Expert debunks Fukushima radiation as link to starfish catastrophe

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In November, we brought you links to the disturbing story of the starfish wasting syndrome. The cause is unknown. The cause is STILL unknown. However, blame has fallen on Fukushima radiation for a huge array of real and imaginary problems noted in the Pacific. Here’s why this problem is NOT related to the Fukushima disaster.…

Remains of the weekend 28-29 December 2013

Last weekend of 2013! A Zimbabwean villager fistfights crocodile to save child, says local media | Star Tribune. Man who found $1M lottery ticket while raking leaves among 5 in New York State who claim big prizes – NY Daily News. ‘Amityville Horror’ Found Footage Movie Gets New Title & Release Date. Of monsters and…

Marie Laveau’s tomb regularly vandalized

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Voodoo queen Marie Laveau’s tomb is regularly vandalized by those who think their wishes will be granted by painting an ‘X’. Now someone has gone beyond that, and painted it all pink, highlighting the problem with cemetery maintenance in NOLA. Marie Laveau’s tomb in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 painted pink by mysterious vandal |…

There is no such thing as a magnetic man

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Magnetic people have been debunked OVER and OVER. This is a gimmick. The dude has sticky skin. The most attractive man in the world – Yahoo!7. A 42-year-old Georgian man has broken the world record for being the most attractive man on the planet. Etibar Elchiyev, called the ‘Magnet Man’ broke his own Guinness World…

Hello, Police? I need to report paranormal activity

I wonder if the local paranormal investigators are in the Yellow Pages or connected to the emergency services line… Gloucestershire police’s calls about aliens revealed | Gloucestershire Echo. Gloucestershire police are one of 17 forces to have received 999 calls about UFOs and the supernatural. According to the Daily Mail, 17 police forces in England…

The Strange remains the same for 27 December 2013

Winding down 2013… Don’t forget to vote for your favorite story we’ve featured here on DN this past year. Here are some wrapups you don’t want to miss and some leftover links. In Memoriam for 2013. Toledo man charged in goat sacrifice – seattlepi.com. Cat on roof sets off troublesome rescue at James Island medical center…

CHEESUS! This is ridiculous.

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This. Is. Silly. But people see meaning in the darndest things. An Arizona family is getting publicity after their cheesecake flopped. That is, upon cooling, it cracked into the shape of a cross. Holy sighting on Scottsdale cheesecake?. Family members say they won’t be eating the cheesecake. Instead they plan on selling it and donating…

23 yr old woman killed during ‘healing’ exorcism in Yemen

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Not much info in this piece but a religious “healer” killed a woman while attempting an exorcism for her “psychological” problems. Healer means something different in my mind… Quran ‘healer’ kills patient in Yemen | GulfNews.com. Police in Yemen arrested a Quran “healer” who allegedly cures spiritual and physical diseases by reciting verses from the…

Christmas frostquake in Toronto

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A rare but natural freezing event caused booming sounds in Canada. Mysterious Christmas Eve ‘boom’ heard and felt around GTA | Globalnews.ca. Around 11 p.m. Christmas Eve, people reported hearing a loud “boom” in Toronto, Newmarket, Aurora, Belleville, Richmond Hill, and Sutton. Not only was the boom heard, but it rattled houses, leaving many to…

Fifteen-foot python strangles man in front of onlookers

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This doesn’t happen often but it does happen. Must have been a horrifying sight. Python kills security guard near Bali luxury hotel. A python strangled a security guard near a luxury hotel on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali on Friday, and then escaped into nearby bushes following the deadly attack, police and a hotel employee…

When Pigs Glow: Scientists engineered sparkling swine

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On the Tenth Day of Hogswatch, the Hogfather brings to us… Ten Transgenetic Piglets. Glow-In-The-Dark Piglets Created in China Using Jellyfish DNA: Just in time for Christmas, a team of scientists in China were able to create ten little piglets that glow green under black fluorescent lights, thanks to a technique developed by the University of…

Murder over witchcraft accusation in Zimbabwe

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Vigilante action results in the murder of a man accused of witchcraft. allAfrica.com: Zimbabwe: Trio Kills 81-Year-Old Over ‘Witchcraft’. An 81-year-old Murehwa man was fatally assaulted by two fellow villagers on Saturday on allegations of practising witchcraft. Acting Mashonaland East Provincial police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Norbert Muzondo confirmed the incident yesterday.He said police had arrested…

Yellowstone magma reservoir is full and bigger than expected

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But don’t panic. Eruption will only change global climate and catastrophically affect half the United States. There is nothing you can do about it so stop worrying. Huge Magma Pocket Lurks Beneath Yellowstone Supervolcano The magma reservoir lurking beneath a dormant supervolcano in Yellowstone National Park far exceeds past estimates of its size, a new…