UFO activity in the United States continues to be reported by alert witnesses nationwide, such as this report of an encounter January 24, 2011, submitted by a witness in a rural North Carolina residential area that included “a soft light” that “encompassed” the witness’ vehicle for “approximately 3-5 seconds.”
More via THE ANOMALIST
- Three new books on UFOS: The truth is in there, somewhere (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
Vacaville Fire Department officials are blaming pigeons for the collapse of a gas station awning Monday that nearly struck a woman who had just finished filling her tank.
(A) Vacaville resident…had stopped at Quick Way Gas located in the 400 block of Merchant Street when a quarter of the station’s metal roofing came thundering down next to her under the weight of several inches of bird droppings.
via Inside Bay Area.
This is Chad Stilson and he is missing in the Springville, Utah, area. Chad is 12 years old and has been missing since January 22. If you have seen him, or think you have, please contact the Springville Utah Police Department at 800-491-5525.
Chad is a cousin of Grant Wilson of Ghost Hunters. Let’s get behind this and help find Chad. For more information go to THIS LINK.
Bomb squad training for Philippine police became a little too realistic when a grenade went off during a lecture, injuring six officers, an official said Saturday.
An instructor was teaching other officers how to handle explosive devices such as land mines and home-made bombs when the accident occurred Thursday on the southern island of Mindanao, said police spokesman Christian Carlitos
.”The instructor was demonstrating how to defuse a grenade when he accidentally pulled the safety pin,” said Carlitos.
via Yahoo! Asia News.
Hillhaven Nursing Home in Marceline, Mo., sits vacant, a haven for vandals and skittering rodents.
However, in the dark of night, this three-story, crumbling brick edifice is not quiet.
via From the Shadows.
A fox has turned the table on a hunter in Belarus, shooting him with his own gun before making his escape.
The animal pulled the trigger of the man’s gun with its paw, wounding him in the leg.
The unnamed 40-year-old hunter was trying to kill the fox with the butt of his gun after first shooting it from a distance.
Friends took the man to hospital while the escaped and hasn’t been seen since.
- Fox Shoots Hunter (allweirdnews.com)
- “Instant Karma: Fox ‘Shoots Hunter’ in Belarus” and related posts (dotconnectoruk.blogspot.com)
Workers at a Ukrainian aquarium didn’t believe it when a visitor said a crocodile swallowed her phone. Then the reptile started ringing.
The accident in the eastern city of Dnipropetrovsk sounds a bit like “Peter Pan,” in which a crocodile happily went “tick-tock” after gulping down an alarm clock.
But Gena, the 14-year-old croc who swallowed the phone, has hardly been living a fairy tale: He hasn’t eaten or had a bowel movement in four weeks and appears depressed and in pain.
- Phone keeps ringing in croc’s tummy (theglobeandmail.com)
- Croc Gulps Phone, Starts Ringing (abcnews.go.com)
- At least it’s not on vibrate: Phone rings in croc’s stomach (thestar.com)
Today is Bóndadagur, or Husband’s Day, when wives and girlfriends in Iceland pamper their men. Bóndadagur also marks the beginning of the old Icelandic month of Thorri, during which Thórrablót mid-winter feasts are held across the country.
In many households, Bóndadagur is celebrated by eating the traditional Thorri food: dried fish, smoked lamb, putrefied shark and soured blood and liver pudding along with other soured meat products, including ram testicles. The delicacies are often washed down with a shot or two of brennivín, Icelandic schnapps.
Seems to me it would take more than a shot or two of schnapps to get those “goodies” down…
A disabled man has been stopped from using his specially-made wheelchair because British road authorities say it’s a tank.
Jim Starr, 36, was told by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DLVA) he cannot ride his specially-made chair, which has caterpillar-treads instead of wheels, because its size and width technically make it a tank.
If a tracked vehicle over a certain width (the problem here) is a tank then aren’t crawler tractors also tanks?
- When is a wheelchair not a wheelchair? When authorities say it’s a tank (weinterrupt.com)
Well, they said it would be cold. And it is.
Temperatures in the Chippewa Valley seem to have bottomed out at 7 a.m. Friday, when the thermometer dipped to -24 degrees. That makes Friday the coldest day of the winter, and it isn’t too far away from the day’s record low of -29, set in 1984.
The wind chill advisory issued by the National Weather Service was extended by an extra hour, to 10 a.m. Friday.While winds are mostly calm to no more than 5 mph, the wind chill factor is still into the -30 to -40 range.
Good thing we have global warming…otherwise it would be cold in Wisconsin.
- Double-digit below zero wind chills on way – Chicago Tribune (news.google.com)
Dissecting a black widow spider to get its silk glands seems like a task fraught with peril. Luckily, for anyone who dares, now there is video from scientists to show you how it’s done.
There’s video too?
