Anomalies

Mass animal deaths reported; fringe sites panic over headlines

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

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

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

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’ –…

Hi-ho, the derry-o, the cow ate the sheep

Talk about a change in diet. Kenya: Cow ‘starts eating sheep’ on Nakuru farm – BBC News. Charles Mamboleo, who runs a farm in south-western Nakuru County, discovered the cow feeding on a sheep one morning, having apparently gored it to death, […]. Fresh food and water couldn’t tempt the cow, and another sheep met…

Double DOUBLE rainbow!!! Whoa… it’s real

When I first saw this pic, I was doubtful it was real, it didn’t make sense. But there actually IS an explanation. Is it legit? Rare quadruple rainbow photo goes viral – The Washington Post. While waiting for her train this morning at the Glen Cove train station in Long Island, NY, Amanda Curtis grabbed…

The “hum” caused by ocean waves

A geophysicist has proposed that the “hum” some people hear is caused by the interaction of ocean waves with the coast. Has the mystery of the Grimsby hum been solved? | Grimsby Telegraph. A mystery hum that has plagued people in the Grimsby area for more than a decade could have been solved – by French scientists.…

Storms of sand and dust around the world

There have been many stories in the past few days regarding rather frightening dust and sand storms that have kicked up around the world. Here is a roundup. Sandstorms have been sweeping across China’s northern regions. The storms caused disruptions and very poor visibility and air quality. Bejing had their worst storm in years. […] a mighty…

Rain of worms in Norway? (Fish in Thailand?)

Thousands of earthworms have been reported on top of the snow in Norway leading people to conclude that it rained worms. When one report from Bergen was publicized on a Norwegian news channel, additional reports have come in from Lindås and Suldal near Bergen, and as far away as Femunden on the Swedish border. Earthworms rain…

Today’s forecast: Red rain

Prepare for a fall of blood rain. No, it’s not a portent of doom, well, it does bode ill for those with asthma and breathing problems. The fine particles in the air create pollution. ‘Blood rain’ to fall on Britain as red Saharan dust blows in from Africa – Telegraph. ‘Blood rain’ will fall on…

Black ring appears in Kazakhstan sky

It’s another black smoke ring. NBC News’ Alan Boyle covers it and includes link to DN. Let’s not panic. This Black Smoke Ring Is Amazing, But It’s No Mystery – NBC News.com. I noticed an increase in hits to this previous post from last year at this time:  What is the Black Ring of Leamington…

Joni Mitchell’s health scare brings Morgellons condition back into the news

Legendary folk singer Joni Mitchell’s emergency hospital trip this week has brought Morgellon’s disease back into the media eye. What Is Morgellons? Singer Joni Mitchell’s Disputed Diagnosis – NYTimes.com. Joni Mitchell, 71, was taken to a hospital in Los Angeles on Tuesday after she was found unconscious at her Los Angeles home. In recent years, the…

Sky Shows Galaxy-lensed “Reruns” of Exploding Supernova, Demonstrating Gravity of the Situation

Gravitational Lensing Illustration

Sometimes† space is just awesome. More specifically, stuff (or mass) in space has some properties that manifest in empirically awesome ways. Earlier this week, Science put out a report on a supernova (Wikipedia) observed behind a galaxy in the MACS J1149.6+2223 cluster. This particular supernova is visible due to gravitational lensing (Wikipedia) around the cluster, greatly magnifying…

Northwest US experiences dusty rain (UPDATE: yep, dust)

This rain cleaned the air but made everything else dirty. Mystery milky rain falls on Washington, Oregon. Rainfall described as milky-colored, dusty or dirty fell across parts of Washington, Oregon and Idaho, with its origin is unclear. Suspects include volcanic ash from worldwide volcanoes that mixed with the moisture. Such rain is very common near…

Frost quakes possible cause of winter booms in Missouri

Booming noises continue in Kansas City, MO. One possible cause is frost quakes or cryoseisms. ‘Frost Quakes’ May Be the Source of Puzzling Booms in Kansas City – weather.com. Planes, trains and other ideas are being floated as possible sources of the booms. This is the time of year for cryoseisms, which we’ve covered extensively last…

Just violently swaying in the breeze

Quote: “Jesus! I never seen it do THAT before!” Watch: Street lights sway violently in the wind – UPI.com. Britain’s Highways Agency said the violent swaying of lamp posts in a video taken by a motorist driving in high winds was an example of “vortex-shedding.” Bob Hill posted a video on YouTube showing lamp posts…