Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Halloween history: The myth of the Jack-o-lantern and spooky lights
How did the custom of carving pumpkins with frightening faces become a part of our Halloween festivities?
A New Wrinkle in the JFK Assassination Story
What McHugh claimed to have witnessed next was shocking. "I walked in the toilet, in the powder room, and there he was hiding, with the curtain closed," McHugh recalled. He claimed that LBJ was crying, "They're going to get us all. It's a plot. It's a plot. It's going to get us all.'" According to the General, Johnson "was hysterical, sitting down on the john there alone in this thing."
Scientists discovered hairless rodent that could provide cure for cancer
Researchers have discovered why a bizarre-looking rodent is the only known cancer free animal in the world. The findings could one day help scientists stop tumours developing in humans.
The search for Amelia Earhart flies again
Imagine being thrilled to learn that the hardened material in your hands is dried...well, poop. You might feel differently if the dropping potentially belonged to a famous aviator.
Werewolf sightings on Wrexham-Flintshire border
Could there really be some strange creature resembling a primitive man, even a werewolf, living in the woods in the area who had lived there undetected for more than 20 years?
Modern man a wimp says anthropologist
You suck. Here's why.
Thanks again, Scott.
Disarticulated foot find no real mystery, oceanographer insists
Human remains washing ashore happens all over North America, but it's just not something that's openly discussed or widely reported on, he suggested.
Picower’s Death Adds to Mystery: Who Else Knew Of Madoff Fraud?
When billionaire Madoff investor Jeffry Picower was found dead at the bottom of the swimming pool at his oceanfront estate in Palm Beach, Fla., on October 25, he left behind lingering questions about the nature of Bernard Madoff’s $65 billion Ponzi scheme. Could Madoff have pulled off the massive fraud on his own, or were others aware of, and even complicit with, the record-breaking scam?
Sasquatch hunters hope to find proof in Dolly Sods Sasquatch Watching His Back in West Virginia Bigfoot search in West Virginia turns up 'suspicious' footprints Searching for Bigfoot Inc.: Arizona Discovery May Be the "Biggest Find of the Millennium" Sasquatch hunters search West Virginia Sasquatch in our woods?
The FBI suspects serial killers working as long-haul truckers are to blame for hundreds of unsolved murders across the county.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Cryptozoology Museum Shirts Are Here!
Mobile use is linked to brain tumours
Long-term mobile phone users could face a higher risk of developing cancer in later life, according to a decade-long study.
Christian Broadcasting Network Warns Against 'Demonic' Halloween Candy
Are you freaking kidding me?
'Witches' get a very late apology
On Halloween in 2001, the governor of Massachusetts proclaimed that a group of people who had been found guilty in a court of law and executed as punishment for their alleged crimes were actually innocent after all.
Woodland mysteries not just for Halloween
Horrific, guttural cries, like an elderly woman screaming, have been heard in the middle of the night. Chickens and cats have been mysteriously killed. Is there something new to the woods of the Garden State, or has it always been there?
300 Years of American Terror, Insanity And Awe
A nice little stocking stuffer..
Darkness, Silence Cause Hallucinations
The results of a study conducted at University College London said when a group of people are placed in a dark, silent room, many start hallucinating after just a few minutes.
Foot found on Richmond beach is seventh foot found on B.C. coast
A right foot has been found inside a running shoe on a beach in Richmond, the seventh foot found along B.C.’s coast in two years, RCMP said Wednesday.
Anybody Know a Lady in Missouri Who Breastfeeds Her Cat?
Pic is probably not safe for work.
Curses and superstitions are all over the sports world
Superstitions and curses play a big role in sports. The 1969 Cubs know all about that -- seemingly on track for the postseason, the Cubbies collapsed in September that year after a black cat crossed paths with Ron Santo in the on-deck circle at Shea Stadium.
Poisoned candy turns out to be a Halloween myth
In nearly every suspected case of candy poisoning, Best has determined that it was either a hoax or an attempt to cover up other mischief. His conclusion: Reports of poisoned candy from strangers are a myth.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
'Pac-Man' markings create new mystery at former stronghold of Knights Templar
In a scene worthy of the opening of Dan Brown’s next bestselling novel, workmen renovating a garden wall have stumbled on two mysteriously carved gravestones at the site of the former stronghold of the Knights Templar in Scotland.
