Saturday, December 31, 2005
Happy New Year
I wish all of you a happy and safe new year.
Steve invents ghost busting machine
Troubled by that mysterious bump in the night, creak of the floorboards or unaccountable closing of a door?
Mechanical engineer Steve Watson has the answer -- his spirit sensor.
Malaysians seek Bigfoot
Authorities began searching the jungles of southern Malaysia yesterday for the mythical Bigfoot following a reported sighting of three giant human-like beasts, officials said.
Go-Go Crypto Hominid
In his second book, the mythical Bigfoot explains what happens when America's celebrity-obsessed culture forgets you exist.
Mysterious Condition Plagues Gulf War Vets
Veterans who served in the Persian Gulf War have nearly twice the prevalence of a chronic multi-symptom illness than soldiers who served elsewhere at the same time, a new study shows.
'I REMEMBER TALKING TO MY DEAD GRANDAD WHEN I WAS A BOY'
But did he talk back?
Germany reopens its 6,800-year-old mystery circle
Germany has constructed a replica of a mysterious wooden circle that is believed to be a temple of the sun built by a lost culture 6,800 years ago.
Aerial photographers map archaeological sites
In Gerster's recent book, "The Past From Above: Aerial Photographs of Archaeological Sites" (J. Paul Getty Museum), places we've seen a thousand times in pictures from ground level take on a whole new meaning. His photographs dramatize the scale of ancient structures and show them, as if for the first time, in relation to their surroundings.
MYSTERY OF GREAT LAKES' OLDEST SHIPWRECK
The mystery of the sailing ship Griffon has tantalized adventurers and historians ever since the vessel, loaded with furs, disappeared in 1679 on its maiden voyage in northern Lake Michigan.
Doctors, spiritualist remove mystery nail from woman's head
With gruesome pic.
Friday, December 30, 2005
UFO Sightings of Illinois
An Indiana man has published his own magazine entitled "UFO Sightings of Illinois" and is offering it for sale.
Mysterious liquid found in excavated bronzeware in NW China
Archeologists unearthed some yellow liquid inside a bronze vessel, which is in the shape of a garlic bulb at Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi Province.
Dillinger death subject of cable TV special
Whether John Dillinger really died outside an old movie house in Chicago is the subject of a Discovery Channel special that seeks an answer to the question using new forensic science technology.
Thursday, December 29, 2005
U.S. Teen Runs Off to Iraq by Himself
Maybe it was the time the taxi dumped him at the Iraq-Kuwait border, leaving him alone in the middle of the desert. Or when he drew a crowd at a Baghdad food stand after using an Arabic phrase book to order. Or the moment a Kuwaiti cab driver almost punched him in the face when he balked at the $100 fare.
But at some point, Farris Hassan, a 16-year-old from Florida, realized that traveling to Iraq by himself was not the safest thing he could have done with his Christmas vacation.
Adventures from the Technology Underground
Catapults, Pulsejets, Rail Guns, Flamethrowers, Tesla Coils, Air Cannons, and the Garage Warriors Who Love Them
The author, Bill Gurstelle, also has a blog.
Found over at boing boing
Exorcisms Rise in Mexico, Keeping Father Mendoza Busy
Father Pedro Mendoza Pantoja, the Roman Catholic Church's highest-ranking exorcist in Mexico City, has never been busier.
Mendoza, 70, takes 15 phone calls a day from people who say they are possessed by the devil and sees about five of them for in-office consultations. They're part of the increasing number of Mexicans demanding exorcisms.
Out there: a top-ten list for aliens
Needless to say, it was a big year for local "otherworldly" circles, to include UFOs, Big Foot stories, and other oddities that don't get much publicity or get laughed at when they do.
Mohegans May Regain Ownership Of New England's Largest Boulder
Towering Cochegan Rock, now the locale of dirt-bike riders and Boy Scout camping trips, may soon return to its legendary function as site of Mohegan tribal councils.
