Tag Archive for Scotland

Can’t discover a fossil ichthyosaur in Scotland without invoking a fictional monster?

Artistic rendering by Todd Marshall. Open-mouthed is a typical depiction that makes the subject look more menacing.

Another “spectacular” sea monster fossil discovery is ruined by some ridiculous journalists who can’t rid themselves of the stupid pop culture habit of comparing every ancient sea predator to a mythical creature. This is really getting old. The recent news is of a nearly intact ichthyosaur skeleton discovered on Scotland’s Isle of Skye and announced in…

Scottish poltergeist story is highly questionable, even if the police say they saw something

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Cross posted from Doubtful by Sharon Hill A story about a family in Rutherglen, Scotland, who called in police to report paranormal phenomena, rode the media wave yesterday into today. The original source was the local Rutherglen Reformer paper that appears digitally on the Daily Record (UK) website. Here is the main story: Rutherglen family call in police…

Proof Nessie is an eel? Not exactly, but not a bad guess.

Can't make out much of anything in the video.

The Scotsman newspaper regularly posts stories on its favorite lake monster just so she stays in people’s minds and brings tourists to the shores of Loch Ness. It’s unclear why this story of a video from 2007 is now making news again but it is, as are all Nessie claims, less than impressive and certainly…

Health board prevails for standing up against homeopathy

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A woman, Honor Watt, sued Lothian Health Board in the UK after they stopped providing the controversial treatments for her arthritis. The Board had concluded (as is the overwhelming consensus) that homeopathy does not work and is not a proper use of their funds. Source: Honor Watt loses legal bid to force Lothian Health Board…

Bang bang! Mystery noise in Edinburgh

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News driblet: Alarmed Leith residents have been left puzzled after being awoken by the sound of loud bangs in the early hours of this morning. Source: Mystery over loud bangs heard in Leith – Edinburgh Evening News The noise in the Lindean Place and Primrose Street areas was reported to police – but officers are…

Nessie as clickbait: New fossil finds overshadowed by dumb headlines

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This idiotic headline makes me so irked that I won’t link to the original but to a proxy because it does not deserve your clicks. Bones of ‘Nessie’s cousin’ found on Isle of Skye – The Scotsman. (Through DoNotLink) My hypothesis: It’s not possible for any fossil reptile found in Scotland to NOT be linked…

Woman discovers large leech in her nasal passage

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Don’t bring back live animals hidden in your body cavities as souvenirs. Just saying… Woman finds three-inch leech in nose after South East Asia trip. A backpacker found a 3in (7.5cm) leech that had been living up her nose for a month after a trip to South East Asia. Daniela Liverani, 24, from Edinburgh, had…

Nessie is MIA

The Surgeon's photo of the Loch Ness monster. Known to be a hoax (click on picture)

There were no credible sightings in 2013. BBC News – No Loch Ness Monster sightings for first time since 1925. For the first time in almost 90 years no “confirmed sightings” have been made of the Loch Ness Monster, a veteran Nessie spotter has said. Gary Campbell, who keeps a register of sightings, said no-one…

Reminder: Update your pet’s microchip information if you move

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The Daily Mail UK had a photo-filled story about the mystery of the travelling tabby. But the mystery looks to have a answer – plane, boat? Nope. It’s far more mundane than we’d hoped. Mystery of cat ‘from Canary Islands’ found in Scotland solved – Home News – UK – The Independent. The mystery moggie,…

Deer attack in Scotland leaves woman seriously injured

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A rare and horrific animal attack leaves a woman severely injured. Stag attack tourist serious but stable in hospital – The Scotsman. Dr Kate Stone, 44, from Cambridge, has been placed in an ­induced coma and remained in a “serious but stable” condition in hospital last night. She was left with life-threatening injuries after the…

Scotland has teacher trouble too

The U.S. apologizes for spreading ridiculous behavior across the ocean. Calls for probe into creationist physics teacher | Herald Scotland. A PARENT has called for action to be taken by a school after a teacher allegedly told a science class evolution was “not proven”. Adrian Smales says he was shocked when his daughter told him…

