Tag: Fortean

15 Credibility Street #4: A virtual flood of news – bad, good, real, fake and otherwise

In this episode, after a disheartening election result, we spend time catching up on other questionable claims reviewing all the news stories posted since last time. Alaska river monster Canadian ping Quack loses license in Florida American eagles down the drain Earthquake lights over New Zealand Nostradamus and others “predicting” election results Fake News never…

Annual December “boom” marks third year in Rhode Island

There is no answer to what caused a loud boom to be reported in Rhode Island on the night of December 7. But looking into the history, there has been a series of December booms. What is going on? Source of ‘boom’ remains mystery. Some heard it in Warwick and others in Coventry. But West…

Earthquake lights reported along with Sunday’s Napa event (Update video)

One of my favorite mysterious natural phenomena has been reported in conjunction with the recent California earthquake. Some Bay Area Residents Report Mysterious Flashes In The Sky During Napa Quake « CBS San Francisco. Several people called the KPIX 5 newsroom after Sunday morning’s magnitude 6.0 earthquake in Napa, reporting mysterious flashes of light in…

HAY! It’s raining

People in several locations over a few days in the U.K. report clumps of hay swirling in the sky and falling over villages. Mystery as it rains hay in parts of Devon | Exeter Express and Echo. Huge clumps of dry grass were reported falling from the sky in several parts of the UK as…

Fish fall documented in Sri Lanka

A fish fall has reportedly occurred with a rain in Sri Lanka. The explanation is the same as always, one that leaves me a bit cold. BBC News – Fish rain down on Sri Lanka village. Villagers in the district of Chilaw said they heard something heavy falling and found scores of fish with a…

More news on earthquake lights – now the flashing variety

Back in January, we showcased an article about the potential explanation for earthquake lights – the glow or flashes that are rarely, but certainly, observed in relation to earthquakes in particular fault areas. Now, more comes to light. Scientists find voltage spikes associated with crack-like defects in fine grained materials. Mysterious Flashing ‘Earthquake Lights’ Maybe Explained.…

New paper on earthquake lights show they are a reality

I am so excited about this story. As a geologist who has studied anomalous phenomena connected to earthquakes, this is an excellent step forward to understanding earthquake lights. This will be of interest to Forteans, anomalists, geophysicists and even UFO chasers! Scientists find records of rare “earthquake lights”. They’ve been mistaken for UFOs or dismissed…

Latest sky noise freak out: Saskatoon. This is a Fortean flap.

Strange noises reported around North Battleford. There’s been a lot of buzz over the last few weeks about strange sounds being heard in the atmosphere. People around the world and here at home have reported hearing some bizarre noises. The latest were recorded in the Battlefords last weekend. Ian Hamilton, North Battleford’s mayor, says he…

Rain of fishes (Lluvia de Peces) reported in the Philippines

Agusan’s ‘rain of fish’ natural although unusual It may be shocking to be rained on with fishes as residents of Loreto town in Agusan del Sur experienced, but a rain of fish is a natural although unusual occurrence. Residents were keeping warm in their homes in Loreto as it was raining Friday morning when they…

Mystery sky noise reported in Costa Rica (Hoaxes abound)

“The Hum” Heard In Costa Rica | Ghost Theory. The strange sound heard over Costa Rica is somewhat of a global phenomenon. For the last few years (more so these last few months) there have been reports of a strange, and very loud, sound that appears to come from the sky. It’s been reported and…

Twisting dancing cloud video real and very cool

Phil Plait at Bad Astronomy helps get an explanation to this amazing video from a while back. Amazing video of a bizarre twisting dancing cloud The video is of a cumulonimbus cloud, a puffy white cauliflower-shaped cloud that forms when warm air rises rapidly. The camera view is between two buildings, and you can see…

Coroner rules death by spontaneous combustion in Ireland

BBC News – First Irish case of death by spontaneous combustion. A man who burned to death in his home died as a result of spontaneous combustion, an Irish coroner has ruled. West Galway coroner Dr Ciaran McLoughlin said it was the first time in 25 years of investigating deaths that he had returned such…