1/11/2006 Strange Happenings. Mysterious Low Frequency Hum in New Waltham / Taos hum?
"... a team of experts from the University of Salford have visited the location as part of a national research project into the "hum". A fascinating report has proved the noises Mrs Belton hears are not just sounds in her head. In a report by academics, an intermittent sound of between 40 and 60 decibels was recorded at the pensioner's home. The findings were mirrored in other parts of the country where low frequency sounds were also registered in areas where residents complained of "humming" noises. However, the cause of the noises remain a mystery. Mrs Belton said: "It sounds like a big tumble dryer, but it seems airborne rather than underground. It has got so much worse - now I am waking up each morning at 5am and I know I am not the only one to hear them." - thisisg
The story doesn't say the hum's frequency. Decibels (db) is a measure of volume, not pitch.
"30 db = soft whisper, 50 = rainfall, 60 = normal conversation" - (lhh)
"The human ear has receptors that can detect sound frequencies raging from 16 vibrations to 20,000 vibrations per second. ... Any frequency that is below the human range is known as infrasound. It is so low that it may be detected by a creature with big ears, such as an Elephant. In fact, recent research indicates that elephants also communicate with infrasound. Ultrasound, on the other hand, is above the range of the human ear. Bats, whales, porpoises, and dolphins use ultrasound for navigation. Most bats can detect frequencies as high as 100,000 Hz!" - factbook
1/12/2006 Strange happenings. Bulgarian woman flips out, tries to strip, blames Bush, causes plane to land.Kudos to SLC security for keeping cool and not shooting the woman. Religion makes people nuts. For example, see: Man Gets Death for Killing Man Thought to Be Antichrist and 345 killed in Haj stampede.
"Georgieva then yelled she had a baby named Jesus, that her uncle impregnated her and that "President Bush was behind it all," according to the complaint, which charges her with interference with a flight crew. The woman also attempted to remove her blouse and throw things at other passengers, the complaint states. The pilot diverted the plane to Salt Lake City.
... When the plane was on the ground, the woman tried to run from airport police and claimed there was a bomb aboard the plane, according to the charges. A bomb squad searched the aircraft but found no explosives." - sltrib
12/22/2005 Strange Happenings / Crime. Zoo animals fight crime
"A criminal suspect on the run ended up being mauled to death by a caged tiger, South African police say. "He had nowhere else to go, so he jumped over the zoo fence," she added. The police said that the man had tried to escape after he had robbed a couple with a knife. The tiger had apparently not tried to eat the body. Nature conservation officials quoted by SABC said the tigers had been fed on Saturday afternoon and were therefore not hungry. A gorilla known as Max became a national hero in 1997, when he confronted a thief who jumped into his enclosure while being pursued by police. Max, who died in his sleep last year, bit the hapless intruder on the buttocks and kept him pinned to a wall, despite being hit by two bullets." - bbc
12/21/2005 Strange Happenings / Biology. Stalin's Breeding Plan: Ape Army.I wonder what other countries past and present have tried breeding super soldiers.
"Soviet dictator Josef Stalin tried to create an invincible army by crossing humans with apes, according to secret documents. The Kremlin chief ordered his scientists to create the mutant species that would be "resilient and resistant to hunger". Archive papers quote him demanding the breed should be of "immense strength but with an underdeveloped brain". Part of his terrifying plan was use the mutants to work on railway construction, according to The Sun. Secret laboratories and ape skeletons have been found in the Black Sea town of Suchumi in Georgia, by workmen building a playground for children. The bones are thought to come from apes captured in the 1920s and paid for by Stalin, who ordered scientist Ilia Ivanov to carry out the research. " - sky
12/15/2005 Strange Happenings / Biology. Mice created with human brain cellsDoes this mouse not now have a 0.1% human right not to be experimented upon? Murky waters ahead.
"Scientists announced Monday that they had created mice with small amounts of human brain cells in an effort to make realistic models of neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease. Led by Fred Gage of the Salk Institute in San Diego, the researchers created the mice by injecting about 100,000 human embryonic stem cells per mouse into the brains of 14-day-old rodent embryos. Those mice were each born with about 0.1% of human cells in each of their heads, a trace amount that doesn't remotely come close to "humanizing" the rodents. "This illustrates that injecting human stem cells into mouse brains doesn't restructure the brain," Gage said. ... Still, the work adds to the growing ethical concerns of mixing human and animal cells when it comes to stem cell and cloning research. After all, mice are 97.5% genetically identical to humans. ... some envision nightmare scenarios in which a human mind might be trapped in an animal head." - usatoday
12/14/2005 Strange Happenings. Body found on Big Bird actor's property
"A 36-year-old man was charged with kidnapping Tuesday night in connection with the death of a woman whose body was found on property owned by the performer who plays Big Bird on the children's television show "Sesame Street," state police said. Caroll Spinney, who also plays Oscar the Grouch on the show, had nothing to do with the woman's death, said Sgt. J. Paul Vance, a state police spokesman." - boston
11/3/2005 Strange Happenings / Biology. Your DNA living on in a tree: $35,000. Ent moot, priceless.
"Living Tombstones. ... a U.K. art group based in Japan has found a way to ensure that a person's DNA lives on long after their demise. Biopresence, founded by Georg Tremmel and Shiho Fukuhara, intends to infuse the DNA of recently deceased loved ones into trees, turning the plants into living memorials.
