Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Mysterious markings discovered at Great Pyramid of Giza
A robot explorer has revealed ancient markings inside a secret chamber at Egypt's Great Pyramid of Giza.
Township mob burns 'talking' monkey as witch
A monkey was pelted with stones, shot at and burned to death in a South African township because residents believed it was linked to witchcraft, an animal welfare agency has said.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Saint's head to be sold at auction in Duleek
He is believed to have lived in the 1300s and after a rather murky life, went on a series of pilgrimages and finally became a Benedictine monk.
Cool. With pic.
Leatherman mystery lives on; no body found in New York grave of 19th century wanderer
The old Leatherman took his secrets to his grave for a second time today.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Feet washed ashore in B.C. identified
Two of the feet, anyway.
Egyptian pyramids found by infra-red satellite images
More than 1,000 tombs and 3,000 ancient settlements were also revealed by looking at infra-red images which show up underground buildings.
6 Bizarre Ways Architecture Is Designed to Ward Off Ghosts
When designing a building, you have to account for things like terrain, materials, weather, handicapped accessibility and, of course, ghosts.
Spider's monster 82ft wide web found in Madagascar
Monday, May 23, 2011
How to spot a psychopath
From Broadmoor to boardroom, they're everywhere, says Jon Ronson, in an exclusive extract from his new book.
More good stuff from author Jon Ronson.
The Lurking Dogman
Thick trees surrounded the property where seven-year-old S. Costea met the strange dog, a dog with red, glowing eyes – a dog that sometimes walked on two legs.
Creatures of the Crop
Without doubt, one of the strangest aspects of cryptozoology, is its tie-in with the Crop Circle mystery.
Monsters & the Men in Black
For decades - or perhaps even for centuries, some firmly believe - the infamous Men in Black have been elusive, predatory, fear-inducing figures that have hovered with disturbing regularity upon the enigmatic fringes of the subject of Unidentified Flying Objects...
Awesome or Off-Putting: Video Of An Alien Blinking And Such
And this naked alien doesn’t just sit there either – it blinks, looks around and pushed a button or something.
Allende's body taken from Chile tomb for autopsy
The remains of deposed Chilean President Salvador Allende were removed from his tomb Monday for an autopsy to determine whether he committed suicide or was assassinated during the 1973 military coup that ousted the leftist leader.
Let's take a field trip to the Daoist underworld
At the Beijing Dongyue Temple, you can visit the various "departments" of the Daoist supernatural realm, where terrifying spirits and demonic government officials dwell.
Mystery beast causing panic in Quang Ngai province
Hundreds of households in Binh Dong Commune of Binh Son District in Quang Ngai are living in panic after mysterious footprints were seen on the sand and loud roaring sounds heard in the area.
With footprint pic.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Earth's inner-core melts and freezes at the same time
The inner-core of Earth is simultaneously melting and freezing due to circulation of heat in the overlying rocky mantle, according to researchers.
Ketchikan, Alaska is an unlikely place for a bigfoot sighting
Driving up the Alcan Highway through Canada, there is a whole stretch of Canadian towns along the road touting their bigfoot-rich properties, a tourist draw for those who believe in the unsubsantiated animal.
Bringing Bigfoot to life
A meteor mystery in New Jersey?
"Something clearly came out of the sky."
Let's hope it's not like the last time something
came out of the sky in New Jersey.
Local doctor studies the mystery behind meditation
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Is Big Pharma Ignoring a Potential Cancer Cure?
One of Salk's admirers is Evangelos Michelakis, a cancer researcher at the University of Alberta who, three years ago, discovered that a common, nontoxic chemical known as DCA, short for dichloroacetate, seems to inhibit the growth of cancerous tumors in mice.
Satanism fear stalks village as goats are tortured and killed
Four goats have been cruelly slaughtered in a village, raising fears of ‘satanic rituals’.
'Warlock' gravedigger found guilty of rape
Threatened rock carvings of Pakistan
The proposed site of the dam hosts some 30,000 ancient art carvings and inscriptions which may vanish forever due to the construction of this reservoir.
