Authorities say a man who was waiting with several friends for a "ghost train" from a North Carolina legend was killed when a real train came down the tracks.
While police officers arrest pot dealers fairly frequently, Orem police officers heard a pretty unusual reason for the illegal activity during an arrest this weekend.
The 20-year-old man said he was dealing the drugs to save up for the police academy.
“It’s probably not the first time this has happened, but this is the first time I’ve heard of someone admitting it,” said Orem Sgt. Craig Martinez. “Most drug dealers wouldn’t say they were trying to save up to become a cop.”
The teeth are bared, the claws outstretched. Even his whiskers seem to bristle with animosity.
If anyone still thinks grey squirrels are cuddly little critters, here’s an image to prove them wrong.
via Mail Online.
- Help! the Squirrels! (gusgreeper.com)
Eighteen people died while mushroom picking in Italy in little more than a week – but not from inadvertently eating poisonous fungi.
The victims were killed by falling into rocky crevasses and gorges or from similar physical mishaps while undertaking the popular pastime, London’s The Daily Telegraph reported.
via Courier Mail.
- 18 people die in 10 days picking mushrooms (telegraph.co.uk)
- Italian mountain mushrooms claim lives (guardian.co.uk)
- Mushroom hunter ‘massacre’ claims 18 lives in Italy (calgaryherald.com)
If you are a fan of stories involving the paranormal, UFO’s, ghosts and high strangeness in general, you can’t do better than a visit to Unexplainable.net. It’s the best blog for the strange that I have come across in the three years I’ve been doing this blog. Check it out.
And tell them Oldstersview sent you.
There have always been ghost stories surrounding the Main Line Mine incident in Pennsylvania, but few suspected that these ghost stories would in time actually lead to the discovery of a mass grave. And even when the mass grave was discovered, no one would have suspected those buried at the site would have been murdered under suspicious circumstances some 200 years ago.
The story begins almost a world away on a ship known as the John Stamp arriving for the United States loaded with Irish immigrants bent on building a new life in America. As they disembarked from the ship with the Statue of Liberty seen in the distance, several Irish workers would meet the man who would ultimately lead them down a short road to their deaths.
- Mass Grave in Pennsylvania .Did Irish Immigrants die of Cholera or were they murdered (politics.ie)
- Murder Mystery: Dancing Irish Ghosts Lead to Mass Grave (grantlawrence.blogspot.com)
UFO reports have been taking a dramatic turn lately with more witnesses describing events related to a sort of conflict between military forces and large black triangular craft. Such craft were seen in Canada earlier this week allegedly being fired upon by helicopters and another was spotted near Fresno California crashed into the side of a mountain with military vehicles quickly surrounding it. What uncertainty does this bear for the future?
When MUFON’s Jeffrey Gonzalez received a phone call on MUFON’s 24 hour hotline, what he heard sounded at first like one of the most historically significant UFO sightings since the Roswell incident, but carried with it a far more sinister undertone given other recent sightings of human conflict with these mysterious craft.
With witnesses screaming in the background, “It’s trying to take off, it’s trying to lift!” Mr. Gonzalez learned that witnesses had seen a black triangular craft crashed into the side of a mountain at the location just north of Fresno.
A goat that has been wandering around the eastern Missouri town of Mexico has gained enough attention to have his own Facebook page. But animal control officers are not amused. KXEO reported that the goat was first seen by a motorist on Saturday near an underpass on the east side of town.
Mexico animal control officer Joe Horton said the department has received more than a dozen reports of the adult goat being seen around town, including in downtown Mexico.
Bawang the gorilla plays with a Nintendo DS games console accidentally dropped into her enclosure in San Fransisco Zoo. Her adopted 20-month-old son Hasani wants a go too.