Although expensive, the process to create a living tombstone is actually fairly simple. After taking a skin sample from the cadaver, DNA is stored in a single tree cell as a silent mutation. That single cell is then nurtured until it is large enough to plant.
The trees will have no visual or significant genetic changes, because all the human genes will be stored inside the tree using Joe Davis ' DNA Manifold method, which only affects the genotype of an organism. In a nutshell, Biopresence will piggyback the human DNA underneath redundant triplets of nucleic acids that already exist in the tree. These redundant triplets are not actually expressed in the tree, making them available to store excess information. "By taking advantage of this variability, any arbitrary data can be written 'underneath' a gene without altering its natural function," said Davis, who created the method Biopresence uses. Every cell of the resulting tree should contain the genetic information of the person whose DNA was infused into that original cell." - wired
10/28/2005 Strange Happenings. Zombie Powder Secrets
"The use of puffer fish intrigued Davis. Tetrodotoxin causes paralysis and death, and victims of tetrodotoxin poisoning often remain conscious until just before death. The paralysis prevents them from reacting to stimuli -- much like what Clairvius Narcisse described about his own death. Doctors have also documented cases in which people ingested tetrodotoxin and appeared dead but eventually made a complete recovery.
Davis theorized that the powder, applied topically, created irritation and breaks in the victim's skin. The tetrodotoxin could then pass into the bloodstream, paralyzing the victim and causing him to appear dead. The family would bury the victim, and the bokor would remove the body from the grave. If all had gone well, the poison would wear off and the victim would believe himself to be a zombie." - more howstuffworks
10/21/2005 Strange News / Religion / Education. Clues: Are you a Witch?
In some parts of Utah, you might be fired for being a witch if you are a teacher who 1) resists having your classroom cleaned, 2) covers the windows with black paper, 3) keeps blood in the fridge, 4) tells her class that "Some people believe in witchcraft," and 5) Claims Halloween is her favorite holiday. Yes, she could be a witch. Perhaps she is an animangus too...
10/17/2005 Strange Happenings. Moldovan Bank Clerks Told to Avoid Eye Contact With Customers
"Employees of currency exchange points in Moldova have been instructed not to talk or make eye contact with their customers after a string of mysterious robberies, Russia's NTV television reports.
According to Moldovan police, a criminal has stolen about $30,000 from several exchange points in the space of a week. The initial investigation has shown that most probably the thief hypnotized the clerks as they talked to him and they voluntarily handed over all the cash they had at hand.
The search for the hypnotist continues. Police say that the prime suspect is a resident of the Russian Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad. Moldova is a former Soviet republic wedged between Ukraine and Romania." - mosnews
No, I don't think so. Hypnosis is a state of deep relaxation combined with a singular focus on and trust in the authority of a hypnotist. It won't happen in a few seconds in a bank in broad daylight. I'd say it was drugs, some secret nerve weapon, or perhaps just something as simple as an ordinary guy handing the teller note: "I'm the 'hypnotist.' Hand me money and pretend I hypnotized you and I'll meet you later and share it with you if I get away. You can claim you were not aware of what you were doing." That seems much more likely, but how easy would it be to find crooked bank clerks who would play along?
9/26/2005 Strange News Armed and dangerous - Flipper the firing dolphin let loose by Katrina
Great. Leave it to us to train peaceful animals to attack humans. What next, killer kittens? Shhh! Don't give them any ideas.
"It may be the oddest tale to emerge from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Armed dolphins, trained by the US military to shoot terrorists and pinpoint spies underwater, may be missing in the Gulf of Mexico.
Experts who have studied the US navy's cetacean training exercises claim the 36 mammals could be carrying 'toxic dart' guns. Divers and surfers risk attack, they claim, from a species considered to be among the planet's smartest. The US navy admits it has been training dolphins for military purposes, but has refused to confirm that any are missing."
... 'My concern is that they have learnt to shoot at divers in wetsuits who have simulated terrorists in exercises. If divers or windsurfers are mistaken for a spy or suicide bomber and if equipped with special harnesses carrying toxic darts, they could fire,' he said. 'The darts are designed to put the target to sleep so they can be interrogated later, but what happens if the victim is not found for hours?'
... The navy launched the classified Cetacean Intelligence Mission in San Diego in 1989, where dolphins, fitted with harnesses and small electrodes planted under their skin, were taught to patrol and protect Trident submarines in harbour and stationary warships at sea." - guarduk
9/22/2005 Strange Happenings. Mysterious Fireball Seen by Many in Florida.
A spy plane burning up? An incoming nuke shot down? Methane gas bubble from the sea floor? At this point, there is only wild speculation about the mysterious giant fireball seen around 7:30 PM, Tues, Sept 20th.
"From Fort Pierce to about five miles south of Jacksonville, reports came in to Coast Guard offices starting about 7:30 p.m., said Dan Yates, a Coast Guard petty officer in Port Canaveral. Yates said one caller who was walking his dog near the Sebastian Inlet described the object as "huge, like a giant fireball." Yates said callers to the Coast Guard station thought a boater might have been in trouble. "A lot of people thought it might have been a flare that might have gone up," Yates said of other callers. "One person thought this fire ball went into the ocean," Larimer said. "The Coast Guard said it probably didn't and it was just his perspective. We know it was not a rocket launch and we know the Air Force was not doing anything." Experts said it could be a piece of space junk or a large meteor burning up in the atmosphere. The Coast Guard base near Jacksonville also received calls. Babs Angel, a public affairs spokeswoman for Patrick Air Force Base, said no local military activity was taking place Tuesday night." - local6
9/16/2005 Strange Happenings. Man builds 40,000-volt charge of static electricity, near spontanious combustion?
SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian man built up a 40,000-volt charge of static electricity in his clothes as he walked, leaving a trail of scorched carpet and molten plastic and forcing firefighters to evacuate a building. Frank Clewer, who was wearing a woollen shirt and a synthetic nylon jacket, was oblivious to the growing electrical current that was building up as his clothes rubbed together. When he walked into a building in the country town of Warrnambool in the southern state of Victoria on Thursday, the electrical charge ignited the carpet. "It sounded almost like a firecracker", Clewer told Australian radio on Friday. "Within about five minutes, the carpet started to erupt."
Employees, unsure of the cause of the mysterious burning smell, telephoned firefighters who evacuated the building.
"There were several scorch marks in the carpet, and we could hear a cracking noise -- a bit like a whip -- both inside and outside the building", said fire official Henry Barton. Firefighters cut electricity to the building thinking the burns might have been caused by a power surge. Clewer, who after leaving the building discovered he had scorched a piece of plastic on the floor of his car, returned to seek help from the firefighters. "We tested his clothes with a static electricity field metre and measured a current of 40,000 volts, which is one step shy of spontaneous combustion, where his clothes would have self-ignited," Barton said. "I've been firefighting for over 35 years and I've never come across anything like this," he said.
Firefighters took possession of Clewer's jacket and stored it in the courtyard of the fire station, where it continued to give off a strong electrical current. David Gosden, a senior lecturer in electrical engineering at Sydney University, told Reuters that for a static electricity charge to ignite a carpet, conditions had to be perfect. "Static electricity is a similar mechanism to lightning, where you have clouds rubbing together and then a spark generated by very dry air above them," said Gosden. - yahoo ,
"Mr Clewer solved the mystery after he returned to his car and noticed the plastic on the floor had melted. "As he got out of the car there was this loud bang again, and that was when he realised it was him," Mrs Clewer said. Mr Clewer was left with just a small scorch mark hole in his jeans. Mrs Clewer added: "He never felt a thing. He's very very lucky. ... "The CFA fellows had to check all the clothes, and then when he took the jacket off it was still generating electricity. It is bizarre. It is unbelievable really," she said. Mr Cleverley said Mr Clewer was not injured because the electricity had very low amperage. "Everywhere he had walked in the building he had left a burn mark," he said. "Every two steps there was a burn mark in the carpet. "In my experience, I haven't heard about anyone carrying that much charge to be able to scorch carpet - let alone not being able to feel it."- news.com
9/8/2005 Strange Happenings / Paranoia. Explosions in the USA. Fear of Manhole Covers.If our species ever gets smart enough, if our brains evolve ... perhaps there won't be as many accidental explosions. For now, stay clear of manhole covers.
9/5/2005. Indianapolis, ID. For fourth time, explosion blows out manhole cover.
"On New Year's Eve a manhole exploded near North Delaware and East Ohio streets. Five days later there was a series of explosions near North Illinois and West North streets. Seventy-two hours later a manhole blew at Illinois and West Market Street. That blast blew the windows at the Bookland bookstore." - wthr
9/3/2005. Caledonia Township, MI. believed to be an accident. family farmhouse on Copas Road. Six killed. No manhole covers there... probably.
9/7/2005 Strange Happenings. Naked woman baffles authorites
See news24.com story.
8/24/2005 Strange Happenings. Cruise Ship Passengers Disappear
" In fact the International Council of Cruise Lines told me that in the last year alone at least a dozen people have disappeared from cruise ships, most of whom remain unaccounted for. ... Are there serial killers working on the lesser-priced cruise lines ..? Hundreds of thousands of people are reported missing every year from cities across the United States ... a cruise ship is really a small city at sea..." - msnbc
8/24/2005 Strange Happenings. Man Has Cosmetic Surgery to Look Like Cat.
"Dennis Avner, who goes by his American Indian name, Stalking Cat, is known around the world as the Catman. Over the past 25 years, Stalking Cat, 47, has received so many surgical and cosmetic procedures he's lost count. And he says all of them - from full-face tattoos to fanged dentures to steel implants for detachable "whiskers" - have been done to achieve oneness with what he calls his totem, the tiger. ... But some doctors contend that Stalking Cat displays a form of body dysmorphic disorder, which affects one's perception of personal appearance to the point of obsession.
The result is certainly manifested in a startling way in his appearance. Stalking Cat has been featured on "Ripley's Believe It or Not!," "Larry King Live," VH1's "Totally Obsessed" and other television shows. There are several Web sites, blogs and chat forums devoted to him, including his own, www.stalkingcat.net , and the online journal www.livejournal.com/users/stalkingcat ." - seacoastnews
8/24/2005 Strange Happenings. N.Y. Man in Record Book for Eyebrow Hair
"SARANAC, N.Y. (AP) - A 43-year-old North Country man has made the Guinness Book of World Records in a new entry for the longest eyebrow hair. Frank Ames of Saranac in Clinton County measured in at 3.78 inches or nearly eight centimeters. "I don't know why it grows like that; it just always has," Ames told the Press-Republican of Plattsburgh.
Ames's journey toward notoriety began almost two years ago when a co-worker at Bombardier Corp. noticed the bushy brow and suggested he try for a record. Ames then decided to go for it, but discovered that no such category existed. So, he made a phone call to Guiness and was sent a bunch of forms to fill out and rules for officially getting recognized.
