Remains of the day 22 Oct 2013

We have a lovely selection of remains of the day today. Norway message in a bottle find sparks family appeal. Inside the quackish cult of alternative medicine. The psychology of spiritualism: science and seances | Science | The Observer. Important New Theory Explains Where Old Memories Go: Scientific American. A new project from the journal…

Occult altar and bones reportedly discovered in Denver house

Neighbors were surprised at what was found during the clean up of this house. 7NEWS – Police investigate possible human bones, ‘occult altar’ at vacant home in Lakewood – Local Story. Lakewood police are investigating the discovery of possible human bones and items which, they say, may have been used in “occult” religious ceremonies. The…

A wallaby haunts a London graveyard (UPDATE: Captured)

Not what you expect to see hopping around a London Cemetery! Video: Wallaby spotted in Highgate Cemetery – Telegraph. Visitor and volunteer coordinator Melanie Winyard said someone first spied the marsupial, which belongs to the same family as the kangaroo, on Sunday. How he got there is unknown but a zoologist thinks it’s a Bennett’s…

Pyrocumulus clouds over Australia

The unique weather phenomenon, pyrocumulus clouds, are predicted to occurs in Australia as a large fire influences an unstable atmosphere. The clouds are formed because of the heat and combustion products of the fire. Inferno expected to generate abnormal, high-altitude cloud. A bizarre weather phenomenon known as a fire cloud is likely to form over…

Remains of the day 21 Oct 2013

I admit it, I’m exhausted today. So thanks for all your suggestions, a lot of them ended up here. I love you all. Good night. Violin that played as Titanic sank sells for $1.5 million Fear vs. Radiation – The Mismatch – NYTimes.com. Measuring the growth in local skeptic groups via Meetup.com | Skeptical Software…

Philly hospital becomes first to purge shelves of dietary supplements

A promising step. Does this mean the beginning of the end for useless, possibly unsafe supplements? No, but I would like to just relish the moment. Children’s Hospital Of Philadelphia Bans Dietary Supplements From Its Pharmacy – Forbes. Last week Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) announced that it would no longer dispense most dietary supplements…

The purloined brain

Haven’t I heard this before… ” a new book claims…”  ? RFK may have swiped JFK’s missing brain | New York Post. John F. Kennedy’s noodle didn’t get buried with him on Nov. 25, 1963, at Arlington National Cemetery — and his own brother might have been behind the theft, a new book claims. “Not…

The Bigfoot Files and Melba’s big idea

Just a quick post: two items regarding Bigfoot, DNA and perhaps rivalry. Yesterday, the first of a three-part documentary series aired on British TV featuring Dr. Bryan Sykes and his results from the Oxford-Lausanne DNA project. DN staff was able to obtain a copy and I wrote a review. Bottom line – it’s WELL worth seeing.…

Ancient warrior prince turns out to be a princess

Oops! Etruscan warrior prince really a princess. Last month, archaeologists announced a stunning find: a completely sealed tomb cut into the rock in Tuscany, Italy. The untouched tomb held what looked like the body of an Etruscan prince holding a spear, along with the ashes of his wife. Several news outlets reported on the discovery…

Remains of the weekend 19-20 Oct 2013

I bring you the leftovers from the weekend. Good stuff. Enjoy. Off to a new weird week. Mystery blonde girl found in Greece prompts search for parents – CNN.com. Here’s what happens when a “chupacabra” is taken care of. Dying Dog in the Mexican Desert Gets the Rescue of Lifetime. Texas Freedom Network: Publishers Resist…

The good and bad of haunted hotels

Ah yes. It’s that time of year – when “haunted” locations capitalize on that spooky feeling. It’s both a “blessing and curse”. Tales of haunting help, hurt businesses in northeast Kansas | CJOnline.com. Lori Ford, who has owned the Hotel Josephine, 501 Ohio Ave. in Holton, for more than two years, said some people specifically…

Another oarfish washes up in California

I wonder if it would have made news if not for the first one last week. Second rare oarfish washes up in Southern California – U.S. News. For the second time in a week, the rare, serpentine oarfish has surfaced on a Southern California beach. Beach goers at Oceanside Harbor crossed paths Friday afternoon with…