Whisky on (Antarctic) ice
Tucked in the shadows and frozen to the ground are two cases of Scotch whisky left behind 100 years ago by Sir Ernest Shackleton after a failed attempt at the South Pole.
Did a Meteorite, or Nerdy Hoaxsters, Strike Latvia?
Sometimes, the sky really is falling, and other times it just seems that way.
Occult shop teaches people how to cast spells, make potions
In times of uncertainty, an occult shop makes for recession-proof business. The goods: white magic accessories. The service: teaching people how to cast spells and make their own potions to fulfill their desires.
25 of the Scariest Science Experiments Ever Conducted
While science has the power to improve our lives and cure disease, it can also be used to torture, murder, and brainwash. Here are 25 scary experiments that destroyed lives, or have the potential to unleash doomsday.
Buildings Where the Walls are Lined with Human Bones
Looking for a setting for your next haunted horror movie? Many of the ornate and elaborate ossuaries around the world serve as grim reminders of mortality, and evoke an eerie sense that their skeletal walls could suddenly spring to life.
Teacher accused of forming 'secret society' to have sex with teen girls
According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Rosseau teaches middle school "science, keyboarding, and bible classes at a local Christian-based school. The affidavit states that a third teen reported she was asked by two other girls to join a 'secret society' call the "Order" which was based on the occult, magic, Freemasonry, and Christianity.
The Morbid Anatomy of Infant Werewolves, Vampire Pharohs, and Eldritch Horrors
If your anatomical collection is shy a demon child or cursed monkey's paw, then you're in luck. Artist Alex CF crafts macabre sculptures styled after dead scientific specimens.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Neanderthals ‘had sex’ with modern man
Modern humans and Neanderthals had sex across the species barrier, according to a leading geneticist who is overseeing a project to compare their genomes.
Who owns the Titanic?
Court rulings have declared RMS Titanic, Inc., salvor-in-possession - meaning the company has exclusive rights to salvage the Titanic - but have explicitly stated it does not own the 5,900 artifacts or the wreck itself. At least not yet.
Local legends connect us with our history
Spooky Sandusky stories.
"You're never more than a stone's throw from somewhere that something weird has happened."
Build The Spirit Radio That Creeped Out Tesla Himself
Tesla’s Spirit Radio uses a simple crystal radio circuit connected to a computer sound-in jack to generate spooky sounds from all kinds of electromagnetic sources.
Experts try to tap into the mystery behind pub's secret tunnel
A tunnel which is thought to have been used by a doctor for experimenting on dead bodies has been uncovered at Derby's oldest pub.
Sea captain dreamt about his brother’s murder
Sometimes an incident associated with a murder case becomes more celebrated than the murder itself.
Mummy Curses Hamilton
What happens to the spirit of an ancient high priest when a collector displaces his body?
Madoff associate drowns leaving $7.2bn mystery
An American billionaire thought to be the biggest beneficiary of Wall Street fraudster Bernie Madoff's $65bn Ponzi scheme was found dead at the bottom of his Palm Beach swimming pool on Sunday.
Mysterious Symbols in Chico Cemetery
"The Chico cemetery has more secret societies symbols and other symbols per square foot than any where I've been in the world."
Is Unknown Force Acting on Dark Matter?
An international team of astronomers has reported an unexpected link between mysterious dark matter and the visible stars and gas in galaxies. This could revolutionize our current understanding of gravity.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Monday Night's Murders
'Night Stalker' tied to slaying of S.F. girl Two decades after the devil-worshiping "Night Stalker" killer was sentenced to die for 13 Southern California murders, DNA evidence has tied him to the 1984 rape and slaying of a 9-year-old girl in the Tenderloin, San Francisco authorities said Thursday. Mass murder mystery Northwest Indiana lore has wondered for a hundred years what really happened to one of its most notorious criminals -- serial killer Belle Gunness. DNA evidence could solve mystery of Grégory Villemin's death On an overcast October afternoon in 1984, four-year-old Grégory Villemin disappeared from the sandbox where he was playing near his home in rural eastern France. American’s murder in Paris baffles police Justin Little was a fun-loving young college student with a sense of adventure. Now his grieving family is left to wonder whether that adventuresome spirit may have led to his bludgeoning death. TV points the finger in murder riddle that rocked 1950s Ulster A new television drama will claim that the late mother of Patricia Curran was responsible for one of Northern Ireland’s most infamous unsolved murders. For 30 years, Fresno police kept 8-year-old’s slaying case active Victoria Ann DeSantiago was the little girl no one could forget. Her abduction, brutal rape and murder at the hands of a stranger in 1979 sent shock waves across the Valley. Parents and children were jolted from the comfort of their innocence. To many, Fresno no longer felt safe. Who killed Jerry Greer? Templeton murder remains a mystery Seven months ago, a killer crept into his Templeton home and shot the 71-year-old man multiple times in the head, shoulder and neck while he slept. The homicide remains unsolved. No suspect has been named. No clear motive identified. Mystery of the girl in the stacks continues to intrigue public Over four decades, the unsolved killing of a young graduate student in Penn State's vast Pattee Library has taken on a ghost-story mystique. Mass murderer Howard Unruh dies at 88 Howard Unruh, 88, who became the modern face of mass murder when he shot and killed 13 people in East Camden in 1949, died yesterday.
