Sunday, December 31, 2006
Happy New Year from Professor Hex
I want to wish everyone a happy and safe New Year's Eve - and a banner new year for all of us.
The Lard Fiend
An 1884 newspaper auction on Ebay featuring "the story of the "Lard Fiend", who would traverse the Brockton streets on busy Sunday nights and unbenounced to the ladies, and while walking close to them, deposit a solution of lard on the backs of women's "costly silk dresses," thus ruining them. Because of the congestion on the streets, he was able to do this without as yet being caught. Upon the release of this issue, it was the eighth time he had struck within a few weeks. A serial criminal to be sure."
Head-banging Chinese snakes can predict earthquakes days in advance, say scientists
As Asia's telecom systems slowly recovered from the earthquakes that hit Taiwan this week, Chinese scientists said they had developed a new way of forecasting tremors - by observing the tendency of snakes to launch themselves headlong into walls.
New year rituals range from melting lead to eating black-eyed peas
I always eat black-eyed peas.
Livestock Predator Still a Mystery, Two Months After Its Death
Even after wolves were hunted, trapped and poisoned out of existence in most of Montana, lone predators continued to haunt sheepherders. There was the White Wolf of the Judith Basin, hunted for 15 years, and the Ghost Wolf of the Little Rockies. "These things became mythological," said Ed Bangs, the Fish and Wildlife Service recovery coordinator for the Rocky Mountains. "Some people said they had supernatural powers." They were, however, wolves. Wildlife officials are not sure what the latest phantom livestock killer was.
Still might be a
More African Dino Art Deco
Cryptomundo has the pdfs if you want a better look.
French space agency to publish UFO archive online
The French space agency is to publish its archive of UFO sightings and other phenomena online, but will keep the names of those who reported them off the site to protect them from pestering by space fanatics.
Eerie Exhibit Portrays World's Most Famous Serial Killers
A fitting theme for the reopening of Mexico City's Police Museum - life like exhibits of famous serial killers.
Globe's hottest spots are also affordable
The 4,000 travelers who use TripAdvisor.com have spoken. The top hot spot in the world for 2007 is Pamukkale, Turkey.
Egyptian Vessel Divination
The following is taken from the Leyden Papyrus, a collection of magical spells from Hellenic Egypt compiled around 300 AD. The spell, a technique for using a divining vessel, appears on Columns I-III of the papyrus.
Ghosts in the Machine
The human brain is, in surprising part, an appliance powered by electricity. It constantly generates about 12 watts of energy, enough to keep a flashlight glowing.
Full Moon Names for 2007
Full Moon names date back to Native Americans, of what is now the northern and eastern United States. Those tribes of a few hundred years ago kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full Moon. Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred.
At the Coliseum Bookstore, Little Is Left but the Shelves
Another long-time bookstore bites the dust.
Friday, December 29, 2006
The 'personal blimp' takes flight
With lots of pics.
Where's my flying car?
Michael Prescott wants to know.
Physical Evidence That Sasquatch Lives?
Solid interview with Jeff Meldrum, author of Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science.
Kennedy Targeted on 1963 Ireland Trip
President John F. Kennedy was the subject of three separate death threats during his visit to Ireland in 1963, according to newly declassified police documents released Friday.
African Dinosaur Hunting: Art Deco Style
Very cool. Cryptomundo's got it.
'Vital clue' in hunt for Christmas Truce
A letter published in a Cumbrian newspaper nearly a century ago could hold the key to unravelling one of the great mysteries of World War One.
Montana a UFO hotspot dating back to 1950s
"It's been a pretty active area, and there are a lot of world-documented sightings going way back," said Jeff Goodrich, state director of the Montana chapter of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON).
Tuscan Church Reveals Answer to Mystery of Medici Deaths
Picking through centuries-old rubbish, masonry and discarded body parts beneath an abandoned Tuscan church, an Italian historian believes she has solved one of history's great crime mysteries.
