Anomalies

Earthquake lights reported associated with New Zealand event

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Flashing lights have been recorded on video supposedly occurring in conjunction with the shaking from this weekend’s strong quake in New Zealand. The strong event occurred just after midnight on Monday and caused massive damage, a small tsunami and several deaths. We’ve covered EQ lights before and I have done some research on natural anomalies…

Igloolik mystery sound sounds mysterious, but the story leaves us cold

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Stories about strange sounds are always suspicious. This recent news about a very northern mystery noise is no exception. In this piece from CBC news (Canada) – Mysterious ‘ping’ sound from sea floor baffles Igloolik – I found a number of assumptions, guesses, and no good data to support the allegations that there is a strange…

Jellyfish “sprite” sparks paranoia from “earth changes” websites (UPDATE: More sprites, from Hurricane Matthew)

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UPDATE (2-Oct02016): Frankie Lucena has captured more incredible sprites, this time as a result of Hurricane Matthew. Check it out from the Weather Channel. A sprite (lightning) captured on camera from the Caribbean on September 18, 2016 has triggered posts on mystery-mongering fringe “news” sites that cater to end-of-the-world paranoia. Sprites are large-scale electrical discharges that…

Russian river runs red repeatedly

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Several large web outlets have shared the astounding pictures of the Daldykan river in the Russian Arctic city of Norilsk that has turned blood red. And it’s not the first time. Locals have posted the pictures on Instagram that has caused the international concern prompting an investigation by Russian officials. We wonder if it did…

Big snake loose in Maine or is Wessie a hoax?

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Cross posted from DOUBTFUL. Back in June, locals of Westbrook, Maine said they saw a large snake slithering around. After no sign of the beast a week later, a Westbrook police officer witnessed it eating something near Riverbank Park on the Presumpscot River. A second officer called in also saw it. From their Facebook page: On…

Concern bubbles up in Morocco

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This video reportedly from Doukkala region of Morocco was worth putting up and discussing. You can imagine if you were the people experiencing this you MIGHT be a bit concerned and amazed. There may be a reason to be concerned but it’s not from chemicals from planes but from what you dump into the river. It’s…

Swords and sophistry: Questionable archaeology to the hilt (UPDATE: Not a Roman sword)

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Welcome to 2016! I predict that this year we will continue to see the popularity of pseudo archaeology – a cracked spinoff of a science-based field that studies human long-past history. Yes, more out-of-place artifacts, ancient alien astronauts, Atlantis, etc. Today, we bring you the continuing saga of SwordGate and a heretic historian who is attempting to prove…

Media linking woman’s death in Germany to “spontaneous” combustion. Not so fast.

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News out of Flensburg, Germany today reports that a woman sitting on a park bench experienced “spontaneous combustion” and has died. As usual, the connection to SHC (spontaneous human combustion) is flawed and there is undoubtedly more to the story than the media reports. However, the headlines are what get attention and lead people to…

Sign of the clouds – it’s cold up here

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A woman in Alabama took photos of a strange cloud formation that she said formed into a cross as she was watching. She passed the photos on to the local news. I contacted Mick West of ContrailScience.com who said they are “canal clouds”. A plane the flies through the clouds has caused this channel-like anomaly.…

Land disturbance in Wyoming stirring up unwarranted fears

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Hunters on a private ranch in Wyoming’s Bighorn mountains were astonished to find a land disturbance of impressive proportions. The news first appeared on the Facebook page of the SNS Outfitters and Guides. Since then, it was picked up by several mystery mongering sites that declared it was “apocalyptic” (as is everything unusual) or related…

China’s floating city is a likely CGI hoax (UPDATE)

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On October 13, I posted a link (in Chinese) to our Facebook page (which you might ‘like’) regarding a questionable image of a city in the clouds in Foshan, China. Even though this “mirage” was shown on Chinese television, it’s certainly not impossible that they are giving bad information to the public. Is this an optical illusion, or…

Rare cloud phenomena seen in Costa Rica

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Pretty, but a lovely natural event does not equate to “end times”. That term is incredibly overused. An iridescent, multi-hued cloud phenomenon was recently spotted in Costa Rica skies, and residents were left awestruck and mystified. Source: Mysterious Iridescent ‘End of Times’ Cloud Phenomenon Spotted in Costa Rica – ABC News Though users on social…

Whale of an opportunity provides interesting data

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Amid the pod of humpback whales in waters out of Eden, an opportunistic fur seal wasted no time in finding the best seat for the fish feast. Source: Seal rides on the back of a whale on the NSW south coast The series of photographs by Robyn Malcolm show typical whale feeding behavior and it looks…

Non-native eels appear in Ontario’s Lake Huron

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A mystery is unfolding in Wasaga Beach after hundreds of strange looking fish washed up on shore. Source: Mysterious eels wash up on Wasaga Beach shore Not just a few, but hundreds of small eels washed up on the shore confounding locals who never saw this type of fish before. They have been identified as…

Phenomenal view of Atlas V launch

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News driblet: A United Launch Alliance Atlas V blasted into space Wednesday morning carrying a Navy communications satellite and creating a spectacular light show that had some people wrongly worried that the rocket had blown up. Source: Atlas V liftoff creates cloud of confusion across Florida – Orlando Sentinel The launch was very bright across Florida,…

Lovely lilac surf in Oregon

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It’s a lovely purple color but that’s not normal. Purple tinted waves have been spotted on the Oregon coast for the last month. It’s not unusual for the purple sails jellies (Velella velella) to be in bloom but this was something different. Testing showed it was salps (sea squirts or tunicates). Oregon Coast Mystery of…