The Hartford-based Connecticut Council, Boy Scouts of America, wants to give the rock - declared the largest boulder in New England by Harvard scientists in the 1870s - back to the Mohegans more than 350 years after it was claimed by European settlers.
The big squeeze
It's a bumper crop for Florida's annual all-points bulletins of wild and crazy news.
Where the Steers and the Aliens Play
The story of multimillionaire Robert Bigelow is surrounded by the kind of mystery, intrigue, and conspiracy charges that typically fuel the UFO community's rumor mill. Some observers call him a generous benefactor who has nothing to hide. Others label him a manipulative puppetmaster who uses his money as a weapon and hordes the paranormal research data he once promised to make public.
Found via Rigorous Intuition
Congress petitioned for return of Geronimo's remains
American Indians are petitioning Congress to investigate the elite Skull and Bones society at Yale University and return the remains of Chiricahua Apache warrior Geronimo to Apaches for reburial.
R.I. town mulls move of 1700s milestone
A Colonial-era milestone that's stood in the same spot for more than 230 years may soon lose what was once its most important asset: its location.
UFO Casebook's Best UFO Photographs of 2005
I like the blurry one.
Moses' Ten Commandments may lie in Ethiopia
Ethiopians have always believed it, and now an increasing number of Western scholars are also agreeing that the lost Ark of the Covenant which contains the two stone tablets of the Ten Commandments given by God to Moses, as well as Aaron's rod and the golden pot of 'hidden' manna, may rest in the church of St Mary of Zion, at the town of Axum in Ethiopia.
See also Myth of the Lost Ark fuels pride of a nation on brink of war
Conspiracy book is filled with the usual suspects and some unusual ones
Sure, we all know the one about the second gunman on the grassy knoll. And thanks to a little book by Dan Brown, we know that Leonardo Da Vinci may or may not have slipped Mary Magdalene into The Last Supper.
But did the Titanic sink because of a secret fraud conspiracy? Are Nazis hanging out in Antarctica? Was a CIA experiment in mind-control behind the Jonestown massacre?
James McConnachie and Robin Tudge lay out these theories and many, many more in The Rough Guide to Conspiracy Theories (Rough Guides, $14.99), which bills itself as "the definitive guide to the world's most controversial conspiracies
Hunley scientists find clues to vessel's demise
Scientists chipping away the hard layer of mud that covers the Confederate submarine H-L Hunley have discovered that a view port on the front of the vessel is missing.
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
The proper martini rules
"The important thing is the rhythm. Always have rhythm in your shaking. Now a Manhattan, you always shake to fox-trot time; a Bronx to two-step time; a dry martini, you always shake to waltz time."
When I was lad of 16 years, I happened to see a U.F.O.
It was unidentified, it was flying, and it was an object. By the very definition of the term, whatever I saw was a U.F.O. Its appearance and behavior was even consistent with what one might expect from a U.FO., based on the pop-culture folk-lore. Whether or not genuine extra-terrestrials were involved in any way, I cannot say. Not because The Men In Black, or the men in white coats, instructed me not to.
Revealed: the pill that prevents cancer
A daily dose of vitamin D could cut the risk of cancers of the breast, colon and ovary by up to a half, a 40-year review of research has found. The evidence for the protective effect of the "sunshine vitamin" is so overwhelming that urgent action must be taken by public health authorities to boost blood levels, say cancer specialists.
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Las Vegas Based Scientists Study 'Skinwalker Ranch'
A team of scientists based in Las Vegas has been conducting a study that may be different from anything that's ever been tried. The research is focused on a ranch in rural Utah where, for 50 years or more, paranormal activity has been reported, including UFOs, Bigfoot, mutilated animals and poltergeists. Some call the place Skinwalker Ranch, and George Knapp of the I-Team is the only journalist allowed to visit the property.
Unidentified Gas Sickens Dozens in St. Petersburg Store
Dozens of shoppers in Russia's second city of St. Petersburg were hospitalized due to a mysterious gas that was released in a hardware chain store.