Morgellons mystery itching symptoms called 'delusional'
They complain of mysterious, creepy symptoms: bugs — or some form of infestation — crawling beneath their skin, sometimes burrowing to the surface, leaving odd specks and colored filaments in their wake.
Giant Snake Near Morganza?
Here's a pic of what is purported to be a giant snake fleeing the floodwaters at Morganza. And here's the debunking.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
9 of the Best Recordings From the Library of Congress' New Music Service
The Library of Congress launched a project to make thousands of recordings from 1901 to 1925 available online yesterday. The collection documents the explosion of recorded popular music styles.
Was John P. Wheeler Murdered? That Now Seems To Be Increasingly Likely
It has been going on five months since the battered corpse of defense consultant John P. Wheeler fell from a trash truck at a northern Delaware landfill, and if anything the mystery surrounding his death has deepened.
The real Da Vinci Code: Rosslyn Chapel's stone cubes may conceal a 500-year-old secret
Rosslyn Chapel may hold yet another mystery - a musical one. Worth reading.
Chinese man Sheng Xianhui wakes up with mystery tattoo on bottom after routine surgery
A man who went for a routine operation in the Yunnan province of China woke up with a nasty surprise - a mystery tattoo on his right buttock.
A Gold Coin Treasure in San Pedro Bay? - or - Just Another Tale of Wells Fargo?
According to early Southern California lore and legend, there lies a fortune in gold ore, bars and coins still buried deep in the cold murky mud on the ocean bottom of the San Pedro Bay.
How L.A. Noire Rebuilt 1940s Los Angeles Using Vintage Extreme Aerial Photography
L.A. Noire's carefully reconstructed world owes a huge debt to Robert Spence, who photographed Los Angeles while leaning out of a biplane with a 46-pound camera in the 1920s.
San Francisco man becomes first in history to be ‘cured’ of AIDS
Timothy Ray Brown, a 45-year-old San Francisco man previously known to the medical community as “the Berlin patient,” has become the first person to ever be cured of AIDS.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Italian archaeologists hunt for Mona Lisa model
"Let her rest in peace! What would finding the remains change compared to the fascination of Leonardo’s painting,” Natalia Strozzi, who is also an actress and a local vintner, told reporters ahead of the dig.
claims to be descended
from Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo, the Mona Lisa.
Rochester's mystery beast proving to be elusive catch
Lost Colony mystery solved? Expert weighs in
The theories of the missing colonists of Sir Walter Raleigh’s Lost Colony continue to this day.
'Unnerving' rumble in Virginia Beach a mystery
The skyquakes are back!
Widnes teen claims UFO over Millington Close must be secret stealth project
You could say he was an "eye-Widnes."
An Interview with Lawrence Block, Author of A Drop of the Hard Stuff
A new Block book is always cause for celebration.
200-year-old library book returned to Camden
A man from Thousand Oaks, Calif., hand-delivered the book in mid-April to the Edward J. Walsh History Center at the Camden Public Library, along with two other antique volumes with strong ties to the area.
Man dressed as 'Batman' busted on Michigan roof for trespassing, carrying 'dangerous weapons'
Where does he get those wonderful toys?
Dolores Fuller, RIP
A fantastic Hollywood life which included Ed Wood, Elvis Presley, and Dinah Shore.
says she was even in
It Happened One Night
Here's Elvis doing one of Dolores's songs in Kid Galahad, and pretty damn smoothly I might add.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Enema of the People
An visually-impaired California man got a bum deal recently in the form of an unauthorized enema in his own home.
Japan's ancient tsunami warnings carved in stone
Weathered stone markers recalling the deadly tsunamis of centuries past dot the saw tooth coastline of northeast Japan, serving as silent warnings from the ancestors.
Europeans never had Neanderthal neighbours
The first humans to reach Europe may have found it a ghost world. Carbon-dated Neanderthal remains from the foothills of the Caucasus Mountains suggest that the archaic species had died out before modern humans arrived.
The most expensive Roman gold coin ever sold at a public auction
As one of the largest surviving Roman medallions, this piece is one of only two known.
