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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Dead Man Driving 

Why are men less religious? It may be form of risk-taking, impulsivity just as criminal behavior is 

Stone 'jigsaw puzzles' yield clues about mysterious Saharan nomads 

Montreal teacher makes prehistoric find 

Congratulations to WeirdWriter 
The Professor would like to congratulate Brian over at WeirdWriter for completing the grueling writer's marathon known as NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). NaNoWriMo takes place every November and requires the completion of a 50,000 word novel in one month's time. Quite an accomplishment.

Brian has been blogging extensively about his experience and his November posts are chock full of authorly insight and great links for scribes. You can read all of his posts for November here.

Push envy of Iron Crotch aside as you contemplate phallic feat  
Bay Area grandmaster of Qigong pulls truck with penis

Grandmaster Tu Jin-Sheng, best known for his "Iron Crotch," attached himself not once but twice to a rental moving truck and pulled it several yards across a parking lot in Fremont. In lace-up leather boots and a black tank top, the 50-year-old tied a strip of blue fabric around the base of his penis and testicles and tugged to make sure it was on tight. An assistant kicked him hard between the legs before he lashed himself to the vehicle.

He groaned, grunted and pressed against two men for resistance.

Then, slowly, the truck began to roll forward.

The article reveals that one of his students is named "Shawnee Wang."

Creativity linked to sexual success 

Zambia bans suspected satanic church 

A Tinfoil Hat on Every Head  

The Mystery of Malta's Long-Headed Skulls 

Glimpsing the Bushman 

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Mounds of Controversy at Ohio Club 

Name the Mystery Fish 

The health benefits of olive oil 
I'm doing some research on olive oil as a topical skin application and I thought I'd share with you some of the interesting things I've found.

Olive oil 'wards off skin cancer'

The Skin Cancer Treatment Toolbox

The health benefits of olive oil

Virgin olive oil is the natural way to kill pain, scientists say

And a tremendous selection of links may be found here at Olive Trees - Information, History, Folklore.

"And wine that maketh glad the heart of man,
and oil to make his face to shine,
and bread which strengtheneth man's heart.".
- David, Psalm 93

Nicotine vaccine has promise for helping smokers quit  

'Believe' it: Carrey in Burton pic 

Nowhere to run 

An inside look at Opus Dei 

The man who his lost mind 

Monday, November 28, 2005

The Cthulhu Circus 

A hoax most cruel 

Setting sights on ocean floor 

Smoke fills Bush adviser's airplane 
Does Andy Card know too much?

Rosicrucian Order opens doors of mystery to public 

King Kong's playmate 

When the machines revolt, will you be prepared for it? 

'Psychic witness' helped police solve murder 

Eagles may be to blame for 'giant bird' rumor 
Q: When I was young, I believe it was in the mid-seventies or so (I was born in '62), there was a story circulating around the Peoria area about a "giant bird" that was spotted by several people around the area.

My co-workers all think that I have lost my mind as they don't recall anything like that.

Here is Loren Coleman's response over at Cryptomundo.

An excerpt:

"I congratulate Ms. Story for taking on the question, but she just looked in the wrong direction to discover an answer. Editors really need to become more aware of cryptozoology, and this inquiring reader was no doubt talking about the April 1977 flap of "big bird" encounters that centered on Lawndale, Illinois, but also included sightings near Peoria-Pekin, in such towns as Tremont, Delvan, and Minier."

Melvin and Howard: A true story after all? 


Stonehenge's purpose still a matter of debate 

A Place in the Desert for New Mexico's Most Exclusive Circles 

The hex files 
Officer uses religious expertise to crack unusual cases.

Great article about Officer Bob Engborg.