'Crow whisperer' continues to amaze
Every fall, the starlings descended on Decatur like a plague. Screeching and flapping, thousands of birds seized control of the park and dive-bombed residents, who fought back by lobbing firecrackers and blasting them with a propane cannon.
Nothing worked until town officials called in James L. Soules. As owner of the Bird Repellent Co. in Decatur, the quiet little man said he could beat the birds, but there was a catch: He refused to tell anyone how he would do it. He demanded complete secrecy, warning officials not to spy on him.
Soules might have seemed like a swindler, but over the next few weeks, something astounding happened. The birds began to fly away. "I was amazed," said Dan Mendenall, a city official. "It was almost like he wished them away."
The last of those birds flew out of Decatur in the 1990s, and in the years since, the 83-year-old Soules has driven off others using tactics that are closely guarded. A modern-day pied piper, he has become a legend around Decatur, where people call him the "birdman," "shaman" or the "crow whisperer."
In bifocals and a cardigan, the grandfatherly looking Soules has chased birds from dozens of cities over a 50-year career. "He doesn't get rid of half or a third. They're all gone," said Paul Osborne, the mayor of Decatur. "I don't know what he does. He doesn't poison them. He doesn't use spray. You never see bird carcasses. They just fly away, and they don't come back."
Study to verify 'Bigfoot'
The Johor National Parks Corporation is willing to collaborate with anyone wanting to carry out a study to verify the existence of "Bigfoot" in Johor.
Mysterious 'purple rain' falls in Williamsburg
No word from Prince.
FILM THREAT'S TOP 10 LOST FILMS, PART 3
I couldn't find Parts 1 and 2.
Historians unearth mysteries -- and magic
Mysterious rock walls in Pennsylvania.
Believe it or not, Wisconsin was weird in '05
The tip-off came on the third day of the year, when authorities warned people to watch out for a kangaroo hopping around on the rural highways of southwestern Wisconsin.
World-famous Nun Bun stolen
A cinnamon bun that bears a striking likeness to Mother Teresa has gone missing from the coffeehouse where it was displayed.
Norman Vaughan, 1905-2005
Norman Vaughan, who died on Friday aged 100, was the last surviving member of the Byrd Antarctic expedition of 1928-30 and remained an adventurer until he was well into his ninth decade.
Sunday, December 25, 2005
Federal agents' visit was a hoax: Student admits he lied about Mao book
The UMass Dartmouth student who claimed to have been visited by Homeland Security agents over his request for "The Little Red Book" by Mao Zedong has admitted to making up the entire story.
With centuries of history, tree is free for all to claim and enjoy
A little history of the holiday season.
Cell phones hung CIA for 'rendition'
The trick is known to just about every two-bit crook in the cellular age: If you don't want the cops to know where you are, take the battery out of your cell phone when it's not in use.
Had that trick been taught at the CIA's rural Virginia training school for covert operatives, the Bush administration might have avoided much of the current crisis in Europe over the practice the CIA calls "rendition," and CIA Director Porter Goss might not have ordered a sweeping review of the agency's field operations.
Maybe the right jolly old elf is an illusionist
Science tackles the Santa question
The smashed catfish actually produced enough oil to close down the Interstate.
It is a mystery why mistletoe is associated with kissing at Christmastime, but some sources claim that it started in ancient Europe when primitive people began to notice all the benefits trees afforded them, such as heat, shade, food and shelter. Particularly revered was the oak tree.
Nice article on the legends and gardening of mistletoe.
Nugget murmurs to secret admirer
A MYSTERY prospector with a keen ear for the tell-tale "murmur" of gold buried deep has scored a $50,000 Christmas bonus.
Gold coin sweetens pot
According to the Associated Press, the mystery of the gold coins is thought to have begun in McHenry County in Illinois in 1982 when someone dropped a gold coin into a Salvation Army kettle there. Since that time, reports have come in from all over the country wherever the bell ringers set up their stands.