2006 A Year End Wrapup
The year in UFOs. With lots of photos.
The jewel in the crown: The curse of Koh-i-Noor
Its 750-year history is peppered with tales of murder and treachery. Now, secret papers released yesterday have added another twist to the 186-carat gem's colourful history.
Scientist says he knows Stradivari's secret
For more than a century, artists, craftsmen and scientists have sought the secret that gave the prized instruments their distinct sound. Dozens have claimed to have solved the mystery, but none has been proved right.
Planet hunters widen their search for second Earth
A Russian rocket hurled a European telescope into orbit yesterday, on a mission to find dozens of rocky planets circling other stars.
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Did Glooskap Kill The Dragon On The Kennebec?
Some research I've been doing lately.
RIP Gerald Ford
I know it's horrible, but all I could think about when I heard the news was
this video from SNL. Tragedy today as former president Gerald Ford was eaten by wolves. He was delicious.
Disappearing world: Global warming claims tropical island
For the first time, an inhabited island has disappeared beneath rising seas.
Missing slab could unlock mysteries of past
Cool article. And that sure looks like a dinosaur on that slab...
Copper Clothes Promoted As Healing Aids
Jeffrey Gabbay hasn't washed his sports socks since 2004. He says he doesn't have to. Gabbay's company, Cupron Inc., says it is the first textile manufacturer to produce fibers "impregnated" with copper oxide, an agent that kills bacteria and odor on contact. The socks, which he says can heal and prevent athlete's foot, are one of his company's best-selling products.
Feds failed to follow bombing evidence
Information in Utahn's FBI lawsuit points to possible co-conspirators in Oklahoma City.
Armadillos Marching North to Illinois
Look out, Canada.
Ex-Agent Reveals KGB Mind Control Techniques
A former KGB officer has divulged secrets of special mind control techniques that security services in developed nations used during and after the Cold War, a Russian government daily said Friday.
Documentary claims Jesus had 'secret' siblings
"Is not this the carpenter's son? Isn't his mother called Mary, and his brothers James, Joses, Simon and Judas? And are not his sisters here with us?"
Rome's New Vigilance for Its Buried Treasure
Of all the old saws about the Eternal City, at least one remains simply true: dig a deep hole almost anywhere here, and you'll unearth an archaeological artifact, or two.
China striving for mummy identification
A group of Chinese scientists are attempting to identify a 2,800-year-old mummy of an apparent Caucasian man found in an ancient tomb.
The Beast of Bray Road
Monster or mirage, the sightings sound like something out of 'Believe It Or Not'.
The biggest wave ever recorded measures in at 1740 ft
The biggest wave on record occurred in Lituya Bay on the southern coast of Alaska in 1958.
Bigfoot Tooth Found?
Cryptomundo's got it, with pics.
A New Sasquatch Conspiracy?
A host of unexplained sightings captured
Could this picture prove we really are not alone? Dedicated UFO spotter Ernie Sears believes so.
He doesn't believe in UFOs; he's just building his own
The Other Mystery of Easter Island
The island's lost language of Rongorongo.
10 myths -- and 10 truths -- about atheism
As the historian Stephen Henry Roberts (1901-71) once said: "I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours."
Monday, December 25, 2006
RIP James Brown
Words cannot do him justice.
The Godfather is gone.
Sunday, December 24, 2006
Merry Christmas from Professor Hex
I'd like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and thank you for your readership. My best to you and your loved ones.
Links to All 2006 Cryptozoology Lists
Cryptomundo has the master list.
RIP Jerry Berns
Jerry Berns, a proprietor of the "21" Club for a half-century and the last link to the restaurant's past as Manhattan's most celebrated speakeasy, died yesterday in Rancho Mirage, Calif. He was 99 and had homes in Rancho Mirage, Manhattan and Southampton, N.Y.
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Swiss conductor Tabachnik again acquitted of sect killings
An appeals court in France on Wednesday upheld the verdict of a lower court, which in 2001 acquitted Tabachnik over the deaths of members of the Swiss-based Order of the Solar Temple.
