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…

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…

UK paper stokes fire of Satanic Panic. False before, what makes it true now?

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Sounds horrific. However, it also sounds exactly like claims made in the U.S. in the 80s and 90’s and resulted in ABSOLUTELY NO CONCRETE EVIDENCE that satanic cults were operating and doing the incredible crimes they were accused of. So, there is a good basis to be solidly skeptical about these new sensationalistic claims. EXCLUSIVE:…

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…

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…

Loch Ness area chamber disrespects tourists by throwing researchers under the bus

Photo credit: George Edwards/CASCADE NEWS

As readers may be aware, I have an unnatural interest in paranormal tourism. I’m not opposed to marketing a place for its legends and mystique but frequently the claims bleed over into reality, cheapening the experience with hoaxes, mock-ups and crappy merchandising. This distorts the reality and is, essentially, lying to visitors. I found 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…

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,…