News about weird and bizarre happenings from around the world.

Monday, 25 January 2010

Haiti: The U.S. Created the Earthquake in Haiti?

The Russian Navy reports that the U.S. created the earthquake in Haiti.

The Northern Fleet has been monitoring the movements and activities of U.S. Marines in the Caribbean since 2008 when the Americans announced their intention to reestablish the Fourth Fleet, which was disbanded in 1950, and that Russia responded a year later, with the Fleet led by the nuclear-powered cruiser Peter the Great "by starting its first exercises in this region since the end of the Cold War.” Since the end of the decade of the 70's in the last century, the U.S. "advanced a lot" in the state of its earthquake weapons and, according to these reports, they now use equipment with Pulse, Plasma and Tesla Electromagnetic and Sonic technology together with "shock wave bombs."

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UFO papers to be made public

Hundreds of pages of secret files on New Zealand UFO sightings will be released by the military this year.

The files include reports of UFO sightings from 1979 to 1984 and references to the Kaikoura sighting of December 1978.

The files are held by Archives New Zealand and were to have been made public this month, but the Defence Force is removing personal information from them to comply with the Privacy Act.

"At the moment we are working on making copies of these files, minus the personal information," a Defence Force spokeswoman said. "Once this work is completed, we are hoping to be able to release a copy of all the UFO files, including some ahead of their release time, within the year."

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UFO Filmed In Ireland

AMAZING footage of a UFO has been taken in Ireland - as The Sun re-launches the nation's X-Files.
A triangular formation of lights was filmed flying at night at "incredible speed".

Experts reckon the sighting near the River Liffey in Dublin could be a secret aircraft - or spacecraft.

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The search for aliens should start on Earth not outer space, says scientist

The search for alien life forms should be conducted here on Earth rather than in outer space, scientists have claimed.

Professor Paul Davies, a physicist at Arizona University will tell a meeting at the Royal Society that the best way of proving that extra-terrestrial life exists elsewhere in the universe is to use evidence from earth.

The meeting at the Royal Society, which will include representatives from Nasa, the European Space Agency and the UN Office for Outer space Affairs marks the 5th anniversary of the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) programme. Lord Rees, President of the Royal Society will also lead one of the sessions.

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Monday, 18 January 2010

SarcMark is a really, really, really a good idea. No really.

Could it be the greatest thing to hit the punctuation world since the ampersand?!

Michigan-based company Sarcasm Inc. has come up with the SarcMark, a symbol to denote sarcasm to help avoid confusion in typed messages.

And, as of this week, you can download this new punctuation mark, which resembles a sort of open circle with a dot in the centre, to your computer or BlackBerry for a mere $1.99.

Oh joy! Oh goodie! Yippee! What a deal!

“Statements have the period. Questions have the question mark. Exclamations have the exclamation mark. When you see the newest punctuation mark for sarcasm, you’ll know the writer of that sentence doesn’t literally mean what they’re writing; they’re being sarcastic,” the company said in a release.

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Friday, 15 January 2010

Owner of haunted Cannock pub calls for investigation into UFO activity in area

The owners of a pub plagued by ghostly goings-on are set to call in investigators in a bid to discover why the venue is a hotspot for paranormal activity.

Paul Donnor, owner of the Park Gate Inn, Cannock Wood, is considering calling in the ghostbusters after a spate of unexplained occurrences.

Ghostly figures, floating orbs and inexplicable temperature changes have been reported by staff and visitors to the pub - parts of which date back to the 1600s.

Paul said: “I’ve experienced many things at the pub which cannot be explained.

“It is notoriously paranormal and renowned around here for being haunted. We are considering holding a paranormal evening later in the year with investigators to see what we can find out.”

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MoD investigate nine UFO sightings in Suffolk

Nine reports of sightings of UFOs in Suffolk were investigated by Ministry of Defence experts last year, it was revealed today.

In a year in which The Evening Star was inundated with readers' reports of strange lights in the skies and fears over extra-terrestrial beings buzzing our communities, it is clear most people did not make a formal report.

Now they will never have the chance - because in future the MoD will be ignoring any little green men who choose to visit Planet Earth.