The Beast of Buchan
Big-cat sightings are now, like Nessie, almost part of Scottish folklore, stretching back to the 1930s.
...and then there was one
The Legendary Queen Ann Cafeteria in Oklahoma City is closing, leaving just one independently-owned cafeteria in a city that was once the Cafeteria Capital of America.
Queen Ann ends reign
I've eaten at the Queen Ann many times over the course of my lifetime. It will be missed. 1,400 people ate lunch there on Friday.
Giant squid filmed live
Here's the video if you missed it.
Swiss man takes to the skies with wings and a jetpack.
With cool video. Via
Friday, December 22, 2006
Robert Kennedy, also victim of a conspiracy?
New graphic evidence shows that the CIA and Italian-American and Cuban mafia groups that do Washington's dirty work are related not only to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, but also to that of his brother Robert.
'Phantom Ferry' floats off to Stockton
The old boat that became a piece of local legend as the "Mystery Ship" and "Phantom Ferry" during its brief stay in Port Costa is gone.
Unravel mystery of Star of Bethlehem
Astronomers love a good mystery. At this time of year there's no better one than the Star of Bethlehem.
'42 midget sub committed to the deep
The wartime midget submarine discovered off the beaches of Sydney is to be left on the ocean floor and is expected to become a permanent tomb for the two crewmen killed inside the vessel after their attack on Sydney Harbour in 1942.
Birth as easy as 1-2-3: one woman, two wombs, three babies
A British mother could get into the record books after she gave birth to twins and a single baby at the same time -- from two wombs -- in what is believed to be a world first.
Live Giant Squid Caught on Film
Cthulhu rising. With pics.
Why it's so hard to find giant squid
Duke Rape Charges Dismissed
Three Lacrosse Players Still Face Kidnapping And Sexual Assault Charges.
Thursday, December 21, 2006
'Seinfeld' spurs Festivus pole sales
And at the Festivus dinner, you gather your family around, and you tell them all the ways they have disappointed you over the past year.
Could the Church of Scientology be the best show on Broadway?
Secrets of Scientology: The E-Meter
Volney Mathison, inventor of the E-Meter.
Man charged over Suffolk murders
A 48-year-old man has been charged with murdering five women whose bodies were found in countryside near Ipswich.
The U.S. Has a History of Using Torture
The CIA loves them some torture.
Silver Star Mountain Bigfoot
Are these photos of a Bigfoot, or something altogether else?
Boing Boing 2006 Video
All of Boing Boing's video links from 2006 in one convenient location.
French soldiers had bin Laden in the crosshairs: documentary
French soldiers in Afghanistan had Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in their crosshairs -- twice -- but did not receive the order from their US commander to open fire, a French documentary reported.
A twice-cold case yields charges in girl's '67 killing
Inside a burned-out restaurant near the beaches of South Florida, detectives in the early 1980s caught up with a drifter suspected of killing a schoolgirl in Ohio.
Top Ten Creepy Fossil Finds of 2006
Cryptomundo's got them.
The Top Ten Bigfoot Stories of 2006
Meditation changes temperatures
Mind controls body in extreme experiments.
'Hibernating' Man Survives for 3 Weeks
A man who went missing in western Japan survived in near-freezing weather without food and water for over three weeks by falling into a state similar to hibernation, doctors said.
Who stole Jesus' foreskin?
Did the Vatican steal Jesus' foreskin so people would shut up about the savior's penis?
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
It's all in your head
Did mysterious voices diagnose a brain tumor?
This Modern World
The year in review, Part II.
Bush Admin: What You Don't Know Can't Hurt Us
Just how many different ways has the Bush Administration tried to hide once-public information sources from the public record? Help us count the ways.
Second Briton arrested in prostitute murder case
Police arrested a second man on Tuesday on suspicion of murdering five prostitutes in one of Britain's most dramatic suspected serial killings.