Ken Joy, a machinist and measuring expert at Bombardier, measured the hair in February 2004 with Plattsburgh Mayor Daniel Stewart and the city's entire Common Council standing by as witnesses. Now, Ames is on page 24 of the 2006 edition, in the "Body Parts" section." - apnews
8/18/2005 Strange Happenings. Four dead in tragic Utah spelunking incident.Sad. This caught my attention because I love caving and because the net has some pretty strange writings about Utah caves: skeletons of giants with red hair, aliens, etc.
"PROVO, Utah (AP) -- A young woman was found dead Thursday in a cave where she was reported missing with three friends, police said. ... A man with the four people told police that his friends swam through a pool of water in a narrow part of the cave to get to an underwater entrance to another chamber in the cave. When they did not return after about an hour, he called authorities. " - strib
"Search and rescue personnel from Provo, Orem and Utah County wait at the mouth of a small cave, top left, above the Seven Peaks area of Provo, Utah, to bring the bodies out of four people, ages 18 to 28, on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2005." - ledger
"Crews found three other people dead in the other cavern about 10:45 a.m. and were in the process of retrieving their bodies. ... The cave is just northeast of the Seven Peaks Water Park, and is relatively unknown, said searchers at the scene." - sltrib
8/9/2005 Strange Happenings. Thieves tunnel into Brazilian bank, steal $98m
"RIO DE JANEIRO - Thieves tunnelled into a bank in Brazil and stole ... $98 million [making this] the biggest heist in the nation's history. "They dug a tunnel ... that goes underneath two [city] blocks. They've been digging for three months. It's something you see in the movies," police investigator Francisco Queiroga said." - nzherald
8/8/2005 Strange Happenings. Man uses fork to rob restaurant.
If we outlaw guns and knives, crime will vanish, right?
"He demanded cash and the keys to Robles' truck. When she wouldn't hand him the keys, police say he used a fork to threaten the employees. Investigators say he held the fork to a worker's neck. She wasn't seriously hurt." - woai
8/2/2005 Strange Happenings. Man Finds Missing Dentures -- In His Throat
"A Taiwanese man is breathing easier after a surgeon removed a missing set of dentures from one of his bronchial tubes -- three years after he lost them in a fall. " - more here.
8/1/2005 Strange Happenings Police Give Man Amputated Foot Back
"LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Ezekiel Rubottom now has his left foot back exactly where he wants it -- in a bucket on the front porch. Police in Kansas have returned the amputated foot to him after seizing it during the weekend to check out just how it got there.
The 21-year-old man's foot was amputated three weeks ago after a series of medical problems, and he started keeping it in a five-gallon bucket filled with formaldehyde.
It came to the attention of police after a call from a parent whose child reported seeing the severed foot. Officers who went to the home late Saturday night found the foot, and some of Rubottom's friends, but no sign of Rubottom himself.
Unsure of what to make of the unusual discovery, police confiscated the severed foot and put it into evidence storage.
"We had to make sure that no crime had been committed," Sgt. Dan Ward said.
... Karen Shumate, a vice president at the hospital, said people can keep parts removed from their bodies if they want them.
"They've had women that want their uterus," she said. "People take tonsils. They take appendixes. I think it's unusual that someone would want a foot, but it's within their rights because it's theirs."
After a friend picked up the bucket at a hardware store, Rubottom added several objects as well as the severed foot -- including a porcelain horse and can of beer -- to make what he called "a collage of myself.
... "I'm not sick or, like, a danger," he said of his decision to keep and display the foot. "I just wanted my foot ... I just figured I'd do with it whatever I pleased." "
"Miranda promises that this is a photo of a real carrot that she purchased in college. She noticed it looked like a foot, so she cut it in half to make two. Yes, Miranda, this is the most disturbing carrot I've seen in quite awhile." see More.
Saturday July 23rd from 9:30 AM to 6 PM PST, author David Icke (a guy who believes in reptilian alien shape shifters control the planet -- see disinformation.) will be speaking in a rare public appearance in Mount Shasta. The event is sold out. I find him interesting because he predicted years ago in his books things that are happening now, like microchips in people. I'm skeptical, but curious nonetheless.
"David Icke has been dubbed the “Most controversial speaker in the world” ... Using over 500 illustrations presented with Wit, Humorand Satire, that will leave you laughing, this experience will also hold you in suspension, awe and wonder…At the same time leaving you filled with the greatest comfort …knowing you are not alone."
College of the Siskiyous, Kenneth Ford Theater, 800 College Avenue
Weed, CA (just up the road from Mt. Shasta City -- About 4 hours from Sacramento).
6/28/2005 Strange Happenings. Did Morgan Robertson's "Futility " Fortell Titanic Disaster?
Weird Similarities (Thansk to ken: aol)
# of Propellers
# of watertight bulkheads
Actual # of passengers aboard
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Area of damage
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"Kind of strange, don't you think? Especially when you remember that the book was written 14 years before the disaster. When Robertson wrote Futility, there were no ships anywhere near the size of Titanic in use, or being built."
"This story is about an enormous British passenger liner called the Titan , which, deemed to be unsinkable, carries insufficient lifeboats. On a voyage in the month of April, it hits an iceberg and sinks in the North Atlantic . The similarities between the fictional sinking of the Titan and the real-life sinking of the Titanic in 1912 attract attention even today. After the Titanic disaster, Robertson re-published Futility with a few changes that made the circumstances described in the novel even more similar to those of the Titanic disaster."
