According to Peruvian legend, Sarah Roberts had to be buried there as nowhere else in the world would take the casket of a woman believed to be one of the three brides of Dracula.
But historians in East Lancashire said Sarah was just a cotton weaver and that there was no substance whatsoever in the Peruvian myth.
Now her gory legend is being immortalized in a play being written by villagers from Pisco, in the south of Peru. They want to hear from any descendants of Sarah in East Lancashire.
Lots more at Our Strange World.
Students at Swansea University will take a rare break from their intense studying next month to attempt a world record gathering of Smurfs.
The Daily Telegraph reports that more than 3,000 people will take part in the attempt by painting themselves blue and wearing white hats at the city’s Oceana nightclub, on June 8.
A Russian scientist has claimed that an alien spaceship sacrificed itself to prevent a gigantic meteor from destroying earth a century ago.
Trees lay strewn across the Siberian countryside after a meteorite struck the Earth near Tunguska /PA pics
According to The Sun, Dr Yuri Labvin, head of the Tunguska Spatial Phenomenon Foundation, has found quartz slabs with strange markings that he thinks were part of a UFO control panel.
He made the discovery near the site of the so-called “Tunguska event” – a massive and so-far unexplained explosion that devastated more than 100 square miles of Siberian forest in June 1908.
Meet the tortoise on wheels who could give any hare a run for its money despite having her leg bitten off by a dog.
When vets found the female wild red-footed tortoise her left front leg was in tatters and they feared she would never be able to move properly again.
But after patching her up one rescuer had an ingenious idea to help the little reptile – using wheels from a child’s toy truck.
Some lucky (as yet unidentified) person bought a Powerball ticket worth $232.1 million in the south-central South Dakota town of Winner.
“How often does something like this happen — a winner in Winner, S.D.?” Norm Lingle, executive director of the South Dakota Lottery, said at a news conference this morning in Pierre.
More at Powerball ticket
Courage comes in many forms and is found in many places. One of the forms is that of a petitte British woman named Roz Savage and one of the places is the Pacific ocean. Roz has already rowed the Atlantic and the Pacific from San Francisco to Honolulu, both solo. A couple of days ago she set out from Honolulu enroute to Tuvalu and has, as of this morning, covered 74 miles.
She is blogging and using Twitter to chronicle her progress and thoughts as well as broadcasting on Twit.tv with Leo Laporte on Thursday afternoons. You can also follow her progress updated about every four hours on this site.
The picture is Roz arriving at Hawaii after her crossing from San Francisco, Diamond Head in the background.
It’s a fascinating account and you won’t regret checking it out.
Patricia Demauro stepped up to a craps table in Atlantic City for only the second time in her life and proceeded to hold the dice for four hours and eighteen minutes before sevening out. That’s a new world record beating the old one by more than an hour.
She’s not talking about how much she won and neither is the casino but you can be sure it is more than cab fare home.
via NBC Los Angeles.
A Connecticut man is recovering from shotgun wounds sustained in a hunting mishap in southern New York.
Authorities say Henry Gasiorowski, of Greenwich, Conn., was hit in the arm and back by shotgun pellets in the Friday morning accident at a hunting club in Forestburgh.
The Sullivan County Sheriff’s office says the 60-year-old was sitting behind a decoy turkey making turkey calls when a hunting companion from Greenwich mistakenly opened fire.
A schoolgirl goalkeeper is set for the record books after scoring twice in a single match from her own penalty box. Emily Dickson, 14, stunned her team-mates and the opposition with two huge drop kicks down the full-sized pitch.
With both attempts, the ball bounced over the opposing keeper and into the net during the under-15s match, reports the Daily Telegraph.
Emily, from Broxbourne, Herts, is now awaiting confirmation from FA officials, who believe her effort is a record.
A Croatian politician has been swept to power after promising voters he would rip them off at every opportunity.
Bare-faced Josko Risa was voted in as mayor in Prolozac with a landslide victory using the slogan: “All for me – nothing for you.”
“I just told them the truth. This town will be like my family business. If I get a little something, so do they,” he explained.
A three-year-old New Zealand girl bought a mechanical digger for £8,000 while her parents were asleep.
