Monday, December 31, 2007
Happy New Year
I want to wish everyone a happy and safe New Year's Eve - and a banner new year for all of us.
Ten things that will change your future
So Google and Wikipedia took you by surprise? Nick Galvin looks into his crystal ball and explains what you need to know to survive the next decade.
Was Tipu's sword made using nanotechnology?
Indians had the know-how for nanotechnology, one of the latest branches in science, from 18th century only, a Nobel Laureate in Chemistry said on Monday.
Pre-historic Nuclear War and ancient Flying Aircraft uncovered
The Indian Epics, especially the Mahabharata, reveal a tale of devastation and destruction. Atlantis, rather displeased at its humiliating defeat, deceived that they were no longer interested in subjugating the Rama Empire (An Indian Empire), and decided instead to annihilate the major cities using weapons of mass destruction.
The FBI is still looking D.B. Cooper ... no, really
The FBI sent out a press release this morning, saying they're putting a new focus on the D.B. Cooper case.
Truth behind man in the iron mask
He was a self-styled adventurer who gained fame throughout Edwardian England for pushing a perambulator around the world while wearing an iron mask to win a fortune.
However, exactly 100 years after his epic six-year “expedition”, Harry Bensley has been exposed as a fraud.
Prehistoric Breweries in Ireland? Beer From the Bronze Age
wo Irish archaeologists have tried to brew beer like their ancestors used to make -- 3,000 years ago -- in an effort to uncover the purpose of common, ancient stone mounds.
The mystery of the Aleppo Codex
The manuscript considered the most authoritative text of the Bible, the Aleppo Codex, was studied by Maimonides, ransomed by Crusaders and dismembered during rioting in the Syrian city of Aleppo.
Mystery over UFO sighting
He said: "I looked up and saw what looked like five bright orangey-red fireballs flying through the sky, coming from the Bodfari direction.
Sunroof injury couldn't kill Bhutto: Toyota official
The Pakistan government had said that former prime minister Benazir Bhutto died of skull-fracture after she hit her head against the sunroof lever of her vehicle, a Toyota Land Cruiser.
Help Us Solve The Tunnels Mystery
A network of tunnels under Old Town could mean many homes are sitting on passageways full of history.
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Daredevil jump of a lifetime
The Aussie freestyle motocross star will attempt to jump the length of a football field in the middle of Las Vegas New Year's Eve and shatter the current Guinness World Record.
UFO awareness group really isn't so far out
Anyone who takes the topic seriously knows about what they call the "giggle factor."
See also: UFO reported on Waikato farm
Pope Benedict XVI setting up exorcism squads to fight rising Satanism
The Vaticans chief exorcist, Father Gabriele Amorth, has revealed that Pope Benedict XVI is setting up exorcism squads to deal with the rampant growth of Satanism.
Mystery skull found in 'haunted' mansion
A HOUSE formerly owned by the Duke of Devonshire's estate is now the focus of a bizarre mystery as gardai attempt to confirm the identity of a human skull unearthed during renovation works.
Solving Golden Gate Park windmill mystery
Golden Gate Park's Murphy Windmill has had a rough 103-year life. Its sails have been broken off, its deck chopped off and its fantail cut away.
On the Track of the Kumbway
Cryptomundo follows the trail.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Dodging fastballs from space
The approaching year 2008 will mark the centenary of an incident familiar to astronomy buffs and students of the mysterious: the so-called "Tunguska event".
Hat-stashed monkey dies
The fist-sized tamarin was seized in August after escaping detection during a flight from Lima, Peru, and a stopover in Florida.
Couple films mystery dark spiral
When Tony Quigley and his wife Marie of North Tryon, just east of the Confederation Bridge, saw a dark spiral in the sky they went for the video camera.
Alas, no pic.
Otto Penzler on Merits of Mystery
Author Q & A with the editor of The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps.
