Iceland allows elves a place at discussion table regarding land use

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The Huldufolk must be consulted at least as a cultural tradition in Iceland. Iceland’s hidden elves delay road projects. Elf advocates have joined forces with environmentalists to urge the Icelandic Road and Coastal Commission and local authorities to abandon a highway project building a direct route from to the tip of the Alftanes peninsula, where…

Really not sincerely dead, yet

We cover lots of stories here about people who were THOUGHT to be dead but recovered in a seemingly miraculous way. Scientists are studying what happens at death to the body and brain. Scientists looking closer at what happens when body dies – Story. Scientists are stretching the boundaries of understanding what happens as the…

No one said drug dealers were smart cookies: Alligators as guard dogs

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Here is a way to explain why alligators are appearing more and more places they shouldn’t be. Breaking Fad: Alligators becoming the new pit bulls for drug dealers, cops say – Washington Times. Drug dealers, long associated with aggressive dogs like pit bulls, are of late opting for a more cold-blooded accomplice to protect their…

Terrier must have a darn good memory

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Dog goes missing for 8 years and appears in the driveway. Dog missing for 8 years finds its way home to Gibsonville | MyFOX8.com. Jack Russell terriers are known for being smart but there is one in Gibsonville that may be one of the smartest after he found his way home after being gone for…

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The Strange remains the same 20 Dec 2013

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Oh deer… some strange stuff today. Houston attorney sues psychic over ‘love ritual’ | abc13.com. Meth dealer really named Walter White gets 12 years in prison | www.krmg.com. Most Bizarre Medical Stories Of 2013. Psychics: US soothsaying laws unfair to believers | Franklin Hamburg Lafayette NJ | Local News. Elk rescued after Christmas lights, candy…

Criminals are producing your “health” supplements

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And they continue with their less than ethical activities. This is not news to people who follow Doubtful News regularly where we bring you news of tainted supplements and unscrupulous remedies. But it’s a topic that needs to be more widely known. Thanks to continued LACK of regulation and because it’s a money-making bonanza from…

Bird is the word: Four swans a-surfing

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Surfin’ birds! Birds do the darndest things. Video: Four black swans spotted surfing in Australia – Telegraph. A group of black swans have been filmed surfing off a beach on Australia’s Gold Coast, to the astonishment swimmers. Birds just wanna have fun… A video of a crow sledding down a snowy roof on a jar…

JJ the service dog acts as a medical monitor

Another curious example of a dog who can spot an oncoming condition before everyone else. Service Dog Sniffs Out Girl’s Disease, Even in Operating Room – ABC News. Since she was two months old, Kaelyn “KK” Krawczyk has had a severe form of mastocytosis, which can cause a life-threatening allergic reaction to simple, everyday things…

Baby belief: Mother needs help for false pregnancy syndrome

I guess they meant well. Oops. Doctors perform emergency C-section, find no baby. Concerned that they were unable to detect a baby’s heartbeat, doctors in Brazil performed an emergency C-section on the mother — only to discover that she wasn’t in fact pregnant. Doctors say the 37-year-old patient arrived at the hospital with what she…

How many angels can fit in the head of an angelologist?

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Self-proclaimed angel expert priest says OH YES, there are angels, just as their are demons. They just don’t have fluffy wings. Where do we draw the line on making stuff up and expertise on supernatural beings? Angels Exist But Have No Wings, Says Church. Catholic Church “angelologist” Father Renzo Lavatori says the celestial beings are…

Holy skulls! Evidence around the world for trepanning

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There is a good reason why our skull is solid. It’s not supposed to have ventilation. Ancient cranial surgery: Practice of drilling holes in the cranium that dates back thousands of years. [E]vidence shows that healers in Peru practiced trepanation — a surgical procedure that involves removing a section of the cranial vault using a…

Warning about thyroid supplements

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Thyroid troubles that are common among women may result in purchasing unsafe over the counter herbs that contain more than you bargained for – cow hormones. OTC Thyroid ‘Boosters’ May Harm. Patients who take over-the-counter supplements that promise to enhance thyroid function may get more than they bargained for, endocrinologists warn. The supplements could contain…

What was the Star of Bethlehem – natural, supernatural or fiction?

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Supernova, comet, planet, angel, miracle, star? Or something else. Star of Bethlehem a literary creation, says Ohio State physics scholar | The Columbus Dispatch. In the newly published The Star of Bethlehem: A Skeptical View, the Ohio State University scholar says the star was most likely the literary creation of the author of the Gospel…

With this cloak, no one will see you slither in…

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…as long as they’re only monitoring radio waves. It looks like a “Cloak of Invisibility” familiar to fantasy lovers has been invented (again). First Battery-powered Invisibility Cloak Design Proposed: Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have proposed the first design of a cloaking device that uses an external source of energy to significantly broaden…

The Strange remains the same for 19 Dec 2013

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Oh, yeah. Got some doozies tonight. Could an Octopus Really Be Terrorizing Oklahoma’s Lakes? | Octopus Chronicles, Scientific American Blog Network. Whew! It’s a hoax. snopes.com: SpongeBob SquarePants Canceled?. (I love this show.) At ‘The Houston Cancer Quack,’ Skeptics call on Congress to investigate Stanislaw Burzynski – Boing Boing. (Thank you, Xeni!) 2013 Year of Hoaxes…

Vampire tourism in Bulgaria

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Not a surprise. Take advantage of the rich, weird history you’ve got. Why not? Vampires are HOT. BBC News – Bulgaria: Staking out a vampire tourist trail. Bulgaria’s ancient city of Sozopol on the Black Sea coast is teaming up with medieval Sighisoara in Romania, the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, the ruler thought to…

The Strange remains the same for 18 December 2013

Hello, lovelies. Here are your remainders for the day. Snowy Owls Make Mysterious Migration | LiveScience. ScienceShot: Why Hobbits Always Win | Science/AAAS | News. Bigfoot found? AI tool sifts fact from myth on Twitter – tech – 18 December 2013 – New Scientist.