Anomalies

Alaskan whales mass mortality event

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News snippet: Mystery Surrounds ‘Unusual’ Death of 30 Large Whales in Alaska Thirty large whales have died in the western Gulf of Alaska since May, now deemed an “unusual mortality event” by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The historical average for this time-frame is eight deaths, said Julie Speegle, a spokeswoman for NOAA…

It’s crazy hot in Iran

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News snippet: The heat index of Bandar Mahshahr was 165 degrees (74 Celsius) today (factoring in the humidity). This is the second highest level ever seen recorded. The city is located near the warm waters of the gulf which creates oppressive conditions. Read More: Iran city hits suffocating heat index of 165 degrees, near world record – The…

Today’s weather – grasshoppers and beetles aloft

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It’s alive and it’s overhead. Nothing seemed unusual Wednesday when the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Norman, Oklahoma, picked up what appeared to be rainclouds over western North Texas. Nothing unusual … except the clouds weren’t rain. Source: Weather radar detects swarm of bugs – CNN.com They were grasshoppers and beetles all flying at…

China studying animals as earthquake predictors – Plausible but problematic

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It’s an idea rejected by many in the modern seismology world but there may be something to it. Nanjing city in East China’s Jiangsu province has built seven new observation sites from which to make general earthquake predictions, using animals like chickens, pigs and fish to help forecast possible risks. Source: Nanjing mobilizes animals in predicting…

Odd things in the sky – over southeast and the space station – are not UFOs

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Space junk creates a spectacle over Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee. And a video being shamelessly promoted by tabloids sparks paranoia about NASA hiding evidence of UFOs. It’s just the normal stuff that goes on here at DN. A slow-moving mystery object lit up parts of the Georgia sky early this morning. NASA has…

NOT a fish fall in India, but a flood

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This story from Andhra Pradesh province in India circulated saying fish FELL from the sky. But the circumstances and location made it reasonable to assume they just came in with the overland rain water. Villagers amazed by ‘fish rain’ in Vijayawada Villagers of Gollamudi in Nandigama mandal on Friday woke up to a surprising ‘fish rain’ that…

Mysterious window-rattling booms in Central Virginia

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People thought it might be an earthquake. Maybe it was. ‘Windows in the house were shaking,’ says couple awakened by mystery booms | WTVR.com Several viewers contacted WTVR CBS 6 News after they reported hearing loud booms early Wednesday morning. People in Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, and Prince George said the activity was so intense it shook their…

Soft tissue preservation in dinos is fodder for Creationists

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As usual, Bible literalists think a few anomalies can overturn our entire established knowledge about the earth. Ain’t gonna happen, guys. Researchers have discovered what appear to be the remnants of red blood cells and connective tissue in 75 million-year-old dinosaur fossils. Source: ‘Blood cells’ found in dino fossils – BBC News The work could shine…

Did it rain lampreys in Alaska? Not really

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When sea creatures appear on your lawn, you might wonder how the heck they got there. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says they are falling from the mouths of gulls. FAIRBANKS—Adult Arctic lampreys have fallen from the sky four times this week in Fairbanks, including at the Value Village parking lot, according to…

New research prompts call to reconsider mental health of those who hallucinate

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An international study led by The University of Queensland and Harvard Medical School found that hearing voices and seeing things others cannot impacts about 5 percent of the general population at some point in their lives. Source: Hallucinations and delusions more common than thought | EurekAlert! Science News “We used to think that only people…

Siren sound sparks speculation in Cheyenne

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Here is a more interesting “strange noise” story – a siren sound was reported by about 100 people in Cheyenne Wyoming. No emergency sirens were reported. Many people in Cheyenne reported hearing a siren like sound with unknown origins on Saturday night Source: Mystery Noise In Cheyenne “I was called by the dispatch center with…

Mass animal deaths reported; fringe sites panic over headlines

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Mass animal deaths can be caused by a myriad of things – disease, natural toxins, algal blooms and other oxygen-depleting situations, human hunting and dumping, accidents, warmer waters, lack of food, etc. The mystery mongering sites will lump all the mass mortality events under one scary banner – DEAD ANIMALS! PANIC! They do a serious…

Apocalyptic sounds 2015: The world is a noisy place

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The “trumpets of the Apocalypse” story is going around again. A two year old video that collected a series of clips (some are admitted hoaxes, others are dubious) is recirculating via email and social media with a purpose that seems to be simply to make gullible people nervous. Snopes debunks it. snopes.com: People Hearing Apocalyptic Sounds…

Down the hatch: Oregon lake drains into holes every year

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Why was there a sudden surge in DN search requests for “whirlpool” “lake”? Ahh… people are wondering about a lake in Oregon that disappears down a hole every year. It’s quite spectacular. MYSTERY SOLVED: Why does this lake disappear and reappear each year? The Lost Lake in Hood County, Oreg. has been known to fill…

Blood Falls hint at what’s underneath

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This area of Antartica is dry with just ice, but appears to contain briny cold groundwater that may host some extreme life forms. The seeps of salty water contain iron oxide which turns blood red and stains the ice and ground. Creepy but a clue… Scientists find the origin of Antarctica’s creepy ‘Blood Falls’ –…