- Gorilla goes ape over Nintendo DSi XL (msnbc.msn.com)
- Gorilla With Nintendo DS: Is It Playing Donkey Kong? (neatorama.com)
A ride on a Conch train? A catamaran ride out to Fort Jefferson? They’re popular and fun, sure. But look to Key West International Airport for another ride that’s gaining popularity: The luggage carousel.
Last Saturday, an impatient Millsboro, Del., man was jailed for jumping on the terminal’s carousel and getting spit back out on the tarmac — the second time since June 29 that’s happened.
This time, Bradley Jenkins, 54, “just jumped on the belt, squatted right down and spit out right where the guys were working,” says Capt. Don Hiller with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.
Video credit: Oldster
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Posting a photo of one of your planes broken in two and burned to a crisp on your homepage is generally not one of the steps in the airline public relations expert’s damage control plan, but Henan Airlines, which saw 42 of its customers die on Tuesday when one of their Embraers crashed in China, has done exactly that.
More via NYCAviation.com
- China Plane Crash: Henan Airlines Plane Overshoots Runway (blippitt.com)
- Plane Crashes in China (online.wsj.com)
- China Plane Crash 2010: Henan Airlines Passenger Plane With 96 On Board Goes Down (huffingtonpost.com)
They’re out there, blocking traffic, invading front porches, hiking the banks of the South Platte and the Poudre rivers in Greeley.
Wild turkeys. Maybe wild and crazy turkeys, judging from their recent behavior.
Early Wednesday morning, two turkeys stopped traffic along 5th Street in east Greeley, challenging the drivers and sometimes block-
ing the road as people drove to work.
In addition to stopping traffic, the turkeys are getting more bold. Recently, one east Greeley family reported a turkey knocking on their front door. They called animal control officers.
More via Greeley Tribune.
A store full of police officers didn’t deter two men from stealing items from a southeast Portland Fred Meyer, officers said.
Portland police said 20-year-old Shane Alexander and 30-year-old Jason Vantress took shoes, clothes, tools and blenders from the Johnson Creek Fred Meyer Store on Southeast 82nd Avenue on Wednesday morning during the seventh annual Shop with a Cop event.
Dozens of police cars and mounted patrol units were in the parking lot the morning of the incident.
- 2 arrested in Oregon at ‘Shop With a Cop’ day (sfgate.com)
Researchers have found the secret to improving a robot’s sense of smell: Shove frog eggs up its nose. A team at the University of Tokyo has developed a sensor made from a genetically modified frog egg that can help a robot pick out insect smells and pheromones.
As useful as a moth-smelling robot may seem, researchers believe the study published yesterday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences is just one step towards an inexpensive but sensitive chemical detector.
via Discover Magazine.
- Frog Cells Give Artificial Noses the Power of Super Smell [Smell] (gizmodo.com)
- Frog Egg Cells Key Ingredient in Robotic Nose (livescience.com)
- Frog cells give artificial nose the power of super smell (newscientist.com)
A coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the head of a maggot or the larva of a bluebottle fly (Protophormia sp.) with tiny teeth-like fangs extending from its mouth. The maggots of this fly are used medicinally to clean wounds. The maggots are sterilised and placed in the wound, where they feed on dead tissue and leave healthy tissue untouched. Their saliva contains anti- bacterial chemicals which maintain sterility in the area.
- 5 Extreme Close-Ups of the Bugs That Infest Our Homes (techeblog.com)
Adolf Hitler may have had Jewish and African roots, DNA tests have shown
Saliva samples taken from 39 relatives of the Nazi leader show he may have had biological links to the “subhuman” races that he tried to exterminate during the Holocaust.
When Canadian filmmaker Rob Spence decided to have his badly damaged eye removed from its socket, he chose to replace it not with a prosthetic, but with a wireless camera. The decision, he says, was easy.”Every person I know who’s lost an eye immediately thinks, ‘I should think about getting a camera,’ ” he says. Although so far, Spence is the only person who has actually acted on the notion.
via Eye wired open
How many people does he know who have lost an eye, I wonder?