First Film of Loch Ness Monster
The Scottish Screen Archive is hosting a 1936 film that purports to be the
very first film of the Loch Ness Monster.
Skip ahead to 8:18 to see the segment on the beastie.
He's known as Mr Loch Ness
2012: Hoax and hype debunked by NASA scientist and Mayan elder
With the hype surrounding the upcoming movie release of 2012 and hundreds of books recently flooding the market about the December 12th or 21st, 2012 end-of-the-world as we know it predictions; it’s sobering to find articles by a NASA scientist and an interview with a Mayan elder in the news, clarifying each and every notion, hoax, prediction and tempering the hysteria around this particular date.
Archaeologists dig for remains of Spain's Federico Garcia Lorca
When archaeologists start digging on an olive tree-covered mountainside today, they may finally unearth the truth about one of Spain’s most enduring literary riddles.
The Rapture Part 2: The Disappointment
In case you didn’t notice, the Rapture did not occur yesterday, Oct 20th 2009. This is a problem for a group called “the Doves” because this time they were really sure it would.
Was the Lambton Worm a Lake Cryptid?
One Sunday mornin' Lambton went A-fishing in the Wear; An' catched a fish upon he's heuk He thowt leuk't vary queer.
Mountain lions? No proof; but bobcats, yes, sir
Mountain lions in North Alabama?
Mystery surrounds missing contents of Erebus diary
What happened to a vital piece of evidence in the Mt Erebus crash?
Seven questions that keep physicists up at night
It's not your average confession show: a panel of leading physicists spilling the beans about what keeps them tossing and turning in the wee hours.
Take a walk on the dark side
According to San Francisco writer and editor Loren Rhodes, reading about others’ sometimes dark experiences is not only popular but packs an additional benefit: helping readers see the lighter side.
Ghost towns attract dedicate group of enthusiasts
The wind howling across a remote landscape, a creaky metal gate or a run-in with a rattlesnake are the things that attract ghost-towners. They are history buffs who take their outdoor adventures with a dash of mystery.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Lord Lucan 'had face surgery' adds twist to mystery
The records, which have remained hidden since he vanished in 1974, show that one of the UK's most eminent plastic surgeons, John Watson, had operated on Richard John Bingham, the seventh Earl of Lucan, after an earlier speedboat accident. Lord Lucan Wiki.
Mystery surrounds gold ring find
A gold ring found by a metal detector enthusiast in Nottingham is provoking debate among experts.
Tales from the crypt
Strange stories from Texas cemeteries.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Friday's Flying Saucers
UFO alert: police officer sees aliens at crop circle Blue Book’s infinite onionskin (With pic) Did Eric see a UFO? Sylvan Lake mystery remains unsolved (With strange pics. Cannock Chase may be the weirdest place on earth these days.) Exclusive pictures: UFO spotted in Cannock Hysterical. A Lamp That Celebrates Alien Cow Abductions Everywhere Chasing UFOs in Indonesia NIAGARA FALLS: Strange lights spotted over the cataracts (With pic and video) UFO, New Photographic Evidence Shows 1968 Russian Crashed Disk? Argentina: UFO Emerges from River at Punta Piedras The Case of a UFO Sightings and The Spaceman of Ocean Beach UFO ‘abductee’ Ernie Sears dies of heart attack
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Chinese 'cat-girl' baffles doctors
A six-year-old Chinese girl has doctors puzzled after thick grey hair started growing all over her body, earning her the nickname "cat-girl".
