Yearly Archives: 2013

It’s just the normal noises here: Booming Kentucky, then a quake

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A sharp-eyed reader sent me this story about an earthquake last week in Kentucky that was preceeded by a mystery boom days before. Related? It’s a possibility. Small early-morning quake recorded in Bath County | State | Kentucky.com. A relatively small earthquake early Monday morning shook parts of Bath County, the Kentucky Geological Survey said.…

Drone causes trouble; mystery mongering site calls it “UFO scare”

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Drones, drones, drones. They’re everywhere and causing problems. Police arrest four in Beijing after mysterious drone forces diversion of civilian planes | South China Morning Post. Four employees at a Beijing company were detained by police pending a criminal investigation on Monday after they flew an unmanned aircraft near the Chinese capital’s airport, forcing the…

Frog in salad: But it’s natural! It’s organic!

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That means it’s all good, right? This is what happens when you don’t use pesticides. You get pests. But, perhaps the food preparation staff should be a bit more diligent. Woman Finds Frog In Pret A Manger Salad: Gothamist. There’s a new protein on offer at Pret A Manger but it’s only available as a…

Medical “Advice from a Caterpillar” – I taste yucky

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In a story that begs references to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’s fifth chapter, researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Germany have discovered a nicotine-puffing caterpillar. Alice in Scienceland! Caterpillar puffs nicotine to ward off spiders (NBC News): While this find may not push Alice’s hookah-smoking insect from its psychedelic pedestal, this caterpillar…

The Strange remains the same for 30 December 2013

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Welcome to the last day of 2013! Please vote for your favorite story before the day is over. Our Best Of… post will be on January 1st. A review of the top paranormal events of 2013. Not too impressive, actually. Kolkata is fertile ground for Indian ghost stories – latimes.com. A disappointing piece. Photo Captures…

God of the evolutionary gap in science understanding

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While the overall percentage belief in evolution has stayed nearly the same since 2009, more people who characterize themselves as Republican reject evolution. Public’s Views on Human Evolution | Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project. According to a new Pew Research Center analysis, six-in-ten Americans (60%) say that “humans and other living things…

Can dogs be psychotic murderers?

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A woman is severely injured and her husband dead after attempting to break up a fight among their pets. Bullhead City former mayor, husband attacked by dogs. Former Mayor Diane Vick and her husband, Tom, tried to intervene after one of their six dogs, a boxer, attacked another, a cocker spaniel, Mayor Jack Hakim said.…

Expert debunks Fukushima radiation as link to starfish catastrophe

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In November, we brought you links to the disturbing story of the starfish wasting syndrome. The cause is unknown. The cause is STILL unknown. However, blame has fallen on Fukushima radiation for a huge array of real and imaginary problems noted in the Pacific. Here’s why this problem is NOT related to the Fukushima disaster.…

Remains of the weekend 28-29 December 2013

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Last weekend of 2013! A Zimbabwean villager fistfights crocodile to save child, says local media | Star Tribune. Man who found $1M lottery ticket while raking leaves among 5 in New York State who claim big prizes – NY Daily News. ‘Amityville Horror’ Found Footage Movie Gets New Title & Release Date. Of monsters and…

Marie Laveau’s tomb regularly vandalized

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Voodoo queen Marie Laveau’s tomb is regularly vandalized by those who think their wishes will be granted by painting an ‘X’. Now someone has gone beyond that, and painted it all pink, highlighting the problem with cemetery maintenance in NOLA. Marie Laveau’s tomb in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 painted pink by mysterious vandal |…

There is no such thing as a magnetic man

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Magnetic people have been debunked OVER and OVER. This is a gimmick. The dude has sticky skin. The most attractive man in the world – Yahoo!7. A 42-year-old Georgian man has broken the world record for being the most attractive man on the planet. Etibar Elchiyev, called the ‘Magnet Man’ broke his own Guinness World…

The Strange remains the same for 27 December 2013

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Winding down 2013… Don’t forget to vote for your favorite story we’ve featured here on DN this past year. Here are some wrapups you don’t want to miss and some leftover links. In Memoriam for 2013. Toledo man charged in goat sacrifice – seattlepi.com. Cat on roof sets off troublesome rescue at James Island medical center…

CHEESUS! This is ridiculous.

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This. Is. Silly. But people see meaning in the darndest things. An Arizona family is getting publicity after their cheesecake flopped. That is, upon cooling, it cracked into the shape of a cross. Holy sighting on Scottsdale cheesecake?. Family members say they won’t be eating the cheesecake. Instead they plan on selling it and donating…

23 yr old woman killed during ‘healing’ exorcism in Yemen

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Not much info in this piece but a religious “healer” killed a woman while attempting an exorcism for her “psychological” problems. Healer means something different in my mind… Quran ‘healer’ kills patient in Yemen | GulfNews.com. Police in Yemen arrested a Quran “healer” who allegedly cures spiritual and physical diseases by reciting verses from the…