Anomalies

Mystery blob that appeared after Australian rain likely isn’t “jellyfish”

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Man in Australia finds gelatinous blob after rain. He assumes it’s a jellyfish. That’s probably not correct. With obligatory “baffled” experts. Is this a jellyfishnado? Possible jellyfish remains found after Smithfield “mini tornado” | News.com.au. MYSTERIOUS blobs of slime have been found in a park on a quiet, suburban Cairns street and even experts are…

Gut-busting meal for snakes

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Well, this is an unplesant case of food “poisoning”. Last Supper: Centipede Dies Eating Way Out of Snake Belly – NBC News.com. A Serbian herpetologist was out snake-tagging in Macedonia when she came across a bizarre find: A young viper, with a centipede’s head poking out of its abdomen. The snake, a juvenile female nose-horned viper…

This is one shell of a weird lobster

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We like freaky lobsters here at DN. See our collection of stories. Here is another. Rare two-toned lobster intensifies coloration | GrindTV.com Harley Quinn, a star attraction at the Scarborough Sea Life Center in Britain, added to its legacy recently when it shed its shell and emerged with newer, more vibrant colors, leaving the crustacean…

Oso landslide was an anomaly

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An article in Science magazine describes how geology and heavy rains contributed to the huge Oso landslide that flowed much farther than other slides of similar size. Even for Slide-Prone Region, Landslide Was Off the Chart (Subscription only) As Science went to press, 27 people in that community of Oso, an hour’s drive north of…

Some mystery booms are small shallow earthquakes, like Moodus noises

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Doubtful News covers all kinds of weird noises that are reported. Many can’t be readily explained. But that doesn’t mean they are unexplainable. This piece on the Moodus noises in Connecticut is excellent and entertaining. This is fairly well-known as an area of shallow, very weak seismic activity. The shallow rock stresses and releases produce…

Duncan Oklahoma mystery boom

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Poor Oklahoma with their quakes and booms. Duncan dispatchers field calls reporting mystery noise Stephens County deputies and Duncan police were left scratching their heads after dispatchers fielded dozens of calls reporting an unusually loud boom that sounded like an explosion. People reported hearing the boom from all areas of the city and county. Callers…

Mystery plume caught on weather radar floated over Amarillo

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It seems like all typical explanations have been excluded regarding a mystery cloud that originated in early evening of March 17 and floated over Amarillo, Texas. Mysterious plume still baffling people. A mysterious plume that showed up on National Weather Service radars is still puzzling people. The weather service offices in El Paso and Albuquerque…

Steve Moore, Fortean, has died

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UK comic writer Steve Moore was an original contributor to one of my favorite magazines and ultimate place for weird news, Fortean Times. He passed away last weekend at the age of 64. He was well versed in subjects including the occult, forteana, magic, oriental mysticism, martial arts cinema, and science fiction. Steve Moore 1949 – 2014…

North Carolina man bags a Hogzilla

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That’s a BIG PIG. “I had no idea that there could be something that big running around the woods of Eastern North Carolina”. Jett Webb had only been on the hunt for a month. Then, on February 28, at about 10:30 p.m. he went to the woods and brought home a 500- pound hog. Webb shot…

Nile crocodile captured in the Everglades may have been an escapee

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Well let’s hope they can trace this individual back to it’s origin instead of the alternative – that there are dangerous exotic crocs living in the wild in Florida. Nile crocodile captured in the Everglades|Action News – Jacksonville News, Weather & Sports – ActionNewsJax.com. The ante just went up on threats from exotic invaders in…

Ghostly white blue marlin encounter

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What an amazing specimen. It was released. Extremely rare albino blue marlin caught on camera for the first time Captain Juan Carlos Zamora with Carlos Espinoza Jimenez and Roberto Salinas on the Spanish Fly were the fisherman who caught snagged the all white everything blue marlin in Costa Rica (they caught and released). But not…

Mutant lobsters of Maine

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Continuing our ongoing coverage of bizarre lobster specimens, here is a smorgasbord: Mutant lobsters in Casco Bay | Fighting the Tides. Chris Shorr, who works a lobster boat, shares his fun finds that we CAN’T BLAME on FUKUSHIMA radiation. It’s just genetic misfires. They’re actually a lot more common than one might think, sometimes they…

Story of Steve Irwin’s death misrepresented by reporter

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Biologists were angry about this story regarding Steve Irwin’s death by stingray encounter. The headline itself is what is problematic. Stingray stabbed Crocodile Hunter Steven Irwin “hundreds of times”. On September 4, 2006, Irwin and his cameraman, Justin Lyons sank into the waters soaking the Great Barrier Reef near Queensland, Australia. They had been in…

Missing flight 370 sparks mystery mongering (Several Updates)

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As each hour goes by with no sign of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 strange ideas evolve about what happened to it. Mystery and conspiracy sites are abuzz with imaginative explanations including UFO abduction. It’s been days since the passenger flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing, China, disappeared (8 March 2014) with 227…