The Strange Remains the same for 30 June 2014

Dragging in this early summer heat and suffering from lack of sleep so you’ll have to excuse the dearth of news stories today.

The African country where compasses go haywire – The Boston Globe.

Staff at New Look store in Sidmouth fear prudish ghost is haunting shop | Western Morning News.

Unlocking the Mystery Behind Near-Death Experiences – ABC News.

Did Facebook and PNAS violate human research protections in an unethical experiment? « Science-Based Medicine.

Paranormal Pop Culture: Paranormal TV: Time To Give Up The Ghost?.

Airline’s ‘Happiness Blankets’ Change Color, Depending on Mood – ABC News.

sassy giraffes

  3 comments for “The Strange Remains the same for 30 June 2014

  1. Lucky Lester
    July 1, 2014 at 1:36 AM

    ‘Haywire compasses’: I used to live on an island in the Gulf of Carpentaria in North Australia. When travelling around in a small aluminium dinghy, I would sometimes come across areas where my compass would actually spin. It is an area with big mineral deposits, especially manganese, and I put it down to that.

    I just did a quick google search in relation to spinning compasses in the gulf, and found this:

    sadly I never saw any UFO’s

  2. Blargh
    July 1, 2014 at 7:46 AM

    A quick check says that the Bangui anomaly has a magnitude of ~1 µT. I don’t think that’s enough to claim that compasses would “go haywire”, since the Earth’s magnetic field is roughly 30 µT at the equator. That falls under ordinary magnetic variation to me.
    I guess “The compasses would be slightly off” doesn’t attract as many readers as “The compasses would go berserk”…

  3. Anthony
    July 2, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    Golly who were those giraffes sticking their tongues out at? It’s a special sort of person who can piss off a giraffe.

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