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Two-Faced Kitten Named Harvey Dent

Kitten born with two faces You’ve probably heard of cats having nine lives, but a Florida kitten was born with two faces. The Janus cat is named Harvey Dent after the Batman character more commonly known as Two Face. Aaron Eckhart played Dent in the 2008 film The Dark Knight. Janus cats are named after…

Obligatory Friday the 13th story

Friday the 13th: the superstitions and the skeptics “If the thought of merely leaving the house this Friday the 13th has you spooked, you’re not alone. The Stress Management Centre and Phobia Institute, based in Asheville, N.C., estimates that $800 million to $900 million US is lost every time the 13th of the month falls…

Zambia woman attacked for practicing witchcraft

In a story all too common these days, this from Zambia… Woman stoned on suspicion of practicing witchcraft Mrs Mwape was stoned around 02:00 hours on Monday by unknown people who suspected her and her husband of practising witchcraft. Ms Tembo said the mob first attacked the woman’s husband, Paul Mwika, 80, but quick action…

Superstition about ’39’

Unlucky 39: Cars With Wrong Number In Afghanistan Associated With Prostitution- The Huffington Post. Some people go to extreme lengths to avoid black cats and broken mirrors. Afghanis assign significance to one particular two-digit number. Just as many Americans avoid the number 13, a growing number of people in this wartorn country fear 39. “This…

Horrifying tales of albino ‘genicide’

SPELL OF THE ALBINO – ModernGhana.com. In Tanzania, body parts of albinos are a cash crop of sorts. A complete set of body parts – including limbs, genitals, ears, tongue and nose – can sell for $75,000. The surge in the use of albino body parts as a good luck charm is a result of…

Nothing to be afraid of: Owls are not evil

North Wales Bird Trust fights to save Caribbean owls – North Wales Weekly News. “Voodoo is still rife in the Dominican Republic and it is believed that owls are witches. Consequently if they are caught they are beaten to death,” explained Pam Broughton of the Llandudno based North Wales Bird Trust. “This is the first…

People thrown overboard in superstitious ritual

Dozen boat migrants die in voodoo ritual to calm sea | News. Five people were held on suspicion of murder today following claims from survivors that people had been pushed from a boat packed with 400 people. Another 25 were found dead in the hold. Witnesses told police at least 12 victims, possibly more, were…

DN Quick Tips for 23 Nov 2011

Here are some news bits and links to other stories we discovered today: Bigfoot witness in the SoCal area wanted for ANOTHER show. Bigfoot is such a hot topic these days. But, yawn…  another eyewitness show? Rare jaguar siting in southern Arizona. Really cool that they are crossing the border and being photographed. Richard Wiseman…

DN Quick Tips for 21 Nov 2011

Here are some news bits and links to other stories we discovered today: Pareidolia seen in a flock of birds. The Dead Files gets renewed for another season on the Travel Channel. See this post on its premier. Clarity on neutrinos experiment from Phil Plait: New experiment neither proves nor refutes FTL neutrinos. A strange…

Children sacrificed in Africa over witchcraft

Another harrowing article about witchcraft in Africa, with violent attacks against children and albinos, as a means to attain wealth and escape from the crippling poverty gripping this continent. Child Sacrifice for Wealth Of recent, the mainstream media has been awash with reports of a gruesome wave of pagan impunity sweeping across the East African…

Elderly ‘witches’ killed in Mozambique

BBC News – Mozambique ‘witches’ killed in Gaza province. A non-governmental organisation says at least 20 Mozambicans have been killed this year for alleged witchcraft. Such killings affect several African countries, where superstitious beliefs are rife because of poverty and illiteracy, correspondents say.

Maid arrested for casting “spell” on family

Maid held for casting “spell” on family. Saudi Arabia’s religious police arrested an Indonesian housemaid for casting a magic spell on a local family and “turning its life upside down,” a newspaper in the Gulf Kingdom reported on Tuesday. The employer of the maid in the southern mountainous town of Bisha told members of the…

Killed over witchcraft in Zimbabwe

Over 20 elderly people killed over witchcraft claims | The Zimbabwean. Over 20 elderly people have been murdered this year in Mozambique as a result of their alleged involvement in witchcraft. According to Radio Mozambique, this was disclosed in Maputo on Monday by the Forum Terceira Idade (Third Age Forum), during a meeting with the…

Taiwan’s ‘Prayer Animal’ releases aren’t good karma for animals or people

Asia Sentinel – Taiwan’s ‘Prayer Animals’ Wreak Havoc. In Taiwan, the faithful annually release some 200 million animals into the wild, or think they do, in an effort to accumulate good karma. However, it’s actually taking a frightful toll on both animal rights and the island’s biodiversity. Across much of Asia, particularly in Buddhist temples,…

Saudi Arabia executes man convicted of “sorcery”

Saudi Arabia executes man convicted of “sorcery” | Amnesty International. A Sudanese man was put to death after charge of “sorcery”. The crime of “sorcery” is not defined in Saudi Arabian law but it has been used to punish people for the legitimate exercise of their human rights, including their right to freedom of expression.