New claims over weeping Madonna
THE mystery of WA's weeping Madonna is being accompanied by new claims that an apparition of the Virgin Mary is appearing regularly at the house where the statue is kept.
Hints of Hawaii's legends and secrets are found in 'Lost'
What's surprising is how well the show, without even trying, captures the essence of Hawaii, evoking the islands' mana, or spiritual power.
Unravelling the tsunami myster
What really caused last December's tsunami? No, it wasn't a gigantic underwater landslide but an earthquake which burst open 1,200 km of a fault line near the Sumatran coast, pushing up a length of an undersea mountain range.
Says you. I'm sticking with my "Cthulhu Rising" theory.
Clues unearthed about graves along Trail of Tears
The tiny Camp Ground church cemetery includes among its dead some of the earliest settlers from this part of southern Illinois -- Germans whose weathered sandstone grave markers date to the 1800s.
Still, a mystery lingers about others who might be buried on this solemn ground: Is the graveyard the final resting place of Cherokee Indians who died here during the winter of 1838-1839 as they were forced westward on the infamous Trail of Tears to what now is Oklahoma?
Was it UFOs? Mystery haunts eastern plains
Cattle rancher Clyde Chess never learned who - or what - killed his heifer 11 years ago, removing its lips, tongue, ears, heart and reproductive organs with laserlike precision.
But he has a theory.
"I suspect, and I know it sounds far-fetched, it was government testing," said Chess, who has a ranch in Rush. "They're the only ones that have that kind of technology."
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Mysterious author of 'Eiger Sanction' dies at 74
I mentioned Trevanian below in my '15 things about me and books" post. I always enjoyed his books and had just made a note to re-read The Eiger Sanction.
The Premature Death of Paul McCartney
A nice article on the "Paul is dead" story.
Wiretap Mystery: Spooks React
Only George W. Bush could creep out the intelligence community.
A 5,500-year-old mystery emerges
In the shadow of a much more recent war, a five-year excavation on the Syrian-Iraqi border has uncovered an ancient settlement of unexpected sophistication that was suddenly wiped out by invaders 5,500 years ago.
Top Cryptozoology Books 2005
Loren Coleman's picks for 2005.
Riddle of "corpse bride" draws crowds
Peering through the glass at a mannequin's veined hands, sparkling eyes and eerie smile, the small crowd gathered outside a store in northern Mexico tries to settle a macabre riddle beguiling many.
Is the tall, slender bridal figure in the window a richly detailed shop's dummy or, as a local legend says, the decades-old embalmed corpse of the former store owner's daughter?.
The haunting figure known as 'La Pascualita,' or 'Little Pascuala' first appeared 75 years ago in the window of the bridal gown store in the city of Chihuahua.
Stalin Planned Army of Ape-Man Super-Warriors
Soviet dictator Josef Stalin ordered the creation of Planet of the Apes-style warriors by crossing humans with apes, according to recently uncovered secret documents.
I had this same plan. When I was seven.
Saturday, December 17, 2005
Pulitzer-Winning Columnist Anderson Dies
A real American Hero has passed.
15 things about me and books
threw down the gauntlet. I have picked it up and . . . uh . . . typed about it.
My father was a tremendous reader. I grew up around books and reading. There's a baby picture of me sitting on the floor with the newspaper spread out in front of me. My father's sitting in a chair behind me, reading the paper. I was imitating my father.
I remember very clearly when I learned to read. I was playing school in our garage on a rainy summer's day and an older neighborhood girl was trying to teach me and some other kids. All at once, the words on the board made sense. It all dropped into place. I ran upstairs and proudly told my mom, "I can read!" I was five. My mom says I never read any early reading children's books and that the first book I read was "Jonathan Livingston Seagull."
When I was a kid there was a comic book shop not far from my house and my dad would take me there to buy comics. It was part comic book store and part used book store and what I remember more than anything was the wonderful smell of old paper. To this day, nothing smells like my childhood as much as an old comic book. I saw my first pulp magazine at this store, as well as my first Shadow and Doc Savage paperback reprint. Marked for life. I also met my first real author at this store - Carl Sherrell. He was just buying books and the owner introduced me to him. He gave me a signed copy of his paperback. My first signing.