See also: Officer unravels unusual cases

Teen occult interest told 

Mafia informer asked to solve mystery of stolen Caravaggio 

Nepal to probe mystery 'Buddha' boy 

A crime for all time  

Friday, November 25, 2005

Baltimore Museum Of Oddities To Close 

6-yr-old girl killed in bloody ritual 

That's why the lady is a vamp 

Triangle's fabled allure shows no sign of vanishing 

Project Paperclip: Dark side of the Moon 

Pop music videos made from recut Sherlock Holmes TV show 

Hand-built fortune-telling robot in Bangalore 

Satanic Cult Played Role In Man's Disappearance, Says Family 

Investigating the 'death metal' murders 

Mushroom hunter rediscovers boulder 

Hughes 'Hoax,' a tall tale retold 

Chinese fortune telling may be 4,500 years old  

Wanted: Santa Claus 

Stunning photo previews the death of our Sun 

Mystery Mummy 

What killed Chile's mystery mummies? 

Street magicians fest to begin Dec 10  

Lone gunman theory still on target 

Thursday, November 24, 2005

The Magician's Hidden Library 
I was researching the origin of the word abracadabra when I stumbled upon this web site. I think the book, Magic Words: A Dictionary, sounds particularly interesting.

'Blood-sucking creature' killing sheep in Fujairah 

Seeing Sasquatch 

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Second opinion: advice from antiquity 
Roman medicine and the Materia Medica.

And the Romans had, of course, olive oil to strengthen the nails, soften the skin and ease aching muscles and tired feet. Perhaps, speculates a classical scholar writing in The Lancet, its regular application after bathing might explain why athlete's foot seems to have been unknown in the ancient world, despite the enthusiasm for public baths that would certainly have spread the fungus around. Being a lifelong sufferer himself, he tested his theory by applying a couple of drops between the toes every day. The athlete's foot vanished, never to return. And that is very useful to know.

Top terrorist 'may be master hypnotist'  
Amid fears that Indonesia's most wanted terrorist will strike again, some police have a new theory: Noordin Top is using hypnotism to elude capture and recruit more suicide bombers.

Indonesia's top terrorist is named Noordin Top? Sounds like the Silver Surfer's brother or a small village in England.

A fairy story you can't tell to children 

Thousands still missing in Hurricane Katrina's hardest-hit areas 

Don't anger the Fairies 

Pimped Out Megaphone Helmet 

Weird tales from the Northern Seas: Norwegian Legends 
Book review.

Missing WWII submarine 'found' 

Playground of P.S. 261 Site of Dig for Buried Treasure 

Decoding da Vinci 

Monday, November 21, 2005

The Unnatural Natural 

75-year-old jewel thief looks back 

A brush with evil: Serial killer's painting brings bad luck, owner says 

Corroborating Evidence: The Black Dahlia Murder 

Bowie brings magic to new film role 

Guitarist Link Wray dies at 76 

Amityville Horror Truth: George Lutz has his lawsuit against MGM 'tossed' 

Does spontaneous human combustion exist? 

A village of killer wives in Hungary 

From the sea, shards of the past  

A rollicking history of the devil's horn 

Black magic, murder and madness in Satanist South Africa  

Mystery Saxon whip goes on display in London 

No Closer to Cracking the Kennedy Case 

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Mystery of lost colony intrigues visitors to Outer Banks 

Haunted Places in Missouri 
Right in my backyard.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Real sea monkey? 

Green devil hunts kids 
Sploid's got it.

Kungfu Secret Agent 

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Richard Hamlin Vs. Satanic Ritual Abuse Conspiracy 

The power within 

Shaolin Temple to popularize Kungfu via modern media 

The penny which is worth a mint 

Democracy Breakin': Ohio's Electric Boogaloo 

Supernatural powers that be 

Flight 19 crew honored by House 

R.U. scared? Duo chronicles campus lore 
Strange stories from Rutgers.