Author trying to identify old newsboys
"Fattie," "Livers" and the rest of St. Louis' newsboy gangs are long gone. Though their real names and life stories always were a mystery, their images were part of a national campaign that helped turn the tide against child labor.
‘UFOs are seen as a joke but it’s almost an absolute certainty they exist’
Sightings of unidentified flying objects have soared in the last month, with at least two a week seen by airline pilots in South Wales.
See also: Berwyn UFO puzzle to be solved at last
Author Unravels the Dark Secrets of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Man recounts his meeting with Bigfoot
See also: These people have no doubt they saw Bigfoot
Man blames car wreck on prehistoric winged reptile
A 29-year-old Wenatchee man told police a pterodactyl caused him to drive his car into a light pole about 11:30 p.m. Thursday.
Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History
A team of historians has been trying to solve some historical "cold cases" -- old crimes in which the guilty ones walked, and even more insidious crimes where a whole village may have been complicit. There are other mysteries too, about unusual cases from the Viking age to the Klondike Gold Rush.
Via this post at MetaFilter.
Friday, December 28, 2007
I Spy Bigfoot - or a Bad Gorilla Suit
A cryptozoological film festival.
Chemo or yeti?
We showed the pictures to Sherpa friends and compared the shape and size of our footprint with those photographed and published by other mountaineers. We came to the conclusion that our footprint might indeed belong to a yeti.
See also: Smelly Bigfoot: The Skunk Ape
Restoring autos yields bounty of treasures
When restoring old cars, I find things. Sometimes, those things are commodities I don't necessarily want to find, such as mummified mice, racoon poo, dried-up condoms stuck to the floor under the rear seat and other unsavoury items. But, sometimes, as in any treasure hunt, I come up with gold.
Bhutto assassination: Who stands to benefit?
Before returning to Pakistan in October after almost a decade in exile, Benazir Bhutto wrote to President Pervez Musharraf, identifying several people she believed were actively trying to kill her, from Taliban warlords to Pakistani generals.
Map that named America goes on permanent display - Examiner.com
Just five centuries later, the Library of Congress has put the 1507 map on permanent display, part of a new show on America's origins. The 32-square-foot map, which the library bought for $10 million in 2003, was first on temporary exhibit. It then disappeared from the public eye while the library built a special protective case for it.
Ancient pyramid found in central Mexico City
Archeologists have discovered the ruins of an 800-year-old Aztec pyramid in the heart of the Mexican capital that could show the ancient city is at least a century older than previously thought.
Gangsters and Grimoires: A News Commentary � Papers Falling from an Attic Window
A federal judge Thursday unsealed a handwritten incantation that Bonanno crime boss Vincent (Vinny Gorgeous) Basciano stashed in his shoe to put a curse on prosecutors, FBI agents and mob turncoats during his 2006 racketeering trial.
Via the Anomalist.
The suspect is 7 feet tall, has long white fur
A woman knocks on a random door to report fighting with a yeti.
The Suicide Ghost Or The Hanging Woman
Here I present a true ghost experience as it was related to me by the person who experienced it.
Nigeria's answer to Stonehenge: the Ikom Monoliths
For the past couple of years, these mysterious circles of carved stone figures, which villagers in southern Nigeria still worship on occasion, have been causing a frenzy of excitement here.
The mystery of the singer who's had hiccups for 11 months
Mr Sands, 24, started hiccupping in February and has not stopped since.
Nutty theory or mystery solved?
Are squirrels stealing Christmas lights?
For CIA, 50-year-old data still too hot to handle
Fifty years may have passed, but basic historical information about the size and scope of the CIA during the mid-twentieth century is apparently still a closely guarded agency secret.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Old recordings of jazz greats discovered
With cocktail glasses clinking in the background, jazz singer Billie Holiday stood near a piano amid partygoers inside an apartment overlooking New York City's Hudson River. She began singing "Good Morning Heartache."
Bring Forth The Track Cast of Nessie!
