim that solar storms can affect humans, altering moods and leading people into negative behavior through effects on their biochemistry.
Mountain lion photographed in Shannon County
Mountain lion in Missouri!
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Is the Baltic ‘UFO’ on the ocean floor actually the lost kingdom of Kvenland?
You be the judge. My latest at Big Think. Check it out.
Mystery lovers, rejoice: D.B. Cooper legend lives on
The FBI says DNA testing has failed to conclusively link a potential new suspect to the D.B. Cooper hijacking case. But then again, test results haven't exactly ruled out a link, either.
Mormons building ‘little Jerusalem’ in rural Utah
After months of construction, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will begin filming 55 educational vignettes about Jesus’ life next week on a new movie set modeled mainly after biblical Jerusalem.
The 'hum' is real
If just a handful of people were griping about mysterious underground rumblings and vibrations in their neighbourhoods, you could probably call them crackpots and get away with it.
UFO files: Mork and Mindy visited East Dulwich
The latest batch of UFO files released today contain sightings of mysterious lights over the Glastonbury Festival, a ''flying saucer'' outside Retford town hall and the bizarre story of ''Mork and Mindy's'' visit to East Dulwich.
Alaskan Orange Goo: Still a Mystery, but Scientists are Getting Close
Mystery road kill has thousands puzzled
A mystery piece of road kill in the United States has baffled government agencies and special investigators, who have been unable to identify the curious creature.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Fake collar bomb victim back in lock down
The 18-year-old daughter of IT executive and multi-millionaire Bill Pulver is again being targeted by her mystery attacker.
‘The Amateur Detective Just Won’t Do’ — Raymond Chandler and British Detective Fiction
The brilliant British-born U.S. detective writer Chandler was infected with a disease that knows no borders: class envy. But he was no socialist.
Gaddafi’s dead daughter ‘alive and well’
A daughter of Col Muammar Gaddafi who was said to have been killed in a US air raid on Tripoli in 1986 is still alive, it was reported on Wednesday.
With photo. Sort of.
Vic family finds pet dog chopped in half
A Victorian family has discovered the remains of their mutilated pet dog in their backyard, after the Pomeranian was stolen from the property and chopped in half.
Monday, August 08, 2011
Durham Gorilla Revisited
During July of 1973, the rural town of Durham, Maine, in Androscoggin County (and into nearby Cumberland County), was the site of several reports of a “gorilla.”
Quoth the raven, 'Nevermore."
Edgar Allan Poe House in Baltimore Faces Closing.
Mysterious orange goo falls from the sky in Alaskan village
It's goo season in Alaska.
98-year-old woman earns judo's highest degree black belt
With cool and touching video.
Thursday, August 04, 2011
NASA's pictures from Mars may show flowing water
Very very cool news.
When Three British Boys Traveled to Medieval England (Or Did They?)