I read a lot of Encyclopedia Brown books. I also remember reading Alfred Hitchcock's Three Investigators, the Mad Scientist's Club, and every Scholastic book about UFOs, Bigfoot, lake monsters, vampires, werewolves, psychics, and witches I could get my hands on.
My father always let me read his Playboys. Even when I was a kid. I was probably the only ten year old in the country that had read John Updike and Hunter S. Thompson. I had no idea what most of it meant, but I read it.
When I was in the fourth grade I read Trevanian's The Loo Sanction
for a book report and the teacher called my father to tell him that she didn't think it was appropriate reading material. My dad told her to get stuffed.
I was a creative writing major in school but I couldn't figure out what I wanted to write. I'm still not sure. I've read hundreds of books on writing and I still haven't found my voice. Part of it is laziness, but part of it is I don't think I'm very good. I'm trying to write stories that move and have a tangible, visceral feel to them - insightful genre fiction - but I don't know how. It's like spinning the dial on a safe waiting for the cylinders to drop. I always get bogged down in the second act. Perhaps my characters aren't real enough to live by themselves. Probably.
When my father died we had donations go to his favorite library with the stipulation being that they spend the money on new fiction because that was his favorite. When they bought the books they were nice enough to send them all over to my mother's house. We lined them up on the fireplace and had about ten feet of books, all with a "Donated by" bookplate and my father's name. That felt nice.
I'm completely anal about the condition of my books. I treat them with reverence. Almost all my paperbacks look unread, even if I've read them twice or more. I am completely non-anal about anything else.
When I lived in Portland I found a series of 50's Lesbian Nurse novels at the Salvation Army for a quarter a piece. When I left Portland I sold them to Powell's for big money.
I read fast. I think it's an outgrowth of learning with flashcards. I usually read several books a week, both fiction and nonfiction. I go through phases. I read a lot of short stories because I like to read before I go to sleep. I used to collect how-to books.
I like meeting writers. I've shared a joint with Allan Ginsburg, got drunk with P.J. O'Rourke, filmed William Burroughs, smoked a cigarette with Andrew Vachss, learned from Lawrence Block, kissed Alice Joanou, and spent a wonderful afternoon with Hugh Cave a year before he died. I've found writers to be very approachable. But no, talent doesn't rub off.
I got Hugh Cave's name out of the phonebook and asked if I could come over. He said sure. He was 92 at the time. I brought a six foot tall Greek girl and a stack of paperbacks from a bookstore in West Palm Beach. He flirted with Anthonia and showed me his office. A desk, a chair, a computer. A handful of reference books. A room for writing.
I've worked in a variety of bookstores. In college, I worked at the Raven Bookstore
in Lawrence, Kansas. When I lived in San Francisco, I worked at Forever After Books
at Haight and Ashbury. My friends Will and Tom own Prospero's Books
in Kansas City and I helped renovate their current space, a former hardware store.
I can't think of a book that "changed my life" but two come very close. In college I read Robert Anton Wilson's Cosmic Trigger
and and Colin Wilson's The Occult
virtually back to back. It was as if someone stuck a crowbar in my head and cracked open my brain. I've never looked at things the same way.
So how did you find the Professor today?
We all have dreams my friend.
Friday, December 16, 2005
Elections Official: Some Voting Machines Could Be Hacked
Voting machines used in four Central Florida counties might be flawed.
There's new evidence that computer hackers could change election results without anyone knowing about it, WESH 2 News reported.
White people are mutants!
Scientists Find A DNA Change That Accounts For White Skin
Thursday, December 15, 2005
No, really, locust bisque
The incredible story of Julie d'Aubigny, La Maupin.
Food stamps won't offset heating bills
Compassionate conservatives are neither.