Strangler suspect was a cop
Cat Burglary Suspect Held In Belgium
The suspected "Dinnertime Bandit," the elusive cat burglar known for stealing millions in jewelry from the rich in Greenwich and other affluent towns as they ate dinner, is in custody in Belgium, police said Monday.
Unique Petroglyphs Discovered In The Caucasus
Archeologists from Saint Petersburg have discovered unique petroglyphs at the Western Caucasus, reports the fellow of the Institute of History of Material Culture.
I.E. sees saucer sightings
Think the Inland Empire is the last place a flying saucer would visit?
RIP Joe Barbera
Joe Barbera, half of the Hanna-Barbera animation team that produced such beloved cartoon characters as Tom and Jerry, Yogi Bear and the Flintstones, died Monday, a Warner Bros. spokesman said. He was 95.
Mystery gift may be valuable vomit
Best. Headline. Ever. The New York Times has a picture.
Nocturnal visit leaves me shaken
Writer violated in the night by...something.
52 species discovered in Borneo rainforest
In 2006 scientists discovered 52 species in the highly threatened rainforests of Borneo according to a new report from WWF, an environmental group working to preserve the biodiverse "Heart of Borneo" from further destruction.
Monday, December 18, 2006
Ipswich Kiler Caught?
Detectives hunting the killer of five women working as prostitutes in eastern England have arrested a 37-year-old man, police said Monday.
Judith Regan pulls a Mel?
At least Mel had been drinking. Judith Regan, the simply horrible person behind the O.J. Simpson book, has been canned by Rupert Murdoch, apparently over anti-semitic remarks she made to a company lawyer. A classy exit for a classy lady.
Litvinenko's killers used polonium worth $10m to give massive overdose
Experts reckon that as little as 0.1 micrograms of polonium-210 would be enough to kill - the equivalent of a single aspirin tablet divided into 10 million pieces
Quote of the Week
"I myself have never been able to find out what feminism is; I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute."
Martial Arts Styles - with Videos!
Neat page with videos of a variety of martial arts styles - if you have the time, check out the rather long Jeet Kune Do video.
Nice long article. Requires registration.
Sunday, December 17, 2006
White Deer Herd
, with neat deer pic.
An Army of Robots!
Thrilling Wonder's got it.
Moving past Vampire Cult
A decade after her parents' brutal murder inside their Eustis home, Heather says she wished she had known how to stop the 16-year-old boy who fatally beat the couple - and captured the nation's morbid curiosity with the "Vampire Cult Killings."
James Bond, Ian Fleming and Aleister Crowley
Cannonfire's got it.
In a discovery that has stunned even those behind it, scientists at a Toronto hospital say they have proof the body's nervous system helps trigger diabetes, opening the door to a potential near-cure of the disease that affects millions of Canadians.
Multiple theories on murder
As Suffolk Police face the unenviable task of fighting against the clock to track down and capture the killer of five women they are not alone with their theories.
Los Angeles 1942: Some Witnesses Describe UFO as "Giant Butterfly"
A 1942 article on the Attack on Los Angeles from the Reno Evening Gazette.
Woman claims sasquatch sighting
A woman from northern Saskatchewan says she saw the legendary sasquatch, and it left behind evidence described by an expert as "the find of the century."
Of course, the expert is Tom Biscardi so draw your own conclusions.
Bigfoot creatures in Malaysian jungles just hoax Johor Wars: How About All The Tracks?
RIPPER: HE WILL STRIKE AGAIN BEFORE XMAS
Town rocked by new terror as police warn vice-girl fiend craves notoriety Cops fear new horror Monster 'cannot stop'
It's elementary, illness ran in Doyle's family
It is a piece of detective work worthy of Sherlock Holmes. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the world's most famous fictional sleuth, suffered from a form of schizophrenia, according to new research.
10 Greatest Martial Arts Movies of All Time
I'm sure everyone will agree with this.
