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Today in Strangeness: July 18. 2017...
On this day in 64 AD, a great fire destroyed two thirds of the city of Rome. ..Also, Franklin Delano Roosevelt
was nominated for an unprecedented third term as President of the United States (1940.)
President Harry Truman signed an Executive Order determining the line of succession if the president becomes
incapacitated or dies in office. Following the vice president, the speaker of the house and president of the Senate
are next in succession. This became the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution(1947.) Ratified on February 10, 1967.
'Tortured' Blood Found on Shroud?
A remarkable new study looking at the markings on the controversial Shroud of Turin may shed new light on their origin.
Researchers in Italy say that an examination of the Shroud's fibers revealed that they contain 'nanoparticles' which seem
to strengthen the case that the cloth was once wrapped around a victim of torture. According to their study, these tiny
particles feature biological elements that sport chemical signatures indicative of someone who has suffered repeated traumas.
Today in Strangeness: July 19th...
(Note: my usual avenues to the strangeness of the world were rudely not working today, so I have inprovised some historical facts
that are not exactely strange but true!)
On July 19-20, 1848 - A women's rights convention was held at Seneca Falls, New York. Topics discussed included voting rights,
property rights and divorcing ("their stupid husbands...nyuk!) The convention marked the beginning of an organized women's rights movement
in the U.S.
Furthermore July 19, 1863 - During the American Civil War, Union troops made a second attempt to capture Fort Wagner near
Charleston, South Carolina. The attack was led by the 54th Massachusetts Colored Infantry, commanded by Colonel Robert Gould Shaw,
who was killed along with half of the 600 men in the regiment. This battle marked the first use of black Union troops in the war.
Odd Space Signals Intrigue Astronomers:
Researchers at the Arecibo Observatory have detected puzzling signals coming from a relatively nearby star
and they're not quite sure what's causing them. The enigmatic pulses appear to be coming from a star dubbed
'Ross 128,' which is a mere 11 light years from Earth. Since the signals only seem to be coming from that
particular star, astronomers have ruled out the possibility that the pulses were the result of some kind of
technical error from the telescope that detected them. However they are still uncertain as to what may have
caused the perplexing pulses.
Woman convicted of murder in case where star witness was a parrot:
...how ironic eh!?....
..."Polly want a cracker?".... ..."No!"..."Polly wants you in jail!"
Today in Strangeness: July 20th...
Neil Armstrong took his first steps on the moon on July 20th,1969... On this date in 1970 the first
(and only) baby was born on Alcatraz Island, during an occupation by American Indians.
Odd Creature 'Photographed' in Scotland?
A man walking his dog through a field in Scotland photographed an odd anomaly that some have likened to
the legendary Loch Ness Monster lurking on land. Jimmy Wright says that he encountered the strange sight
in the Scottish village of Killearn and quickly snapped a picture before the weird dinosaur-like 'creature'
purportedly disappeared. He may have been equally amazed after he posted the photo on social media and saw
that it created somewhat of a frenzy among residents of the small village.
..( what the heck is this anyway!?? a deformed groundhog or the like?)
Looks like this guy's decided that Loch Ness shouldn't get all the tourist dollars....
Today in Strangeness:July 21st...
At around this date in 356 BC, Herostratus set fire to the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus, considered one of the Seven Wonders
of the World . He committed the act in a quest for fame(...and his wish was granted for he is now a "Well Known Ahole!"...)
A rain of ants fell on Nancy, France on July 21, 1887. The world's lowest temperature, -129°F, was recorded
at Vostok Station, Antarctica on today's date in 1983.
Strange 'Base' Spotted Near Area 51:
UFO enthusiasts examining Google Earth images of the terrain around Area 51 have noticed a puzzling site seemingly carved into a
mountain only a few miles away. The puzzling feature of the Nevada landscape shows a road ascending the side of a mountain until
it opens up into a large developed area. It is at this parking lot-like location that three distinct indentations extend into the
mountain akin to man made caves.
I watched a two hour special on area 51. Alot of mystery remains there. I often wonder if the President is aware of everything that goes on at that site. On the tv show, they had two witnesses of actually seeing the martians at different times while they worked there.
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Today in Strangeness: July 24th...
The largest ice cream sundae in the Milky Way weighed in at 54,914 lbs (9,688 in syrup) at Edmonton, Canada (1988).
Female pilot Joann Osterud set the inverted flight record on this date with an upside down flight of 4 hours
and 38 minutes (1991).
'Fidget Spinner' Crop Circle Found in England:
A recently-discovered crop circle in England seems to suggest that even aliens cannot escape the latest craze sweeping
the planet as the formation bears a striking resemblance to a fidget spinner! Although not an exact depiction of the popular
children's toy, the similarity was enough for crop circle expert Matthew Williams to tell the Daily Record that, "it certainly
could be the world's largest fidget spinner."
