Archive for April, 2008

Are the Phoenix Mystery Lights the work of a potential Arsonist?

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

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It would appear the recent night time light show that reminded some of Close Encounters of the Third kind may have been the work of a man with some balloons and road flares. Way to go genius. Real UFO fakers use light sticks…
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Why teenagers make bad Popes

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

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Gambling, incest, whorehouses, invoking the devil and Jupiter, our modern day troublemaking celebrities have nothing on Popes of a bygone age. Check out this account of the teenaged Pope John XII (elected at 18, pope from 955 – 964). FYI, his dad, Albrec the II got him the gig.

Then, rising up, the cardinal priest Peter testified that he himself had seen [John XII] celebrate mass without taking communion. John, bishop of Narni, and John, a cardinal deacon, professed that they themselves saw that a deacon had been ordained in a horse stable, but were unsure of the time. Benedict, cardinal deacon, with other co-deacons and priests, said they knew that he had been paid for ordaining bishops, specifically that he had ordained a ten-year-old bishop in the city of Todi… They testified about his adultery, which they did not see with their own eyes, but nonetheless knew with certainty: he had fornicated with the widow of Rainier, with Stephana his father’s concubine, with the widow Anna, and with his own niece, and he made the sacred palace into a whorehouse. They said that he had gone hunting publicly; that he had blinded his confessor Benedict, and thereafter Benedict had died; that he had killed John, cardinal subdeacon, after castrating him; and that he had set fires, girded on a sword, and put on a helmet and cuirass. All, clerics as well as laymen, declared that he had toasted to the devil with wine. They said when playing at dice, he invoked Jupiter, Venus and other demons. They even said he did not celebrate Matins and the canonical hours nor did he make the sign of the cross.

The Wikipedia entry on Pope John XII

Is this the call of Cthulhu?

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

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In the summer of 1997 NOAA recorded a mysterious sound in the ocean on several hydrophones. The sound was capable of being heard for over 5000 km. There was no known source. Its audio profile matched that of a biological (a living creature). But there is no known creature capable of producing that sound. Such a creature would be the largest living creature ever. Was it a geological event? Man made? Or something else…

The sound: Play the “Bloop”

The coordinates of the signal strangely match up with the final resting place of Cthulhu from the H.P. Lovecraft’s mythos, the sunken city of R’lyeh.

Wikipedia on the Bloop sound
Wikipedia on R’lyeh
Cthulhu Lives!


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Secrets of the Komodo dragon bite

Monday, April 14th, 2008

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Researchers have come to a conclusion as to why the Komodo dragon’s bite is a lot worse than it should be for a mouth of that size. Besides the infectious diseases they carry in their mouths and the 60 little daggers of teeth, the real power isn’t in their jaws, but in their necks. With neck muscles not normally seen outside of Eastern German Olympic training facilities, the 10 foot long beasts can bring down equally sized creatures. Making matters worse (or better depending upon your spot in the food pyramid) its throat muscles also help pull food into their gullet.

If that’s not freaky enough for you, there’s the whole virgin birth thing. These creatures can reproduce without even mating.

Komodo Dragon’s Deadly Secret Revealed
Komodo dragon at Wikipedia
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Is the Grand Canyon hiding an ancient Egyptian civilization?

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

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A 1909 edition of the Phoenix Gazette describes the discovery by the Smithsonian Institute of a mammoth cave system with the remnants of a civilization numbering 50,000 people. Granaries, tombs and even idols reminiscent of Buddha were allegedly found.

Of course there’s the problem that the Smithsonian claims to have never launched the expedition and no record of any of the explorers can be found. Was it a hoax? Or is there another Anasazi city waiting to be found somewhere in the Grand Canyon?

The original article
An investigation into the facts of the article
The Anasazi in Wikipedia

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Why just see Iron Man when you can *be* Iron Man?

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

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Popular Science article

Bizarro version of Disneyland

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

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Exactly whose dream is Nara Dreamland in Japan? The now closed park has its own princess castle, Matterhorn ride, Jungle Cruise and many other eerily similar versions of famous Disney attractions. It’s also got a building covered in swastikas.
Two intrepid tourists visit it before it closed (or was it already closed!).
A brochure for the park (in Japanese).
Google maps satellite view.
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Does your city have a secret subway system beneath your feet?

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

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Cincinnati does.

A journey to the center of the earth (beneath Cincinnati)
The official story from the man
Flickr photos

Disney UFO?

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

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Flickr member meshmar2 took this interesting photo of what would appear to be an unidentified flying object at Walt Disney World’s Epcot….until he went ahead and identified it for us (thanks killjoy!). Link

Is this the face of the man who killed Bigfoot?

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

DanielBooneAmerican hero, frontiersman and all around awesome cultural icon Daniel Boone liked to tell tall tales. One of his tallest was his claim that he once shot and killed a 10 foot hairy creature he referred to as a “yahoo”. Skeptical Inquirer thinks that he may have been lifting a little from Gulliver’s Travels. Link We think they’ve never fought in the revolutionary war.

Know your Yowies

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

yowieIn a modern context, Yowie is the generic (and somewhat affectionate) term for the unidentified hominid reputed to lurk in the Australian wilderness. It is an Australian cryptid similar to the Himalayan Yeti and the North American Bigfoot.

Rather confusingly, Yowie (or “Yowie-Whowie”) is also the name of a completely different mythological character in native Australian Aboriginal folklore. This version of the Yowie is said to be a bizarre, hybrid beast resembling a cross between a human and an ape with big red eyes on the side of his head, big canine teeth and large fangs. It emerges from the ground at night to eat whatever it can find, including humans. This creature’s characteristics and legend are sometimes interchangeable with those of the bunyip.
Read more on Wikipedia

One man’s personal Cloverfield

Saturday, April 12th, 2008


My own private Cloverfield from Andrew Mayne on Vimeo.

Gnome terror!

Friday, April 11th, 2008