Ancient cave paintings found in Spain
Spanish archeologists have uncovered a collection of cave paintings in northern Spain, which they believe date back to about 25,000 years ago.
The Burning of a Monster
The death of Tarasca (the monster blamed for all the wrongs of the year) began with a theatrical presentation.
Discovery special reexamines Bigfoot
Bigfoot was a big deal back in the day. Kids naturally grow more skeptical about everything with each passing month, but Bigfoot represented the final frontier.
At least three killers dumped bodies at Long Island's Gilgo Beach: Suffolk County DA
The Long Island murder mystery took a macabre turn Monday with the revelation there are three killers on the loose - and one of them is a butcher.
The mystery ‘acid man’ returns
This time, in the heart of the city — as if taunting cops to catch him!
New Zealand probes mystery 'kiwi' found in Russian port
New Zealand says it is checking reports that a rare kiwi bird has been found thousands of miles from its native land in the Russian port of Sochi.
Monday, May 09, 2011
Ancient chemical weapons that were ahead of their time
None are as fearsome as the terrible and ancient 'Dutch Oven.'
Saturday, May 07, 2011
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Friday, May 06, 2011
Why Casablanca is the future of the world
Well, we'll always have Paris.
The Osama bin Laden Conspiracy Theory
Your humble Professor did an interview with the Canadian news site The Mark concerning Osama bin Laden conspiracies. I don't think I came off as too big of a dolt.
Click here to watch it.
Synchronized arousal between performers and related spectators in a fire-walking ritual
Hot to trot, apparently.
'Viking shipyard' found on Skye
A 12th century Norse shipyard has been discovered on the Isle of Skye, complete with boat timbers from the 1100s and a stone-built quay.
With video. See also:
Archaeologists are investigating a 12th-century Norse shipbuilding site on Skye, which is unique in Scotland.
Mysterious ancient skills of the Shaolin Warriors
Returning to the Theatre Royal stage with a brand new show, Shaolin Warriors is a breathtaking theatrical performance vividly showcases the rarely-seen Kung Fu masters’ feats of agility, strength and skill.
From Haircuts to Hangnails – The Barber-Surgeon
When's the last time you've had a leeching?
Airships are ready to make their big comeback
Ever since the Hindenburg disaster in 1937, airships have been a largely abandoned technology...
MIRACULOUS new AIRSHIP set to fly by 2013
Documentary studies 'Vanishing of the Bees'
My good friend George Langworthy and co-director Maryam Henein get some press for their fine film.
Auteur Werner Herzog fulfills his lifelong dream of exploring ancient art.
Death of Osama bin Laden: Mystery shrouds the quiet man who built Bin Laden's compound
I wonder if anyone builds lairs for a living. "Yeah, Dr. No's place? That's one of mine."
Animal Planet Announces FINDING BIGFOOT
Series Premiere is Sunday, June 5.
GOBLIN ELEPHANTS AND WERE-SPIDERS - SURVEYING THE EYE-POPPING YOKAI IMAGERY OF GOJIN ISHIHARA
Not long ago, graphics artist Andy Paciorek alerted me to a truly extraordinary Japanese book on the subject of yokai - the traditional monsters of Japanese legend and folklore.
Why that study about psychic porn was totally bogus
I should have seen this coming.
Sea Monster Battle Preserved for the Ages
One hundred and twenty million years ago, when a Cretaceous sea covered what is now South Australia, an ichthyosaur had a really bad day.
Thursday, May 05, 2011
A New Magazine about New Orleans Voodoo and Hoodoo
I never thought there would come a day when it would be feasible to create, sell and buy a magazine that focuses on New Orleans Voodoo and hoodoo.
Looks pretty damn cool.
Lake monster invades Arthurs Seat
What’s Really Under the Sea
Her book, “Sex, Drugs, and Sea Slime,” blends scientific research with totally gross and hilarious anecdotes about our marine friends. And boy, do humans have a narrow view of the world. As the salacious title suggests, there is plenty to titillate in the ocean. (Squeamish and prudish readers—you’ve been warned.)