Free Sherlock Holmes 

Cool Vintage Toy 

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Perpetrators of Ancient War Crime Sought 

Maine's Dog-Killing "Hyena" 

Unveil the Secrets of Ancient Civilizations 

Ellroy Confidential 

His 'Zion' eyes: Levin confronts 'Protocols' in 'gonzo' film 

In an old Celtic revival, spelling is a test of wills  

Lake Monsters unleashed 

Secret government UFO file unveiled 

Wife tells of beatings, lies, threats 

BushFellas: New Links in Boulis Murder 

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Ambassador de Sade 

Unsolved cases in Nome attract FBI  

Meditation builds up the brain 

Iraqi detainees claim they were put into cage of lions 

Horse slasher leaves stables in fear 
Up and down the country animals have been stabbed and mutilated but the culprits are elusive.

With map that would indicate that this is an organized effort carried out by more than one person. The question is why. Feel free to email me with suggestions.

Mysteries of the Watton underground 

Girl resurrects after 11 years 

Digging up Old Chinatown's roots 

Ancient Brewery Tended by Elite, Female Brewmasters 

The science of sea serpents  

Monday, November 14, 2005

eBay: Original Kinsey Sign from Institute for Sex Research  
It's ebayrotic!

Heart to Hart: The Will Hart Interview 

Books Bound in Human Skin 
Anthropodermic bibliopegy, the technical term for books bound in human skin.

A faint inscription on the last page of the book reads: "The bynding of this booke is all that remains of my deare friende Jonas Wright, who was flayed alive by the Wavuma on the Fourth Day of August, 1632. King btesa did give me the book, it being one of poore Jonas chiefe possessions, together with ample of his skin to bynd it. Requiescat in pace."

'Mothman' expert to discuss newest research tonight in Athens 

Pa. May Let Hunters Use Prehistoric Weapon  

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Seeing UFOs but not much else 

Irritating UFO Flare-ups  

Undisclosed Spying Objects 

Friday, November 11, 2005

A big thanks to my readers 
As of today, Professor Hex has had over 25,000 visits. I'd like to take a moment to thank all the people from around the world who have dropped by. Just today I have had readers from Spain, Israel, Korea, the U.K., Canada, the Netherlands, Mexico, Greece, Switzerland, Australia, Mauritius, France, Hungary, Singapore, Malaysia, Peru, and the good old U.S.A. And that's just today. I hope you enjoy your time here. If you have any suggestions, or would like to see something on here that you are currently not seeing, please let me know by sending me an email.

I'd also like to take a moment to thank my friend T.J. Speckman. T.J. tragically passed away recently and he will be missed terribly by everyone who knew him. He was in many ways an older brother to me and it is no exaggeration to say that this website would not exist without him. He was a tireless supporter of my endeavors and tipped me off to many great stories. He was a wonderful soundboard for my most outlandish ideas and he always told me the truth, even if I didn't want to hear it. RIP, pal. I miss you very much.


Black Magic and Pit Bulls: Raid Uncovers More than Just Drugs 

Finding said to boost proof of Goliath 

BYU Forms New Theory About 9/11 Attacks 

FBI and CIA identified as helping Plan Venezuelan Prosecutor's Murder 

Investigator Stalls in Iraq Antiquities Hunt  

Researchers Say Meditation Benefits Chronic Stress  

Campaign Phone-Jamming Case to Go to Trial 

Could a large tsunami ever hit the United States? 

IWU Alum Presents Rare 19th Century Book to The Ames Library 

Pirates using mystery ship 

DNA Method Could Reveal Jack the Ripper 

Floating Cities, Phantom Armies and Ghost Ships 

Mysterious Sengbeh animal killed in Sierra Leone 

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Daughter vanishes while on Alaskan cruise 

Giant gorilla was once a human neighbor 

Tale of flying blubber keeps bubbling up 

King Kong vs. Godzilla 

Internet Killed the Alien Star 

Advanced extraterrestrial UFO propagation based on Superstrings driven Supersymmetric Fluid Dynamics 

The Passion of the Rad 
An enigmatic independent auteur may have made the world's next great midnight movie.

