Unsolved mystery

Boom boom, it’s not great to be crazy

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It’s not thunder, it’s not gas explosions. What is causing the mystery booms in Highgate? More mystery ‘explosions’ in Highgate baffle experts. Noise experts are scratching their heads over mysterious “explosions” in Highgate – after dozens of residents reported hearing 
another loud bang this week. People living in the Shepherd’s Hill and Archway Road area…

Some mystery booms are small shallow earthquakes, like Moodus noises

From Maryland Geological Survey

Doubtful News covers all kinds of weird noises that are reported. Many can’t be readily explained. But that doesn’t mean they are unexplainable. This piece on the Moodus noises in Connecticut is excellent and entertaining. This is fairly well-known as an area of shallow, very weak seismic activity. The shallow rock stresses and releases produce…

Harvard human-skin books? One claim sheepishly busted.

Image from Harvard Law School Library

I saw this story about book bound in human flesh make the rounds on social media earlier this week. I sat quietly and observed. Today, it’s slightly less interesting. Myth About Harvard Book Made of Human Skin Debunked. For one reason or another—perhaps it was the flashy headline, or the gruesome mysterious details—a nearly decade-old…

Duncan Oklahoma mystery boom

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Poor Oklahoma with their quakes and booms. Duncan dispatchers field calls reporting mystery noise Stephens County deputies and Duncan police were left scratching their heads after dispatchers fielded dozens of calls reporting an unusually loud boom that sounded like an explosion. People reported hearing the boom from all areas of the city and county. Callers…

Mystery plume caught on weather radar floated over Amarillo

March 17 mystery plume

It seems like all typical explanations have been excluded regarding a mystery cloud that originated in early evening of March 17 and floated over Amarillo, Texas. Mysterious plume still baffling people. A mysterious plume that showed up on National Weather Service radars is still puzzling people. The weather service offices in El Paso and Albuquerque…

Gravitational Wave Detection Rumors: We’ll just have to wait (UPDATE: Announced)

Visualization of Einstein-envisioned gravitational waves, provided by NASA.

Have gravitational waves, an Einsteinian prediction based on general relativity, been detected? The physics rumor mill is propagating speculation about a weighty discovery, but what’s the big deal? (See update below) The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics will be hosting a press conference Monday, March 17, 2014, to announce a “major discovery.” What is the announcement? It…

The mystery of the tye-dyed pigeons

Photo credit: bytegirl's flickr

A few peculiar-looking pigeons were spotted by a photographer. Speculation was that they may be a cross with parrot. But the explanation is likely more human-related. Experts Agree: Parrot-Pigeon “Hybrids” Probably Just Dyed Pigeons: Gothamist. Last weekend some mysterious pigeon-parrot hybrids were spotted in Queens, but experts now tell us these are just your garden…

Missing flight 370 sparks mystery mongering (Several Updates)

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As each hour goes by with no sign of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 strange ideas evolve about what happened to it. Mystery and conspiracy sites are abuzz with imaginative explanations including UFO abduction. It’s been days since the passenger flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing, China, disappeared (8 March 2014) with 227…

Martian meteorite micro-structures raise questions about possible biological processes

Small section of meteorite (Yamato 000593) showing tunnels and microtunnels formed in the rock. Photo from NASA.

With all the talk of jelly donuts and related frivolous lawsuit filed against NASA that Doubtful News has covered recently, it is nice to cover a martian story that’s a bit more down-to-earth (Antarctica, more specifically). A team of NASA researchers has published a paper reporting “the first observation of indigenous carbonaceous matter” in a martian meteorite,…

I’ll show ya how to walk the dog… HUGE treasure found! (UPDATE)

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Amazing! Where did it come from? Calif. Couple Strike $10 Million Gold-Coin Bonanza – ABC News. A Northern California couple out walking their dog on their property stumbled across a modern-day bonanza: $10 million in rare, mint-condition gold coins buried in the shadow of an old tree. Nearly all of the 1,427 coins, dating from…