Considering the craze surrounding the gadget, it's unlikely that those behind the crop circle intended for it to be an
advertisement for the toy, since the last thing the fidget spinner needs is more word of mouth. As such, more esoteric observers
of the crop circle phenomenon have suggested that the formation, found in the county of West Sussex around the end of last week,
is intended to convey the Celtic cross.
Regardless of the intended meaning of the design, it will no doubt irritate authorities who have been lamenting that the number of
crop circles in England has increased significantly this year, leading to a greater number of famers losing money due to the formations.
Then again, perhaps that was the message behind the crop circle in that its creator was telling police that, much like the fidget spinner,
the formation is their way of having some good old fashioned fun.
Now that's pretty awesome.
in Strangeness: July 25th...
On this date in 1965, a seminal event in rock and roll history took place when Bob Dylan "went electric " during his infamous
performance at the Newport Folk Festival. A hero to the folk music community, Dylan's switch to electric guitar was seen as the
ultimate act of betrayal by many in the audience, who booed the performance. Urban legend has it that event organizer Pete Seeger
was so upset by the act that he threatened to cut the wires to the stage with an axe.
Eerie Woman Scares English Town:
A town in England is on edge after numerous residents reported unnerving visits to their home by a mysterious woman
desperately seeking help. The chilling series of incidents have unfolded in the town of Kirby over the last few weeks and
have left those unlucky enough to be visited by the stranger feeling particularly concerned. Similar to stories of the
infamous "Black Eyed Children," the mysterious woman is said to visit during the late night hours and begs to be let inside
the house. After one homeowner shared her strange experience, several other residents of Kirby took to social media to share
similar tales. All of the eerie encounters appear to feature a woman repeatedly knocking on the front door or crying into the
home's mail slot at around three or four AM and asking to be let inside due to various reasons such as not having any money or
needing to use the bathroom. Lest one think this is merely a case of a newly-hatched urban legend coming to life via social media,
there is at least one police report where the mystery woman allegedly knocked on someone's front door for over an hour.
In all of the cases which have come to light so far, the witnesses say that the visits were so off-putting that they refused to open
the door for the woman, no matter how desperate she sounded. While the actions of the 'crying woman' sound hauntingly similar to the
"Black Eyed Children," most residents suspect that her plight is less paranormal and more criminal in that it is merely a ruse aimed
at gaining access to the home so that she can rob them. Regardless of her reasons for visiting their homes, residents of the town
simply wish for her to stop and hope that authorities can figure out what may be behind the late night knocking on doors by the
mysterious stranger. Until then, as any avid paranormal fan can attest, should the 'crying woman' come back it's probably a smart
idea to not answer the door. ...(Hmmm, I seem to recall...DaBoyz!..Didn't you just come off a vacation to England?)
Today in Strangeness: July 26th...
On this date in 1931, farmers in the American Midwest saw their crops destroyed by a massive swarm of grasshoppers . The insect
collective was so big that it allegedly blocked out the sun and devoured entire fields of crops.
Rabbits Ride Sheep to Escape Flood:
As a massive storm flooded parts of New Zealand, a farmer went out to check his sheep and was stunned to see a number rabbits riding
on the backs of the animals! The remarkable creature connection occurred in a community known as Taieri Plains over the weekend.
Concerned about how his sheep were faring during the flooding, Ferg Horne ventured out into the storm and spotted something strange
atop their backs that he soon realized were several rabbits.
"They must've jumped up onto their backs to get out of the flood," he told a newspaper, "they were as happy as can be those rabbits;
they were warm and dry, snuggled up." Sounding like someone who had spotted a UFO, Horne says that he snapped a picture of the odd
scene because he feared that no one would believe him when he came home with such an amazing tale.
Today in Strangeness: July 27th...
On this date in 1886, after years of planning, the trans-Atlantic cable was successfully laid and put into operation sending telegraphic
communications across the ocean.... Bugs Bunny turns 77! He made his big screen debut in the Warner Brothers cartoon, A Wild Hare on
this day in 1940.
Cops in Maine Arrest Creepy Clown Wielding a Machete:
Authorities in the town of Hollis, Maine made a rather unique arrest on Tuesday when they busted a creepy clown wielding a machete.
The strange incident began when residents spotted a rather ominous-looking individual clad in a clown mask and holding the worrisome
weapon. As creepy clowns are wont to do, the ne'er-do-well dashed off into the woods when he realized that his presence had perturbed
witnesses. However, Maine State Police were undaunted by the attempted getaway and eventually caught the clown emerging from the
forest in a nearby town. Revealed to be behind the mask was a man named Corey Berry, who told one officer that his antics were merely
a prank. Despite the man's claims that his clown-inspired stroll was all in good fun, authorities beg to differ and charged him with
criminal threatening. For those wondering what might possess someone to think it was a good idea to roam the streets in a clown mask
while armed with a machete, the officer's observation that Berry was "very intoxicated" should answer your question.
Today in Strangeness: July 28th...