Was Morgan Robertson a time traveler? A psychic? A lucky guesser? Were any of the similarities above due to changes made by Robertson after the Titanic sank? Planning for the Titanic began in 1907. Construction started in 1909. Futility or The Wreck of the Titan , first published in 1898.
6/23/2005 Strange Happenings (reuters). God (Which One?) Tells Grandfather How to Kill Leopard with One Hand.My species is once again confirmed as the most dangerous on the planet, thanks to a little coaching.
"NAIROBI (Reuters) - A 73-year-old Kenyan grandfather reached into the mouth of an attacking leopard and tore out its tongue to kill it, authorities said Wednesday. Peasant farmer Daniel M'Mburugu was tending to his potato and bean crops in a rural area near Mount Kenya when the leopard charged out of the long grass and leapt on him. M'Mburugu had a machete in one hand but dropped that to thrust his fist down the leopard's mouth. He gradually managed to pull out the animal's tongue, leaving it in its death-throes. "It let out a blood-curdling snarl that made the birds stop chirping, " he told the daily Standard newspaper of how the leopard came at him and knocked him over. ... "A voice, which must have come from God, whispered to me to drop the panga (machete) and thrust my hand in its wide open mouth. I obeyed, " M'Mburugu said. "
6/15/2005 Strange Happenings (yahoo) Fish-Toting Bald Eagle Crashes Into Alaska Home
"KETCHIKAN, Alaska - A bald eagle crashed through a window of a home and landed in the living room, scattering broken glass, feathers and a salmon carcass across the floor. "It just grenaded that window," Haskin said. "The window didn't even slow it down." But the jolt apparently shook the fish and some feathers free. A moment later, the eagle popped out the hole where the window had been. "It was only about four or five seconds, then it must have gathered its wits and flew back out ..." - more...
6/14/2005 Strange Happenings (bbc). 31-year-old serial impostor passed himself off for a whole month as a schoolboy - aged 15.
Frederic Bourdin, nicknamed "the Chameleon", is being questioned by police in France. ... A teacher unmasked him last week after having watched a television programme about his exploits. ... The school head was quoted as saying Bourdin "appeared a bit older than his pals - two or three years at most". France's Le Figaro newspaper reports that Bourdin is an excellent actor who dresses as a teenager, uses depilatory face creams and adopts a convincing youthful walk. He is said to have assumed numerous other identities.
Bourdin was jailed in the US in 1997 for posing as a couple's long-lost son. The Texas couple's 14-year-old blue-eyed son had disappeared three years earlier and they travelled to the US embassy in Spain to meet "Nicholas Barclay". Bourdin convinced them that he was their son, despite his brown eyes and strong French accent. He lived with them for three months before his deception was exposed by a journalist and confirmed by a DNA test. He was jailed for six years.
6/14/2005 Strange Happenings (yahoo). Spontaneous Auto Combustion.
"Peugeot Denmark confirmed that seven 307 cars have caught on fire or partially melted for unknown reasons while parked with the engine off. ... "take precautions: do not leave children or pets in the car for an extended period."
5/25/2005 Strange Happenings (sltrib). Attack of the Arizona SWAT Monkey!
"The East Valley Tribune reported in April that the Police Department in Mesa, Ariz., was still awaiting word about its $100,000 federal grant request to buy and train a capuchin monkey for its SWAT team. Capuchins are now used as assistance animals for the disabled, in that they can be taught to fetch things off of shelves, and the police want to see if one can be trained to unlock doors and search buildings on command. The Pentagon's visionary research agency, DARPA, is considering the proposal."
Click to view the amazing Karate monkey video. This video is not an Arizona SWAT monkey as far as I know, but it gives an idea of complex training potentials. Of course, if the point of a SWAT monkey is that monkeys are more expendable, then this is a cruel thing to do. Good luck explaining the risks of each new dangerous situation to a chimp. Humans should fight our own fights. Anyway, you crooks out in Arizona had better keep some bananas handy in your hideouts. These attack monkeys have serious spinning kicks! (Actually, I shouldn't tell you this trick, but just plug the monkey's ears so he can't hear the guy outside yelling "Spinning kick! Spinning kick!" and you'll be fine.)
5/20/2005 Strange Happenings (tvnz, bbc) . Lake disappears, baffling villagers.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian village was left baffled Thursday after its lake disappeared overnight. NTV television showed pictures of a giant muddy hole bathed in summer sun, while fishermen from the village of Bolotnikovo looked on disconsolately. "It is very dangerous. If a person had been in this disaster, he would have had almost no chance of survival. The trees flew downwards, under the ground," said Dmitry Zaitsev, a local Emergencies Ministry official interviewed by the channel.
Officials in Nizhegorodskaya region, on the Volga river east of Moscow, said water in the lake might have been sucked down into an underground water-course or cave system, but some villagers had more sinister explanations.
"I am thinking, well, America has finally got to us," said one old woman, as she sat on the ground outside her house.
... The name of the village - which lies about 250 km (155 miles) east of Moscow - roughly translates as "boggy". Rescuers were called out to search the uncovered lake bed to see if anybody could have been sucked under, but it is thought no-one was on the lake when the waters vanished.
5/13, 5/18/2005 Strange Happenings. Great Chili Finger Mystery Even More Solved.