Before there were photocopiers, scanners and printers, there was the Ditto Machine (a.k.a. spirit duplicator), produced by the Illinois-based Ditto Corporation. Originally introduced in 1923, the Ditto Machine was a printing method that transferred ink onto a master copy made of smooth, waxy paper. An alcohol-based fluid (hence “spirit”) was then applied to transfer the image to a copy. Primarily used by schools and churches, the Ditto became less and less commonplace as other copying technologies were brought to market.
More via Mother Nature Network
The best thing about taking a test in school was the smell of the Ditto copies. I can smell it now.
A couple of years ago we didn’t drive because gas cost too much. Now, we’re not driving because we’re out of work.
As it turns out, one of America’s darkest economic periods has led to more free-flowing highways, something that will probably be fleeting as the country’s economic engine regains steam.
A new study out today from the Texas Transportation Institute shows that the country saw a historic dip in traffic jams in 2008 and 2009.
- Study: Recovering economy means increased traffic (sfgate.com)
- SFgate.com Bay Area traffic no longer among worst 5 in U.S. (sfgate.com)
- Recession bonus: Fewer traffic jams (chron.com)
When Frenchman Louis Mantin died in 1905, he mandated that his house be sealed up for a century, then reopened to the public as a museum. And now it is, effectively becoming a time capsule for all to see.
The French mansion, located in the town of Moulins, is full of artifacts and pieces that Mantin had collected over the course of his life, including paintings, tapestries, prehistoric flints, Egyptian relics and other pieces from the Medieval and Neolithic eras.
- Time capsule mansion unlocked (bbc.co.uk)
- Century-old French home/cabinet of curiosity opens as museum (boingboing.net)
- Mansion Untouched for 100 Years (neatorama.com)
Locals in Saffron Walden, Essex, called 999 at 8pm on Sunday to report an earthquake after homes shook, furniture moved and windows rattled. Two loud bangs resounded through the medieval town, prompting suggestions that there had been a plane crash or a meteorite landing nearby.
Noises were heard as far as six miles away in Thaxted and residents of Haverhill, Cambs., 13 miles away reported thuds, moving furniture and shaking houses.
I once experienced a shallow earthquake in the Spokane, Washington area that fits this description perfectly. A terrific, really loud bang accompanied by shaking of the house and rattling of dishes in the cupboard. We thought there had been an explosion.
be sure the hospital has a parking valet.
A pregnant woman rushing into Lowell General Hospital’s emergency room handed her keys to a seemingly helpful man who said he was the valet and offered to park her car.
Only one problem, cops said. Lowell General doesn’t have valet service.
The car was recovered a few miles away.
- Mass. cops: Fake ER valet nabs expecting mom’s car (sfgate.com)
- Mass. cops: Fake ER valet nabs expecting mom’s car (hosted.ap.org)
Thanks to the internet, the concept of a government secret has been rendered little more than a quaint James Bond plot device. For example, in decades past, the public only had conjecture and hearsay to feed its curiosity about the inner workings of the US government’s shadowy military base on the southern shore of Nevada’s Groom Lake, a site better known as “Area 51.”
But today, thanks to technology like Google Maps, we can all achieve a clear birds-eye-view of the secret facility conveniently linked with user-submitted telephoto images supplying a ground level perspective. Now anyone with a smart phone can be treated to an unobstructed view into the secret military installation that — officially — doesn’t even exist.
A huge pig has caused a traffic hazard in Victorville, east of Los Angeles, after it escaped from its fenced enclosure.
It took authorities three hours to coax the 226kg (just under 500 pounds) hog, which was normally kept in an enclosure at a pet supplies outlet called the Feed Bin, into a horse trailer, KTLA-TV reported.
“Several tactics were attempted to move the pig to safety, but were met by resistance on the part of the pig,” according to a news release from the Victorville Police Department.
If you have ever had any thing to do with pigs you know that they are indeed capable of a lot of “resistance.”
Although the claim that listening to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s complicated scores can boost your IQ has been debunked, its effect on bananas has yet to be disputed. So in July, the Hyogo Prefecture-based fruit company Toyoka Chuo Seika shipped out its first batch of “Mozart Bananas” to supermarkets in the area. Toyoka Chuo Seika’s Mozart bananas are sent to stores after one week of music at a ripening chamber.
Arriving as ordinary unripe bananas from the Philippines, “Mozart Bananas” meet an odd fate. “String Quartet 17″ and “Piano Concerto 5 in D major,” among other works, play continuously for one week in their ripening chamber, which has speakers installed specifically for this purpose.
- Mozart-Ripened Food and Drink All the Rage in Japan (weirdasianews.com)
- Saké Enhanced By Mozart (passionatefoodie.blogspot.com)
The excavation paints a picture of a complex society where mourners tasted a special vintage made at a caveside cemetery, the researchers reported on Tuesday in the Journal of Archaeological Science.
- At 6,000 years old, wine press is oldest yet found (reuters.com)
- Oldest Wine Press In The World Discovered (presurfer.blogspot.com)
- Earliest known winery found in Armenian cave – over 6,000 years old (dailymail.co.uk)