Corroborating Evidence: The Black Dahlia Murder
Over at Amazon and as yet unreviewed. I'd like to hear from anyone who has read it. I'm looking at you, Elisabeth.
There is evidence in this true story supporting the connections between the Cleveland Torso Murders, the murder of socialite Georgette Bauerdorf, the murders of Josephine Ross and Frances Brown, the murder and dismemberment of Suzanne Degnan, the murder and bisection of Elizabeth Short (The Black Dahlia), the murder of Jeanne Axford French (The Red Lipstick Murder) and other victims.
Bible John was real. Not a myth made up by the Press
THE journalist who coined the name Bible John believes police could be wrong to dismiss the alleged serial killer as a "myth".
Call the sheriff!
Bindi as a hip accessory
The Bindi or tip is as old as tradition and as new as the times. Women of this sub-continent wore in the center of their forehead has now become a Fashion Statement setting a global trend.
Teacher settles lawsuit over curriculum content
"We don't need to study them durned Asians!"
Skull Study Suggests at Least Two Groups Colonized Americas
The 7,500- to 11,000-year-old remains suggest the oldest settlers of the Americas came from different genetic stock than more recent Native Americans. Modern Native Americans share traits with Mongoloid peoples of Mongolia, China, and Siberia, the researchers said. But they found dozens of skulls from Brazil appear much more similar to modern Australians, Melanesians, and Sub-Saharan Africans.
King Kong island home is pure fantasy, ecology experts say
Oh, but what a fantasy.
Yes, Florida Frank, There Are Skunk Apes
Florida Frank gets his ass handed to him.
Let's see some ID, please
The end of anonymity on the Internet?
2005: Year of the Bizarre?
Yup, pretty much.
Does the Muslim Satan Carry a Pitchfork?
Does he have a tail? A mustache? Does he listen to heavy metal?
New light shed on Shakespeare's Macbeth
Contemporary optical science could have inspired a famous supernatural event in one of Shakespeare's darkest works, new research suggests.
And the bard may have used the emerging tricks with mirrors as special effects when the play hit the stage.
Did Elizabethan theater employ advanced optics? John Dee says maybe...
It's hard to tell from the article, but they seem to be implying that they were using an effect similar to Pepper's Ghost
, although that seems unlikely. Perhaps it was some sort of magic lantern,
first described in 1671 - 55 years after the Bard's death.
UFO sighting claim
A CROSLAND Moor woman has captured images of a strange object in the skies above Huddersfield.
Now she is hoping someone can identify the object, which she saw on Monday afternoon.
The 10 Most Puzzling Ancient Artifacts
Over the last few hundred years, many perplexing artifacts have been unearthed that do not fit the currently excepted theories of geology and the history of man.
Ancient stories carved in stone are everywhere here
But not many visit; the rock art is near a remote, highly secure Weapons Station.
Cracking da Vinci's coded smile
A FEMME fatale with a mocking, ironic smile, a man in drag, an expectant mother or simply a housewife trying to hide the appalling state of her teeth. The true meaning of Mona Lisa's enigmatic smile has haunted art lovers for years, but scientists now believe they have hit upon a breakthrough.
Using a computer programme designed to reveal the emotions of a face, they have worked out that Leonardo da Vinci's muse was 83 per cent happy, 9 per cent disgusted, 6 per cent fearful and 2 per cent angry.
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
More secrecy may be coming
Comes now the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Agency, or BARDA, which would move the creation of new drugs and vaccines behind a wall of secrecy.
According to legislation approved by the Senate Health Committee, this proposed federal agency would oversee development of drugs and vaccines needed to respond to a flu pandemic or bioterrorist attack.
The act allows development, testing and use of a drug or vaccine without a shred of public information about the process. And, if the particular product does not work as intended, being ineffective or causing illness or death, that information also could be withheld.
You really can find identities of top patent holders
So here, for the first time, is a list of the 10 most-prolific inventors.
Don't Buy Into Skunk Ape Tale
Elisabeth, you need to write this guy a letter.