Update: Sorry Conspiracy Heads from Mars, this looks like a real case of fraud, not a giant conspiracy where Wendy's is "serving people". The guy who lost the finger is Brian Rossiter and he gave his fingertip away to Plascencia to settle a $50 debt. Anna Ayala got it from Plascencia and she planted it in the chili at Wendys.
Asphalt worker says chili finger was severed in truck tailgate. "A worker with Lamb Asphalt Maintenance in North Las Vegas told the San Francisco Chronicle that a laborer lost the tip of his finger on the job five months ago." - May 17, 2005, 08:58 AM
"The man's mother, ( Brenda Shouey ) reached by The Chronicle on Tuesday, said the finger belonged to her 36-year-old son, Brian Paul Rossiter of Las Vegas." - truecrimenewsgroup
Hi, I'm the Face on Mars. Fine, if that is true, why don't they show us the finger?
PREVIOUS ENTRY: Great Chili Finger Mystery Solved, or a Cover Up?
"Anna Ayala, the woman who found a fingertip in her Chili at Wendys was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on May 6, 2005. ... "The Wendy's finger tip came from an associate of James Plascencia, the husband of Anna Ayala, the woman arrested for an alleged scam against the fast food chain. During a press conference this morning, San Jose Police Chief Rob Davis said Plascencia's friend lost part of his finger in a December industrial accident in Nevada. Tests confirmed the finger Ayala says she found in her bowl of Wendy's chili belonged to that man. The information came from a tip left on the Wendy's hot line, according to Davis. San Jose investigators already in Las Vegas contacted Plascencia's friend, whose identity is being withheld by police."
Ask yourself why the friend's identity is being withheld. If this were any living person's fingertip, his picture, including the hand from which this fingertip supposedly originated, would be all over the evening news, right? After all, this has cost Wendy's millions in sales. At least show us a picture of his hand and how the missing finger fits it. Then we will believe. The statement from the family reinforces the cover up idea.I'm the wacky conspiracy head from Mars, and you're not. I told you, Soylent Green is PEOPLE!
She is ``not capable'' of planting the finger, Jose Ayala said. ``She didn't do anything.'' And he said: ``I pray to God for the people over there to rot in hell, the cops. That's all I can say.'' - mercurynews.
Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the lord that the cops rot in hell? I'm not religious, so I don't understand these things very well, but isn't that an odd thing to pray for Jose? See more here.
5/18/2005 Strange Happenings. Here is a random collection of recent odd happenings:
Kinky shopper Knocked Out by Vibrating Panties "... a 33-year-old Welsh housewife ended up in hospital after wearing Ann Summers vibrating "Passion Pants" to her local Asda supermarket in Swansea. Unfortunately, she became "so aroused by the 2ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â½-inch vibrating bullet inside that she fainted" then "fell against shelves and banged her head". This prompted the attendance of the paramedics who "found the black leatherette panties still buzzing". Having disabled the orgasmatronic underwear, they then whisked the senseless shopper to hospital where she made a complete recovery. Staff handed her back the Passion Pants upon discharge, discreetly concealed in a plastic bag."
And in other strange news...
15,000 Pound Boulder Appears Mysteriously in Iowa Cornfield. "... maybe it was a meteorite. But the rock is clean, not burned. It's sitting on the field, not in a crater."
Gossip Outlawed. "... the decree, which also calls for fines of up to $150,000 for spreading false rumors, has had an impact since it went into effect six months ago by making people "think twice" about what they say."
Man Who Released Snakes in Bank Gets Understanding. "Abel Manamela released five puff adders on the premises of Absa Towers in Johannesburg in January last year after a dispute with the bank."
Upskirt camera hidden in Manh. subway causes scare. "Video voyeurism, secretly capturing images of another person for sexual purposes, became a felony in New York in 2003. The statute, Stephanie's Law, was named for a Long Island woman whose landlord spied on her for months by hiding a tiny video camera in a smoke detector above her bed. Under the law, most video voyeurism can result in sentences ranging from one year to seven years in prison."
FBI: grenade thrown at Bush speech was live ammo. "The grenade, wrapped in a dark handkerchief, fell about 100 feet from the podium where Bush was speaking May 10 and "simply failed to function,"...Beekeepers Remove 3 Million Bees From Fla. Couple's Home. 50 Pounds Of Honey Found Behind Walls
5/3/2005 Strange Happenings. Pooch Pillow Practice a Put Off. Would you turn your expired pet into a pillow?
" 'Most people,'' Hall said, ''were happy that Fluffy was still on the couch''), Hall said others considered her work ''sick,'' and she was deluged with ''hundreds of hate e-mails from all over the globe,'' from ''people threatening to burn down my house.'' (Consequently, she has temporarily retired her pillow work.) - sltrib
5/2/2005 Strange Events. Meet Yourself at the Time Traveler Convention. For those in the Boston Area with free time this weekend...."Technically, you would only need one time traveler convention. Time travelers from all eras could meet at a specific place at a specific time, and they could make as many repeat visits as they wanted. We are hosting the first and only Time Traveler Convention at MIT in one week, and WE NEED YOUR HELP!"
May 7, 2005, 10:00pm EDT (08 May 2005 02:00:00 UTC)
East Campus Courtyard, MIT
(42.360007,-071.087870 in decimal degrees)
"I'm from the future, and I'd like to attend! We're not sure how you're emailing us from the future, but we'd love to have you! Come as you are! No dress code whatsoever. We do request that you bring some sort of proof that you do indeed come from the future, and haven't just dressed like you do. We welcome any sort of proof, but things like a cure for AIDS or cancer, a solution for global poverty, or a cold fusion reactor would be particularly convincing as well as greatly appreciated."