Even several days into its run, the only information about Dangerous Men to be found online was an equally mystified review by the Ultimate Dancing Machine, published on, and a handful of user comments ranging from "pitiful but riveting" to "makes my eyes bleed, in the good way" to "incomprehensibly, mind-numbingly and adorably weird" to the measured "I just saw this . . . and it made me retarded."

DID YOU HEAR? UFO Center welcomes television visitors 

He sees Maya link in UFOs, natural disasters 

The world's biggest museum is falling down  

Was it a Conspiracy? The Mystery of the Pittsburgh Ghost Bomber 

How the dead live 

Lake Superior wreck hunters explore watery grave 

Are animals more in touch than us? 

Sights, shivers and signs  

Government Conspiracies and Bigfoot or Do You Smell Something Burning? 

Bili Ape Discoverer Shot 

Hair of the Yeti 

Congressman: 9/11 is a 'cover-up' 
Sploid's got it.

Patent issued for anti-gravity device 

"Godzilla" Fossils Reveal Real-Life Sea Monster 

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Is Angelina Jolie Working Voodoo on Brad Pitt?  

Prayer, magic are not so different 

Pamela Vitale Murder: Scott Dyleski Arraigned, Pleads Not Guilty 

The narco saint of Bakersfield 

Des Moines man fired for seeing ghosts 

A Is for Ancient, Describing an Alphabet Found Near Jerusalem  

Watching over your widow 15 years after dying: Priceless 

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Ten Aphrodisiacs That Really Work  

Wicca today 

Bolivians honor skull-toting tradition 

Mysterious Hawaiian Tiki Stir Debate 

DANGER ON THE GREAT LAKES: Fitzgerald still haunts sailors 

Monday, November 07, 2005

Tracing the Holy Grail through France  

The secrets of qigong 

Beer's hops seen to inhibit tumor growth 
I'm fighting cancer right now!

Miracle Mongers and Their Methods 
Houdini's book from 1920.

The spirit of Tombstone 

Ghost hunters bedevil Ill. cemetery 

UFO sightings 

Taxidermists take gutsy approach 

Cause Opens for Religious Slain in Satanic Rite 

Kitty Killer Still at Large in Hollywood 

Opening the door to the real Rosslyn  
Rosslyn and the Holy Grail.

For Sale: Island with Mysterious Money Pit 

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Ancient church found on jail site 

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Secrets of lough are to be probed 

Brian Jones: Who killed the Rolling Stones guitarist? 

Bizarre sells - Ripley's expanding its empire 

Scotland's Orkneys tell ancient stories 


Alan Moore: Could it be magic? 

Man's corpse slaps wife to death 

Rabin assassin demands new trial 

Mystery person woos local woman 

In China, hunt on for Loch Ness monster 
Man, that headline makes no sense. Good article, though.

"I said it was rubbish at first," says Yuan. "The next day, I saw them."

"It's fish. Giant fish, some about 15 meters (50 feet) long."

Death renews iceman 'curse' claim 

Friday, November 04, 2005

Not Yeti 

Thursday, November 03, 2005

The history of Dublin's Hell-Fire Club 

Archaeologists identify Copernicus' skull 

Conspiracy buffs buoyed by Rabin anniversary 

Foul smell at City Hall 

Aussie may unmask Jack the Ripper 

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Hubbard and the Occult 

Ridley's Believe It or Not! 

Ten Years After, Assassination Video Comes Out of Hiding  

Razzle Dazzle  

The Mystery of the Green Menace 

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Bush - Nazi Dealings Continued Until 1951  

Scientists prove blind people can 'see' with sixth sense 

Chinese archaeologists report discovery of 4,100-year-old observatory 

America Goes Cryptozoology Crazy 

The Worst Jobs in Science 
Number 10? Orangutan-Pee Collector. Number 3? Kansas Biology Teacher.

Thanks to Sara for the tip.

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