Was the Virgin Mary a refugee in Pakistan?
Although the Qur'an does not mention where Mary died, Muslims believe that she was forced to leave Palestine as a refugee, travelling far and wide to escape society's vicious war on her honor.
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Regret The Error: The Year in Media Errors and Corrections
The Denver Daily News would like to offer a sincere apology for a typo in Wednesday's Town Talk regarding New Jersey's proposal to ban smoking in automobiles. It was not the author's intention to call New Jersey 'Jew Jersey.'
New Bible John probe questions theory of a single serial killer
BIBLE John, the serial killer blamed for the murders of three Glasgow women in the 1960s, is a mythical figure whose "existence" has been fuelled by public imagination, a new documentary will claim this week.
Canadian Bigfoot, eh. With print pic.
NEW VIDEO BURNS AWAY CARE
Alex Jones has just announced his newest film, "The Order of Death," a disturbing look into the rites and rituals of the modern day descendents of Babylonian mystery cults. "Dark Secrets: Inside the Bohemian Grove" documented the first ever hidden camera incursion into the Grove and the bizarre, secret, pagan ritual, the Cremation of Care, practiced by members including leading politicians and business leaders.
BECOMING MARY POPPINS
A fascinating profile of the woman who created a legend.
For Whom Hell's Bells Toll
Rock and roll is the Devil's music.
It's hard to find a good séance these days, so I schlepped to Jack the Pelican Presents in Williamsburg Thursday night where "world renowned psychic medium" Jackie Barrett conducted a voodoo ceremony to conjure the spirit of German Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich. Why him?
Monday, December 12, 2005
Babalon - A Fable of Rocketry, Sex and High Magick
Paul Green's play, originally written for radio, explores the enigmatic life and mysterious death of Jack Parsons (1914-52), pioneering American rocket scientist, disciple of the magus Aleister Crowley, and passionate devotee of Lady Babalon, the Scarlet Woman of the New Aeon. Alison Rockbrand's highly stylised production reinforces the resonance of the text with soundscape and visual projections to create unique moments of ritual theatre. There are also elements of dark farce and tragedy as Parsons' apocalyptic vision is subverted by hostile forces.
Catlike Creature Spotted In Central Ohio -- Again
Two Granville police officers became the latest people to spot a catlike creature that has been seen around the region for more than a year.
With pics of the "Beast of Licking County."
Inmate hints at solution to Bell of Batoche mystery
The location of the Bell of Batoche is still a mystery, but after a trip to a Manitoba prison, the president of the Manitoba Metis Federation says he has some new leads to help him find it.
The famous bell has special significance to Metis people because Canadian soldiers took it from a church in the Metis community of Batoche, Sask. during the last battle of the 1885 North West Rebellion.
The silver-plated bell was brought east as a war trophy and eventually ended up on display in a Royal Canadian Legion hall in Millbrook, Ont. It was stolen from the hall in 1991, a few days after several Metis leaders had photographs taken with it.
'Queen of the Mountain Bootleggers' dies at age 101
Maggie Bailey, known as "The Queen of the Mountain Bootleggers," died of complications from pneumonia Saturday at Harlan Appalachian Regional Hospital. The Kentucky legend, who began selling moonshine when she was 17 and was still selling alcohol from her modest home at Clovertown in Harlan County when she was 95, was 101.
Sunday, December 11, 2005
Clarkson University Engineer Outwits High-Tech Fingerprint Fraud
Eyeballs, a severed hand, or fingers carried in ziplock bags. Back alley eye replacement surgery. These are scenarios used in recent blockbuster movies like Steven Spielberg's "Minority Report" and "Tomorrow Never Dies" to illustrate how unsavory characters in high-tech worlds beat sophisticated security and identification systems.
Sound fantastic? Maybe not. Biometrics is the science of using biological properties, such as fingerprints, an iris scan, or voice recognition, to identify individuals. And in a world of growing terrorism concerns and increasing security measures, the field of biometrics is rapidly expanding.
