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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Mysterious Image Appears In Photograph 
With pic.

Loch Ness monster video? 

Demystifying the Mythological Wonder Drink 

The Martini Girl sold in to sex slavery 

Harvard's gravity hill defies physics -- well, at least it appears to 

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Flame on! 
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It's not often the Professor gets a ringside seat to a media firestorm but that's exactly what happened this weekend when my friends at Prospero's Books in Kansas City decided to have a book burning to draw attention to declining literacy in the United States. The event was covered by the local news and then picked up by the AP. I spent most of Memorial Day behind the counter at the store with noted troublemaker Jason Ryberg fielding calls from all over the country (and more than a few from overseas) as people rang with their concerns, blessings and outrage.

Many people understood the point the bookstore was trying to make - many others decidedly did not. Burning books promotes a visceral response in people, more so than any other method of disposal. We pointed out to upset callers (and more than a few angry bloggers) that libraries and bookstores fill dumpsters full of books every month with nary a peep from the public, but somehow books rotting in a landfill doesn't get under people's skins like throwing a book on a barbeque. That really pisses people off. Of course, anyone who has ever worked in a used bookstore immediately understood what was happening. It is hard to explain to someone who has never done it the sheer physical exertion involved with just moving 20,000 books, let alone storing, sorting, and pricing them. "Just give them away!" people cried. Well, they tried that. Libraries didn't want them. Charities turned them down and, oddly, so did prisons. You'd think a reading prison populace would be a safer prison populace but there seem to be a variety of barriers involved with getting books to prisoners. The book burning did open up some other avenues, such as getting books to soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan and a service that seems to specialize in getting books into prisons despite the red tape. The guys at the book store are looking into these options.

The burning has recieved quite a bit of notice from blogs literary and otherwise. Here is a thread at Metafilter and here is the Slashdot equivalent. A Google Blog Search for "Prospero's Books" will also give you an idea of the tenor of the debate. Oh, and here is the Prospero's Books MySpace page if you're into that sort of thing, complete with thoughtful blog entries and replies, as well as video of the event.

Island man finds historical "gold" 

The power of hypnosis can help you help yourself 

Kanawha Madonna shrouded in mystery 

Genes may play a part in learning "tonal languages", such as Chinese 

Scientists ramp up theory on Great Pyramid 

On The Trail Of Those Bumps In The Night 

Revealing photo album of Ireland's wildest women 

Local man debunks Black Angel mysteries 

World's oldest camera auctioned for 800,000 dollars 

Magicians banned from mud volcano 

Friday, May 25, 2007

Man claims new sleepless record 
Tony did it!

Or maybe not....

Still, congratulations are in order.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

UFO believer exposes fakes, faces resistance from locals 

Mythic Creatures 

Reggie the alligator believed captured 

Did one of the princes in the Tower survive to be an Essex bricklayer? 

Bird poops on Bush 
Everybody's a critic.

A Dictionary of Diner Slang 

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Pub Calls In Ghosthunters 

DepthX robotic submarine maps world's deepest sinkhole 
With cool pic.

Hunt for Jewish library stolen by the Nazis turns to Russia 

Claims of 9/11 conspiracy have suspect running scared 

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Spirit Photography Collectors Ain't Afriad of No Ghosts 

California man victim of plot fit for T.V. 
Extremely weird story.

Female sharks capable of virgin birth 

Bomb Plot Thwarted at Falwell's Funeral 

Monster Hunter 

China kills to harvest organs: MDs 

UFO pictures increase in detail and number 
Are we witnessing a 'wave'?

Did A Celestial Explosion Kill North American Mammals? 

Calvi, 'God's Banker,' Got Caught in Real-Life 'Da Vinci Code' 

MI5 'raided bank for sex pictures of Margaret' 

Wanted: Ned Kelly's missing remains 

Mystery surrounds treasure trove 

Seeking the Ozarks' unknown artist 

Indonesian fisherman nets ancient fish 

Friday, May 18, 2007

Chinese writing '8,000 years old' 

The Secret History of Jerry Falwell 

Beast of Bay seen again 

Piles of rocks spark an American Indian mystery 

Drifters could explain sweet-potato travel 

Nuke official's comments stir security concerns 

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Ivan Mackerle: Death Worm Hunter 

Scientists cast doubt on Kennedy bullet analysis 

Roman towns aligned with Sun 

Builders dig up lost pleasure garden of the ancient Romans 

Ghost haunts court: Vision of 1930s-era judge creeps out clerk 

Does Necropolis hold the key to Freemasonry's secret history? 

Curious Alexandria 5-year-old finds curious object 

The Hunt for Bigfoot 

Scientists ramp up for pyramid theory 

Treasure trove deep in Antarctic ocean 

Mausoleum Leak Mystery Solved 

Suicide Or Murder? Evidence Reviewed 
Weird story.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Little School of Horrors 
New Rigorous Intuition.

New Thunderbird Photos 

The Idol Thief 

How Alexander the Great Laid Waste to an Island Fortress 

An illustrated guide to Republican scandals 
Worst. Administration. Ever.

Bobby Kennedy: America's first assassination conspiracy theorist 

Geeky Rare-Earth Magnets Repel Sharks 

CIA contract pilots in Vietnam War have pension hopes 

On the prowl for a mystery 

Strange Liquid Oozing From Local Mausoleum 

Researcher says some children demonstrate unusual abilities after UFO and Extraterrestrial Encounters 

'Son Of Sam' Serial Killer Finds Salvation 

Plasma Laser: UFO Maker? 

Happy 70th Birthday George Carlin! 

Murderous Mystery Tours In L.A. 
1947project gets some press.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

What does $456 billion buy? 

Friday, May 11, 2007

The plague tracked in Denver 
Denver officials warned people to stay away from squirrels as they monitored what could be an outbreak of the plague.

From the same article: Denver has not had an outbreak of the plague since 1968.

Digital tricks preserve dinosaur tracks 

Browse Through The World's Largest Online Occult Dictionary 
Press release.

Abandoning the Fort 

Spaniards search for legendary Tartessos in a marsh 

Angels are among us today, author says 

Repairs start at ancient British site 

'White Mischief' murder finally solved after 66 years 

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Boundary Stones of Washington, D.C. 

A "heavy" thought about the Dix Six 

Keith Henson Back in Jail 

Administration Withheld E-Mails About Rove 

Strange Craft 

Ancient Fabric Found in Greece 

Attorney gets copy of suspect's confession 

Old area publications chronicle 1905 murder 

Last WWI veteran living in Canada dies at 106 

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

UK UFO Pilot Sightings Update & Watch Video Of Interview With The Pilot 

Leonard Part 41 

Monster's legend awaits students 

Trying to Connect Dots in Notorious Killing 

Charges may result from firings, say two former U.S. attorneys 

Naming names and 'suicide' 

A Mind Blowing Literary Coincidence 

Many Dimensions (Part Two) 
New Rigorous Intuition.

11 Days Without Sleep! 

State Dept. erases all reference to top official who quit over DC Madam list 

Egyptians, not Greeks were true fathers of medicine 

The Scalawag of Blue Mountain 

Considering aliens 

UFOs make Yuma man's life a pit stop 

Meditation Sharpens the Mind 

Forgotten instrument to go on display 

Ghostly Images Seen, Photographed On 'Deadly' Stretch Of I-4 
With video. Via Fark.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Are we alone? Your UFO stories... 

Behold, 232-year-old mysterious stone images in Esie Museum 

Do Plants Have Sex? 

Researcher: We have found Herod's tomb 

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