You might worry about time paradoxes, for example, if you attend twice, you'd meet yourself there. Luckily, these things have a way of working out. Don't think that by meeting yourself at the convention you could destroy the universe. It won't happen. Of course, I've already been there a few days from now and I met 8 of myself from different times ... so I know this for a fact. Also, see this.
4/26/2005 Strange Happenings Strange Coincidences: Fact or Fiction? This link has some fun reading, but who knows if any of it is true. Sources aren't cited very well. No links to click to verify the stories. Could just be urban legends.
4/26/2005 Strange Happenings Is this Woman Lucky, or Unlucky?
Chapin woman survives car crash, train collision (Columbia) April 25, 2005 - Lana Hudspeth, 37, of Chapin lost control of her car on Highway 76 in Ballentine around 2:30am Sunday morning. The Highway Patrol says the vehicle left the roadway, struck a tree and then fell down a 30-foot embankment and landed on railroad tracks. Hudspeth stayed there for a couple hours until a train came along at 4:45am, hitting and pushing her car 300 yards down the track. Highway Patrol LCPL Bryan McDougal says the site of the initial crash was difficult to see from the road, "Evidently no one witnessed the first crash and the vehicle was not visible from the roadway or passersby." McDougal says emergency crews had to extract Hudspeth from her vehicle and then airlift her to Palmetto health Richland, "The amount of the force from that crash is unbelievable and for someone to survive is miraculous, I would say because it was a violent collision." - wistv
4/25/2005 Strange Happenings / Biology (ananova). Exploding toads in the 'pond of death' "Hundreds of toads have met a bizarre and sinister end in Germany in recent days: they exploded. According to reports from animal welfare workers and veterinarians as many as a thousand of the amphibians have perished after their bodies swelled to bursting point and their entrails were propelled for up to a metre. ... The death toll has been so bad that the lake in the Altona district of Hamburg has been dubbed "the pond of death". Access to it has been sealed off and every night a biologist visits it between 2am and 3am, which appears to be the peak time for batrachians to go bang." ... Werner Smolnik, a nature- protection worker from Hamburg, said at least 1,000 toads had died in this manner over the past four days amid scenes reminiscent of "a science-fiction film". - scotsman
4/25/2005 Strange Happenings. Woman Breastfeeds Tigers. "Most new mums can find breastfeeding their baby something of a daunting experience - so imagine what's it's like suckling two Bengal tigers. ... Hla Htay not only breastfeeds her own baby boy, she also travels to Yangon zoo in Myanmar to feed the tiny tigers... Vets rescued the other two but had little success bottle-feeding them. "They had some difficulties sucking the nipple on the bottle," a zoo official said. "When we tried to get the cubs to suck a lady's breast, it was alright." The zoo says the breastfeeding will stop by the end of April or when the cubs start teething - whichever comes first." - sky.com
4/25/2005 Biology / Strange Happenings. The First Pregnant Man. Interesting site. Makes you think. For example, I thought, "What issue of Time was that again?" ;-) See the museum for more info on this site.
4/15/2005 Strange Happenings / Meat Conspiracies The Chili Finger Mystery of 2005: Follow up.It seems a woman near Area51 in Nevada lost a finger to a leopard and she has a fingerprint that approximately matches the finger found in some chili at a San Jose Wendy's. How odd that there would be even a vague UFO connection to this story... hehe. Have a great weekend!
It's pretty weird, even for Pahrump," added longtime resident Mickey Tillery, who swears she's seen strange lights over the nearby mountains, where local folklore has long held that federal authorities may be covering up evidence of visitors from outer space.
Authorities have not yet taken a DNA sample from Allman, who lost the end of her middle finger about six weeks ago to the jaws of a spotted leopard named Anthony, one of several exotic cats that she had been sheltering.
Because Allman has a criminal arrest on her record, Nye County has on file a prints of all 10 fingers. The print lifted from the finger found in the chili is strong enough for a visual match, said a Santa Clara County crime technician. So, if investigators wanted, they could quickly prove or disprove whether the chili finger belonged to Allman.
"We could have that done in hours," Nye County District Attorney Bob Beckett said Thursday. Beckett requested a print of the chili finger from San Jose. "We asked them to send it and they said they would," Beckett said. "It's just up to them when they're going to send it." - kansascity
4/11/2005 Strange Happenings / Meat Conspiracies (abcnews). Woman Who Claimed to Find Finger in Chili at a San Jose Wendy's Has Litigious History. Well, that makes her finding human body parts in her chili suspect I suppose. Either she's a scammer who planted the finger tip, or ....
Naw, couldn't be. Go on eating your ground up 100% dead beef animal carcasses. Who really cares what's in there? Not us. Yum! Ignorance is delicious.
"Hey, what happened to the funny janitor we had last month?"
"Oh, you know, they come and go. No one pays much attention, do they?"
Sorry, this is a pretty tasteless blog entry. Heheh. Pun intended. I think from now on this guy: ( "Hi, I'm the face on mars") will be my new talking conspiracy head.
3/18/2005 Odd Happenings. Reader tip: "Xeno, There is a time machine for sale on eBay, circa 1930's that is allegedly from 2239. There is a lot of fascinating and kooky history stuff on the site about the inventor and his potential identity. Very entertaining. Check it out."
Winning Bid: $647.59. Not a bad deal for a time machine!