With pic. Via
Super Concrete in the U.S. Military, Iran … and the Pyramids?
The story of geopolymers is worthy of a Dan Brown novel, with an unlikely cast including a maverick French scientist, a secretive caste of ancient stone masons and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory. Along the way, the mystery of the pyramids gets solved, but it might just end with American bombs bouncing off impervious bunkers.
Hastings' haunted hill
Strange tales of North Carolina.
Jesus in Ikea -- The top 10 sightings of the son of God
Who buried the Pieces of Eight?
Clearing a field and plowing it for the first time is hard, backbreaking work. That is what Oliver Hall was doing in 1909 when fortune shined on him.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Tweance, the Twitter seance, aims to contact Michael Jackson
Tweance, the online attempt to contact Michael Jackson beyond the grave, is being billed as the world’s first Twitter séance.
Night of the Harlequin
The thing in five-year-old Dan Mitchell’s bedroom in southeastern Wisconsin only came at night. As Mitchell lie in bed, his parents far down the hall, a thin, androgynous creature would appear and tell him stories.
Search for Earhart endures
More than seven decades after she flew off into the wild blue yonder, Earhart is fixed in the American consciousness more firmly than ever – maybe as much as she was in the 1930s, when she was a world-famous aviator, hero-worshiped by millions.
Curry may soothe psoriasis
Back in the dim days of black-and- white television, one over-the-counter product that was frequently advertised claimed to help “the heartbreak of psoriasis.” The phrase is no longer heard in commercials, but the heartbreak is still there.
News: What Giant Alien Squids Can Do for Your Film
Have you made a quiet indie film? Why not liven it up with giant squid, rocket ships and robots!
French re-open 25-year-old murder case after new DNA from hate mail emerges
A strange case gets a little stranger.
Mum's the Word for NASA's Secret Space Plane X-37B
You would think that an unpiloted space plane built to rocket spaceward from Florida atop an Atlas booster, circle the planet for an extended time, then land on autopilot on a California runway would be big news. But for the U.S. Air Force X-37B project — seemingly, mum's the word.
Neuroscientists discover Da Vinci's secret: Is the Mona Lisa smiling or not?
Neuroscientists at the Institute of Neuroscience in Alicante, Spain say Leonardo Da Vinci’s, Mona Lisa is both smiling and not smiling, depending on what cells in the retina pick up the image and what channel the image is transmitted through in the brain.
How Plagiarism Software Found a New Shakespeare Play
Plagiarism-detection software was created with lazy, sneaky college students in mind — not the likes of William Shakespeare. Yet the software may have settled a centuries-old mystery over the authorship of an unattributed play from the late 1500s called The Reign of Edward III.
Tales of the Lake Hodges Monster
Part of the Lakes history is the persistent rumor that a Loch Ness-type monster resides in here, and not just by local Indians who claimed to have seen him.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Second Wolfman Trailer is Up!
New Test Results Deepen Mystery Surrounding Explorer Everett Ruess
A University of Colorado at Boulder analysis of a skeleton found in Utah that initially indicated the remains were likely that of Southwest artist and poet Everett Ruess, who mysteriously disappeared in the 1930s, now appears to have been incorrect.
Pentagon used psychological operation on US public, documents show
A months-long review of documents and interviews with Pentagon personnel has revealed that the Bush Administration's military analyst program -- aimed at selling the Iraq war to the American people -- operated through a secretive collaboration between the Defense Department's press and community relations offices.
Bigfoot sightings in OC?
Keith May photographs the hairy, reclusive legend at a bar, at the movies, buying sausage...
The defiant orb of the Confederacy
The gallows were hurriedly built over one of the burial mounds where O'Driscoll was to pay with his life for treason. As the noose was placed around his neck, a mysterious golden orb appeared near his head.
Wildlife and Parks confirms sighting of mountain lion in Kansas
The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks said today that it has verified the live sighting of a mountain lion in the state for the first time.
Medium says Lizzie Borden did kill her father and stepmother
Lizzie Borden did in fact take a hatchet and bludgeon her father and stepmother to death on the morning of Aug. 4, 1892, according to psychic medium Kim Dennis, who claims to have been visited by the infamous Fall Riverite in her Canadian home.
