Archive for March, 2009

Excavation Begins on Ancient Underwater Settlement

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Ok, it didn’t start underwater….The ancient artificial harbor at Limantepe in Turkey is believed to have been submerged during a massive earthquake in 700 BC. The section of the settlement being excavated is a whopping one kilometer beneath the ocean’s surface. Artifacts found date all the way back to the 7th century BC!

Archaeologists take to the water at Limantepe site

Nazi Aliens?

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

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This aerial photograph, taken above a forest in Brandenburg, Germany could be the first evidence we have that Hitler and his chronies were just the first wave in a coming Nazi alien invasion….or it could just be a long forgotten Swastika symbol created by plain old terrestrial Nazis in the thirties. Legend has it that in 1937 either nervous locals created it to prove their loyalty, or that local Hitler Youth did it as a birthday present for Uncle Adolf.

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New Yeti Expedition Kicks Off in Siberia

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Prompted by reports of human like creatures near a Siberian cave, a team of investigators lead by Igor Burtsev from the International Center for Hominology is heading out to the tundra to see what they can see:

The local administration has so far received 14 written reports from residents of far-off villages who allegedly saw yetis near the Azasskaya cave. According to the reports, the creatures were heavyset, about two meters’ tall and looking a lot like bears. Their bodies were covered in red and black fur, and they could climb trees.

If they’re successful we might have finally found the elusive Yeti. If not then hopefully this turns out to be some sort of other cool new species we didn’t know about before.

Dragon Attack!

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

A man was attacked and mauled to death by two Komodo Dragons in Indonesia today. Attacks on humans are usually rare but they’ve become more frequent in recent years, prompting us at weirdthings.com to ask, are the Komodos finally on the rise against their human overlords? We hope so.

Feng Shui Experts: Hold Off On US Investment

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

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Hong Kong based Feng Shui consultant Alion Yeo had 170 investors, all worth millions, come to her seminar to ask questions about finance and the economy. And from a reply he gave to a question asked from the audience, it's not looking good for the United States:

“The incoming U.S. president and [Treasury] secretary were both born in the Year of the Ox,” said one client. “Is that a problem?”

Mr. Yeo's answer: Yes. The pair of oxen in charge of the U.S. economy could be an accident waiting to happen. Hold out until after January 2010 before investing in the U.S., he advised.

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Ten Dimensions in Ten Minutes

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

This video over at tenthdimension.com blew our minds when we first saw it. It is a lucid and concise guide to visualizing ten dimensional string theory from our humble four dimensional perspective. Mind boggling stuff.

-Or watch it on youtube.

The classic novel Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott is a great primer for visualizing multiple-dimensions.

Strange Structure on the Moon

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

A moon anomaly enthusiast over at paranormalnews.com has uncovered what he believes to be a “strange structure” in the Copernicus Crater on the moon’s surface. It’s definitely a strange something, but what we can’t say, we’re not astronomers or moon anomaly enthusiasts here at weirdthings.com.

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First Bigfoot Handprint Found?

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

The Bigfoot Enthusiast Group: Elusive Primates of North America (EPNA) claims that they have found a primate like Handprint on Sand Mountain in Alabama. The discovering group from the Alabama Chapter of the EPNA came across the apparent handprint on an expedition in the Sand Mountain area, where they also heard strange animal noises:

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Abraham Lincoln Carried Secret Message in his Pocket Watch

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

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Lincoln carried around a clandestine message inscribed on the inside of his pocket watch that he didn’t even know about. Under the advice of the great grandson of the watchmaker who supposedly made the mark, the curators at the Smithsonian Museum sprung open the time piece to unveil the hidden message. What did it say?

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Protesters Demand Exorcism

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

I’ve heard of workers striking for better wages and better hours, but never workers striking for a demon free workplace. Indian and Sri Lankan factory workers in Jordan have done just that. Claiming that the Jordanian industrial factories they work in are haunted by evil spirits, they have taken to the streets refusing to work until the factories are exorcised.

New Device Makes Ghostbusters Obsolete!

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

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This new device may put ghostbusters and exorcists everywhere out of business. Our friends at randi.org have posted an article about a Thai company’s claim that they have invented an in-house “Ghost Repeller”. The Trisaksri Ghost Repellent Machine looks kind of like an old school toaster. The inventor claims that it recognizes and repels evil ghosts and spirits using a video camera that is specially designed for low magnetic fields or natural phenomena:

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The Truth Behind Lost's Moving Island

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

Can an island really move like the island(s) on Lost? Short answer yes. Maybe not through a donkey wheel in the bottom of a well, but an island can definitely move around.

The not so technical term is a “floating island” or tussocks, floatons, or sudds. They form when vegetation grows out from shore and eventually becomes buoyant and the roots can’t grab hold of the ground. A heavy wind can shear it off and set it adrift. They’re actually fairly common in lakes. Some are as large as a football field (or more) and can have trees and animal life.

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Is Canada's Creationist Science Minister So Strange?

Friday, March 20th, 2009

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Gary Goodyear, Canada’s Minister for Science and Technology, has caused quite a stir in the last few days by refusing to answer questions about whether or not he believes in evolution. Bloggers are up in arms condemning the former chiropractor for couching the question in religious terms, and we can’t disagree with them. But here at weirdthings.com we like to keep things in perspective. This guy isn’t the first politician to have a wacky world view. He isn’t even the first Canadian one. We decided it might be a good idea to remind people that most (if not all) politicians are strange by doing a little review of weird world leader beliefs.
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One Horned Mystery Creature found on beach in Trinidad and Tobago

Friday, March 20th, 2009

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The latest news from cryptozoology.com links to an article from a local Trinidad newspaper. Apparently a one horned beast washed ashore on the island of Cedros and excited locals claimed that it was anything from a Narwhal to a Unicorn. The local Government Counselor’s explanation for what the creature was is far less exciting.

Link to the article.

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Kim Jong-Charlie and the Candy Factory

Friday, March 20th, 2009

EXCELLENT! Finally, my plan to bring joy to the children of the world using gumdrop guided missiles can come to fruition!

“EXCELLENT! Finally, my plan to bring joy to the children of the world using gumdrop guided missiles can come to fruition!”

This photo makes us happier than a despot in a candy store. Pictured above is North Korea’s fearless leader Kim Jong-Il inspecting a candy factory, and reminding us that even an evil dictator can have a sweet tooth. According to Kim Jong Il’s former head chef, he has a discriminating pallet and an affinity for Japanese rice cakes. Shady authoritarian rulers and sweet, delicious candy might seem a bit incongruous, but hey, Adolf Hitler was a serious chocoholic and adored chocolate cake. We’re glad that the quality of North Korean candy is enough of a concern for Kim that he took time out of his busy schedule to inspect it and pose for a few pictures while looking fly in his sporting white lab coat.

A Sea Monster with Nothing to Hide

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

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No, it’s not Casper the friendly ghostfish. The Barreleye fish is an elusive deep sea creature. Until recently scientists didn’t know that it had a bizarre translucent head, then the beast was observed alive and caught on camera.