"it could be a bomb." No, that was a motorized bicycle, not a bomb. What else around here might be a bomb? Could be darn near anything. Best not take any chances.
"Heidi Brown was told she could park her new scooter outside the vehicle registration office while she waited to get number plates. To her horror, it was blown up by the army after someone reported that it might be a bomb. "
3/14/2005 Strange Happenings.
Hello. Xeno here. Here are a few recent strange news stories and my comments. Ouch: 18-inch dog swallows 16-inch stick. Double ouch: Man with two penises loses wife. Beware of ear slapping girls from India: The girl who makes your ears ring. Did the US conduct nuclear tests in Sudan between 1962 and 1970? No, we hear the word Sudan was merely a typing error for Sedan, the name of a nuclear test site (a crater, actually) in Nevada. Scary stuff: Four Egyptian children killed when TV set explodes. We have a new world's fastest man, and Kerron Clement is only 19 years old. Shoe mystery: video footage, shows an elderly couple driving by in a green vehicle depositing pairs of shoes outside a remote farmhouse in Lincolnshire, usually on a Sunday between 1100 and 1400. "East Lindsey District Council are investigating the incident as a case of fly tipping." Fly tipping? What's that? "Fly-tipping is the unauthorised dumping of waste." It may seem innocent enough, but mark my words, this has tentacles that reach deeply into the global footwear conspiracy.
2/28/2005 Odd Happenings / Gross Outs. (canoe) Too Many Beetles Found in Breakfast Cereal.
"An upscale Hong Kong grocery store is being prosecuted after a customer allegedly discovered 575 beetles in a jar of cereal he bought, officials and media reports said yesterday. The customer, lawyer Philip Dykes, said the breakfast cereal was "too organic for my liking," according to the South China Morning Post."
This caught my eye because last week I found a cooked wasp in my rice at a nice restaraunt. Blah!
2/24/2005 Odd Happenings / Technology. Artist Creates Pierced Glasses. "James Sooy ... has created a site " www.piercedglasses.com " to promote the idea, which he hopes to market."
"If you have a hole in your face, it wouldn't be very easy to adjust," ( optometrist Steven Garza) said. "It's definitely interesting though. ...Diane Iannucci, a piercer and co-owner of Sacred Heart Studio on Westheimer, said attaching lenses to new piercings could actually be dangerous. "Piercings like that can take a year to heal," she said. "You wouldn't want to be hanging something off that."
2/20-2/23/2005 Blog / Strange Happenings. Surfing the strange. A whole new world: other strangeness blogs. Although some of these writers reach conclusions I wouldn't, it is interesting to read how other people are reacting to the high-strageness out there! WARNING: Some of these blogs and sites are pretty graphic and way out!! I've sort of gotten tired of posting news stories about man's inhumanity to man, but there are plenty of horrid stories of that type in these posts:
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2/19/2005 Strange Happenings. (yahoo) Thieves Steal Built-In Swimming Pool. OSLO, Norway - A Norwegian family's swimming pool wasn't just bolted down, it was in the ground, but that was impediment to a band of determined thieves. When the Nicolaysen family visited their mountain cabin over the weekend, they discovered a big hole in the yard in place of the swimming pool that had been installed 20 years ago. "This can't be, we thought," Arild Nicolaysen told state radio network NRK on Monday. "We didn't think it was possible. No one can steal a swimming pool." Evidently, someone did.
2/15/2005 Odd Happenings. (bbc) Underwater gnome threat 'returns' "A secret underwater attraction that lured several divers to their deaths could have returned, police say."
2/15/2005 Strange Happenings / Laws: New California 2005. (dui) Wipers on? New Law Says "Headlights On!"
"AB 1854 - amends 24400 CVC to require that every motor vehicle, except motorcycles, be operated with headlamps ... when driving conditions that require windshield wipers to be in continuous use. (Note: daytime running lights on newer vehicles do not count toward using the headlights because they do not activate the tail lights)."
1/22/2005 Strange Happenings Giant alien device located? "A giant mystery buoy that washed ashore in Cocoa Beach, Fla., Monday continues to stump U.S. Coast Guard officials, according to a Local 6 News story. Officials said the unidentified buoy was found on 24th Street South and Sunny Lane. The buoy has no identifying marks to give officials a clue as to where it may have come from."
1/22/2005 Odd Happenings. (CBSNews) "French urban climber Alain Robert, dressed as Spiderman, climbs the 48-storey Total tower without ropes and using only his bare hands, Tuesday in Paris."
1/19/2005 Odd Happenings (news) Man eats toothbrush, waits 22 years, has it removed from stomach.
"A SAUDI medical team removed a toothbrush from the stomach of a man who had swallowed it 22 years ago, the official SPA news agency reported Tuesday. The toothbrush caused the 70-year-old patient no ill effects until a few days before he was operated on, said Dr Abdulrahman al-Zahrani, the head of the team at King Abdul Aziz Specialist Hospital in the western town of Taif. The operation was successful, Zahrani added."
"Thanks to a FOIA request from the Sunshine Project, a fascinating document has now come to light. ... The Pentagon was considering developing a 'homosexual sex bomb' designed to make enemy troops gay, it has been revealed. The bomb would release a chemical aphrodisiac that would get the soldiers frisky and make them irresistible to each other. New Scientist reported the plan was just one of many ideas put forward by scientists looking at new kinds of fighting. ... The proposals, from the US Air Force Wright Laboratory in Dayton, Ohio, apparently date from 1994. "
It doesn't get much stranger than this.
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