Tag Archive for Scotland

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…

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

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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

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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

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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

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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,…

Big cat reports in Scotland down for 2012

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Investigators fear Big Cats could be dying out in Scotland – Daily Record. BIG cat investigators fear the elusive creatures could be dying out in Scotland after sightings plummeted to their lowest in 25 years. Around 70 reports have been made to Big Cats in Britain’s Scots-based team this year – almost half the number…

A UFO explained. NOT a Chinese lantern (for a change).

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The original news story… UFO investigation after chef spots mystery object hovering in sky | Dundee & Tayside STV. Adrian Musat, 40, of Pitlochry, Perthshire, saw the white light floating over Clunie Wood in Perthshire. He recorded the mysterious light, before sending the tape off to supernatural investigators, the British UFO Research Association (BUFORA).  Adrian…

Scottish Sun stinks up star jelly story

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Very sorry to have to link to this abysmal story from The Scottish Sun… Unidentified Fluid Object baffles Scots boffins. BAFFLED hillwalkers fear ALIENS have landed — after mysterious slime started appearing in the countryside. They have discovered a strange jelly… and some experts believe it’s landed from space. The first report of an unidentified…

Seeing double: Two rare white sparrows

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A very rare and interesting sight: Twitchers in a flap as two rare white sparrows appear in Moray garden A Moray woman who photographed a rare white fledgling sparrow in her garden last week was left ‘stunned’ when a second white bird turned up. Thought to be a ‘one-in-a-million’ rarity, the white sparrows have a…

Pieced-together bodies mummified – What does it mean?

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Bronze Age corpses mixed up in ‘Frankenstein’ mummies Mummies found off the coast of Scotland are Frankenstein-like composites of several corpses, researchers say. This mixing of remains was perhaps designed to combine different ancestries into a single lineage, archaeologists speculated. The bodies were first unearthed in 2001 during excavations beneath the foundations of an approximately…