Just kidding. Looks like
have some quibbles.
Mystery of Joan of Arc relics is solved
One of the most tantalising studies in forensic science appears to have ended in disappointment.
Seeing is believing for Ipswich man
What Michael Domoretsky does have is a fierce conviction that he sees in Leonardo da Vinci's art stuff that nobody else has seen.
Pub haunted by ghosts of Christmas present
Christmas spirit has taken on a new meaning for regulars of the Bull's Head in Ogden as they await their regular festive visits from ghosts.
This Modern World
The year in review, Part I.
Top Ten Cryptozoo Mystery Pix 2006
Cryptomundo's got them.
Friday, December 15, 2006
X marks the weekend
Hello Los Angeles! Have a great weekend everybody.
Vegetarians are more intelligent, says study
My refusing to eat flesh occasioned an inconveniency, and I was frequently chided for my singularity, but, with this lighter repast, I made the greater progress, for greater clearness of head and quicker comprehension. -- Ben Franklin
Report: Notorious B.I.G. murder case linked to LAPD sex scandal
The murder of rapper Notorious B.I.G. has become linked to the sex scandal currently plaguing the Los Angeles Police Department, according to a report published in today's LA Times.
Bush bestows high honor on Buck O'Neil
Finally, Chimpy does something right.
THE HUNT FOR CHILE'S FIRST SUBMARINE
Somewhere below the surface of Valapariso Bay, hidden in the harbor's dark, frigid waters and half-buried in murky sludge, is a unique 140-year-old object that, for more than a year now, has been filmmaker Juan Enrique Benitez' consuming obsession.
"Do You See What I See?"
Rigorous Intuition wants to know.
Diplomat's suppressed document lays bare the lies behind Iraq war
The Government's case for going to war in Iraq has been torn apart by the publication of previously suppressed evidence that Tony Blair lied over Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction. A devastating attack on Mr Blair's justification for military action by Carne Ross, Britain's key negotiator at the UN, has been kept under wraps until now because he was threatened with being charged with breaching the Official Secrets Act.
Sightings the talk of 'sasquatch-ewan'
East described the creature as dark in colour, with dirty yellow patches over its face, chest and abdomen. It loped out of sight as they got closer.
Breast cancer may be sexually transmitted
Breast cancer could be sexually transmitted, says a researcher who has found the same virus that causes cervical cancer in breast cancer tumours from Australian women.
See also - more good news -
Brain Tumors May be Infectious
The Top Cryptozoology Books of 2006
Cryptomundo's got it.
Police have fifty Suffolk Strangler suspects
Police sources said today the hunt for the Suffolk strangler was "at a very critical" stage and revealed detectives have a list of fewer than 50 suspects.
Baby boom of white buffalo a mystery to breeders
When a white buffalo was born on their farm a few months ago, Dave and Val Heider managed to keep it a secret for about two weeks.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Michael Crichton - Douchebag of the Week!
Beyond the pale.
Douchebag might not be a strong enough word. Coward is a little closer. And a bully. Crichton's problem with Crowley seems to stem from a
Crowley wrote early this year about Crichton's views on global warming. I understand not liking someone's critique of your work - though you'd think a gazillionaire writer would have a little thicker skin - but libelling them in your novel hardly seems the way to handle it. And Crichton can hide behind his money in case of a lawsuit. Which makes him a bully.
I'm going to link to
Crichton's web site
so his site masters can report this to their boss. Please click on it. Maybe I'll show up in his next novel.
"Professor Rex liked to eat children and was especially fond of Republican babies in a glazed plum sauce. He was well known in certain circles for his sexual kinks involving watermelons and hat racks."
As to Crichton's work, well, let's just say that even in the realm of speculative fantasy the man is not known for his accuracy. Remember when the Japanese took over the country? Remember when sexual harassment lawsuits crippled the nation? Yeah, me neither.
Again, Michael Crichton is a douchebag.
Al Fayed repeats murder allegation over Diana death