On this date in 1976, a massive earthquake struck the city of Tangshan, China. The official death toll from the quake was an
astounding 242,000 people, making it the deadliest earthquake in the 20th century. Some in China suspect that the true number of
fatalities could be double or triple the number reported by Chinese officials.
Bermuda Triangle 'Solution' Sinks:
For some strange reason, an Australian scientist is making headlines for purportedly solving the Bermuda Triangle mystery by
rehashing decades-old explanations already offered by skeptics. Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki, a popular television personality somewhat
akin to Bill Nye in America, likely didn't expect to stir such furor when he pontificated about the infamous esoteric enigma in a
Asked what may be behind the many ships and planes which purportedly vanish in the Triangle, Kruszelnicki simply dismissed the mystery
out of hand. The scientist noted that such disappearances are in keeping with statistical norms, especially since the area has heavy
traffic due to its proximity to America as well as the equator. Kruszelnicki ultimately pointed to the high profile disappearance of
Flight 19 as the catalyst for the mystery of the Triangle as an urban legend, of sorts, despite his belief that the event was simply
due to pilot error.
Once the idea of the Bermuda Triangle entered the zeitgeist, he observed, the mystery managed to take hold in people's imagination
where it has remained ever since. Although Kruszelnicki's explanation for the Bermuda Triangle is nothing new and, in fact, can be
traced back to the 1970's, his interview has resulted in a number of recent articles touting that the mystery has 'finally been solved.'
Of course, that is far from the case as disappearances continue to happen in the Triangle and many believe people still believe that
there is something unnatural about the location. Meanwhile skeptics continue to offer scientific reasons for these events which go
beyond the statistical reasoning offered by Kruszelnicki and that are often times upended as easily as paranormal explanations. In a
sense, the manufactured excitement over the scientist's interview is a testament to how, when it comes to classic mysteries like the
Bermuda Triangle, everything that was once old eventually winds up becoming new again.
Today in Strangeness: July 31st...
On this day in 1838, a rain of frogs fell in London. This date also saw the disappearance of Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa (1975),
and the very first car ad, which beckoned magazine readers to "dispense with a horse" (1898).
Hair-Cutting 'Ghost' Panic Grows:
Concerns over an alleged 'entity' cutting the hair of unwitting women in Indian villages continues as incident reports accumulate
and get increasingly stranger. Authorities say that an astounding 15 cases have been reported over the last two weeks, which brings
the total to a whopping 23 such incidents said to have occurred since the panic began back in June.
The most recent victim described her ordeal to the Press Trust of India, telling the outlet that a "thin man in a red and yellow
outfit" appeared at her doorstep while carrying a trident. After the woman told the man to leave, he seemingly complied with her
request only to return and somehow render her unconscious. When she awoke, the woman says, "I found myself lying on the floor and my
braid was chopped off." The experience was so unsettling, despite not causing any physical wounds, that the woman went to the hospital
to be examined and remains terrified by what happened to her.
For their part, police are skeptical that there are supernatural elements at work and attribute the attacks to 'anti-social' gangs
looking to sow fear and chaos in the villages. It would appear to be working as the 'hair-cutting ghost' has taken on a life of its
own as word of the mysterious events spreads throughout the region.
One police official described it as such, "they say a cat-like animal appears and makes them unconscious. It then chops off their
braids and disappears. The villagers claim that ghosts are behind it." In addition to increasing patrols in the area, authorities
have come up with a rather simple solution which they think could put an end to the panic: they're advising women to wear their hair
Today in Strangeness: August 1rst...
On this date in 1985, a man drowned at a lifeguard pool party in New Orleans, celebrating their first drown-free season.
The deft daredevil Ivy Baldwin, age 82, successfully crossed the Grand Canyon on a tightrope for the 88th time (1948).
Golden Lunar Module Model Stolen:
A proverbial interstellar art heist has befallen a space museum in Ohio as a solid gold replica of the famed Apollo lunar module was
stolen by some enterprising thieves. Previously on display at the Armstrong Air and Space Museum, the remarkable model was pilfered
late Friday evening during what appears to have been a targeted break-in at the building.
Authorities in the city of Wapakoneta, where the museum calls home, say that they were alerted to suspicious activity when the alarm
sounded at the site. However, they arrived at the location after the burglars had already accomplished their nefarious handiwork and
escaped with the statue in tow.
By its very nature, the model is surely quite valuable, but the historic backstory to the statue likely makes it worth more than its
weight in gold. The commemorate piece was one of only three such statues made by the famed jeweler Cartier at the behest of a French
newspaper which awarded the models to the three Apollo 11 astronauts.
As one may have surmised based on the museum's name, this particular model was the one which was gifted to Neil Armstrong, making it
all the more enticing to those who value space-related relics. By virtue of its rarity and historical significance, the piece would
no doubt fetch a high price on the black market as one of the other three models sold at auction for $50,000 back in 2003.
One hopes that local authorities, with help from the FBI, can crack the case and track down the model before it falls into the hands
of a wealthy and unscrupulous collector....( maybe...but a meltdown would be untraceable...pity!...)