Mystery of red dragon found on Bardsey apple
An Anglesey woman had a shock this week when she discovered an image of a Welsh dragon on an apple.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
The Thirteen Days of Halloween 2009 - Day Two: Want to Go to a 'Mad Monster Party?'
So cool. I can't believe I've never seen this.
The first great balloon hoax
The Heene family aren't the first to come up with a balloon-based con: Edgar Allan Poe did it in 1844.
Physicists Calculate Number of Universes in the Multiverse
If we live in a multiverse, it's reasonable to ask how many other distinguishable universes we may share it with. Now physicists have an answer.
2012 and the Mayan Doomsday Prophecies
Truth? Or good copy sell for a recession-bound industry?
The Chronovisor, A Time Travelling TV-ish Thingy
The trouble with time travel is that if you go to the past and step on a butterfly, that butterfly’s family will then travel to the future and murder you and everyone you love.
Is John Demjanjuk a Nazi?
Funny thing is, he was never a Nazi, nor Ivan the Terrible, nor even German. So why now is he standing trial in Munich as accessory to 27,900 Nazi murders? Is this one last blow struck for justice for the Holocaust? Or is it a farce?
Author gets too close for comfort with Tokyo's yakuza gangs
When American Jake Adelstein arrived in Tokyo to study Japanese, martial arts and Buddhism two decades ago, he had no idea he would one day be fleeing, fearing for his life, after threats from yakuza gangsters.
Fascist Ties to Politics and Business in the U.S.
On November 23, 1937, executives of General Motors and other corporate and political leaders met with Baron Manfred von Killinger, and agreed to a total commitment towards the Nazi cause.
Did The CIA Have More Motive than Oswald?
For the life of me, I still don’t understand what Lee Harvey Oswald’s motive was for killing President John F. Kennedy. The lone-assassin theorists say that he was a lonely and disgruntled communist sympathizer who sought glory and fame for killing someone as powerful as the president of the United States. But if that’s the case, why would Oswald deny that he killed the president?
The Thirteen Days of Halloween 2009
Day One: Twin Titans of Terror: - The Bloodshot Eye.
A scary movie countdown to Halloween.
Placebo Effect Does Not Lie In The Mind Alone!
Scientists have found that the placebo effect doesn't only lie in the mind, solving the mystery of why some people benefit from remedies that do not contain any active pain-relief ingredients.
Child sacrifice to locate hidden treasure?
It appeared that the group was engaged in some kind of ritual since the place was littered with baskets of fruits and flowers and other items that are usually placed before an offering seeking divine favours. But what raised suspicions in the raiding police party were a freshly dug pit found in a room inside the house and a sleeping infant dressed in pure white.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Monday Night's Murders
Family suspects murder, wants answers in 1959 disappearance of Ont. moose hunters Half a century ago, Merle Newcombe and George Weeden set out for a weekend of moose hunting in the northern Ontario bush. Wartime murder or tall tale? As cold cases go, it was a good one. Walking in off the street, a man told police that his grandfather had shot and killed an American sailor in Auckland 60 years earlier in a fight over a woman. Former professor receives award for documentary that solved cold case It was Feb. 1, 1979, when Janet Chandler’s body was found buried in a snow bank seven miles south of South Haven by a snowplow driver. 'Trunk Murderess' kills friends in fight over man On this day, Oct. 16, in 1931, Phoenix secretary Winnie Ruth Judd shot and killed two women, cut one up and stuffed both inside steamer trunks. DNA links two 24-year-old murder cases After 24 years of dead-end leads police have connected the rapes and murders of two women 60 miles apart. Author thinks he’s solved 1947 murder On a drizzly, wind-swept night in mid-autumn, gunfire shredded the seclusion of a popular lover’s lane outside a country club in Beckley, leaving a man and woman dead in their tryst, and triggering a murder mystery that has befuddled crime watchers for more than half a century. Scott Lee Kimball Murder Mystery: The Latest In A History Of Unsolved Colorado Cases Last week's conviction of Boulder County serial killer Scott Lee Kimball came despite the prosecution not knowing how many victims Kimball had killed. Memories of Charles Manson remain fresh in Death Valley The isolated cabin in Death Valley where Charles Manson and his followers planned their murder sprees and where he was later arrested was gutted by a fire in May. Outsider: Wisconsin has a cult of death unique unto itself Being a life-long Wisconsin resident leads me to believe that in some ways our state has a weird cult of death.
‘Tomb 10A’ lets you look history right in the face