Tag Archive for mystery

Busted: “Samurai” ghost boots

Photo: Martin Springall

Back in April 2015, we posted two photos going around in tabloid press of “ghosts”. Or apparent ghosts, I should say. Both could easily have had prosaic explanations. One of the photos was of a “mysterious” pair of boots behind a 2014 picture of a girl on a scenic beach bluff in Japan. ‘Samurai Ghost’:…

Corfu’s mystery hippo-croco-dolphin is dubious (UPDATE)

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See UPDATE below. We have the best match yet. Originally published October 28, 2015  The story goes (from the Daily Mail and the Mirror, both shameless promoters of mystery) that Harvey Robertson took pictures over the side of a tourist boat in a sea cave about 20 miles south of Albania on the west coast…

Wild pig with striking blue fat

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This strange story is making the Internet rounds thanks to sharing sites like Imgur and Reddit. A pig shot on California farm has blue fat deposits in its entire body. The startling strange blue color is not normal and is only in the fat. Exactly what caused a wild pig harvested in Morgan Hill to…

Lovely lilac surf in Oregon

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It’s a lovely purple color but that’s not normal. Purple tinted waves have been spotted on the Oregon coast for the last month. It’s not unusual for the purple sails jellies (Velella velella) to be in bloom but this was something different. Testing showed it was salps (sea squirts or tunicates). Oregon Coast Mystery of…

Image of fabled sea serpent of Ireland retrieved

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An image of Co Clare’s sea-serpent – Victorian Ireland’s equivalent of the Loch Ness monster – has resurfaced after 144 years. The artist’s impression of the bizarre ocean creature, allegedly spotted off the coast of the resort village of Kilkee, has been found lurking in the depths of a London archive. Source: Ireland’s Loch Ness…

Mystery explosion injures woman on Rhode Island beach (UPDATE)

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What happened? Sitting on the beach and suddenly an explosion?! A woman injured in an apparent explosion at a Rhode Island beach said the last thing she remembers is relaxing and reading a book. “We watched a gentlemen get ready to go scuba diving. Danise was at the Salty Brine State Beach in Narragansett on…

Philadelphia sky blob is not very spaceshippy

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A mysterious mass in the sky fascinated some North Philadelphia residents this weekend. Source: Viewer video captures mysterious mass floating in North Philadelphia Action News viewer Hector Garcia shot the video near 7th and Tioga streets Sunday afternoon. You can see a fast-moving, clear blob floating across the skyline. Here is the video It very…

Planet-dolia pyramids and poles (UPDATED)

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A number of stories are circulating online today with claims of weird things found on other planets. As usual, the facts are interesting but mystery-mongering sites overreach and portray them as extraordinary, that is, there are cities or evidence of civilization out there. The evidence for THAT is doubtful indeed. We see what we want…

Horse death from mystery “attack” in Michigan

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The horse was bitten on a lower part of its leg, apparently causing it to bleed out, sheriff’s office Sgt. Darrin Siemen said. Source: Horse attacked by large animal in Sanilac County A 1,200 pound adult horse is dead, and the “large” animal that bit and killed it hasn’t been identified, causing the Sanilac County…

Who dropped their animal skin in the park?

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Authorities are investigating after a mysterious animal skin with flesh still attached was discovered in an east London park. Source: ‘Black magic’ fears as whole animal skin is found in Clissold park “There was no CCTV or evidence to suggest what animal it had come from or how that animal has died.” A spokesman for…

Wedding pic and scenic snapshot “ghost” photobombs

Photo: Martin Springall

Two photographs circulating in the media today are purported to show mysterious figures that were not seen when the photo was taken. One is a spooky face in a wedding portrait and another is a case of phantom boots behind a little girl. What do you think is going on here? Bride, groom and ghost?…

Pennsylvania mystery explosion on college campus

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A unique case of a mysterious explosion where the rocks really flew. Was it a frost quake in Southcentral Pennsylvania? Or something else? Officials seek source of explosion near F&M; ‘frost quake’ proposed as a cause Investigators are still seeking the cause of a mysterious blast Thursday near Franklin & Marshall College. No one was…

Poach, fry, scramble or hard boil, don’t throw

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An egg-tosser has eluded capture for more than a year. What kind of person does this to the home of an 85 year old since March 2014? Someone has been egging this 85-year-old’s home for a year. Police are baffled. – The Washington Post.   …more than 100 brazen attacks, sometimes while authorities are on hand.…

Sea lion pups suffering through bad year in parts of California

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A worrisome story. Mystery malady affecting sea lion pups strains Sausalito | The Press Democrat. The Marine Mammal Center in Marin County is on the front lines of a statewide response to a surge in sea lion pups turning up on California beaches emaciated and sometimes sick, at a time they still should be in…

Mysterious bird deaths recorded on the Oregon coast

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Pacific southwest of Santa Barbara, California, USA
21 April 2007.  Photo by Glen Tepke.

A harsh winter? No food? What is causing a surge in dead and dying sea birds on the West Coast? Why is the beach covered in dead birds?. Many visitors to Oregon’s coast over the holidays were greeted with the disturbing sight of dead seabirds. On Dec. 21, on the beach at Seaside, more than…

The mystery of the burning couch

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This one might take some figuring out. A child tells an adult that there is a fire in a shop and saves a whole lot of damage. Young boy saves Fulham shop after spotting mysterious square fire – Get West London. A passer-by helped save a closed shop and flats from going up in flames…

Mythbusters inspire investigators to examine the escape from Alcatraz

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If they did it at JUST the right time… Researchers were inspired by a Mythbusters episode (Season 1, episode 11) to see if the famous escape was plausible as they concluded. Dutch Scientists Claim To Have Solved Mystery Of 1962 Alcatraz Prisoner Escape. Dutch scientists claim to have solved the mystery of the infamous escape…

A piece of the Earhart plane? Remains are a QUESTIONABLE claim

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TIGHAR stuff AGAIN?! These guys don’t quit. I’ve been getting emails about their supposedly big find for a few days now. Here it is. It’s still a QUESTIONABLE CLAIM. Amelia Earhart Plane Fragment Identified. A fragment of Amelia Earhart’s lost aircraft has been identified to a high degree of certainty for the first time ever since…

Now we know where these weirdo arms belonged

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For almost 50 years, paleontologists had a mystery set of giant dinosaur arms. The rest of the animal has now been discovered… and his arms have been put back on. Mystery of dinosaur with giant arms solved. In the 1960s, researchers unearthed two gigantic dinosaur arms. For decades, scientists have speculated about what kind of…

Interceptor network for spying, hacking, or a marketing ploy?

ESD's map over the mysterious cell towers they have discovered up to now. Photo credit: ESD America

Well, this story is all over, making people paranoid. Les Goldsmith, the CEO of ESD America, who makes the $3500 Cryptophone tells Popular Science that the device, running a customized, higher security version of Android has detected phony cell towers called “interceptors” across the country that have turned off encryption. Mysterious Phony Cell Towers Could…

Strange Pacific ocean glow surprises pilot and stirs curiosity

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A Dutch pilot, JPC van Heijst, reports a strange observation in the Pacific Ocean en route from Hong Kong to Alaska. His story appears on conspiracy/mystery website Above Top Secret, sparking ALL KINDS of offbeat ideas of what it could be. So far, he can’t explain it. Unknown orange/red glow over Pacific Ocean – August…

Gift of dolls caused concern in California community

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Beginning in mid-June, families noticed that lovely porcelain dolls were being left at the homes of at least eight ~10 year old girls in the Talega community of San Clemente, California. They found it a bit creepy as the dolls were said to resemble the children to which they were given. Though no crime was…