The department, which previously looked at every single reported UFO sighting to assess if it posed a threat to national security, has decided it's not a good use of resources to continue its work and has axed its investigation unit.

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Weird cases: can fish be a tool?

Can a fish be a tool? That’s the legal question at the centre of a case in Arizona in which a pedicurist who used live fish to perform a ‘foot smoothing’ service is suing the regulator that has shut down her business. Her legal representative has said it is a case that “affects the economic liberty of every American”.

Until recently, customers of LaVie Nails & Spa were able to pay $30 to spend 20 minutes with their feet in a tank of warm water filled with 100 Garra Rufa carp. The toothless two-inch fish like to suck off dry skin and, according to the business, leave customers with smooth, soft feet.

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Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Are Oklahoma City ghosts to blame for NBA Knicks’ loss?

It’s not Halloween, but some humiliated New York Knicks players are blaming ghosts for their trashing Monday by the Oklahoma City Thunder.

It was inevitable, really, that the legend of the Skirvin Hilton Hotel’s 10th floor being haunted would become a national story. Now, it appears, the tale is at least getting around in the sports world.

But is there any truth to the legend of a housekeeper named Effie being impregnated by hotelier W.B. Skirvin and then jumping to her death, baby in arms, from a 10th floor window?

Official Skirvin Hilton response:
"We’re happy to have been able to host the New York Knicks, and certainly from my perspective nothing in or around the hotel affected their stay. The superstitions of some of their players perhaps got the best of them. We’re glad they stayed with us, and we’re proud to be an NBA city.”

John Williams,

general manager

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Iraqi archaeologists find ancient Sumerian settlement

Iraqi archaeologists said on Friday they have discovered a 2,000-year-old Sumerian settlement in southern Iraq, yielding a bounty of historical artefacts.

The site, in the southern province of Dhi Qar, is in the desert near ancient Ur, the biblical birthplace of Abraham.

"There are walls and cornerstones carrying Sumerian writings, dating back to the era of the third Sumerian dynasty," said Abdul Amir al-Hamdani, head of the provincial government's archaeology department.

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Cavemen 'used make-up'

Cavemen used make-up and other accessories to decorate themselves and dress up 50,000 years ago scientists have found.

The discovery of items including decorative purses challenges the widespread view that Neanderthals were much less intelligent than modern man, the researchers believe.

Scientists found pigment-stained and perforated marine shells, which they say were used as necklaces, from two caveman sites in Murcia, south-east Spain.

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Tombs of the pyramid builders discovered in Giza, Egypt

An archaeological team led by Dr. Zahi Hawass has discovered several new tombs that belong to the workers who built the pyramids of Khufu and Khafre. “This is the first time to uncover tombs like the ones that were found during the 1990s, which belong to the late 4th and 5th Dynasties (2649-2374 BC),” said Dr. Hawass.

When we think of Giza we tend to think of the Giza Pyramids. However, while the pyramids were under construction, there was an extensive city to the south that supported the workers. It included houses, bakeries, magazines and a hypostyle hall.

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Mum And Children 'Freaked Out' By Mass UFO Sighting In Cheshunt

A CHESHUNT mum was "freaked out" after spotting several pink UFOs in the skies above the town in the early hours of New Years' Day.

The eyewitness, known only as Gill, made the startling claim on a UFO-watchers' website.

She described her encounter as she and her children watched a firework display but were distracted by the mystery objects at 12.10am.

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Weird Object Zooming by Earth Wednesday is Likely an Asteroid

A weird object that left some observers wondering if it was a piece of space junk is most likely just a small asteroid, and will zoom close by Earth Wednesday, NASA scientists say. It may be visible to seasoned amateur astronomers as it passes harmlessly by the planet.

The space rock won't hit the Earth, but it will make its closest approach at 7:45 a.m. EST (1245 GMT) when it comes within 80,000 miles (130,000 km) of our planet. That's nearly one-third the distance between the Earth the moon.

Astronomers announced the discovery of the asteroid, which they named 2010 AL30, on Monday. It is relatively small, about 36 feet (11 meters) wide, NASA researchers said.