The Old Leather Man: controversy over digging up a legend
An archaeological team will open the grave of The Old Leather Man, a mysterious wanderer who from 1883 to 1889 walked a 365 mile loop from the lower Hudson River Valley into Connecticut and back.
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
The strength of dark matter might vary with the seasons...but why?
There's no reason at all why something as mysterious and cosmic should sync up with the changing of seasons on Earth...and yet now two independent sources claim that's exactly what it's doing. As above, so below.
Odd behaviour of neighbours makes sense after bin Laden killing
It's always the quiet ones.
Paranormal studies to continue despite LePar's death
The source of insights during LePar’s trance states, known as The Council, provided more than 2 million words of dialogue with questioners in SOL’s research study groups.
Mystery of the Nasca Lines
The curtains in my Lima hostel room were cluttered with the mysterious shapes which draw thousands of people to the Nasca Lines every year.
Aviation Geeks Scramble to ID bin Laden Raid’s Mystery Copter
Um, yeah...... What the HELL is THAT?
100 years later, rock 'n' roll originator Robert Johnson's mythic crossroads remains a mystery
Robert Johnson remains mysterious.
Noise Pollution Reaches the Oceans
A recent study found that human-caused noise pollution in the oceans might inflict severe trauma on marine life, causing damage to hearing and orientation structures in squid and octopuses.
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Born fighter: The five-year-old boy who has sold 3,000 of his own monster drawings to pay for the cancer treatment they could save his life
The little boy has sold more than 3,000 drawings, many of them sketched in his hospital bed as he underwent gruelling treatment. Total sales topped more than $30,000 and Aidan has sold enough that his family were able to take their home off the market and they no longer require further funding for his care.
Mummified body of former Playboy playmate Yvette Vickers found in her Benedict Canyon home
Vickers, 82, had not been seen for a long time. A neighbor discovered her body in an upstairs room of her Westwanda Drive home on April 27. Its mummified state suggests she could have been dead for close to a year, police said.
Thanks to Andrea for the tip.
Monday, May 02, 2011
Peculiarium: Museum relies on a less-than-typical aesthetic
It's not every museum where you'll find an interactive exhibit asking you to become the victim of an alien autopsy.
Could this Sumerian statue depict an ancient extinct giraffe?
For decades, paleontologists have agonized over a strange Sumerian statue found in central Iraq.
Woman gets British accent after surgery
Over the next few days, the swelling subsided and the pain vanished, but Butler's newly acquired accent did not.
Dambusters: Cambridge scientists recreate daring World War Two raid
It was one of the most audacious acts of the Second World War and provided a huge propaganda boost to the Allies.
'Panther' on the prowl at Reef
Brett Matthews was visiting long-term local Pat Liffman's property last month when he saw the carnivore a few hundred metres away.
Deep Sea Gigantism: Curious Cases of Mystery Giant Eels
Among the vast and varied catalog of odd aliments out there, gigantism is a rare condition that refers to abnormal growth among members of a species, primarily due to imbalances in the regulation of growth hormones.
Hunt for the true Mona Lisa begins
Researchers have begun their hunt for the remains of the woman who might have been the model for Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, hoping to unravel a mystery that has baffled art historians for over five centuries.
German 'thought car' could be driven on Sabbath, Rabbi says
A German-designed car that can be driven by thought alone could allow Jews to drive on the Sabbath, a young Rabbi and artificial intelligence scientist says.
For what it's worth,
Jewish law (halakha), especially the Talmud Tractate Shabbat (Ch7, Mishna 2), identifies thirty-nine categories of activity prohibited on Shabbat (or thirty-nine melakhot; Hebrew: ל״ט אבות מלאכות, lamed tet avot melakhot), and clarifies many questions surrounding the application of the biblical prohibitions. Many rabbinical scholars have pointed out that these regulations of labor have something in common— they prohibit any activity that is creative, or that exercises control or dominion over one's environment.
Call me crazy, but I think driving a car with your brain might qualify as dominion over one's environment.
/and a hat tip to Scott.
Helpful Resources for Criminologists and Criminology Buffs
So many links it's...criminal.
Osama bin Laden is dead but conspiracy theories live on