Pipi Quinlan, who lives in Auckland, logged onto the family computer and got on to an online auction site her mum had been using earlier.
She then submitted what turned out to be a winning bid of 20,000 New Zealand dollars for a massive Kobelco digger, the Rodney Times reports.
I’m gone for a couple of weeks but you probably haven’t read all 2986 posts anyway so take the opportunity to catch up. See ya.
A Chinese man has successfully patented his new invention – a bicycle with odd-sided wheels. Guan Baihua, 50, a retired military officer in Qingdao, spent 18 months developing his unique bike.
The front wheel is a five-sided pentagon while the back wheel is a triangle, reports the Bandao City Daily. Guan says the bike is mainly for fun but says riders could use it to lose weight as it takes more effort to pedal.
More at Ananova – Bumpy road to success.
The world’s first robot teacher proved a hit with pupils on her first day at a Japanese primary school. One pupil described Saya as “pretty” another said that she was a bit “scary but fun” while another said that he “couldn’t believe he was getting taught by a robot”…
First, she called the name of each child before asking the pupils to carry out tasks from a text book for the pilot project in Kudan Primary School, next to Tokyo University…
Saya’s steel skull is covered with fine latex cast from a female university student. Underneath, a system of 18 motors works like muscles to give her facial expressions including surprise, fear, disgust, anger, happiness and sadness…
Chad may rank among the most hostile missions Irish troops have ever embarked on, but it is no place for soccer or volleyball. Despite the soldiers’ extreme training at Camp Ciara in order to prepare for combat situations, the defence forces have decided contact sports are a step too far.
Defence Minister Willie O’Dea said the decision was made for health and safety reasons. “The reality in Chad is that the ground is extremely hard. Some of the sports are played out on open ground and when people fall, it tends to have a much greater impact on their bodies than falling in a field in Ireland, where the ground is not nearly as hard,” he told the Dáil.
via Irish Examiner.
Australia is known around the world for its large and deadly creepy crawlies, but even locals have been shocked by the size of the giant venomous spiders that have invaded an Outback town in Queensland.
Scores of eastern tarantulas, which are known as “bird-eating spiders” and can grow larger than the palm of a man’s hand, have begun crawling out from gardens and venturing into public spaces in Bowen, a coastal town about 700 miles northwest of Brisbane.
There’s more at the link, complete with pictures.
An Italian family fear their house could be haunted after the floors mysteriously got so hot they began to ‘boil’. It happened on Sicily which is home to the almost constantly erupting Mount Etna, one of the world’s most active volcanos.
But Italian experts say there were no geological or scientific reasons for the freak temperatures at the family’s home in Riesi.
Temperatures reached more than 100 degrees and the surfaces were so hot steam was coming from them.
Terrified mum Maria Fiandaca said: “The floor was getting hotter all week but then it suddenly started boiling and we called the police and the firemen.”
“It is very frightening,” said a neighbour. “When science and the natural world have no answers you have to think it was the supernatural world getting in touch.”
Maybe they need different “experts.” If you lived on an island with a nearly continuously erupting volcano and the floor of your house began to get hot and steam, wouldn’t you suspect that maybe the volcano was suggesting that you get out?
A south Florida woman found scorch marks on her fried salami that she believes spell “God” and is now trying to figure out how to preserve the “holy” meat. Funny, it looks like it spells “Goo” to me.
MAY 5–Two California men were indicted today on federal charges that they illegally smuggled Asian songbirds into the country, most recently last month when one of the defendants, returning from a trip to Vietnam, was found with 14 live birds strapped to his legs.
via The smoking gun
A retired history teacher is donating his tattooed body to an art gallery. Geoff Ostling, 65, is virtally covered in colourful depictions of exotic flowers after a 15 year collaboration with acclaimed cult tattooist, eX de Merci.
Covering every part of his body, save for his face, neck and parts of his forearms, Mr Ostling’s tattoos are on the theme of “all the flowers of a Sydney garden”.
He said: “I wanted something unique so I thought about a garden of plants, of natives and imported flowers, what you would find in a Sydney garden with a distant view of the city from Heartbreak Hill.”
Mr Ostling has pledged to donate his skin to Canberra’s National Gallery after his death.