This and the link below courtesy of Make Zine.
How to make shot glasses out of ice
Shot glasses can get expensive especially if you want a lot of them for a big party, here we make shot glasses out of ice, it costs very little to make a bunch, and they're pretty sweet.
Kong Attacks Loren Coleman
Well, technically, they're going after "Lore Croghan."
Shaolin's rich road to Nirvana
Monks display entrepreneurial panache at China's most famous temple.
Boy finds ancient bison head
A 7-year-old boy who went exploring because the arcade was closed came back with what state archaeologists say is the find of the year - the horns and skull of a long-extinct bison species.
Authorities: Dead woman was healer, herbalist
A woman found dead near an ancient burial mound last month has been identified as a holistic healer and herbalist who died surrounded by pagan symbols and lying under an oak tree.
JFK killing still inspires new books on theories
The assassination of President John F. Kennedy remains the great unsolved mystery of American politics. With dozens of books in print on the subject, the case of the murdered commander in chief now seems to attract more interest from the publishing industry than from journalists or historians.
'Witch' book tells of matricide
A true-crime book about a Los Banos woman who killed her mother and kept the corpse in a ministorage locker for three years hit bookstore shelves this week.
"Witch: The True Story of Las Vegas' Most Notorious Female Killer," follows a criminal web spun by Brookey Lee West, a successful Silicon Valley technical writer who lived in Los Banos for a decade.
A personal account from About.com.
And here's another creepy one from Texas.
Dire predictions for 2006
It's gonna be an ugly year. Maybe.
Thanks to John for the tip.
Yard calls on Charles over death of Diana
Claims of the murder plot are contained in a letter by Diana stating that Charles and his friends had been plotting her death. The letter is an exhibit in the inquiry which was ordered two years ago by Michael Burgess, the royal coroner.
In her letter, full details of which were published on the day the inquest opened in January 2004, the princess wrote: "My husband is planning 'an accident' in my car, brake failure and serious head injury - to make the path clear for him to marry."
Friday, December 09, 2005
What Is It? New Photo Mystery: Braxton Beast
Cryptomundo has "a startling new camera trap photograph of what appears to be an unknown bipedal creature."
And be sure to check out the photo enhancements here.
Foreign Accent syndrome baffles medical experts
Cindy Langdon went to bed and woke up speaking French.
For the second time in two months, a mysterious maple syrup aroma wafted over Manhattan on Thursday, and city officials still don't know what caused it.
Youth suspended for speaking Spanish
Best article I've read on the story.
The war on Winter Solstice
Ain't it the truth.
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
"How to blow a fortune and make the FBI's Most Wanted List"
The current Number One list on Amazon's Listmania.
Readers recall memories of 'big birds' from 1970s
Hotline received numerous comments about the Nov. 28 column. V.I. of Tremont had asked Hotline to see if anyone else remembered hearing a story about big birds attempting to pluck children from their back yards in the late 1970s.
Open and Shut
Ten big questions about 9-11.
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Image of the Holy Cross Miraculously Appears Inside a Potato
Coming soon to an ebay near you. Good luck, Karin.
A History of Violets
I may have linked to Violet Books
before, but they certainly deserve a second look, especially this gallery
of "Rare Dustwrappers and Decorative Bindings." These scans make excellent wallpaper and backdrops for dreary office monitors.
Violet specializes in "Antiquarian Supernatural Literature, including literary ghost stories, Victorian science fiction, Yellow Nineties Decadence, H. Rider Haggard & haggardesque "Lost Race" novels, Marie Corelli & other occult romancers, Rafael Sabatini & Jeffery Farnol & all vintage swashbuckling historical romances, westerns, Yukon adventures, jungle tales, Sax Rohmer & all weird thrillers, classic detectives, vintage children's & young adult fantasies & series books, & all things old, fictional, adventurous, & weird." Whew. Tell 'em the Professor sent you.
Cheese it! The cops!