The Strange remains the same for 28 Jan 2014

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Soylent Green is people! Paranormal activity reported at assisted living center | Grand Haven Tribune. Notable.ca | Stopping the Spread of Phoney Info on Social Media. Mother charged in exorcism deaths was not active member of local church — Gazette.Net. Reviving Wind Turbine Syndrome is just what you’d expect from a PM without a Science…

Pope John Paul II relic stolen – blame the Satanists

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Always with the Satanists… an easy scapegoat. Blood of Pope John Paul II stolen in possible ‘satanic’ theft – Telegraph. A religious reliquary containing blood from the late Pope John Paul II has been stolen from a remote mountain church in Italy, with speculation that a Satanic group could be behind the theft. “It’s possible…

Google moon images shows triangular anomaly. What is it?

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Stitching artifact? Anomaly? Or something solid? I can’t tell. But speculation abounds. Google Images Reveal Triangular Moon Mystery: Could It Be An ET Colony?. At first glance, it certainly appears a bit too symmetrical for a natural object. Some Internet sites have speculated that this might be either an alien spaceship, a base used by…

Chinese woman poisoned trying to cure her bad eyes

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Self-treatment – sometimes a REALLY bad idea. Woman poisoned by fish bile folk remedy. A woman is recovering in a Wuhan, Hubei province hospital after she poisoned herself from eating raw fish bile as part of a folk cure for eye discomfort. The Hankou district woman surnamed Qi, 43, experienced abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea…

Slippery goop washed up on shore in U.K. is fat

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Once again, there are balls of fatty material washing up the English shoreline. BBC News – ‘Lard-like’ substance washed up on beaches ‘not toxic’. A white “lard-like” substance washed up on several Isle of Man beaches is either animal or vegetable fat, government tests have proved. A spokesman said it was “not harmful to humans…

Mysterious video of transluscent web-like sheet draping field

Screen capture from video of white web draped over field in England.

White translucent sheet or web covers a field in England. The video has been posted but it provides little detail. Strange web-like substance covers field but luckily ‘no radiation content’ found | Metro News. In the video, which was posted to LiveLeak, the mystified man describes his findings: ‘There is a huge build-up around the…

News sites hawking headlines about black holes

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Stephen Hawking is well-known for his popular science writings and work in theoretical physics. His science popularization writings have made him a household name among lay public. So when he writes a paper about black holes, it is unsurprising that much buzz is generated about the paper, which he posted on January 22 and is awaiting review.…

Ancient teeth had traces of plaque, I mean, plague… Wait, what?

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Remnant plague? Now sequenced. Scientists find ancient plague DNA in teeth. Researchers found tiny bits of DNA in the teeth of two German victims killed by the Justinian plague about 1,500 years ago. With those fragments, they reconstructed the genome of the oldest bacteria known. They concluded the Justinian plague was caused by a strain…

What leveled the wind turbine in Western PA?

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It’s a bit of a mystery so far. A wind turbine collapses in Western Pennsylvania, startling residents. What happened? The wind turbine, the last of four that stood along the ridge in a line on what used to be Wayne Steyer’s property, fell to the ground. It now lies in a twisted mass near where…

Woman pays psychic $30,000 for help with love issues

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Another alleged psychic scam. A local reporter in North Carolina looks into it and for rules for setting up a psychic business and can’t find any. Action 9: Woman pays $30,000 for psychic session. The industry of fortune telling isn’t one that is always taken seriously, but one woman claims she was tricked out of…

The Strange remains the same for 27 January 2014

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You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. -Abraham Lincoln Creationism in public schools, mapped. Where tax money supports alternatives to evolution. Drought Exposes Long-Submerged Historic Artifacts – WSJ.com. Astronomer: ‘Astrology Is Not Real Science’ | Neon Tommy. A butterfly flaps its wings on Twitter, and a vaccine map goes viral |…

Flammable: Farting cows

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All you need is a source of fuel and ignition… BBC News – German cows cause methane blast in Rasdorf. Methane gas released by dairy cows has caused an explosion in a cow shed in Germany, police said. Thanks to the belches and flatulence of the 90 dairy cows in the shed, high levels of…

Fatal buttocks injection case heads to court

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These stories are not only difficult to write but difficult to comprehend. We’ve had a few stories about people undergoing illegal cosmetic procedures by unlicensed, CLEARLY questionable, administrators in unsafe conditions. But they pay! They go through with it. It can cost them their health and their lives. Trial for ‘Pebbelz Da Model’ begins Monday…

Oooh, fancy magic tape for athletes

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This is old stuff but people still think it actually works. Did Magic Tape Help Li Na Win The Australian Open? – Forbes. When Chinese tennis star Li Na won the Australian open final this weekend, she had two long, wide strips of black tape criss-crossing her right knee. And in the semifinals, Poland’s Agnieszka…

A new way to find new species – sample the water

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Amazing! DNA technology gives us a new way to do a fish census. Thousands of fish ID’d from glass of water. A glass full of water is all fish detectives needed to identify approximately 13,000 fish living in the larger body of water from which the sample was taken, report researchers. The secret is in…

Sleepwalking is hazardous to your health

She’s lucky she’s not dead. Lincolnshire mum wakes up with a broken back and a broken neck after sleepwalking | Lincolnshire Echo. Lincolnshire mum, Morag Fisher, woke up in a pool of blood- having broken her back, neck and both wrists after falling down the stairs whilst sleepwalking. Morag Fisher, from Witham St Hughs, was…