Pre-game ritual: Sheep slaughter

Apparently it’s tradition for this team to sacrifice a sheep before a (European) football match. The Scottish SPCA says, you’re not in your own country now. Shakhter Karagandy boss defends sheep slaughter ahead of Celtic game | Glasgow & West | News | STV. Shakhter Karagandy boss Viktor Kumykov plans to continue the Kazakh club’s…

Morag resurfaces – Don’t call it a comeback

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Yeah, something lives in the lake, whatever it is. (But a mystery monster? Doubtful indeed.) Tourists’ shock as Morag of Loch Morar – Scotland’s second most famous monster – makes a comeback after 20 years – Daily Record. Scotland’s second most famous Loch monster – Morag of Loch Morar – has made a comeback. Holidaymaker…

‘Haunted’ Balavil castle in Scotland is for sale

Of course an old Scottish castle has to have a ghost. It’s practically demanded! For sale: one Highland castle with friendly ghost included – Telegraph. High running costs are not the only scary thing at the house featured in Monarch of the Glen – it comes with a benevolent ghost called Sarah. “Sarah was a…

Unexplained happenings mean call in the ghost hunters

Weekends are for haunted human interest stories, I guess. Aisle be damned – Dumfries and Galloway Standard. Ghostly goings on have spooked staff at a Gretna Green store. Worried workers at the Wee Big Shop are on edge after a series of unexplained “happenings.” And they have called in paranormal investigators to see if they…

Homeopathy ruling in Scotland – Comments wanted

On occasion, I see an interesting bit of news that should be brought up and discussed. But I don’t have the time to look into the background adequately. Instead of doing this off the cuff, I’m crowd-sourcing to our knowledgeable readers. I’m looking for DN readers to fill us in on the details of this…

I’m not dead yet

A strange story from Scotland. How often does this happen? BBC News – Body taken to Raigmore Hospital mortuary ‘showed signs of life’. The man had fallen from the Kessock Bridge at Inverness on Friday and, after attempts to resuscitate him, he was pronounced dead at the scene. An undertaker took the body to Raigmore…

The crowded skies: Near hit over Glasgow with an unknown object

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It’s UFO week this week, I think. A pilot reports a sighting of an unidentified object on approach to Glasgow airport. The investigation was inconclusive. BBC News – Airliner ‘had narrow miss with UFO’. A passenger aircraft had a narrow miss with an unidentified object over Glasgow, a report has revealed. The Airbus A320 was…

Manufactured ghost tale raises money for hospital

Is this a good way to gain funds? Psychic visit earns £40k for Sick Kids hospital – Health – Scotsman.com. A VISIT by a Japanese psychic to one of Edinburgh’s most historic closes is responsible for a ghost tale that has helped raise thousands of pounds for the Sick Kids hospital. The Real Mary King’s…

Scorpion likely hitched a ride to Scotland via bananas

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Banana SURPRISE! BBC News – Dumfries woman finds hairy scorpion in bunch of bananas. A woman called out the Scottish SPCA after finding a tropical scorpion in a bunch of bananas brought home from the supermarket. Animal Rescue Officer Tricia Smith collected the sand-coloured desert hairy scorpion. It has been taken to the charity’s Glasgow…

Walrus makes very rare appearance in Scotland

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A bit of an oddity: Warden surprised to find rare walrus basking on North Ronaldsay | Highlands & Islands | News | STV. Several hundred miles from where the animals are normal spotted, locals were surprised to spot the beast on the shoreline on Sunday. Discovered by Mark Warren, warden at North Ronaldsay Bird Observatory,…

More about Morag: An interesting lake monster next to Ness

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An unexpected find about another legendary lake monster of Scotland – one that might even be MORE interesting than Nessie itself – from Loch Morar. Writings shed new light on ‘Nessie’s cousin’ Morag – Heritage – Scotsman.com. (Oddly, this link has been removed. I have no idea why. – Editor) Some of the earliest-known writings…