Check out Jim Steinmeyer's recent article at telegraph.co.uk about Charles Fort, a man who was fascinated by strange, bizarre and anomalous phenomena. Steinmeyer discusses Fort's The Book of the Damned, its reception in the 1920s, and its influence on later writers on the paranormal. Get more info here.
Joshua P. Warren shares a couple images of the Satanic ritual, the 'Rite of Ragnorak'. Click here to view, along with a trailer for his new documentary.
An ongoing mystery in Pikesville, MD in which deafening explosions and blinding lights have disturbed neighbors in the middle of the night for months has finally been solved. Baltimore County Police arrested a Pikesville man who was apparently using illegal fireworks to terrorize his neighbors. For more, see this report from WJZ.com.
Brother Guy Consolmagno is pictured holding a meteorite, at Castel Gandolfo, in a 2007 photo by Annette Schreye. To view a larger version and see additional images, click here.
Did Nikola Tesla run a car on free energy in 1931? A story featured on EV World describes how Tesla supposedly installed a box containing vacuum tubes in the front seat of a new Pierce-Arrow touring car. Using this power system, he was alleged to having driven the car for a week "at speeds up to 90mph." More here.
Dubbed "nano art," extreme close-ups taken during scientific research can result in some breathtaking images. You can peruse a gallery of these fortuitous designs at Wired.
Nearly forty years after his death, the body of Padre Pio has been exhumed and put on public display in Italy. The controversial disinterment is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of pilgrims paying respect to the enormously popular saint. More on the story here.
A set of high-resolution images from Hubble featuring galaxies colliding was just released by NASA to mark the space telescope's 18th birthday. Check out a gallery of photos here. Appearing briefly at the start of the show, astronomer Phil Plait commented on the new Hubble photos. For more, see his blog entry.
Dr. Cliff Pickover sent us images from his book Archimedes to Hawking, relating to scientific creativity and discovery. Click here to view.
Philip Imbrogno set us a photo of a UFO spotted near Fairfield, CT in 1986.
Appearing briefly during the last hour, Christopher Sign, a reporter with ABC15 in Phoenix, discussed a breaking story that is reminiscent of the 'Phoenix Lights' case which took place in 1997. A set of lights were seen in North Phoenix on Monday night around 8pm. Video can be viewed at ABC15.com, and photos have been posted at 12 News.
This past weekend the X-Conference took place in suburban Washington, D.C. George Noory, who was in attendance for a meet & greet, said it was "a vital conference to educate and inform the public of the possible worldwide effort to hide the true meaning of UFOs." Steve Bassett, the conference producer, told the crowd, "there is no more important research going on in the world." For more, see this report from the Chicago Tribune's Washington Bureau blog, The Swamp.
This video clip from ABC News features 'behind closed doors' documentary footage of life inside a polygamist sect in Colorado City, Arizona.
A Russian Soyuz capsule returned to Earth Saturday, but missed its planned landing point by 260 miles. The crew -- Yi So-yeon (South Korea's first astronaut), Yuri Malenchenko (Russia) and Peggy Whitson (America) -- are safe, but were subjected to severe G-forces during a steeper than normal 'ballistic re-entry,' a spokesman for mission control said. More info and video report available at BBC News.
In a new Archaeology article, Smithsonian anthropologist Jane MacLaren Walsh shares her quest to uncover the origins of crystal skulls. Crystal skulls first surfaced in museums during the second half of the 19th century and were attributed to various "ancient Mesoamerican" cultures. Walsh's own adventure began sixteen years ago, when she was called in to examine a hollow rock-crystal skull (pictured) sent to the museum anonymously. An accompanying letter suggested it the 30-pound, 10-inch-high artifact was of Aztec origin. "Although nearly all of the crystal skulls have at times been identified as Aztec, Toltec, Mixtec, or occasionally Maya, they do not reflect the artistic or stylistic characteristics of any of these cultures," Walsh writes. What else did Walsh discover about the crystal skulls? Where did they come from, and why were they made? Find our more at archaeology.org.
