Oddities

Photos of mystery person in black cloak sparks spooky speculation (UPDATE: Solved)

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See UPDATE below. An admittedly creepy photo of a hooded mysterious figure has sparked some speculation on the Internet. A picture of a cloaked person posted online sparked a Facebook frenzy Monday. And the speculation followed. Was she a witch performing a ritual, or was he a guy playing a prank? Source: Photo of cloaked…

Everyone loves oarfish

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Every time one washes ashore, it makes the news. A dead oarfish with a belly full of krill washed up on Santa Catalina Island this week, marking a rare sighting of the deep-sea creature and the largest to appear on the island in years, experts say. Source: Biggest oarfish seen at Catalina Island in years…

Workers in Cambodia suffer mass faintings due to poor conditions

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Last week, nearly 400 workers fainted in four factories across Cambodia. On July 2 alone, 38 workers lost consciousness working at the Quint Major International factory in Phnom Penh. Source: 400 Cambodian Garment Workers Experience Unexplained Mass Faintings Within One Week WWD* reported that in 2014, the Ministry of Labor recorded that more than 1,800…

NJ is booming and shaking

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Did you hear booming noises this AM in central New Jersey? There was a small, shallow earthquake about 3km north of Bernardsville. The U.S. Geological Survey confirmed the small earthquake in Bernardsville rattled homes and businesses around 3:41 a.m. The Morris County Communications/911 center received calls from residents in Morristown, Morris Township, Randolph, Mendham Township,…

Bang bang! Mystery noise in Edinburgh

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News driblet: Alarmed Leith residents have been left puzzled after being awoken by the sound of loud bangs in the early hours of this morning. Source: Mystery over loud bangs heard in Leith – Edinburgh Evening News The noise in the Lindean Place and Primrose Street areas was reported to police – but officers are…

Underwire ricochet

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The metal underwire of a sports bra deflected a hunter’s stray bullet and may have saved a woman’s life, German police say. Source: Sports Bra Saves German Cyclist and Sets Off Debate Over Hunting – NBC News The cyclists had unwittingly headed into an area where a wild boar hunt was under way when they…

77 year old man killed by wild boar in Italy

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News clip: A 77-year-old man was mauled to death by a group of wild boar while walking his dogs in the Italian countryside. Source: Italian pensioner mauled to death by wild boar Sicilian Salvatore Rinaudo was reportedly “bitten to death” after trying to defend his dogs as charging boar approached them in the countryside outside the town…

Love struck

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News smidgen: Two teenagers have just added another chapter to their love story, one that includes possibly being struck by lightning in Claremont. Source: Teenagers Say They Were Struck By Lightning In Claremont Dylan and Lexie were walking along a tree-lined street in Claremont, California when it appears they were hit by lightning. “Next thing you know, we are…

Curiosity’s photos reveal not woman on Mars but how silly “news” sites can be

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Slow news summer… when all news sites pick up a ridiculous story from non-reputable websites and couch it in illogical speculative terms that make it sound like they are being “critical” about the story. Unfortunately, that means more work for DN to note just exactly how doubtful these stories are and why you should not…

Mystery message in ancient Israeli bath site

Photo credit: Shai Halevy/Israel Antiques Authority

News smidgen: Well-preserved Aramaic inscriptions are discovered in a cave including a depiction of a the sacred menorah. Source: Mysterious Message Found in 2000-Year-Old Ritual Bath in Jerusalem : Discovery News A mysterious message has been found in an underground cave which turned out to house the remains of a Jewish ritual bath, the Israel Antiquities Authority…

Mystery sound closes restaurant

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News driblet: A mysterious booming sound that appears to have originated at Sam’s Chowder House in downtown Palo Alto shook up the neighborhood but investigators say they don’t know what triggered it. Source: Palo Alto:Sam’s Chowder House temporarily closes after mysterious booming sound – San Jose Mercury News The boom could have been venting gas.…

Another plague death in Colorado

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News tidbit: Centuries after ravaging millions, the plague has come to modern-day Colorado — killing one person in Pueblo County, authorities say. Source: Adult dies of plague in Colorado – CNN.com A teenager in Larimer County died earlier in 2015 from the plague. Plague pops up occasionally in the West via prairie dogs and other rodents…

When lightning strikes a gas station

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News smidgen: A gas station caught fire after a pump was struck by lightning Monday, August, 3. It happened around 6 p.m. at The Gas Depot in the 4800 block of Dixie Highway. Source: Gas station catches fire in Fairfield  In Fairfield Ohio on Monday, lightning hit the surface dome of an underground storage tank,…

Unknown symbol marks Nashville intersections

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Mysterious symbols have popped up around Elm Hill Pike in the Donelson neighborhood of Nashville. There appear to be seven such symbols spray painted on the road from a template with red paint. It has locals slightly freaked out. Source: Mysterious symbols pop up in Nashville; Police investigating Metro-Nashville police are investigating a number of…

Crab cave on Mars

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Made you look! A NASA image of Mars being passed around on social media over the weekend has imaginations running wild. The photo shows a stone formation in front of what may be a kind of cave. Source: What The Heck Is This Thing On Mars? Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer and Director of the Center for SETI Research, said he…

Just a fish, not a “monster”

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News Morsel: Adele Battersby found the four foot-long beast lying dead on the shore of the Littleborough lake and it’s enough to give you nightmares. Not if you aren’t afraid of FISH. It’s probably a pike. Source: What is this ‘Roch Ness Monster’ washed up at Hollingworth Lake? – Manchester Evening News People might need…

Cat on a Roman tile roof

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News Driblet: Isn’t that just like a cat, walking through the clay while it was drying. Archaeologists found this 2,000 years remnant that the builders used despite the prints. The print has only just been noticed on a Roman roof tile unearthed in the city in 1969. Source: 2,000-year-old cat’s paw print uncovered in Gloucester –…