Cryptomundo demands it!
New suspect in century-old theft of Irish gems
An unsolved jewel heist that scandalised Edwardian high society is being re-examined exactly 100 years after it was carried out against a bizarre backdrop of sex scandal and tragedy.
Riverside man's dream is as big as his quarry
Daniel Perez wants to find Bigfoot: 'It might be the biggest scientific discovery the world has ever seen.'
Boca Raton man creates society to help preserve Shroud of Turin
The Shroud of Turin is a mystical, enigmatic and controversial piece of linen.
British 'satanist' slays Russian wife and grandmother
A British man has been arrested in Russia on suspicion of murdering his wife and her grandmother. It's reported the husband and wife, who only married last month, were practising satanists. Police say William Cocks confessed to the crime, but provided no motive.
Mystery shrouds origins of popular term
Why do actors say 'break a leg?'
Thrift Shop Horrors
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Historic map raises questions about the naming of Atlanta ... or is it Atalanta?
Friday, December 21, 2007
Speared man unearthed after 4,000 years
Construction workers in Sydney have unearthed what archaeologists say is the earliest evidence of death by spearing.
Another person turns blue from colloidal silver
With pic of Papa Smurf- uh, I mean, the unfortunate individual.
Remember when it was caroling? Now it's just silent nights
"Before 1800, it was public, rowdy, drunken, potentially violent, often sexual. Now we have New Year's Eve for all that," says Stephen Nissenbaum, professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts and author of "The Battle for Christmas."
Bulgaria Plagued by 'Grave Robbers'
From an archaeological point of view, Bulgaria has some of the richest digs around. The problem is, plunderers are aware of the valuable treasure as well. And they often get there first.
Twisted, uncanny and just plain wrong
2007's weirdest stories.
See also:The best of 2007: moviesRoger Ebert: The year's ten best films and other shenanigans
On The Track of The Gbahali
In my work in northwestern Liberia I have been hearing reports about several animals which may be of interest to you. Most notable is a large amphibious reptile known as the “gbahali”.
See also: 2007’s Top CZ Lists To Date
How Santa went spooky
Since the time of Charles Dickens, Christmas has inspired some of the darkest tales ever penned.
Taking it Literally: Indulgent Musings on UFO Craft Shapes and Sexual Dynamics
I believe it may be possible to glean some information through a study of language and specific terms used in within UFO narratives.
What’s This Bloody Massive Thing In Greenland?
We're not all like you - we don't all use Google Earth to try and find topless women sunbathing in their garden. Some people use it to find massive spooky weirdness in arctic wildernesses.
Can You Solve The Message In A Bottle?
Mind Control, MK ULTRA and A Course in Miracles
A Course in Miracles has an interesting history and it all started when Dr. Helen Schucman, a non-religious Jew began working with Dr. William Thetford in 1958. It seems Dr. Thetford had ties with the CIA and was working on Project BLUEBIRD, which was later rolled over into the MK ULTRA Project.
From the get-go, gecko locomotion is scientist’s quest
It’s only a matter of time before scientists duplicate the gecko’s ability to climb up walls and cling to glass, says University of Calgary Prof. Anthony Russell, a leading researcher in the field.
Tim Mysterio's Christmas Tale
The Mystery Mystery: Was Liverpool visited by beings from another world, and are they still here?
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Santa Got a Gun — and a Rope
The events that occurred there 80 years ago are now but a historical whisper, an ill-planned escapade that, like a precursor to some Coen brothers movie, was daring, dim-witted, and deadly. They took place just two days before Christmas in 1927, turning the town’s holiday anticipation into a day of blind fear, reckless greed, and back-alley bloodshed. And the violent aftermath continued for years — a hanging, escape attempts, a new round of death.
That day, four men, their leader dressed in a Santa Claus suit and beard, terrorized downtown Cisco and assured themselves an infamous place in Texas criminal history.
Whale ancestors 'like deer'