Check out this 4-panel excerpt from the forthcoming graphic novel, The Nye Incidents, by Whitley Strieber, Craig Spector and Guss Floor, in which an investigator from the Nye County Coroner's Office looks into the mysterious mutilation of a woman.
The Japanese space agency JAXA has released breathtaking new footage of a full Earthrise, filmed by the Kaguya moon orbiter. Capturing the footage required a near perfect alignment of the sun, moon, Earth, and orbiter. Space.com has more on this unique footage, which you can watch here.
Appearing for just a few hours before vanishing, this startling image of Jesus emerged on a prayer garden window at a hospital in Florida. Some onlookers wept at the sight and others saw the apparition as a sign of hope for their ill loved ones. More on the story here.
Officials in Russia paid tribute to Laika, the first Soviet space dog, by unveiling a monument to the pioneering animal. Riding aboard the Sputnik II, Laika set the stage for the eventual arrival of humans in space. Universe Today looks at the amazing story of the "first Earthling" sent into the cosmos.
One of Europes more obscure mysteries, the massive "round towers" are a riddle of the Irish landscape. While their existence is impossible to deny, the purpose behind the towers remains a hotly debated topic on the Emerald Isle. Researcher Philip Coppens examines the strange medieval skyscrapers in an article here.
On Saturday, nearly 200 parties are planned in 50 countries on seven continents to celebrate the anniversary of humanity's first ride into space. Known as 'Yuri's Night,' after Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, who made his historic voyage and became the first human in space on April 12, 1961, the holiday has been celebrated in Russia for decades. More details at MSNBC.
An enormous 35-pound tabby named Orazio has been hailed a real life Garfield in Italy. The flabby feline grew to his present jumbo proportions by devouring lots of dishes from his native country. Orazio is so large now, it's a struggle for owner Laura Santarelli (pictured) just to pick him up. Larger photo at Ananova.
Contrary to popular opinion, the undersea world is not a silent abyss. In fact, it is rich with a variety of odd sounds produced by its denizens. Listen to some of these unique noises via a special feature at The New York Times.
For the first time in over four decades, archaeologists are conducting a dig at Stonehenge. In updating their first week of digging, theyve revealed a "breakthrough" to some intriguing new finds. BBC News has video of the excavation at the esoteric landmark here.
In April of 1909, an article in The Phoenix Gazette detailed the amazing tale of G.E. Kinkaid. He claimed to have discovered mummies, hieroglyphics, and other amazing artifacts while exploring a cave in the Grand Canyon. More on the story of G.E. Kinkaid here.
First hour guest, Dr. Rollin McCraty talked about cellular memory and transplants. A recent case involving suicide linked a heart donor and recipient. Heart transplants more than any other organ, may involve the passing of memory or traits from the donor to the recipient, he said. This is because the heart responds before the brain, and in a way has its own brain, he continued. In related news, Cheryl Johnson (pictured) reports having a personality change after receiving a kidney transplant, and believes her new tastes in literature came from her donor.A theory called 'cellular memory phenomenon' suggests that human body cells contain clues to our personality that can bypass brain cells. More on Johnson's case here.
Check out this video on YouTube in which an elephant paints its own 'self portrait.'
Biologists are baffled by a fanged creature found dead in a Brigham City, Utah pond. The strange fish was found with thousands of other dead fish, carp and goldfish, that had been stocked in the pond. Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Ben Boyce said, "When we first saw that fish, we thought what in the....is that thing?" Get more details as well as video at local6.com.
Cryptomundo.com has posted photos sent in by Australian Yowie researcher Paul Compton to back up his claims of a large Yowie-like beast roaming the Glen Innes district. The images of a blurred black figure (pictured) were taken by a trail camera set to trigger by movement. Larger photos available here.
A recently declassified US military report reveals plans for various non-lethal weapons. Included is a 'ray gun' device which could beam voices into people's minds or induce artificial fevers. Read more at New Scientist.