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Sunday, 10 January 2010

Trainee hypnotist puts himself in trance using mirror

A newly trained hypnotist accidentally put himself into a trance for five hours after practising in front of a mirror.

Helmut Kichmeier, 27, was found by his wife, Joanna, staring into thin air after the bungle in their north London home as they prepared for a tour .

Mr Kichmeier, whose stage name is Hannibal Helmurto, had learned the skill to put himself into a somnabulistic trance to help him swallow multiple swords on stage.

He had been taught the skill by hypnotherapist Dr Ray Roberts to assist in a new act for the Circus of Horrors show.

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Monday, 4 January 2010

China says discovers tomb of famed general Cao Cao

Chinese archeologists have unearthed a large third-century tomb, which they say could be that of Cao Cao, the legendary politician and general famous throughout East Asia for his Machiavellian tactics.
The tomb, discovered in Xigaoxue village near the ancient Chinese city of Anyang, Henan Province, has an epitaph and inscription that appear to refer to Cao Cao, Central China Television said on Sunday.

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Mushroom fit for a banquet

AN EAST London man is preparing for a fungal feast after he found a giant mushroom in Southernwood on Wednesday.

Aubrey Els , 63, who owns a garden service company, said he had been alerted to the monster specimen by one of his workers as they were about to leave the house where they had been working.
“He shouted nal’ikhowa (here’s a mushroom) and I had to stop … when I saw it I was amazed at this freak mushroom … I’ve never seen anything like this,” Els said.
Els, who grew up on a farm in Kwelera, said he had seen big mushrooms before but not this size. He estimated its weight to be 6kg.

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Jesus image appears on banana peel

SITTING down for an after lunch snack turned into a brush with all things holy when Lisa Swinton saw the face of Jesus on her banana peel.
‘‘I was like ‘Oh my God! It’s Jesus on a banana!’’

‘‘I got it out of the fruit bowl and was about to peel it and eat it when I saw his face,’’ she told The Daily Telegraph.

The impact of seeing Christ pressed into the banana did not stop the 39-year-old of Haberfield from still eating the fruit and depositing the holy peel.

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UFOs sighted in Oldland Common

man from Oldland Common has reported what he believes were UFOs in the sky on New Year’s Eve.

Chris Lacey’s account of the sighting is at

He said: “My wife and I were watching the fireworks going off for New Year’s Eve and I saw this orangey/red flying object move swiftly across the sky.

"It then stopped and changed direction; at this point two more of these objects appeared and flew towards the other. They then all moved off in different directions steadily but swiftly.

“These lights were definitely not planes or helicopters as the movements were too smooth and the speed they changed direction was too fast.

“My wife is a big sceptic when it comes to UFO sightings, etc, but even she has to admit to being completely baffled and agrees they were not typical aircraft and neither were they Chinese lanterns.”

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'I saw 50-strong UFO formation over Eastfield'

A "FORMATION" of an estimated 50 unidentified flying objects has been spotted in the skies above Scarborough.
The sighting was made in Herdborough Road in Eastfield and has been reported to an international UFO reporting website.

It was witnessed by N Grant at midnight on the night of Friday December 18, who saw a 50-strong, loose diamond formation of small, flat, silver rectangle lights – which were described as “little flying carpets”.

There were also a couple of separate lights flying outside the formation and the witness, who was with their daughter at the time, initially thought it was a flock of birds before they realised they were looking at lights

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NASA's Kepler probe finds five strange new planets

In what astronomers called an exciting step toward detecting Earth-like planets, a spacecraft operated by NASA's Ames Research Center has found five strange new planets, beginning to reveal how the structure of our solar system fits into the rest of the universe.

The five planets announced Monday by scientists working on the Kepler probe are an exotic bunch, one with a density as light as styrofoam. The large planets orbit so close to their stars that they may glow with the heat of a blast furnace, as hot as the melting point of iron.

"It's certainly no place to look for life," said Bill Borucki, the principal investigator with the Kepler mission at Ames. "That will be coming later."

Launched in March, the 2,300-pound spacecraft detects the transit of a planet across the star's face. These are the first new planets found by the probe.

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