Anomalies

Earthquake lights reported along with Sunday’s Napa event

Glow photographed from a seismic event in Kyoto, Japan

One of my favorite mysterious natural phenomena has been reported in conjunction with the recent California earthquake. Some Bay Area Residents Report Mysterious Flashes In The Sky During Napa Quake « CBS San Francisco. Several people called the KPIX 5 newsroom after Sunday morning’s magnitude 6.0 earthquake in Napa, reporting mysterious flashes of light in…

Mystery of moving rocks of Racetrack Playa solved by science

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Mystery of mysterious moving rocks is solved. Actually, it was solved a while ago. It’s just finally published. The research is public access and it is WONDERFUL. This is a fantastic piece everyone should read to note how methodically, carefully and thororoughly experiments must be planned and executed to get reliable, convincing results. There was…

Rare blue lobster found in Maine

Photo credit: Meghan LaPlante

Continuing our long-running theme of weird lobsters… Blue lobster caught in Maine spared the dinner table, will head to aquarium. A lobsterman says one of his traps caught a one-in-two-million crustacean: a blue lobster. WCSH-TV reports Jay LaPlante of the Miss Meghan Lobster Catch company caught the curious creature in Scarborough around 10:45 a.m. Saturday.…

Huge surface fracture in Mexico worries locals and surprises scientists

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A nearly one kilometer long gash has appeared in a remote farm area of Hermosillo Mexico leaving locals concerned and the rest of us amazed at the footage. Giant crack in Mexico seen by drone raises earthquake fears | News.com.au. The eight-metre deep trench opened up last week and severed Highway 26 between Hermosillo and…

Light-headed: Partial albino crocodile killed man, then was killed itself

The part-albino crocodile called Michael Jackson. Photo credit: Adelaide River Queen Jumping Crocodile Cruises

A distinctively colored crocodile was top predator in his neck of the river. But once again, man will be the ultimate arbiter. Part-albino crocodile shot after fatal attack was ’1-in-100-million rarity’. An albino-headed crocodile that killed a man fishing on a Territory river has been described by an expert as a one-in-100-million rarity. The distinctive…

The Simpsons die hours apart

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A heartbreaking loss for a family but a poignant beauty underneath. A True Love Story: Couple Married 62 Years Die Together. Don and Maxine Simpson, of Bakersfield, Calif., were married 62 years and died within four hours of each other. Two weeks ago Don Simpson was taken to the hospital for a broken hip, but…

Mystery lake appears in Tunisia, may be radioactive

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It’s not everyday that a lovely lake appears in the middle of the desert. For good reason… Mystery as ‘lake’ appears in middle of Tunisian desert and becomes overnight tourist attraction. A mysterious lake that appeared suddenly in the Tunisian desert has created an impromptu “beach” in the drought-ridden country. No explanation has been given…

Killer giant anteaters – Digging claws turn into knife-like weapons

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A timid animal that may appear to be harmless may have some formidable weaponry that poses a serious threat to attackers. Two fatal attacks by giant anteaters (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) have been documented in a wildlife journal. The typically nonaggressive animals have sharp claws and inflicted serious wounds when they were cornered and undertook defensive behavior. The…

Blood-red water flows through Wenzhou

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It’s really foreboding when the waters run red like blood. In this modern society, it typically means pollution. Suspicious Blood-red Water Inundates River in Wenzhou. An inner city waterway in the eastern city of Wenzhou was found to have been inundated by an influx of blood-red water this morning. Local residents say the river was…

This problem has teeth, lots of them

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Oh my gosh, this poor kid! Surgeons remove 232 teeth from Indian teenager – Yahoo News. Surgeons in Mumbai have removed 232 teeth from the mouth of an Indian teenager in what they believe may be a world-record operation, the hospital said Thursday. Ashik Gavai, 17, sought medical help for a swelling on the right…

The clouds parted

Photo credit: Joe Zuniga

A man captures an interesting phenomenon during a rain event. Motorist captures parting of the storm. As Zuniga drove along Interstate 75, the clouds suddenly shifted in a peculiar way, creating an large square-shaped sunny patch through which motorists passed. It was as if rain clouds had parted over the motorists for a reason. “They…

Backwards evolution busted: People walking on all fours do not have “apelike” gait but have adapted

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A new study shows that a group of humans made famous by a 2006 BBC documentary called The Family That Walks on All Fours are not exhibiting backward evolution to that of our ape ancestors, but have just adapted to this strange means of locomotion due to their brain conditions. The family from remote Turkey,…

The giant Siberian hole: Yep, media does a crap job reporting (Update)

Closer look at the pockmarked surface of Yamal peninsula, Siberia

Oh man, I really hate to start the day with such an awful excuse for a headline. ‘Bottomless’ pit baffles scientists | New York Post. A huge, mysterious crater spotted in remote Siberia has scientists scrambling for answers: Was it a meteor? Was it a weapon? Or was it an explosive sign of global warming?…

Michigan: Another Pacu Panic?

Pacu from Wikimedia Commons (CC0)

Another specimen of the South American piranha relative has been caught, this time in Michigan. Doubtful News has previously covered pacu stories from Denmark, Paris and New Jersey, as well as the panic associated with unsourced “testical eating” claims about the species. Fortunately, some of the coverage has been less credulous this time around, though…

For real! A monster salamander in Kyoto

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I thought this was a hoax. It’s not. There really are giant salamanders. This isn’t even the biggest. Found this on Twitter courtesy of @Matt_Alt via @TomHoltzPaleo     WOW! Look at that bugger! Japanese giant salamanders (Andrias japonicus) also known as the Ōsanshōuo, can get up 5 feet long (1.5m) and live a long time. This…

HAY! It’s raining

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People in several locations over a few days in the U.K. report clumps of hay swirling in the sky and falling over villages. Mystery as it rains hay in parts of Devon | Exeter Express and Echo. Huge clumps of dry grass were reported falling from the sky in several parts of the UK as…